* Posts by MatthewSt

377 posts • joined 12 Jun 2013


Windows 11 22H2 is almost here. Is it ready for the enterprise?


Re: WTF?

7kwh for home car charging (11-22kwh if you're lucky enough to have 3 phase). A lot of home chargers now support being remotely guided to charge during "green" times. No harm in PCs doing the same thing though. It's not always about renewable, but the supply and demand too.

Have a look at something like https://carbonintensity.org.uk/ for details

Whatever you do, don't show initiative if you value your job


Once bitten...

Back in my early days I was working on an application hosted on Windows on a Virtuozzo cluster (which was sort of containers before containers were a thing). We hit a bug that was resolved in the latest Service Pack of Windows so out of hours I started the update process on all 6 servers that made up the environment. When the first three restarted, they didn't come back.

Turns out Virtuozzo used some crazy single instance features (or something like that) where each server "ran on top of" and used the same code as the underlying host. By running the updates I completely hosed the environment. I was given a very stern talking to by my manager (but I gather not as stern as the talking to he got from his manager) but thankfully that was the worst of it.

What people seem to overlook in these kinds of scenarios is that if the person means well, they'll treat it as a lesson. They're not going to want to make the same mistake twice! You just have to work out what the intent was, and whether that person is capable of learning from it

Tweaks to IPv4 could free up 'hundreds of millions of addresses'


First part is right, second part isn't. It's on a lower layer than TLS etc so the contents of your packets won't be decrypted or modified (apart from possibly fragmented depending on MTU).

Arm, Microsoft at pains to say this CPU arch can be trusted with real server work


They're part way there - https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/products/azure-sql/edge/

Microsoft Edge's 'Secure Network' sounds a lot like a built-in VPN



I would imagine corporate devices will have the option to disable this (Edge is full of Group Policy goodies) or even configure it to respect your corporate Cloudflare account's rules

Twitter preps poison pill to preclude Elon Musk's purchase plan


Panic _is_ dumb

Not sure why the article chose to highlight this tweet, but panic was the cause of a lot of problems. Supermarket shelves were emptier than they should have been because people were panic buying more than they needed

Disagree with a lot of things he said, but that's not really one of them

Amazon to spend £1.8bn on UK infrastructure over next 2 years


Re: Yay!

Especially when taking the capex super deduction into consideration... https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-temporary-tax-reliefs-on-qualifying-capital-asset-investments-from-1-april-2021/new-temporary-tax-reliefs-on-qualifying-capital-asset-investments-from-1-april-2021

Microsoft Azure DevOps revives TLS 1.0/1.1 with rollback


Re: I blame the users

Considering one of the comments on the blog post is "How do I get VS2012 to work with it?" that's probably a safe bet!

You can make Win7 talk TLS1.2, but it won't do it by default

Internet backbone Cogent cuts Russia connectivity


Re: Difficult choice to make

It's a similar reasoning behind boycotts. One could argue that boycotting a product or company has a larger effect on the employees of the company rather than the owner. We just have to hope that all these actions "trickle up".

Escape from The National Museum of Computing


Re: Semantics

I think if you're not able to work out that maths yourself then this may not be the right kind of activity for you

Car radios crashed by station broadcasting images with no file extension


Re: GIGO for the goddesses sake!

Pretty sure in RDS it's called "BBC R2" now, not "Radio 2"

Website fined by German court for leaking visitor's IP address via Google Fonts


Re: Google Fonts and privacy?

I wouldn't be surprised if it's possible to get the list of registered domains for a TLD (eg the root servers for your TLD must know them at least) and they just trawl that

Shut off 3G by 2033? How about 2023, asks Vodafone UK


Re: Power calculations

Still off by 10x

4G 30kWh for 1TB implies 0.3kWh for 10GB

Software guy smashes through the Somebody Else's Problem field to save the day


Opposite problem

I've got one currently with Microsoft. We're using Azure CDN (to cache stuff) and it's throwin an error. They've done some diagnosing, and it turns out the error goes away if you disable caching (so it still queries the source for every request). When I asked what the next step was they said "I'm glad to hear it works, you can leave it configured like that"!

Technically they've fixed the problem, because there's no longer an error...

Google says open source software should be more secure


Re: Had a thought

It's not just software that's subject to vulnerabilities now with open source hardware also in the mix

Looks like you're going to need a Software / Hardware Incident Team

Developer creates ‘Quite OK Image Format’ – but it performs better than just OK



Kwah? Koi? Queue oh eye?

It's gif/jif all over again!

When product names go bad: Microsoft's Raymond Chen on the cringe behind WinCE


Re: Then there is the joke about the combined business/home/portable version of

Check out its old name - https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/services/virtual-desktop/

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint laid low. Not by malware, but by another buggy Windows patch


Re: Microsoft...

My guess would be someone took a dependency on a component that doesn't ship with server core

Sweden asks EU to ban Bitcoin mining because while hydroelectric power is cheap, they need it for other stuff


Re: I second that request.

Considering that heat pumps can exceed 300% efficiency it seems like that adds significantly more value!

(they can do this because they _move_ heat as well as creating it)

Also, does that mean you're happy switching off mining in the summer?

Microsoft restores Remote Assistance to Intune – this time as a premium feature


Quick Assist

Quick Assist is built in to Windows and works without any form of management software being set up. Not sure why you'd pay extra for this when you can just say to the user "Open Quick Assist and type in this 6 digit code"

Wondering what to do with those empty offices? How about a data centre?


Buzzword Bingo!

Got to get 5G in the article somehow. If you're close enough to the mast to get decent speed and latency (250 metres), you might as well just get the fibre installed.

BT's Plusnet shows Google how it's done as email woes enter their third day


Re: Stuck with it

Have you checked https://www.plus.net/member-centre/broadband/firewall ?

Plusnet have a configurable (by you) firewall at _their side of the connection_ which you can use to block ports etc.

See https://www.plus.net/help/broadband/about-plusnets-broadband-firewall/ for details

Edit: Might not make a difference as it's supposedly inbound connections only, but still worth a shot

Expired cert breaks Windows 11 snipping tool, emoji panel, S Mode features, other stuff


If it's not a teething problem in a new OS then why do other versions of Windows (which ship with the same tools) not have the same problem?

Data-breached Guntrader website calls in liquidators, is reborn as Guntrader 2 Ltd


Re: How does this work?

In this day and age with GDPR can you sell a member list or would you need to obtain consent first?

Better late than never: Microsoft rolls out a public preview of E2EE in Teams calls



Might have a different definition of limited here, but I'd imagine desktop clients for Windows and Mac, plus Android and iOS covers the vast majority of users

IPSE: More than a third of freelancers have quit contracting since IR35 reforms


Re: Forgot NI? @elsergiovolador

The problem with your numbers is that the dividend has to be paid out of profits, which have had corporation tax applied to them, so the same £5700 that you're saving in scenario 2 needs adding to your £1860 from scenario 1, taking you up to £7560

That puts them back into more or less the same ball-park

NHS Digital exposes hundreds of email addresses after BCC blunder copies in entire invite list to 'Let's talk cyber' event


Re: "deleting the original invitation"

How else are you going to passive-aggressively drop your coworkers in it with their manager?

User locked out of Microsoft account by MFA bug, complains of customer-hostile support


Lowest Common Denominator

I can't even begin to imagine how many nonsense support requests they will have to work through on a daily basis. Having experienced both the consumer and professional support they're very much geared for "keep restarting your pc until the problem is fixed".

Gartner's Windows 11 adoption advice: Explore but don't rush


Re: Not in any hurry...

Not suggesting that at all. Every generation of processors goes from Celeron to blazingly fast, so even though an i7 from 2012 (what I happen to be typing this on) is the same speed as an i3 from 2020 they've got different features. Like you I have no intention of replacing mine while it's still fast enough, but I'm not being "forced" to upgrade before 2025, by which point the performance (not to mention reduction in power consumption) will probably make it worth my while to upgrade.


Re: Not in any hurry...

If you've just spent a couple hundred million updating everything to run Windows 10 and the hardware won't run Windows 11 then you've been ripped off by your hardware vendor.

So let's say you did it 4 years ago (because hardware from 3 years ago can run Windows 11), and Windows 10 is supported until 2025, that means your hardware will be 8 years old by the time you're "forced" to upgrade.

Not the longest refresh cycle I've seen, but it's up there!

Competition watchdog? We've heard of it. But emergency comms firm still on track to Airwave hello to £1.2bn


Government accounting...?

"Airwave recorded an operating profit of £192m up from £198m a year earlier"

(yes, I know this should have gone to corrections@ but I'd rather get the laugh)

Netflix sued by South Korean ISP after Squid Game fans swell traffic to '1.2Tbps'


Re: Looks like the ISP wants 2 bites of the cherry


Looks like this is already solved for ISPs if they're willing to get a free appliance from Netflix to plug in to power and network

Cloudflare R2 Storage service takes direct aim at Amazon S3, hits on price and portability


> What Cloudflare is saying out of the box is not only can we do this cheaper, but we'll do it on your behalf automatically

I'm not quite sure this is what Cloudflare is saying. I think they'll be cheaper than the most expensive tier, but I don't think you're going to have the option of (for example) archive storage at a reduced rate. The way I read it is that Cloudflare will have one pricing tier, and they will balance performance internally and invisibly for you.

I'd love to be proved wrong though!

NHS England's release of 'details' on access to Palantir COVID-19 data store: Good enough? We're in a 'dialogue' says national data watchdog



To have your SQL server hosted on one cloud and your processing tier on another is just nuts! Higher latency _and_ higher cost, as well as doubling your potential points of failure...

Lost in IKEA? So, it seems, is Windows



Using your Nokia in a Kia near IKEA?

Edgy: HPE's first message from the International Space Station to Microsoft's Azure? 'hello world'


Re: "self-sufficient computers enable self-sufficient explorers"

Apart from email... https://office-watch.com/2009/using-outlook-from-orbit/amp/

Microsoft slips out Windows Server 2022 with extended support for 10 years


Re: Subscription

Jetbrains do this with their subscriptions. Once you've paid 12 consecutive months for a version you get a perpetual licence for that version.

MSDN subscriptions (and old Software Assurance model) work in a similar way. Your year one fee is high, then year 2 onwards is lower but you have a perpetual licence to use everything even when you stop paying

UK's Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency signs £15m in cloud contracts


Re: It's a Standards website

Glad to see that you haven't read the spec, that's a surefire way of getting picked!

In the '80s, satellite comms showed promise – soon it'll be a viable means to punt internet services at anyone anywhere


Re: Bandwidth

You'll get that _now_ yes, but contention is going to catch up on it when it gets popular, same as 3G, 4G etc

AWS gave Parler a chance, won't say if it talked to NSO before axing spyware biz's backend systems


Re: The two are not equivalent

Additionally, I'm not quite sure what a conversation could have produced for this. With Parler it was a chance to get them to change what they're doing so that they were no longer breaking the TOS. Something they could have done but didn't want to.

With NSO, there's not much left if they remove the malware!

A beefy Linux 5.14-rc2 and light at the end of the tunnel for Paragon's NTFS driver


Re: I admit my ignorance

I think (not sure) that kernel mode drivers offer better performance as you're logically closer to the hardware. Every time data needs to be transitioned between user mode and kernel mode you lose some speed

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast


Whilst the typo appears to be fixed the algorithm is still a bit confusing...

Put the sausages in. Five minutes later put the bacon in. Five minutes before that put the hash browns in.

OK, you're paying data charges in the EU, but you can still roam free in, er, Iceland


Re: What exactly did we get from the EU for £40bn divorce settlement?

Well Farage et al are still entitled to their pensions from their outstanding contributions as MEPs...

There's no 'Skype' in Teams: Microsoft lets signing key for its Debian Skype repository slip gently into the night


Sadly it's not limited to the forums, and also happens for frontline commercial support

The AN0M fake secure chat app may have been too clever for its own good

Black Helicopters

Re: One Time Pads.

Or... you could publish it somewhere _and_ make a stink about it not being you but secretly tell people that it is you! Plausible deniability and misdirection...

Microsoft reveals what a growth mindset does to the letter ‘A’


Re: "to small details like graphics and icons"

And you don't want your marketing department shipping code, so keeping them occupied with logos means everyone wins!

Basecamp CEO issues apology after 'no political discussions at work' edict blows up in his face


Re: Sex, Religion and Politics

That may be so, but people tend to use the term "politics" nowadays for all sorts of things. You think police shouldn't shoot black people? Can't talk about that at work, it's too political. Think women should be paid as much as men? Sounds like a political issue to me.

Brit MPs and campaigners come together to oppose COVID status certificates as 'divisive and discriminatory'


Re: Not "divisive and discriminatory", but essential

If we're all about choice, am I (as a business owner) free to refuse entry to someone who can't prove they're vaccinated / negative, to protect myself and my staff?

Or does your right to choose override my right to be safe?

Not saying you should but we're told it's possible to land serverless app a '$40k/month bill using a 1,000-node botnet'


Functions (et al) are only cheap if they're not used all the time. There's 2.6 million seconds in a month, so to run a 1cpu 1gb RAM function all month would set you back £31.50. For £29/month you can get a 2ish CPU box with 4gb RAM in Azure.

Just depends how lumpy your workload is

'There was no one driving that vehicle': Texas cops suspect Autopilot involved after two men killed in Tesla crash


Re: "more of a super-cruise-control"

Apart from that's not what autopilot means. Autopilot is a pilot aid, designed to take the mundane tasks away from the pilot. Eg the "cruising" part of the flight. It doesn't change altitude because of turbulence, it doesn't route around weather, it just flies in the direction you've told it to.

Hence why 2 pilots are still required on commercial flights.

What Tesla are marketing _is_ autopilot, it's just no one outside of aviation seems to realise how limited autopilot actually is



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