* Posts by Snake

881 posts • joined 18 Oct 2012


Dell won't ship energy-hungry PCs to California and five other US states due to power regulations

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Yes, we know.

Everything is a plot by the Evil Empire of Andromeda to restrict your righteous choices of [insert freedoms here].

Living under their rule is such a massive inconvenience for you.

I've got a broken combine harvester – but the manufacturer won't give me the software key

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Re: I do wonder how much it would cost

"Boeing 737 MAX showed that even in a mission critical environment and on an aircraft costing >$100m, sensor redundancy was not implemented."

And to this day I still have no idea why management wasn't found criminally liable for this decision, considering a long history of aviation precedence (beyond "in America, money buys you absolution", that is).

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Re: Only half the story of half the story

"Our old washing machine had a very long warranty on just the inverter as they're a frequent problem.


Last time I buy Samsung."

You never find out, until after the purchase that, as you know, inverter technology devices whilst coined as "efficient" are also the most long-term unreliable. From the manufacturer's perspective inverter tech is cheaper: rather than using separate AC motors for each required voltage and sync, they can use a single DC design and then use electronics to interface to the required mains voltage.

Sounds good, until that voltage spike takes out that expensive inverter board. The one that they don't bother to continue manufacturing more than 4 years after the product's initial release date.

Buy local. That is, buy your household devices from companies within your own country, ones that aren't in the mindset of requiring their devices to work worldwide across a variety of AC mains supplies. Their AC motors may be less efficient, but they'll probably last way over a decade of use versus the finicky inverter-driven ones.

China sets goal of running single-stack IPv6 network by 2030, orders upgrade blitz

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Re: A possible truth?

List the UK equivalents, please. Otherwise your glass house is showing.

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A possible truth?

"China's efforts are seen as essential to its security, and achieving other national priorities including mass 5G rollouts to support pervasive use of IoT devices monitoring and telemetry, all feeding data into mighty AI engines that let the Communist Party optimise the nation's affairs track and penalize dissidents through the edifice of enforcing 'social harmony'."


Google fixes 'Chromebork' one-character code typo that prevented Chrome OS logins

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Re: Low quality

That is an interesting yet relevant comment, considering another bug that some of us are currently dealing with.

Last week Lenovo issued a Thunderbird firmware update to, at least, my model of workstation laptop. It broke the HDMI output, no audio and completely lost ability to deliver anything over 1080i graphics.

A very strange occurrence!

The forums notified Lenovo tech and they are now working on a fix. In the meantime, unless you use an adapter from another port to HDMI, your external high-res monitors are not going to give you what you purchased them for.

Someone didn't review the code prior to rolling it out. Plus, they disallowed downgrades so we can't roll back as a temporary, DIY solution.

Yes indeed, we've all become bets testers. Thanks to the constant pressure of marketing, getting it out is more important than getting it right.

Be careful what you inline: Defunct video-hosting domain used to inject smut flicks into news articles, more

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Re: visiting Five Star HD

"I won't be visiting there again. Honest."

No problem! I'll be happy to take over those...hard...duties from you.

I have no shame ;-)

eBay cyberstalking victims sue internet tat bazaar over former staff members' campaign of harassment

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Re: "Nobody at the company noticed this going on"

Rather like, err, Wells Fargo, dont'ca know...

When management plays the "Nothing to see here, move along!" card, whilst they hold their nose and stare at the quarterly reports, it is just AMAZING what can happen 'without [our] knowledge'.


Activision Blizzard accused by California watchdog of fostering 'frat boy' culture, fatally toxic atmosphere

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Re: smelling like a witch hunt?

A toxic misogynistic atmosphere at Activision? A witch hunt??

NO! Couldn't possibly be true! Activision is such a GREEEEAT place to work, after all.... >:-/

Microsoft has a workaround for 'HiveNightmare' flaw: Nuke your shadow copies from orbit

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Re: Time to 'Nuke' Microsoft

Oh please. Rabid MS-haters really need to get a grip on yourselves. Didn't bother to read


from July 21, the first time we were notified of HiveNightmare?

Didn't bother to read the addendum regarding a Linux root privilege exploit, an out-of-bounds file system write, from 2014? HiveNightmare only exists on Win10 and Win11 machines, meaning that the Linux exploit mentioned is a year older than Hive.

But let's not replace Linux on our desktops, oh no. Windows needs to be nuked from orbit! It is devils spawn itself! Get me an exorcist!! Argh!!!


And note: I almost never downvote anyone (as I didn't downvote you). If you can't say something nice about someone (an upvote), don't say anything at all.

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Did the mitigation yesterday on my office workstation

El Reg is behind 1 day for me :p

Note that the icacls command line to delete the VSS shadows seems functionally the same as turning off System Restore, then turning it back on again (that is, it deletes all restore points, then starts it back up again).

I have not performed the operation on any other Win10 computer I am responsible for managing (10 total), I used my workstation as the guinea pig (some guinea pig, eh? :p) All seems fine with no impact that I can tell.

I'll probably roll out the mitigation to the balance of the computers within the next week. But frankly I would believe that, beyond my workstation, the computers represent a low-ROI target and unlikely to be hit.

In the Navy, we want to share data with some ease. In the Navy, can someone help us with this please?

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Re: frothing apoplectic rage

They're too busy frothing at every other "apoplectic" thing within their view. Like dogs and cats co-mingling, gay horses and universal bathroom breaks, things like that.

The old New: Windows veteran explains that menu item

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Re: "And that would be a bad thing because"

Oh, if only just to start, because the Program Manager was so good at user experience during multitasking, like letting you know status and all programs open...

If you don't use Taskbar Thumbnail Preview on Win10's taskbar, plus icon stacking on things like open browser tabs, then it would be logical as to why you think Program Manager was any good at all. In comparison to where we are now, PM is/was junk and needed to be replaced. Which is why it was.

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Re: "stop moving stuff for the sake of moving it"

I've been in[to] computers for 43 years. I look at things differently (as I do with many other things in life) - I don't mind the changes. Why? If we never moved things, changed things, "just because", we'd all still be using the Win3.1x Program Manager paradigm.

Because people are generally resistant to change.

And this is supposed to be an avant-garde industry. We invent, we move...we break things. Constantly. We break things because we are human and can't do any better, we are ALL fallible. We invent, we MOVE, because it's the only way to ADVANCE. To create better. To constantly seek improvement, to constantly refine.

Sometimes it doesn't work as intended, see: "fallible". But if we constantly give in to the naysayers, the conservatives of our nature that change without knowing that the most likely/best outcome is not "bad", we would never go *anywhere*. We'd still be riding horse and buggies because the horseless carriage was an utterly ridiculous, devil-worshiping exercise.

We NEED to change in order to advance the human condition. To reuse a phrase I am/was proud to associate myself with the source of: "To seek out...To boldly go".

So, as Microsoft seeks to tweak and change their interface designs, hoping to seek a future balance in the improvements, I'm not so fixated on sticking to just the here-and-now's design that I rebel. I *rebel* when something is broken, when the change stops it from working - completely. Changed in some manner? Let's see if it works, maybe and hopefully better, but damn it at least make sure it at least functions!

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Re: Always an important consideration

I agree. Some people have been around computers a while and are therefore application-centric; some people came to computers through strictly-GUI interfaces and are therefore document-centric. Make an OS that caters to all.

I await the cat-calls from the "Olde Tymers" who will complain every time something is not done to their personal view :-P

GlobalFoundries to build second chip fab next to NY HQ

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Re: But They Belong in the Desert

I was more wondering why anyone would put a fab plant in an area that gets buried in deep snow and harsh winters for 5+ months out of the year. But companies expect their workers to get to the job site no matter what, and yes people there have become accustomed to it but one must wonder if that was the ideal location.

Open-source dev and critic of Beijing claims Audacity owner Muse threatened him with deportation to China in row over copyright

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Re: Illegal bootleg of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' theme

A copyright is an authorization of ownership of intellectual property. It might not be baryon property, one you can physically touch, but it does have value even if all you can do it think about the structures. It is easy to dismiss property you can't physically hold in your hands, but does that make it "worthless" enough to allow others to use your creations without compensation?

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Re: tarnish brand

I depends if word gets out beyond the bounds of the development world. Does the average user read tech articles, ones that cover the dirty dealings of the new management? Maybe, maybe not. We can hope yes, but can't say really.

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Re: Jerks

It is not making the world "worse" from their (very singular) viewpoint - in their (myopic) belief, they will make the world better because someone will be making money! And if it's THEM making money, all the better!

The rest of us wish them DIAF.

Make-me-admin holes found in Windows, Linux kernel

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Re: The fucking registry. Again.

"Ah, so it's not very resilient then?"

Not in the very early days, no. But Windows has had System Restore, which backs up the Registry at regular intervals plus before Windows driver and update installs, for many, many years now. Windows 10 is the most resilient Windows ever, and often does a great job of self-repair if you ever bung it up badly enough to require that.

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Re: The fucking registry. Again.

"You can't understand what you hate just because it requires you to learn something new since you understood how to use printf()."

This. I've been using / hacking the Registry for the decades it has existed and it is really not all that hard. If the data is user profile-based it most likely, and should be, in HKCU, if the data is not user-specific it should be in HKLM.

The difficulty does increase when you are dealing with the hardware, as class numbers get cross-referenced to one another and you need to sometimes follow the cookie crumbs to find the final location of the data store you need. But otherwise dealing with, and understanding, the Registry is just a matter of learning and understanding the methodology of the data structure concepts.

IBM's 3% sales growth may not seem like much but it's the biggest it's had in three years

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Re: infinite growth

It's the Wall Street delusion, the brass ring, that keeps the Street existing. Between it and the fellow delusion of the Prefect Market, business-types keep themselves running on the treadmill to Hell in the attempt to make their pipe dreams a reality.

I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google

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Re: last generation

Oh, the ability to not share your ideas or thoughts with others is still available to everyone. The problem is that the selfish narcissism of doing so, the belief that posting will bring you some type of attention and make you [an ephemeral] center of almost everything, is the "reward" forwarded by social media providers and proves too strong for all too many currently weak-willed individuals.

Their decision-making brain functions have been corrupted, like Pavlov's dog, by a steady stream of mostly positive responses by friends, relatives and onlookers, with "Great job!" kudos to their steady, stream-of-consciousness posts. When the time comes to...shut up... they have lost the ability of the strength of will to know when to do so.

They still *have* that ability, but it has been weakened massively from the candy high of seeking, and finding, attention online. Their narcissism has been continuously fed for so long that they can no longer turn it off at will.

And then, boom. Their narcissism puts them into a situation that they can no longer back out of.

And that's our society's current poison pill, powering everything from Trump to Brexit. It's all about Me.

Microsoft, Google, Citizen Lab blow lid off zero-day bug-exploiting spyware sold to governments

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Re: As if I don't know history

Let's quote Wiki here:

"Once the British agreed to supply arms and form a Jewish Brigade in 1944, Yishuv Jews officially entered the conflict on the side of the allies. At the end of the war, amidst growing tensions with the conflict-weary British, the United Nations (UN), eager to appease both Arab and Jewish factions, adopted a Partition Plan for Palestine in 1947 recommending the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states, and an internationalized Jerusalem.[41] The plan was accepted by the Jewish Agency but rejected by Arab leaders.[42][43][44] The following year, the Jewish Agency declared the independence of the State of Israel, and the subsequent 1948 Arab–Israeli War saw Israel establishment over most of the former Mandate territory, while the West Bank and Gaza were held by neighboring Arab states."


After World War II, the UK found itself facing a Jewish guerrilla campaign over Jewish immigration limits, as well as continued conflict with the Arab community over limit levels. The Haganah joined Irgun and Lehi in an armed struggle against British rule.[167] At the same time, hundreds of thousands of Jewish Holocaust survivors and refugees sought a new life far from their destroyed communities in Europe. The Haganah attempted to bring these refugees to Palestine in a program called Aliyah Bet in which tens of thousands of Jewish refugees attempted to enter Palestine by ship. Most of the ships were intercepted by the Royal Navy and the refugees rounded up and placed in detention camps in Atlit and Cyprus by the British.[168][169]

On 22 July 1946, Irgun attacked the British administrative headquarters for Palestine, which was housed in the southern wing[170] of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.[171][172][173] A total of 91 people of various nationalities were killed and 46 were injured.[174] The hotel was the site of the Secretariat of the Government of Palestine and the Headquarters of the British Armed Forces in Mandatory Palestine and Transjordan.[174][175] The attack initially had the approval of the Haganah. It was conceived as a response to Operation Agatha (a series of widespread raids, including one on the Jewish Agency, conducted by the British authorities) and was the deadliest directed at the British during the Mandate era.[174][175] The Jewish insurgency continued throughout the rest of 1946 and 1947 despite concerted efforts by the British military and Palestine Police Force to suppress it. British efforts to mediate a negotiated solution with Jewish and Arab representatives also failed as the Jews were unwilling to accept any solution that did not involve a Jewish state and suggested a partition of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, while the Arabs were adamant that a Jewish state in any part of Palestine was unacceptable and that the only solution was a unified Palestine under Arab rule. In February 1947, the British referred the Palestine issue to the newly formed United Nations. On 15 May 1947, the General Assembly of the United Nations resolved that the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine be created "to prepare for consideration at the next regular session of the Assembly a report on the question of Palestine."[176] In the Report of the Committee dated 3 September 1947 to the General Assembly,[177] the majority of the Committee in Chapter VI proposed a plan to replace the British Mandate with "an independent Arab State, an independent Jewish State, and the City of Jerusalem [...] the last to be under an International Trusteeship System."[178] Meanwhile, the Jewish insurgency continued and peaked in July 1947, with a series of widespread guerrilla raids culminating in the sergeants affair. After three Irgun fighters had been sentenced to death for their role in the Acre Prison break, a May 1947 Irgun raid on Acre Prison in which 27 Irgun and Lehi militants were freed, the Irgun captured two British sergeants and held them hostage, threatening to kill them if the three men were executed. When the British carried out the executions, the Irgun responded by killing the two hostages and hanged their bodies from eucalyptus trees, booby-trapping one of them with a mine which injured a British officer as he cut the body down. The hangings caused widespread outrage in Britain and were a major factor in the consensus forming in Britain that it was time to evacuate Palestine.

In September 1947, the British cabinet decided that the Mandate was no longer tenable, and to evacuate Palestine. According to Colonial Secretary Arthur Creech Jones, four major factors led to the decision to evacuate Palestine: the inflexibility of Jewish and Arab negotiators who were unwilling to compromise on their core positions over the question of a Jewish state in Palestine, the economic pressure that stationing a large garrison in Palestine to deal with the Jewish insurgency and the possibility of a wider Jewish rebellion and the possibility of an Arab rebellion put on a British economy already strained by World War II, the "deadly blow to British patience and pride" caused by the hangings of the sergeants, and the mounting criticism the government faced in failing to find a new policy for Palestine in place of the White Paper of 1939.[179]

On 29 November 1947, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 181 (II) recommending the adoption and implementation of the Plan of Partition with Economic Union.[41] The plan attached to the resolution was essentially that proposed by the majority of the Committee in the report of 3 September. The Jewish Agency, which was the recognized representative of the Jewish community, accepted the plan.[43][44] The Arab League and Arab Higher Committee of Palestine rejected it, and indicated that they would reject any other plan of partition.[42][180] On the following day, 1 December 1947, the Arab Higher Committee proclaimed a three-day strike, and riots broke out in Jerusalem.[181] The situation spiralled into a civil war; just two weeks after the UN vote, Colonial Secretary Arthur Creech Jones announced that the British Mandate would end on 15 May 1948, at which point the British would evacuate. As Arab militias and gangs attacked Jewish areas, they were faced mainly by the Haganah, as well as the smaller Irgun and Lehi. In April 1948, the Haganah moved onto the offensive.[182][183] During this period 250,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled, due to a number of factors"

"On 14 May 1948, the day before the expiration of the British Mandate, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, declared "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Israel, to be known as the State of Israel."[45][185] The only reference in the text of the Declaration to the borders of the new state is the use of the term Eretz-Israel ("Land of Israel").[186] The following day, the armies of four Arab countries—Egypt, Syria, Transjordan and Iraq—entered what had been British Mandatory Palestine, launching the 1948 Arab–Israeli War;[187][188] contingents from Yemen, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Sudan joined the war.[189][190] The apparent purpose of the invasion was to prevent the establishment of the Jewish state at inception, and some Arab leaders talked about driving the Jews into the sea.[191][44][192] According to Benny Morris, Jews felt that the invading Arab armies aimed to slaughter the Jews.[193] The Arab league stated that the invasion was to restore law and order and to prevent further bloodshed.

After a year of fighting, a ceasefire was declared and temporary borders, known as the Green Line, were established.[195] Jordan annexed what became known as the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Egypt occupied the Gaza Strip. The UN estimated that more than 700,000 Palestinians were expelled by or fled from advancing Israeli forces during the conflict—what would become known in Arabic as the Nakba ("catastrophe").[196] Some 156,000 remained and became Arab citizens of Israel."

Etc etc etc

Apparently YOU have no clue. Please be quiet until you get one. The UN tried to establish a "Jewish State", using Arab lands and directly against the wishes of the historic land owners themselves. The Jews didn't care, and created a state using their own methods and with support of Western Allies through grief of the remnants of WWII.

And we've all been living under that guise ever since.

Everyone talks about Jewish rights, whilst Palestinian rights only gets mentioned in Arabic states while simultaneously dismissed in Western cultures, mostly the very same ones that provide economic and military support for Israel.

There is nothing at all balanced about the entire situation.

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Re: never totally clear

No /s necessary. I waited to post regarding this topic as I'll likely get attacked, but we all know the history of how Israel was founded. Yet the indigenous peoples of the area [are] supposed to be happy that their historic lands were sliced off, and just sit there and say "Thank you Sir, can I have another?!".

And then we, the rest of us that is, are supposed to accept the belief that a 2-nation system for the area, one that give those previously-mentioned indigenous peoples back some of their autonomy, is a terrible, terrible idea.

While the nation granted the land expands the "grant" at their will. Because they need to "make sure [their lifestyle] is never threatened again".

While they do onto others the equivalent of what they are very actively trying to prevent happen to themselves.

These are my thoughts. You are not obligated to respect or honor them in any way at all.

Windows 10 to hang on for five more years with 21H2 update

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It is not only the TPM requirement, it is the CPU lockout that is creating the largest grief. Many users of fairly recent hardware have TPM but still can't run Windows 11 thanks to the CPU restrictions.

You'll want to shut down the Windows Print Spooler service (yes, again): Another privilege escalation bug found

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"For now, you can only "stop and disable the Print Spooler service," disabling both the ability to print locally and remotely."

Thanks, Microsoft, I wouldn't exactly call that a "solution", even a temporary one. It's more like "Shoot yourself in foot to prevent a head injury" type of clause - not being able to print, AT ALL, is rather a deal killer.

How many Brits have deleted life-saving track and trace app from their phones? No idea, junior minister tells MPs

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Re: Google Play Analytics deletions

Since I remove my Google account from my device after I finish using Google Play to update or download an app, they would not know about my deletions until the next time I [bother to] log on. If Google Play is smart enough to count the now-missing app as "deleted", that is.

LibreOffice 7.2 release candidate reveals effort to be Microsoft-compatible

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Re: Use early Microsoft formats where possible for interchange

True. Or, even better if the recipient only needs to read your output, convert to PDF.

Personally I hate when general senders email us their DOC or XLS file directly. Thanks to VBA et al, it is a giant security risk to open up anyone else's files (even though I have auto run turned off on my own desktop, of course).

Just because I have auto run turned off and know not to allow the script does not mean that others follow the same rigid guidelines; I immediately delete all emails with a document attachment so as to prevent the others from attempting to open the file. I'll ask if anyone needs that email restored and then check it myself before allowing them to continue.

Biden order calls for net neutrality, antitrust action, ISP competition – and right to repair your own damn phone

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Re: Must be seen to be doing something

Do you have a better plan?? With the Republicans constantly obstructing anything that they themselves didn't begin, especially anything that can even possibly hurt their corporate masters, I'd like you see you come up with policy bills that will get enough bilateral votes to pass.

This is a game play to bypass the McDonnell-led obstructionism. If it's the best that can be done because the same 37% of the electorate constantly vote against their own best interests, then this is the best and we'll see how far it goes. Then readjust after the reaction is known.

Microsoft patches PrintNightmare – even on Windows 7 – but the terror isn't over

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Re: MacOS is now going into its third, incompatible codebase

Are you saying that any code in macOS that was written in Objective C has to be re-written to run on Apple Silicon?

Am I saying that USERS will have to buy, or download, new native programs and installers in order to run in native mode??

[Stunned at your self-importance of making a declaration based upon your singular viewpoint as a code jockey]

Yes they will.

Several thousand coders, if lucky, will have to recompile. To affect MILLIONS upon millions of users, who will then have to switch over to those new versions. Cost be damned.

But Apple users have become well accustomed to "cost be damned". They're used to it by now.

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Re: "Unmanageable"

It is indeed possible that Windows has become, to some measurable extent, "unmanageable". But that is because Windows supports the oldest base of still-active legacy software in the business - MacOS is now going into its third, incompatible code base since the Macintosh's creation, and Linux is only 20 years old.

Windows is expected to run pretty much whatever reasonable Windows program you throw at it; I run a Windows image capture and database program in my office, now on Windows 10, that is as old as Linux itself!

That's Windows' power. And it's curse. When an OS retains support for legacy code that old, it's going to bring problems. That's the burden of legacy code. But that's the power of legacy code, things you need or want to use are not thrown away by the whims of the OS maintainers. The power to decide your destiny as to what software you use is in your own hands from a vast, vast selection of choices

This brings complexity and yes, some user responsibility as to keeping up your security as best as possible.

Audacity fork maintainer quits after alleged harassment by 4chan losers who took issue with 'Tenacity' name

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Re: physical harassment

And this is why [you] have a good sized piece of (insulating) land, "No Trespassing" signs, and a shotgun...

Data collected to promote public health must never be surrendered to police

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Re: pally hoovering

And therein lies the ultimate joke. Most [gullible saps] are OK with hoovering by private business, indeed they volunteer their information by the oil freighter-sized load with their Facebook, Instagram and Google accounts. Not to mention even time they whip out their credit card for a £4 latte because carrying cash is too difficult for their delicate, entitled hands.

But then they are the first in line to complain if/when government does something with all that data that they volunteered.

It starts at home. You want your personal life to stay private? Then stop giving it out to *anyone*, especially when you think that you will get some type of benefit for it. The only reason they give you any benefit is as a honeypot - and you're the honey, sucker. You are the product, but you are too ignorant to believe this is true, that somehow all this giving of your information can't hurt you in any way.

"I have nothing to hide." Then I'll take your bank account numbers, thank you very much.

Revealed: Why Windows Task Manager took a cuddlier approach to (process) death and destruction

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Re: hardware lockup

Yes, the worst were output interfaces: audio cards, modems and network cards. Especially during the ISA bus years, they could be a real headache.

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Re: Why so long on a LCD telly??

Because today's televisions are SMART tellies. And they actually run Android to power all those smart, connected features, so the Android kernel and apps need time to start.

But it does make you wonder if the CPU is being put to sleep or shut down completely, with the power systems taking over recover from 'standby' in the latter case. I would believe they would probably choose the CPU shut down, rather than sleep, as it conserves power more and therefore gets things like America's Energy Star rating.

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Re: Why so long?

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, back in the day (Win95!) the shutdown process simply pulled the plug on the hardware. That is, Windows simply shut down the drivers and the kernel, and left the hardware in the as-previously configured state.

It would be reasonable to assume that this would not present a problem - when you are finished with the hardware, you can simply disconnect.

Turned out that some hardware did not like that, putting itself into a brain-dead state until it was completely power-cycled.

So Win95 did an orderly shutdown with the kernel sending messages to each hardware driver that it wished to disconnect. The driver was then responsible for placing the hardware into a shutdown or standby state, then reporting to the kernel that all went as requested. The kernel, only then, disconnected the device driver sockets and proceeded to the next driver.

Even then, some hardware did not respond as requested. That was the lengthy Win95 'stuck on shutdown' stall that drove everyone crazy.

Later (sometime in Win98 IIRC) they decided that many (but note, not all) drivers & devices could indeed be killed without an orderly shutdown, so they changed the shutdown procedure to do exactly this. Faster shutdowns ensued, with only occasional hardware hiccups.

It is reasonable to assume that every Windows after Win98 still takes that same approach: some device drivers are simply killed, leaving the hardware in the previous configuration but this not causing issues. However, some hardware needs to be 'nulled' and the driver sets the hardware as such, only then notifying the kernel to proceed with the shutdown. That, and Win10 now also doing things like applying auto-downloaded patches with possibly flush of temporary install files, updating the Registry on last-minute changes, etc etc etc.

Also, note that Windows 10 does not really "shut down" when you select Shut Down; Windows 10 features Fast Startup, which actually is a hybrid shutdown that writes some of the system to the hibernation file. The shutdown might be slower due to the write, but it is balanced off with a faster startup as full system & hardware initialization is not required. They figured that most people are impatient to get started, less so when they finish and are ready to walk away, so they rebalanced the two operations towards a faster startup at the penalty of the slower shutdown. Turn off "Fast Startup" for the faster shutdown at the cost of the slower startup.

Leaked Apple memo tells employees that they'll be coming into the office at least 3 days a week from September

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Re: not forced to work here

Sarcasm regarding general societal corporate brainwashing didn't come through, I guess...

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RE: Correction

"If we take a moment to reflect on our incredible, designer-built and iconic California headquarters, you'll realize that we as a corporation have a lot invested in our real estate values. If workers no longer need the public and work spaces that we built for your enslavement daily work, then we stand to lose a substantial sum as said values on corporate offices decline worldwide.

We therefore need every wage slave, err every worker brainwashed to the value of mass corporatism - let's try that again - valued Apple employee, to occasionally come in to visit their personal workspace in order for us to continue justifying both middle management's income / status, as well as the enslavement continuation of 'corporate culture'."


UK arm of international charity the Salvation Army hit by ransomware attack

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Re: founded in America

You are, of course, 100% correct. Thank you for posting.

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Re: dirty pool, dude

The initial reply was in regards to the SA as an entity, your reply redirected the topic to UK only. The SA has more than enough history in America of anti-LGBTQ actions to justify the original post.

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Re: dirty pool, dude

The Salvation Army (here in America, its founding location) doesn't need to turn away gays that they don't like. The SA does a fine enough job spending on lobbyists on anti-gay agendas to be effective without going through that discomfort...to themselves.


et al. A Google / DDG search will reveal a trove of details

Leaked print spooler exploit lets Windows users remotely execute code as system on your domain controller

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Re: What the ever-loving frak ?

"You can use group policy to allow non admins to install print drivers."

That's an administrator pre-approving the equivalent of a function-limited SUDO. Admin still got involved.

Now, please remember that I'm one of the rare Windows non-basher here on this forum.

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Re: admins

"Good luck installing a printer driver on Windows without Admin privs."

Exactly what OS should allow a print [device] driver to be installed *without* admin privileges?

Developing for Windows 11: Like developing for Windows 10, but with rounded corners?

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Re: Rant

Of course one size does not fit all. Ranty Rant-a-Lot is what we're accusing Linux fans of, thank you for noticing. Not many people here get to rant about Linux without 100's of downvotes, sorry.

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Re: Linux is a desktop OS

But then, under that (mistaken) belief, so is Unix.

And therefore we all should be have been using Unix Desktop for the past 3 decades, rather than be concerned with a Unix derivative, Linux.

See how that works? Taking a server OS and topping it with a window server makes it 'desktop" in individual usage case, but not in design.

There's verb, and then there's noun.

In development, the Linux kernel is multiuser server. If [we] press it into single-user desktop use, with a windowing server, then that's our onus.

Intel sticks another nail in the coffin of TSX with feature-disabling microcode update

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Would prefer the user to decide

the level of exposure that is satisfactory; I am not sure I am happy with the idea of (yet another) performance hit.

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview, attempts to defend labyrinth of hardware requirements

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Re: hardware requirements

I am awaiting detail technical justifications of leaving out Intel CPU's older than Coffee Lake. According to Wikipedia, the only new technologies that Coffee Lake implemented over Kaby Lake, beyond the expected increase in speeds, is CNVI, a connectivity interface for WiFi and Bluetooth.

So, exactly, why is Kaby Lake banned??

America world’s sole cyber superpower, ten years ahead of China, says Brit think tank

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Re: The US is also more vulnerable

That's not because of IoT, etc. The fundamental truth of any technology is the more complex you make it, the greater number of failure point open up. If the U.S. does indeed lead in technological power, then it also is a declarative that it will have the largest number of possible failure points.

Kubernetes a black hole of unpredictable spend, according to new report

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Green graphs

Odd to see a bar graph with a breakout that is all in the same color o.O



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