* Posts by johnnyblaze

186 posts • joined 3 Mar 2017


The climate is turning against owning our own compute hardware. Cloud is good for you and your customers


It's all bull

Call it what you want, the truth is that average Joe, the small guy, the consumer etc are being fingered as the root cause of the climate problem. We're the issue apparently - so we need to buy expensive EV's and heat pumps, we need to recycle more and put all our data in the cloud. I'll tell you for sure, it's all bull. The consumer (as we are) has little choice in most things they do. The way things are designed or sold or packaged - we just have to go with the flow. It's the manufacturers that are the problem - the suppliers, the shipping companies, the total waste of packaging used to ship things, the wasted compute cycles in cloud datacenters where they analyze and process my latest photo with AI or churn over the last URL I visited to decide what ads to send me, or monitor every location I've been EVER been to give me a useless timeline if I want to view it (I don't). So much wasted time and energy which all leads to unnecessary pollution and CO2 on a scale a million, million times more than average Joe ever produces in a lifetime. The public are being manipulated into believing they now have to spend even more of their money to make things right - that £20k ICE car you had your eye on is now a £30k EV that has actually produced 70% more CO2 during manufacture than the petrol car, and you'll need to drive it at least 50k+ miles just to break even on cost and emissions, but don't worry, the battery will be useless in 5 years, so you'll have to buy a new EV to replace it, and so the cycle goes on. Stop blaming the consumer!!!

Apple sues 'amoral 21st century mercenaries' NSO for infecting iPhones with Pegasus spyware



The footnote to Apple's filing is;

"We strongly resent any external 3rd party spying on Apple device users and collecting data without their consent. We believe only we (Apple) should have the right to do that, and will continue to defend that right to the utmost extent of the law"

That about sums it up!

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



Anyone care to guess how a gimped Windows 11 will run on paired-down, low as you can go gimped hardware? I'll tell you, it will be B-A-D. You'd have thought MS would have learned there lesson from previous attempts like this (remember Netbooks or Windows 10S, WoA even). If you've even attempted running Win10 on a Celeron with 4GB and eMMC storage you'll know what I mean. The elephant in the room is obviously the 'curated' list of apps MS (and only MS) will allow you to install on them. Yes, this is just one more attempt by MS to take on ChromeBooks that's likely to go extremely badly - again.

Microsoft: Many workers are stuck on old computers and should probably upgrade



So lets see here - Microsoft artificially gimping Windows 11 so it requires new hardware for many (all in the name of security!). Microsoft publishing a report saying people are more productive with new hardware (running Windows no doubt). Microsoft's partners preparing for their post-COVID hardware sales to crater. Microsoft looking at slowing Surface sales and little interest in Windows 11 (unless it's forced on people - everyone remember GWX I hope).

This is almost as good as Apple standing in front of the world and saying they know best what their users want - and sideloading would be a bad thing as it does terrible things like give users choice (all in the name of privacy and security).

So says two of the biggest companies in the world who cream off more user data and information than almost anyone else.

Intel's €80bn European chip plant investment plan not bound for UK because Brexit


Deal done

So Intel are happier dealing with rafts of EU bureaucracy and Brussels red-tape whereas setting up in the UK would have given them much more freedom. Yep, me thinks the EU have done an under-the-table deal here, because they definitely don't want the UK to be seen as a good place to setup business!

Microsoft wants you to know it hasn't forgotten about Surface



The Surface range are eye-candy devices only, designed to compete with MacBooks (yes, Microsoft still have Apple-envy). Put any Surface device in the Enterprise and watch them fail on most counts - reliability being the main problem. They're not user expandable or repairable and seem to break/crash if you sneeze on them wrong (Surface firmware is buggy as hell).

Horizon Workrooms promises a virtual future of teal despair



Don't use Facebook, never have used Facebook, and I never will use Facebook - anything. This is just the worst possible creation, one that I hope arrives stillborn. FB obviously think companies will buy the product (and associated per-user license), buy the Oculus headsets and all pile into this dead-eyed virtual meeting room all the while FB captures all the data and starts monetizing at a new level. Would corporates even be happy with the potential boardroom spying that would ensue. Nah, this is DOA for sure.

AWS offers you the opportunity to pay cloud bills before they’ve been issued


I'll say it again, nobody ever saves money moving to the cloud, and now they want your money in advance! Cloud services are convenient for a very good reason, and act like a revenue waterfall for the providers. The cloud would even exist if these mega-corps weren't making money hand over fist, and the bonus is, they get your data at the same time, which for many, locks you in, so you keep paying - forever!!

Microsoft: Behold, at some later date, the next generation of Windows


Cloudy future

Here it comes - Windows 10 Cloud Edition. A version of Windows 10 so completely and utterly tied to Azure (and a nice monthly sub), you can't use it without it. Azure is SatNad's baby, and he'll drag you kicking and screaming into it until his last breath (then lock the door and throw away the key).

IBM's CEO and outgoing exec chairman take home $38m in total for 2020 despite revenue shrinking by billions



You just couldn't make this stuff up. Execs who've initiated the biggest staff cull in years, who are responsible for a fall in all areas of the business, who show no obvious understanding of the markets they're operating in get handouts in the millions for doing basically... nothing. There are people working 10x harder (you know, doing real work) who barely scrape a living. Something in this world is very, very wrong.

Microsoft previews Windows Server 2022: Someone took a spanner to core plumbing features


Let's be clear here

- MS don't want people running Windows Server on-prem anymore and they don't want you using a GUI. They'd like nothing more than for everyone to run Windows core VM's in Azure, and you managing your entire estate in their cloud with PowerShell. That's the bottom line, and that's what they're moving towards ever, so, slowly.

They want you paying your cloud subs month on month without fail while you become 100% reliant on them for everything.

Pat Gelsinger promises Intel can go back to the future – in memo to staff shared with world+dog


Personally, I'll never buy or recommend Intel again. They've treated their customers as cash cows for too long, with little or no innovation and a confusing product line. I'd like to see AMD eat a lot more of Intel's breakfast!

Judging from all those packages y'all ordered, this shouldn't be a surprise: Amazon passes $100bn in quarterly sales for first time


A bit silly

It's all getting a bit silly now isn't it - super-corps hoovering up all the cash, primarily from lazy fuc*ers sitting at home with nothing better to do and a home page set to Amazon. Can a company get too big and powerful? I think the answer is yes it can. Personally, I don't order anything from Amazon unless there's no other choice - I'll always look elsewhere first. It will only take a few hundred million buyers to think the same way, and about a decade, and Amazon will be out of business. Yaaay!

Social isolation creates craving in the same brain region as wanting food or addictive drugs, study finds


Yeah, surprise me.

Humans are social creatures - we need it. Lockdowns drive anxiety, depression and feelings of isolation. Suicides up, domestic abuse up, divorce rates up. It's not rocket science, and this will be felt for years to come.

Apple gives real-world events longer pandemic-prompted App Store fee reprieve


Funny that.

Why do you get the feeling that Apple, who are coming under intense scrutiny for the monopolistic practises, app store charges and do-as-we-say, not-as-we-do methods are suddenly softening up a little, probably to try and deflect criticism and the anti-competitive lawsuits about to kick off. Funny that.

Oh! What a lovely pandemic, says Cisco as it sees wave of network refreshes on the horizon



Who said the subscription business model doesn't pay. Subscriptions benefit no-one but the company selling them - it's continuous revenue all the way. Why sell a product to a customer once, when you can sell it to them again and again, and if they miss one payment they lose the service. This is an accountants wet dream.

Network driver issue shaves 12 more hours off Microsoft's '365' infrastructure, and yeah, it was Exchange Online again


Down we go

Microsoft 358 - and counting (down)!

Finding remote working a bit of a grind? Microsoft staffers feel your pain


Not all great.

Companies like MS are obviously seeing some significant cost savings by not having staff in offices. Let's see - heating (and cooling), general power savings, water rates, canteen costs, parking, security, admin staff (receptionists) let alone actual building costs inc rates and insurance. Having staff kept in their own homes, using their own energy, water, food and heating/cooling without ANY compensation made those bean counters sit up and take notice. The mental health issues, inc productivity issues are a small price to pay. Money talks after all.

Down the Swanny: '2020 has been the most challenging year in my career' says Intel CEO as profit plunges 30%



Intel blamed COVID as most companies can do now (and get away with it), but at no point did he blame tough competition from AMD. It's almost like Intel don't even want to acknowledge AMD, even though their eating Intel's breakfast - and lunch - in many different areas. Quite please to hear these results actually, long may the continue.

The clouds part, cash rains on Microsoft's UK money-making machine


I disagree. Companies are being hoovered up into the cloud often because they have no choice and orgs (like Microsoft) make it very difficult to stay out of it. The cloud exists for one reason - continuous revenue for the cloud providers. It often doesn't make things easier or quicker, and I stand by the belief that very few companies save money moving to the cloud - it often costs more - a lot more.

Looking for a home off-world? Take your pick: Astroboffins estimate there are nearly 6bn Earth-likes in the Milky Way


The universe, and galaxies like our Milky Way are literally teaming with life, Even if only 1% of what they imply actually has sentient life, that's an awful lot still. We just havent found it yet, because let's be honest, humanity is probably the equivilant of a neanderthal in comparison to many other civilisations.

Amazon flicks switch on AI-powered enterprise search service Kendra – but where are all the connectors?



Wow. Another way for Amazon to hoover up more of your data to sell you stuff. Sounds great!

Eclipse boss claims Visual Studio Code is an open-source poseur – though he would say that, wouldn't he?


Not free

VSCode is fine for the basics - the light stuff for new/occasional coders. It's free for a very good reason though - MS hopes/expects that as those new/occasional coders ramp up, they'll see the limitations of VSCode, and invest in full fat Visual Studio (storing all their code branches in GitHub of course). Nothing is free - ever!

Bezos to the Moon: Blue Origin joins SpaceX and Dynetics in a three-horse lunar lander race


Bezos and BO have little credibility with even getting stuff into orbit yet, let alone out of orbit and beyond. Strange decision all round, but I'm betting SpaceX will do more with their small cut than any of the others will. BO is all talk and little action, but they still stand more chance of getting off the ground than the SLS!

Jeff Bezos tells shareholders to buckle up: Amazon to blow this quarter's profits and more on coronavirus costs



I don't believe a word Bezos says. 'Protecting employees' actually means 'Protecting the company' and stuff the employees. Amazon are just trying to save face because their employees (aka slaves) are pushing back and trying to tell the truth, despite Amazon firing them or limiting their ability to discuss things internally. Amazon are a horrible, horrible company. I try not to use them at all costs now.

Wall Street analyst worries iPhone is facing '2nd recession' after 2019 annus horribilis


The 2020SE may be Apple's 'answer', but they're only doing the rinse/repeat cycle they always use. Even the 'new' SE is a 5 year old design, probably with re-used internals with a upgraded CPU to make it feel faster. Apple don't really have an answer - they've milked their market as much as they possibly can, and now it's drying up.

Mayday! Mayday! The next Windows 10 update is finally on approach to a PC near you


Just wait

I think the best advice is to defer all Windows 10 feature updates for at least a month, if not three. Just wait and see how buggy the release is first, but based on the fact MS have released 7 (yes SEVEN) cumulative updates for 2004 this year alone, it says to me it was far from ready. I'd fully expect another massive day 1 update too.

Everyone is now peddling frantically on the Microsoft hamster wheel, but remember, it's not too difficult to jump off if you want an easier life!

NASA to launch 247 petabytes of data into AWS – but forgot about eye-watering cloudy egress costs before lift-off


Bad move

Watch this go bang. Once NASA factor in the ridiculous Internet pipes they'll need, with umpteen levels of resilience and bandwidth in the 10's of GB/s range, and pay AWS bazillions forever more. I can't quite believe how they think this will save them money. In all reality, NASA engineers will be twiddling their thumbs while things upload/download, or AWS goes down, or they suddenly find they're trying to access data from a much slower region. Trust me, it won't work, and NASA will pay the price. Nobody saves money moving to the cloud!

IBM puts 1,248 frontline techies at risk of redundo, warns of data centre closures


IBM can f*ck off

F*uk IBM and companies like them. If the execs at the top can't guide the company in the right directions and make the right decisions, don't take it out on the hard-working people who actually MAKE the company what it is. I'm totally p*ssed that when there's a dip here and there - that you would assume would be recoverable IF those execs did the right thing - heads must roll, and all to keep the shareholders and investors happy so they keep getting their dividend payouts. IBM can just go and f*ck right off.

Apple checks under the couch for $500m in spare change, offers it to make power-throttling gripes disappear


Nice one

One of the clauses of this 'agreement' is that Apple don't have to actually admit they intentionally slowed down i-devices, which runs the risk of tarnishing their shiny brand image. Apple say they did it to protect batteries and extend life - but one of the side effects of not telling users this, is that many went out and bought a new iPhone. Perfect solution.... for Apple!

The Ghost of Windows 10 Past shrinks back as Microsoft's axeman tiptoes ever closer


Re: 90k PCs, 5k Windows Store apps, "a handy pointer"...

Most of these surveys are sponsored anyway, and the results can therefore be presented in any way which benefits the sponsor.

Early adopters delighted as Microsoft pulls plug on Mobile Backend as a Service. Haha, only joking – they're fuming



MS is continually shafting developers - all the time. All those mobile OS attempts where they dumped devs before moving onto another attempt (5 or more times!), continually moving goalposts with app stores, trying to phase out win32 in favour of store apps, then reversing decision. I just don't understand how devs trust MS one tiny bit anymore. All MS are interested in these days is Azure and cloud - everything else is superficial. If they can lock you into their cloud services, it's job done.

Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations


Size 40's

This spat is mainly because Trump stepped in with this size 40's (before shoving them way down his throat again), and threw his toys out the pram because he hates Bezos. I personally think MS are one step away from the anti-christ too, but for a contract this large, if there's any sign of favoritism (or hateism) or under-the-table deals, it needs to be found out.

MS will just have to put champagne back in the cooler for a while longer

Microsoft brings the pane: You'll be looking at Xamarin and React Native to design apps for dual-screen gizmos



Talk about confusing - for everyone. Two devices (both Surface), but different operating systems and app support. It's almost like MS are hedging their bets, because they've f*cked up so many times. From what I've heard, the UI on the Windows device is diabolical, with so many functions removed and apps only running full screen. Common Windows UI features have been dumped, and the file explorer is straight from Win10 Mobile. Honestly, MS couldn't alienate users and developers more if they tried. I can tell you one other thing, with the 'Surface' name, these things will be expensive too. Cue more sighs and 'maybe next time MS'!

Microsoft reorg places Surface evangelist Panos Panay as boss of Windows too – report


Don't listen

I doesn't matter how many re-orgs MS do, or who's in charge of what. MS still don't seem to know what to do with Windows these days - it's been under the control of pretty much every department inside MS over the years, and they still won't listen to what their customers actually want - Windows 10 and their incessant fixation on cloud and dragging all their 'customers' into it - whether they want it or not - is proof of point!

Don't mention the seam! Microsoft releases Surface Duo Android SDK, more on Windows 10X


Full fat

MS have failed so many times now with badly implemented devices, I think they've forgotten how to succeed. Whatever these devices are, be prepared for another landfill event as MS aim both barrels downwards again. The only thing people associate with Microsoft these days is full fat Windows running on a dusty old box in the corner that may get switched on once every few months. Everyone else has moved on.

*David Attenborough voice* And here we have, in the wild, a rare glimpse... of what may be... a positive IBM quarter


Lay offs

Well, it would be safe to assume that if you lay off enough people, you'll eventually turn a profit.

We're so, so, sorry you're not able to get PC chips, says Intel to everyone who hasn't gone with AMD yet


So sad..

Poor, poor Intel. Does everyone feel sorry for them now? Just buy AMD and be done with it. In a relatively short time, Intel will have plenty of stock available that it can't shift.

NASA told to get act together on commercial crew vendors as chance of US-free ISS rises


Milking it..

Boeing are milking any NASA contracts they get for every penny, even, I believe, slowing down development on purpose just to ensure the next glut of cash to get them 'back on track'. SpaceX could have had Crew Dragon flying already, but as NASA have to answer to taxpayers and congress, everything is mired in red tape and funding issues. NASA themselves are part of the problem though - they insist of a specific set of tests over extended periods, and demand successful results at least a dozen times before certifying any part of the project, which slows things down again. I'm not even going to mention SLS either, which is the most enormous cash sucking pig of all time. SpaceX could launch 10 or more Falcon 9's for ever SLS - if it ever gets off the ground!

Watch Waymo's totally driverless self-driving car cruise around, how the US military wants to use AI ethically, etc


Re: Did any one else notice

Indeed - super wide roads, no other cars, no kids or pedestrians. Just cruisin' around with nothing to get in the way. Couldn't be any easier!

Microsoft sees sense, will give Office 365 admins veto rights on self-service Power tools


Dumb ass

Microsoft only saw $$ signs with this move - and they've only done a 180 because of pressure from over-stretched sysadmins who don't need yet reason to chase stupid employees who think they can do what they want. Yes, MS have seen sense, but it was an idiotic idea in the first place driven purely by greed.

Billionaire Bezos unveils plans to land humans on Moon, with a little help from some old friends


Call me

Call me when BO actually get off the ground and put something into orbit. They're all talk and hot-air at the moment - absolutely nothing to get excited about. SpaceX are running rings around everyone.

Creators Update meets its maker: It's 1903 or bust for those clinging to Windows 10 1703


LTSC all the way

If you absolutely have to run Windows 10 - and Microsoft are doing everything they can to push everyone to it - the only release worth installing are the LTSC versions. Stipped back, no crap, no feature updates - UI consistency. Unfortunately, it's only available to Enterprises, but any enterprise doing anything with 10 should be looking at LTSC first - no matter what MS says.

HP polishes the redundancy cannon, prepares to fire 16% of workforce


...and so begins the demise of HP then. Same old CEO sh*t - kick out the people who make the difference, keep the shareholders happy and cream the bonuses. All the while, spewing forth the expected lingo/jargon to try and keep the wolves at bay while they 'restructure'. Unfortunately, that word 'restructure' means lay-offs just due bolster the bottom line. HP will go the same way as IBM, who now have about 2 staff left. HP can digitally transform and disappear up their own ethernet cable for all I care.

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street


F*cking cyclists. There everywhere, and cause a massive nuisance - mainly kids on bikes in pedestrianised areas. My biggest bugbear though is the fact that someone can get on a bike for the first time on Monday, and by cycling on public roads on Tuesday. They don't need to wear a helmet, or high viz clothing. The bike doesn't have to be roadworthy, or have lights, or even working brakes, and while they should, they don't even have to know anything about navigating lanes, how to approach roundabouts or when to give way. There are NO rules about cycling - the highway code gives recommendations, but enforces very little, but guess what, if there's an incident between a car and a cyclist, even if the cyclist was in the wrong, the majority of the time, it's the car driver who's penalised.

Apple cracks, straps on free repair service for defective Watches


Still wearing my 5 year old G-Watch R daily. A little scuff here and there, but working fine and the P-OLED screen is still immaculate. I'll probably replace it with a Pixel watch when available, but this has been a very reliable watch (I did have to replace the battery, but that's expected after all this time).

Last one out, hit the lights: UK energy supplier SSE to axe 115 bodies from tech department


Dumb move

Well, another reason not to use SSE then. Many Brits hate having to talk and deal with off-shored support departments - it's often a trial by fire. I certainly won't ever be using them again anyway.

Microsoft Chrom... Edge hits beta as new browser prepped for biz testing


Bad smell

There was a bad smell coming from the original Edge, and I don't think new Edge will make that smell go away. Your average user is already Chrome-ified, and is unlikely to change. They won't have a clue about the Edge changes, so yes, it will still be used - once - primarily to download Chrome, and that's job done. Google are now synonymous with search and Internet, browsing (Chrome) and mobile (Android). Only those arrogant Apple users full of their own self-importance with their glorified iFashion accessories think differently - because Apple tell them to!

Astroboffins have spied the largest star that has gone supernova and it's breaking all the rules



What this highlights to me is that despite all the number of scientists and clever people looking at all this stuff, we mere minions on earth actually know bugger all about the Universe in realiaty, and most of the stuff we think we know is theoretical. In the scale of things, we're just amoeba's rolling around in a soup made of ingredients we can't even fathom.

Psst. Hey. Hey you. We have to whisper this in case the cool kidz hear, but... it's OK to pull your data back from the cloud


It will burst

Eventually, and this will happen, the whole 'cloud' thing will burst. Whether through continued outages, security breaches or increasing costs for enterprises. The cloud is about nothing but control, lock-in and revenue for the ISP's. Any enterprise selling their soul to a cloud ISP is just asking for trouble. Costs will often be more expensive than on-prem, your security boundaries will be shot to bits, and you will be entirely dependant on your internet connection, meaning you'll need faster and diverse links for resilience which will cost more (normal ISP's will obviously fall over themselves to provide this!),

One final thing, no matter what cloud ISP's say, is that as someone who works in IT, knows the companies systems inside and out and are employed by them directly, I'm trusted to manage the data, but can, if I wanted, bypass any security in place. I therefore know that anyone working in a cloud ISP could also do this if they wanted to, and have access to any data they host, and that's scary.



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