* Posts by Snow Wombat

94 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Dec 2014


Bada Bing, bada bork: Windows 10 is not happy, and Microsoft's search engine has something to do with it

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Re: You can also fix with Group Policy

Much obliged.

Will be implementing on my home domain now.

(Yes I have a home domain, don't judge)

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Australian checking in..

I was also affected, so it in was no way EU centric.

Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words

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Here come the Gozers!

Yup.. looks like the rainbow hair'ed mafia is sinking their claws deeper into MS..

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Silicon Valley and co can not be trusted, not to abuse those real time censorship tools for political ends.

So no, this is a terrible idea.

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording

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Now do the Media, and Silicon valley CEO's

PC version of Linux 4.19 lands with PC version of Linus Torvalds: Kernel handed back to creator

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Black Helicopters

Anyone wanna take bets?

We need to start a betting pool, as to how long it will take for the Rainbow hairs, to use that CoC to force him out, and insert one of their own into the leadership.

I give it 3 months.

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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It's a better CoC than the Rainbow hairs can produce.

Well This CoC would lead to a lot more productivity, and good behaviour than the one the Rainbow Hair'ed NPCs keep pushing on every other project.

You'd spend more time coding, and being nice to each other, and less time in flame wars about pronouns and which of the 7 million genders is the most oppressed.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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The sign of a dying company

When they devote time to petty stuff like this, you know the ship is sinking.

Do you think their system will understand twatwaffle?

Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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I hate it here.

So we get all out official release stuff 6-8 months behind everyone else, and they wonder why we pirate?

Even if we do wanna watch it legitimately, local streaming / pay TV services are prohibitively expensive, where you have to sign up to 3 different streaming services @15AUD / Month Each, and Foxtel at 60AUD / month

Even then, all the crap they have is on repeat, and with the new stuff being played with that 6-8 month lag, during peak ratings season.

Just means that everyone will just start sharing sites via other means, or like me invest in a VPN proxy service, so I can just search as if I am in a non insane country.

All the major parties are utterly inept at this sort of stuff, so I can't even vote for the "other guy"

Sadly the local chapter of the pirate party has been taken over by the Rainbow hair'ed pronoun crowd, so they are effectively an extension of the Greens now.

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

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Well they certainly aren't...

spending money on their coding teams, to make a product that doesn't crash.

But then again Adobe has a monopoly that market, so why try?

Just keep borg'ing up any sort of competitor, or tangentially attached service.

Twitter: Don't panic, but we may have leaked your DMs to rando devs

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That the "correct" type of devs have access.

Meh it's Twitter. I assume the whole platform is compromised and never discuss anything important in DMs

Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

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Re: 30 quid per victim?

If you're Aussie, then they are already slurping up your data, due to recent law changes.

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Meanwhile, in Australia..

They just updated our laws, so all our transaction data gets sent these arseclowns, with no ability for us to opt out.


I'd be more annoyed by my credit history is already a garbage fire, due to the instability of the IT market until recently.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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well.. I'd say go to Linux..but..

Now that the rainbow hairs have taken over the project, Linux will be stone dead in it's current format, and just be maintained by the likes of Red Hat, and other corporate forks.

The FOSS community will be too busy in flamewars over the proper use of pronouns, to produce anything useful.

I don't see this catching on though, organisations would have to re write / replace FAR too many wheezing internal apps for this to be worthwhile.

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Re: Long spoons needed

>implying Linux will be around that long, now that the Rainbow hair'ed pronoun crowd have taken over.

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Time to put in that home SAN expansion, make use of the shiny new 14TB disks that are out, and go back to pirating everything I want to keep.

IBM wins five-year whole-of-government deal with Australia

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In before 10 Billion dollar cost blow out.

Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

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Re: SCADA systems running windows

I have had this experience with;

* CNC machines

* Industrial truck scales (Running Win 2k. $500K to fix, as we'd have to buy a whole new scale)

* Hospital HVAC & Medical gas control systems (Win2k again, multi million $$ upgrade cost + Hospital shutdown to fix)

I could go on...

This solely lies with the vendors, who are trying to force companies to do complete system replacements, and make a profit off it in the process.

It's a complete joke.

Windows Server 2008 SP2 gets new support model

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Rollups suck...

They suck when one of the KB's breaks something critical, in a 20 patch KB rollup, and you have to uninstall the entire thing, then re install the 19 patches manually.


nbn™ CEO didn't mean to offend gamers, just brand them unwelcome bandwidth-hogs

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yet it was gamers

Who were screaming fixed wireless would be a terrible idea, given that pretty much every comms and network engineer I know, is also some form of gamer

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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I can take a stab at it..

In no particular order;

1. Usability sucks

2. Massive capex required to replace incompatible kit

3. No real business case, when everything is sitting behind a thumping big NAT / NetScaler.

4. The additional cost of making sure every wheezing business app is IPV6 compliant

5. The cost of MAKING all those wheezing old business apps IPV6 compliant.

6. General business inertia to resist change, and avoid risk.

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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(involving, for example, nudity, bestiality, pornography, offensive language, graphic violence, or criminal activity).

Based on which locale's laws?

What is considered bad in the US, might be A ok (if somewhat distasteful) in many other countries.

This will be an enforcement nightmare.

Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds

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Re: Political correctness BS

Because expressing certain opinions with a name attached, can get you a visit from the HR department, at best, and at worst, kicked out of your job and black listed, never to be able to work again.

Or you're a contractor like me, who has skills that over ride any sort of HR bias, to a degree.

Ethics? Yeah, that's great, but do they scale?

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So coding will have to develop the same level of regulation and standards as real engineering.

About damn time..

23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

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Woooo not me!!!

Yaaay!!! I picked the provider that doesn't lick windows in it's spare time! ^_^

Intel gives Broadwells and Haswells their Meltdown medicine

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I am not to worried because all my home infrastructure is isolated from the web, save the exchange server running in a very locked down DMZ.

So unless this can be exploited via that method, I am not going to rush out and replace my dependable HP 350 G6 Labrador any time soon.

IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia's spooks and cops

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no one tell them...

The easiest way to address this would to be give each Aussie an IPV6 Allocation range, and any devices you own must be registered in your range.

I am SO happy Boomers are dumb as a box of rocks when it comes to this stuff, because IPV6 could be used to ID every man / woman / child on the planet, for the next 1000 years and still have plenty of space left.

On-premises hardware sales about to boom says Morgan Stanley

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proving that....

Morgan Stanley doesn't know their arse from a hole in the ground..

Seriously... people got paid to come to that idiot conclusion?

Only way that businesses are going to back to on prem iron is if the economics of Cloud become horrifically bad, because they would have to rebuild all their on prem infrastructure from scratch.

That would mean re hiring a LOT of IT bods, and spending a LOT of money, plus the disruption, risk etc.

Yeah... not happening.

You get a criminal record! And you get a criminal record! Peach state goes bananas with expanded anti-hack law

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Ahh boomers..

They can't into technology legislation!

Mind you, I am so happy will not be around when "Generation Triggered" is writing the laws.


Trump buries H-1B visa applicants in paperwork

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Re: Wonder if Trump will bury his foreign visa applicants in paper work

Don't hate the player, hate the game.

If that's what he could do, then it's a problem with the system.

At least he is working to get that system fixed, seemingly at his own expense.

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Now of the Australian Govt would close the same damn loop holes here, life would be a lot better here too.

It's better than it used to be, but there is still a lot of cheap "fly by night" contractor mobs out there who keep trying to flood the market with cheap imported labour.

H-1B's in the US were a joke, and just a way for companies to depress market rates with cheap, expendable labour. It was terrible for everyone but American big businesses.

I have no issue with importing labour but it should be as a last resort and the imported labour should not be treated like indentured slaves and payed half as well as one/

Software shortcuts: Pay down your tech debt. It's time to fix a price

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Re: Security

Clients don't want to pay for the extra work it takes at all levels, to make something secure by design.

You run into the Classic A x B x C = X problem, so famously referenced in fight club.

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In my experience

"Nevertheless, it faces a decision: should it spend time and money fixing the problem, or should it kick the can down the road?"

In my experience, companies almost ALWAYS choose the latter unless the problem can be fixed quickly and easily. I have got into metaphorical "knock down, drag out" fights with previous companies regarding this sort of thing, and bone headed design decisions.

Decisions that cost them 20% more now, vs costing them 200%+ later (later being within 2 years) and almost without fail they choose the former.

So when the Titanic finally hits the massive Iceburg I warned them about, I get the emails and phone calls about how they can deal with it.

When this happens I give them a fair and honest assessment of what it will take to fix, and quietly add 30% onto my consulting fee as an "idiot tax"

A dog DNA database? You must be barking

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Database normalisation warning

Wouldn't the constant appearance of "Pitbull" Cause a database normalisation warning?

Mines the one fireproof lining.

Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

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They copied and pasted the Geek Feminism CoC

As a Windows Admin, I have to say nice job Social Justice warriors!

At this rate, you'll have completely killed Open source by 2020, having them devolve into bickering pie fights over respecting peoples pronouns, and driven all the quality coders and app devs over to the dark side.

Doing a better job of destroying OSS projects than Sun, MS and Apple combined!

Microsoft reveals career-enhancing .PNG files

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I have to get them.. but not by choice

These days, you need them to get past the recruitment bots and HR Vogons to where the actual work is.

US state legal supremos show lots of love for proposed CLOUD Act (a law to snoop on citizens' info stored abroad)

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Wow.... just... wow!

This will render the locally hosted cloud services, that were explicitly created to AVOID this sort of crap, moot.

You host anything, with a US based company, regardless of where the physical iron sits, Uncle Sam can Go Shoulder deep into your data and pull anything out he wants.


Guess who else Spectre is haunting? Yes, it's AMD. Four class-action CPU flaw lawsuits filed

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Blood in the water attracts the sharks

Yeah, this is just opportunistic ambulance chasers looking for a pay day.

Class action lawsuits in the US are pretty infamous for being a massive payday for lawyers, and giving very little back to the affected consumers.

Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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How about HELL NO!

Or I just go the 3rd which is blacklist the site, and never go there again.

I am not letting them run Crapware on my PC, that's just asking to get yourself infected with plague.

Did they already raid the employee lounge courch for loose change?

This sort of stuff should NOT be encouraged.

On the bright side, I hope this means Salon is about to go bankrupt. Nothing of value will be lost

US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims

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Found your problem

You bought a VW!

Maybe try getting a car that isn't shite?

nbn™'s HFC fix will see connections tested from March to July 2018

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Re: Dammned if they do, slowly dammned if they don't

Meanwhile I am living in an area that was part of the pilot, and I am on a comfy 100/ 50 FTTH link.

Gotta tell you.. it's awesome.

Test crash dummies: Pearson VUE broke half-way into all-day exam

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Holy Hell...

Why would you outsource something THAT important, to THAT pack of clowns?

I am in the process of re certifying a bunch of IT stuff, and my experience is that about 25% of the time I rock up and their systems are down or having issues and I have to re schedule my exam or sit around waiting to see if they can un F**k things so I can do said exam.

Complete clown show.

(El reg, we need to update the icons. We need a "bozo the clown" on for stories like this

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

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yeah... Just look at FreeBSD

Now I can OS that will change genders every day, and lock me out if mis gender it.

(See the new "Code of Conduct" update in the FreeBSD community.)

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Time to update the workstations at home to a Dual CPU machine, new graphics cards and more RAM.


Yes, I have a legit use for it.

Wife is an animator so workstations double as render nodes when we're asleep.

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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Let me shorten that for you

If you have to any actual REAL work

1 through 6. - Don't.

Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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Except when companies implement "blind hiring" practices and removed the Affirmative action bias, that trend reverses.

Given how the likes of Google and Yahoo are (were) perfroming, economic darwinism will win in the end.

Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Peak Code Monkey

This just means the market is saturated with wannabe hipster coders, learning web based languages.

Couple that with the UK and the US either offshoring code to places like India, Vietnam, Phillipines etc while also importing masses of H1B type coders.. no wonder the pay scale is in the toilet.

Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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It beings.

While I disagree with what TDS says, I will defend their right to say it.

This is a terrifying development that domain registrars are acting as censor, and stating that certain types of content can not even have a domain.

This is the beginning of the slippery slope, because in every other realm of the Internet, we have seen this behaviour. It starts with "Hate speech" but very quickly the scope creeps and we have all manner of things being banned, usually by a very narrow and vocal group of far left / Marxist / Social Justice types.

Unless registrars are presented with court paperwork demanding they take down a domain, they shouldn't be touched.

PR / Business reasons is just a cover for censorship.

Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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Big Brother

As much as I hate nazis...

I am uncomfortable with domain registars pulling sites for political reasons. Unless I haven't paid my bills, or your have a court document... you shouldn't be pulling my domain for ANY reason.

This is one of those "Slippery slopes" where the big domain hosts are going to be pressured to pull domains of anyone the ruling political class doesn't like.

This is a bad thing, regardless of your political alignment.

I just want a nice amoral registar and host who will keep my site up, in return for the money I give them. Politics of the day be damned.

The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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Here we go again..

This is just another push by the Rainbow haired "Diversity" crowd to take over Open Source communities, and make them into Tumblr.

The Tumblr community, not the website.

The survey is vague designed to divide. "Rudeness" is an idiotic metric for example, as it's completely subjective.

Github is slowly being strangled by the same "Diversity" crowd, who only believe in diversity of hair colour, not actual diversity of thought or ideas.

Sooner Github dies, the better.