Bonus points for copying the code in the SO question, rather than the answer.
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If you wanna learn from the IT security blunders committed by hacked hospital group, here's some weekend reading
Re: show me the money
Just keep a paper trail of your recommendations, suggested workarounds, and potential outcomes if nothing is done (in plain language), along with their refusals.
Document these known issues in your infra docs, with reasons why they exist. Increase monitoring+logging in those areas. Prepare for the post-incident audit before it happens.
Re: Not a dig at MS, but a question.
5% is usually reserved for root. So, the users can fill up the disk.. but not disable the ability to log ("hmm, my disk had filled up - but I saw no mention of it in the logs..."), for example - and updates too, I guess... so it looks like Linux has had this feature this for years.
(it's set by the tune2fs command)
Anyone able to shed some light on this?
Yes. It's all about economics.
The companies that produce these aren't trying to make the best product possible - but the most money possible.
Windows developers are 2/1p.
If their "wiz kid" nephew can whip up a billboard in VB6, by copying stackoverflow question code, then so be it.
But yes, this isn't completely the fault of Windows - the consumer OS designed for Grandma - but perhaps the fault of those deciding to use it.
Microsoft has signed up to the Open Invention Network. We repeat. Microsoft has signed up to the OIN
Re: er... does this apply to those of us who don't allow Chrome to store our passwords?
You need to have previously signed into chrome (and not disabled syncing) for it to work. I only use Chrome for development, never signed in - but I was able to login to gmail without any side effects.
I'm guessing chrome "sniffs" the security token from google sites, and detects that it's one of the user's it knows about, and uses it to sign you into chrome.
Re: what if you 'outgrew' ".Not" (aka ".Net") itself?
I don't develop desktop applications (anymore), I don't run on Windows, and anything that's time critical (very rare - .NET core produces reasonable machine code) would be written in Rust, but only after the speed improvements are required and measured.
I grew out of C++ a decade ago, when my clients decided they no longer require desktop applications.
.NET Core's killer feature? You don't need Windows (in dev or production).
It's great for us developers who've outgrown Windows, or have been screwed over enough, but still want to take their skillset with them.
One of the very few things I'm happy with from Microsoft. They showed they loved me enough to let me leave. (well, almost)
Re: Does anybody here remember...
I do. I'm in their "insider" program, receiving early releases from their ring.
But it's only to test our own stuff, see what they've broke next and fix our products before their general release. It's all in a VM (as is nearly all our Windows machines), and mostly automated.
I have zero interest in making Windows better. You're fighting the largest company in the world with that.
In fact, I discovered a bug and reported it (twice) over a year ago. I probably "reported" it more times, via telemetry. It's still there now, I just work around it. I've spotted a few more, but I'm not wasting my time with them.
Had it been something preventing cortana starting, they would have flew in a team of developers.
you have to download some executable file from the internet that nobody can trust
Yes. Not only that, even if you download an executable that you trust (even one you made yourself), and there's a rogue DLL lying around in your Downloads directory - boom!
Windows supports MSI
Don't get me wrong, I like MSI in principle, but the implementation leaves much to be desired.
The main trouble with that is it's so damn slow. When selling your own software, you want it to install as fast as possible. My completed installation count almost halved when I used MSI instead .exe (I still made the .MSI download available to those who actually wanted it)
Also, it's a nightmare to do the simplest of things with WiX.
I dislike Microsoft as much as the next geek, but they certainly are pushing Azure hard, and have demonstrated their commitment to it.
What interests me is that they're no longer investing as much into Windows, which is now effectively in maintenance mode, and going to turned into a gateway for their new priority.
I'm now able to develop and serve a .NET + MSSQL application without purchasing a single Windows license, all from the official instructions from MSDN. When I last heard, 40% of their VMs where Linux.
They've done the right thing by reducing their reliance on Windows.
Re: It's a subtle plan
By the way, LibreOffice supports the ribbon (aka "Notebook bar") : https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/02/how-to-enable-libreoffice-ribbon-notebook-bar, and it's slightly customisable.
You can even have the menu, toolbars, and ribbon at the same time. They did it right: you get to choose.
In other words: "It's been at least a year since we've made you all re-learn, our current shiny-shiny isn't as shiny, here's the next churn".
Anyway, now that I can develop C# in Jetbrains Rider on Linux, the majority of my pain points have been quashed by another company. At a fraction of the price, too.
Oh yes, my next OS will probably be Windows. That's normally what's pre-installed.
I'll boot it up, next, next, next, bypass the "create a microsoft account", next, next, next
Leave it to update & reboot, check the device manager that the everything appears to be ok, download Linux mint, write it to usb, then reboot
forced to install Chrome
I'm surprised to hear that - I wasn't forced to install anything. Google are normally good with cross-browser support (for FF, at least).
I can't say I've tried anything with Edge (apart from mozilla.org), so YMMV.
Mind you, not many people do test their sites with Edge...
1. It's not available on the OS that the majority of developers use.
2. It's effectively in the "other" category.
3. IE (upon which Edge is based) is historically developer unfriendly in general.
I'm all for choice in browsers, however for those of us who remember the original browser wars don't want Microsoft dominance again. For those too young, Microsoft is irrelevant.
This current stunt, and the hoops you need to jump through in order to switch browsers, has a very bad smell.
Re: Given the choice
It's very laggy when you are collaborating across the world. Stuff just takes too long.
Is it laggy because it's laggy, or because it's going across the world? Is there a faster alternative?
I'm in a remote team, edited documents while skyping, and haven't noticed any more lag than I'd expect. I can see their typing "seconds" later.
It's not like I have to dodge their bullet points.
The accounts department is going to need Excel
Because a single department possibly uses the advanced features of Excel*, the entire company must also use it?
*(Let's ignore the fact they're probably using dedicated software)
I agree that Word+Excel are probably the best - as a Linux user I do miss a few features when writing software specs. However, that's because I actually know how to use ~50% of the feature set.
But let's face it, the majority of users are better off with WordPad... where there's less chance of fucking things up. They never venture beyond the first ribbon tab.
We use G-suite at work, there's no pissing about passing files, we can edit documents in real time, there's history, permissions, and 95% of Word documents are... "readable" (if you want pixel perfect, use PDF).
Me? I write my documents in markdown or html, like I should have been from the start.
Re: S for...
Just because something is in the store for Windows 10 does not mean that it is available for Windows 10S or S-mode.
Well, one of the requirements of store apps is they must work on Windows 10 S. Meaning, every app in their store is restricted.
Of course, that restriction doesn't apply to Microsoft - Linux isn't available to Windows 10 S, and their apps (like Office) are allowed to do more things than normal apps.
It's already a "mode", normal editions can already be changed to it (for testing). There's nothing new.
They're just discontinuing it because it hasn't caught on. Having used Windows S myself I'm not surprised. No firefox/chrome, command line, notepad++, vlc, ...
It's funny how they have a sleazy smear campaign targeting Chromebooks, then they desperately attempt at copying them but fail spectacularly.
They just don't get it. Windows is about the wide range of software, and that's all. Remove that, then there's no point in using Windows.
And their app store is absolute shit. Not only because vendors don't wish to give their 30% or join the $1 race, but because an app is restricted in its own little silo. Which might be good for idiots who download untrusted software - but does that cover all Windows users?