* Posts by gerritv

24 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Aug 2015

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing


The snide comments in this 'article' would have some merit if you actually described your testing credentials. If you had an inkling of what it takes to test something this complex you might take a less sarcastic approach.

I was Defect Manager on a 3 year project of considerably less complexity and had to 'handle' >25,000 defects. Trying to understand the impact of some vaguely written report is not a trivial task so I feel for what the Windows team has to put up with.

Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down


It could just as easily have been a grain of rice from someone's lunch that glued itself to a board.

Remember when quite a few senior govt types in the US were concerned that the different colour centre in Canadian 2 dollar coins were microphones being used to spy on their secret meetings? http://rabble.ca/babble/national-news/your-pocket-change-spying-you

Microsoft throttles on-prem tech donation scheme for nonprofits


For all the whiners complaining about MS, consider that Apple donates nothing whatsoever to non-profits. So if you are concerned about charities being impacted, check to see if they buy that overpriced,not-fit-for-commercial-use stuff.

Techsoup has product from many corps, except Apple. And no, Linux is not an option for non-profits who have no IT staff. BTDTGTTS

Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves


Better watch out for those Canadian $2 coins with the microphone in the middle as well.

Canadian outsourcer CGI to Nordic BI biz: Fancy €98m cold ones, eh?


Working for CGI for 7 months convinced me that it was time to retire.

IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban


Re: I wonders whether rooms 1738, 1740, 1742 and 1744 will be booked...

There is always John and Oko's room.

Nice hotel, was there 3 days a week for over a year. And great food underground in that part of Montreal.

Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant


The warning was there in Sep 2016!!

We were told to stop using SMB v1 in Sep 2016. The only reason to keep it enabled is to use it with XP!



Re: Experts all giving advice how how to stay secure

Yep because other OS are safe, not: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/15/qnap_malware/

Sadly there is a predilection for people who believe a false 'truth' to not be swayed by actual facts to the contrary, it actually entrenches their incorrect beliefs. Even though *nix has lots of fixes each month for vulnerabilities it remains perfect in the eyes of its believers. Apple has its share as well so really there is no safe OS.


Re: Oh FFS

No crisis, therefor they can't be heroes. A sad psychological need of some senior management types. You wonder how it would be in a CMM level 5 organization, everything ticking along smoothly getting it all done in 9-5 time frame.

Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from JS Fetch requests


The response from MS clearly states that they have queued it for a later fix, so not exactly dismissing the report.

I guess the author was miffed that his discovery didn't merit MS dropping everything to fix the api.

The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?


Your media companies love the term extension as do the rug companies. Mickey Mouse must be protected at all costs.


Re: I wonder

In the case of TPP there are side letters for each country that do exactly what you say isn't possible. Pretty much each country carved out a few things that it would not cave on. So Canada got to keep its Notice-Notice system because it was already in place but none of the other signatories could adopt it. Instead they had to adopt the seriously flawed US Notice-Takedown system.

For those not aware, this means if someone decides they don't like what is on your web site, a letter to your ISP will result in the site being taken offline. You can then try to fight that, which of course takes lawyers and $$$. So in essence it is often a bully tactic. Guilty until proven innocent.


Re: TPP's biggest problem was the secrecy under which it was developed

Except that is wasn't secret to the corporate interests in the US and even Canada. Each country had to bend over and take whatever the US wanted to give, as someone earlier indicated it was an export of US laws to rule the world. The complexity of the document and its required massive increase in bureaucracy is not about simplifying anything, it is about ruling the roost. E.gThe US retained the right to determine if country x's implementation was good enough, after the treaty was ratified!!! Talk about over ruling each and every government involved.

Items such a Notice and Takedown were acknowledge not to be effective and indeed subject to regular abuse. Canada's Notice and Notice system is even lauded by US media corps, but no one else can implement it if part of the TPP signatories. The side letters are amazing to read by themselves.

Frightening pos that should be binned.

Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones


Re: We are all wondering if he really meant all those strange, populist things he said.

I think he got advice for the best in that field, Farage himself.

Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?


Re: Free Fix!!!

Don't forget to clean under your finger nails, they will be fingerprinting you on entry. Unless you are Canadian, in which case you have for now a reprieve on that violation.

Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party


Here's a novel idea

What if all the media not invited just don't report on anything from the unveiling? Apple needs to get their head out of the clouds, and that would certainly deflate them a bit further. You (The Register) are after all providing them free advertising by your reviews, something for which you don't even get one of their samples.

Stop doing their advertising for free.

It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook


I doubt companies look at where you live, you don't need to provide that information. The do look at qualifications, in some cases to an extreme no doubt.

When I was hiring developers, designers and architects I looked at qualifications but experience and more importantly attitude is what tipped the balance.


It starts in school

This article might give some insight into the skewed numbers?


If you don't go to school, companies are not going to hire you for tech jobs, regardless of the huffing and puffing of activists.

Google open sources Thread in bid to win IoT standards war


Re: "Google is not a closed eco-system kind of company"

You will find MSFT very active as part of Alljoyn. They supplied source for several parts and you will find Alljoyn modules in Windows 10 desktop and Windows IoT for amongst other boards the Raspi.

Sometimes you have to actually read or know something outside of the immediate article.

Google-funded study concludes: Make DMCA even more Google-friendly


"The DMCA must have been a good idea in its day – almost every other country copied it." That is not by choice, it is because the US forces these rules into 'free trade' agreements such as the TPP, which are nothing more than the export of one-sided laws from the US. You know, the ones enacted for the benefit of corporations, not the voters who elected the easily swayed politicians.

You want to migrate how much data?


Never underestimate the bandwidth of a trailer load of 3600' reels of mag tape. True now as in the 70's

Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage


Re: Disingenuous little f*ckers

You need to up your reading comprehension. It clearly states that the information OneDrive app wants permission to access is on your MSFT account, not your full set of email addresses, etc. They already have this info!!!!

Linux 4.2 release 'possible' for next week, if Linus feels good


Re: Wow

Yes, I have done lots of coding and design over the past 48 years of work including safety sensitive stuff like DICOM image transfer protocols and even helped write the MR and CT storage chapters. You know, things like when you get left and right reversed on an image it actually alters someones life, like doing surgery on the wrong knee. So when I hear 'just try the latest' it means they are too lazy/incompetent to figure out what the problem is and then apply a fix. If you can't reproduce it, then you won't know if you fixed the problem. As the US military found out years ago, Hope Is Not A Method.

If sw developers built bridges there would be a lot fewer people on earth. Well meaning, no doubt motivated but not disciplined.

Microsoft replaces Windows 10 patch update, isn't saying why


Re: Think I'll delay updating

Yep, use the Linux approach, works well there so why not for Windows.