* Posts by joed

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Chromium's WebRTC zero-day fix arrives in Microsoft Edge

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Re: Are they really trying to jam Edge down peoples throats?

If you're not certain that M$ jams Edge down peoples throats just try using Windows. Sooner or later you'll end up in Edge, peddling Bing search results and with some nags to change default browser (if not already reset "for you"), import your browser settings and sing in to MS account. And that crappy new tab page (and news and interest adware on taskbar to spare some change for poor MS).

Inspur hot on liquid-cooled servers as part of quest for carbon neutrality

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green-washing

"liquid-cooled servers as part of quest for carbon neutrality" or an indication of out of control power requirements of current gen chips that forces complex solutions just to deal with waste heat.

Apple's new MacBook Air: Is the jump to M2 silicon worth another $200?

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That 1.2k M2 model with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD is not doing particularly well. Actually, it's even under-performing compared to the last gen 14 inch M1 base model (serious SSD bandwidth bottleneck and thermal throttling). Considering the price of effectively required RAM and SSD upgrade (still no fix thermal issues), I'd call it a dud. Not that I've ever found their M1 models performance particularly exciting in normal use. Whole lot of hype.

Microsoft teases Outlook Lite for Android

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what about the browser?

The lite option is already there and does not require cluttering phone with MS cruft or - worse - mobile management.

Btw, while MS is at it, could they take care of Teams? Why is taking 700MB+ on iPhone?

Rufus and ExplorerPatcher: Tools to remove Windows 11 TPM pain and more

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Re: I wish it was retroactive.

The problem with MS account setup is that the time you're done, you had to provide them with your phone number (because mfa is essential for a junk account). All these foolish games are just example of MS' fomo.

Microsoft backtracks on lack of easy Windows browser choice

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Re: Customer Enhancement Programme

3 incorrect assumptions. Neither majority of Windows users makes any changes to telemetry settings (sad but true) nor MS can be trusted to not siphon this data even when limited controls would appear to turn them off. 3rd - MS does not have good track record of responding to user feedback (e.g. they simply doubled down with BS features following W8 beta response). They tend to prefer damage control in face of failure (like following W8 with slightly less tabletty W10). It's not like their user-base had particular choice.

FTC sues Intuit for false advertising, says 'free' TurboTax isn't always free

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Re: The real problem

Absolutely the crux of the problem. These scammers corruptedlobbied Congress to block possibility of direct electronic filing for US citizens. In effect everyone ends up paying to them either for "value added" service (fine if this was true choice), with personal financial data (if one qualified for the "free" filing) or with personal time (if one refused to deal with the middleman scumbags). And while my state does offer electronic filing for state taxes I've been forced to medieval ways for federal tax. True undisturbed "free market" solution they argued for.

Thailand bans use of crypto for payments

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and good ridance

hopefully others will follow. Now, how do we put all this hot air and CO2 wasted in the process of reinventing the wheel.

Intel updates ATX PSU specs, eyes PCIe 5.0 horizon

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Re: 600W for a GPU?

It's a dead end with efficiencies barely acceptable for a space heater in polar regions. Definitely the computing segment looking for a revolution and very similar to car market where almost all efficiency gains have been jeopardized due to never ending increase in mass of vehicles. Some governments (EU) are forcing impossible standards for some industries (with diminishing returns and failure prone solutions) while losing sight of growing powers hogs (data center etc). And no amount of greenwashing will help (all the talk of data centers using "renewable sources" means that other demand had to shift to dirty ones).

Intel boss presses Congress for manufacturing subsidies

joed

Nah, wealth transferred is inherent element of free market. There has to be corporate outlet for taxpayers' money. Paying twice for your chips is the only way to go.

Intel eyes subscriptions to grow software sales from 2021's $100m

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slippery slope

Soon cpu microcode updates will ensure that intel code outperforms competing solution on "their" platform. MS showed the way back in the day.

It's your Loki day: The Reg takes Elementary OS Jólnir for a quick test drive

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Re: General question

? It may be just because I'm predominantly a Windows user and my macOS exposure is only on the support side (likely still more in depth than that of average Mac user) but I'd not call File Explorer trade for the Finder an upgrade. What a mess (other that proper file search that MS can't grasp and keeps trying to shove in Bing instead).

Nvidia says its SmartNICs sizzled to world record storage schlepping status

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Well, not even 20 years ago the green team was offering chipset for the red team that implemented some form of network firewall. The execution was imperfect and they discontinued software support for this product before pulling out completely from the x86 chipset business. I'd like to know if any of that legacy has lived on.

Swiss lab's rooftop demo shows sunlight and air can make fuel

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Re: Hmmmm

My thoughts exactly (I've learned about this process while listening to a podcast). The whole concept seems to be dubious idea/investment for so many reasons. The only viable option I could think of, was retrofitting few of large scale existing non-photovoltaic power plants (Morocco, Arizona etc) where sunk costs of past "investments" could be recovered (big) if the technology could really scale output faster than costs. Though water requirements, and neighbors not happy with harvesting water from air (likely at additional cost/efficiency impairment) will be a problem.

Microsoft touts Windows 11 SE: A locked-down OS to give Chromebooks a run for their money in schools

joed

this should be as successful as their 10S attempt. Same privacy concerns as on Chromebook with uglier interface (though 11 brings some hint of color to soc-really flat landscape of W10).

Another 100 space tourists buy a ride from Virgin Galactic: $25k of that ticket deposit is 'non-refundable'

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all the talk of impending climate doom

while the waste like this is glorified as yet another achievement of technology/human race. I guess different standards are applied to those with boatload of $ and those that can barely afford a beater car (and may soon be forced to walk everywhere once their PoS vehicle is considered outside of compliance with some arbitrarily stringent policies applicable only to unwashed masses).

Billion-dollar US broadband bonanza awaits Biden's blessing – what you need to know

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another wealth transfer under the cover of good intensions

Somehow I can see IPSs and techbros/hipsters that want to settle countryside (but did not want to lose "civilization" link) as the greater beneficiaries of yet another government handout than the rest of society that stayed in remote places because they either wanted to be left alone or appreciates lower cost of living there (being undesirable by those who just have to have it all). As usual we'll all chip in to support "high society's" vision of enlightened lifestyle that everyone should aspire to.

Oregon city courting Google data centers fights to keep their water usage secret

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simple math problem

while the issue demonstrates major issue America faces (corporatism), with elected (?) officials working against their own electorate, I think that instead of asking for "trade secret" info, someone should get total water production data and usage of all other customers. What's left will be Google's cloud dirty secrets (I bet all is powered by clean renewable energy diverted from other more essential purposes).

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions

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only fools pay

It's safe to assume that businesses participating in Home Use program have already assigned e3 license to employees. This entitles to bunch of installs across devices of users' choice. Let's call it sideloading (someone paid for it so freeloading it is not). Keep files locally and Office is Office. For honest folks or these that simply don't trust MS, there are open source options. And obviously old versions of MSO (regardless of their license status). Absolutely no reason for consumers to fill up MS coffers.

Here we go: Uncle Sam launches antitrust probe into *cough* Facebook, Google *cough* Amazon *splutter* Twitter...

joed

has MS funded this antitrust probe?

or Uncle Sam somehow mixed up MS with Twitter. An innocent mistake obviously.

Hope to keep your H-1B visa? Don't become a QA analyst. Uncle Sam's not buying it: Techie's new job role rejected

joed

Re: Not *entirely* unreasonable?

Really no need for racism to impact wait times for Indian nationals. You start will limited pool, split between regions/countries and, with huge number of people from India entering the line, you get 12 years wait time. For better or worse, US can't just let global population move in all at once (at least until "American dream" is all gone).

Wholesome: Waste heat from coal power station turned data centre to help grow veggies

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dumping heat into the lake is not so great

once you consider environmental impact. They should rather reuse all the hot water within/nearby their facility.

Google digs deep behind back of multicoloured chaise longue, finds a spare $2.6bn to slurp analytics house Looker

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inflation of "investments" money

2.6bn $ is a lot for a startup that's "burnedamassed $280.5m in funding".

Banhammer Republic: Trump declares national emergency, starts ball rolling to boot Huawei out of ALL US networks

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Re: Huawei + China Vs Cisco Systems + United States of America

"Don't Cisco have a back door into their kit which will allow American authorities to access the infrastructure its placed into?" - Cisco likes to have it both ways. I don't think their contribution to Great Firewall is by accident. And with number of bugs their kit does not require any covert back doors.

Have you always wanted an algorithm that can search like Bing? Well, if you change your mind, one's on GitHub now

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Re: I gave up on Bing when I tried search Microsoft's own website with it

Nobody should be subjected to Bing search algorithm. All of MS search "engines" (web, sharepoint, store, windows) may as well be replaced with dice. Results would not become any more random.

Free online tax filing? Yeah, that'll soon be illegal thanks to rare US Congressional unity

joed

It's not just paying fee for something that should have already been covered by taxed we pay. It's sharing financial data with these greedy a..holes at tax prep behemoths that irks me. The reason I've been filling up paper forms for years as the problem is not new but has just extended into foreseeable future (and similarly to Micky mouse copyright "initiative" should be labelled with the name of major backers). I can only see time when they block states from providing the service (similarly to telcos blocking municipalities from providing basic Internet access).

If anyone needed another proof that our 2 party system is just a smokescreen, there it is.

Two Arkansas dipsticks nicked after allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing bulletproof vests

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do what was the brand and model of that quality vest

just asking;)

The HeirPod? Samsung Galaxy Buds teardown finds tiny wireless cans 'surprisingly repairable'

joed

Re: Why bother?

"it seems nobody has quite nailed this form factor with the possible exception of Apple" - sure, if one like the looks of retro teen with cigarette over ear(s). The reason Apple's device performs so well (likely with exception to job #1 that is the sound quality) is its form factor (allowing for better antenna placement), separate BT radio per each earbud and increased power levels at which they operate. Unfortunately none of these is free - they are pricey, look stupid, are likely prone to falling (depending on activity user participated in) and built in battery life is only acceptable.

BTW, Samsung's design looks like a copy of original Jabra Elite Sport. These has proved great (as far as BT can deliver), especially for the refurbished price I've got them for.

Alphabet snoop: If you're OK with Google-spawned Chronicle, hold on, hold on, dipping into your intranet traffic, wait, wait

joed

If only they cared as much for privacy. Current trend of "security" taking precedence over privacy of users is troubling. Very much like all the policies enacted in name of protecting children, preventing terrorism, piracy etc.

Lenovo kicks down door of MWC, dumps a stack of sexy new ThinkPads

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Re: Gained?

in other words, t490 has lost removable battery. Hopefully both RAM and SSD have not been soldered to MB yet.

BTW, if Lenovo's ability to deliver its current product on time would be better than promise of new models.

LG's new gesture UI for mobes, while technically interesting, is still a little hand-wavy at the mo

joed

Re: Gestures

Opera browser also tried this years ago and it did not catch on - nobody really cared to learn to cast spells when simpler "digital" interface accomplished most common actions without 2-nd guessing oneself. Similarly with iOS gestures - Apple keeps subjecting users to less predictable outcomes of more and more complex UI (but sometimes comes to senses and drops force touch).

Slow Ring Windows 10 fragged by anti-cheat software in the games you're playing at work, says Insiders supremo

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Re: A LOT of you apparently play games at work!

Ability to join insider program (or even install a game) on a work computer does not sound plausible. OTOH, "fanboys" and geeks are far more likely to participate (on their personal systems) and just as likely to play some games (thus supplying MS plenty of data on this particular subject). Because of this MS' excuses don't hold water. I'd rather say that they'd rummaged through the telemetry looking for something else before actually using it to spot bugs. Prior issues seem to confirm this.

Uncle Sam to its friends around the world: You can buy technology the easy way, or the Huawei

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Re: very odd

The idea of sovereignty had been put to rest long time ago, but until recently we've maintained pretenses with regard to the idea of free market. I can only bet that OECD will support redefined terms.

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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Re: Kill Windows 10 version of Start Menu

"Press start button.

Ignore start menu.

type name of application, or service etc required."

sure, it's just surprising how badly it works at times (plus Cortana creep). It requires keyboard use - not always handy. Current Start menu is just badly designed and functionally is inferior to Windows 7's (that also offered option to search in it for those that preferred it).

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)

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Re: Firefox

Have they indeed removed smart bookmarks/rss support in 64.x? Really a deal breaker for me.

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures

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Re: Good for Charlemont!

As much as I'd like to stick it to Comcast (and since all I can do is to limit my spend, I've done so), as much I dislike the tendency of (local) governments to levy taxes for things that are not exactly necessity (yep, broadband is nice to have but not really necessity). Here neither Comcast should get 400k$ nor the town should spend 1.4m$ out of someone's else pocket. All that should be done is to truly open the market instead of the usual granting concession to one big player (like Comcast). If someone likes to live off the grid (where nobody in their right mind would run data link) it is his/her choice but he/she can't have it both ways at the expense of the crowded quarters inhabitants (which had to compromise elsewhere to have easy access to "civilization"). And the percentage of voting public here indicates that either few was aware of the vote, had no time to go to pols (and soon will have less as the extra tax will have to paid and earned somehow) or is just disillusioned that their vote mattered (one way or another) - all of this possibilities are troubling but the norm for US.

Probably not in line with sentiment of the forum but I've grown tired of paying for pipe dreams (even these promising shiny new tech) while even the basic needs are barely take care of. Unfortunately this is not limited to government and it gets nearly impossible to avoid this inflation of obligations.

Whatchu got for us this week, Microsoft? Skype, Powerpoint tweaks and – oh – another foldable

joed

Re: Skype 7 is still working

For now it's "still working" but it keeps nagging about impending doom.

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

joed

fences has surely worked for rabbits

US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

joed

Re: Friends

By all accounts we can still buy them. For now.

Spectrum-starved Wi-Fi vendors look at DSRC band, sharpen knives

joed

Re: They'll be plenty

while it sounds like a great idea, deriding the car off the radio bits is not an easy thing. Not even in fairly crude today's implementations

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

joed

Re: Overpriced

I guess one could argue about the difference between just overpriced and over-engineered (to justifying ridiculous price). It's amazing that some otherwise reasonable people support with their (though more often busniness' they worked for money) money gizmos that offered no functional advantage over quality kit that's while 2mm thicker (and sometimes not even this), is upgrade-able and repairable (if only to the advantage of the 2nd hand buyer). I guess only disposal fees will make this crap less desirable (where no demand for used model will have the original buyer actually pay for offloading the bricked device).

And this soldered SSD is just the nail in the coffin. Surely you'd not like anything bad to happen to your data (so pay up for OneDrive).

HP dangles subscription hardware at power users

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Re: RE: leasing hardware

Someone else who also gets it is the regular taxpayer. He/She gets to cover the difference for creative accounting of corporations.

Also the customer gets to pay for always new toys - similarly to car leases, service "deals" encourage getting more than really needed, as most lessees can't see past monthly payment. Hopefully the option of just buying the stuff won't be discontinued by rent seeking vendors.

BTW, expecting that suddenly all problems are resolved immediately just because one pays monthly is fallacy. Not only cost skyrocket with such expectations but also not every employee wanted/could have his workstation just dropped into box and replaced with new one with no transition period (or just honest attempt at restoring "old" system). This works in emergency but few really like it.

In the end only corps win.

Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast

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OTOH, the utility pole infrastructure (as pictured) does not need a hurricane to fall apart every few seasons. Only to be stubbornly replaced with even lower quality sticks (them trees are not what they'd used to be). All because constant fixing the crap is supposedly cheaper than doing it right.

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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GCHQ asks vendors not to make IoT too secure

and have a backdoor in place for the good guys

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

joed

Re: Rigorously Tested

"And reported...But not listened to..." - and now they have bullet proof excuse

joed

On the bright side

you'll no longer hear the Cortana creep when setting up new box. This is not a bug, this is a feature

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

joed

Re: Not a good look here.

OTOH, having some of app data files in "my documents" is not such a bad thing once you realize that some of software settings is as valuable as the files one creates using the software. The annoying part is how some of apps mix the intent of Roaming and Local data folders. Add registry entries to the mix and the lack of consistency makes for really messy transitions between machines/systems. Still, I'd rather take care of of this myself than have a cloud service provider do it out "goodness" of their heart (or more likely just an interest of every aspect of my offline activities).

US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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Re: Yep

I don't know that it worked. My old flip phone with PASG "plan" and messaging disabled by TM (excluding these sent by them) have not shown any. Ruckus at the office was much lesser than expected. I've switched mine to airplane mode but turned it back on early enough for retries to get through. Nothing. Not that I cared much for any such notification.

Microsoft has a digital coworker it wants in your business: Cortana

joed

but does it finally react

to f.. off Cortana the way we all expected her to?

So far it's been the case or pitifully broken AI.

Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move

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Re: I'm not sure I see the business synergies between Adobe and Marketo....

I can see the synergy - easier to deal/block one big scummy domain than whole bunch of obscure ones. I've yet to see Adobe fonts number of sites try to sneak.

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