* Posts by Lorribot

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SpaceX prepares to launch four civilians and a glass dome into space

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Sorry how does that work?

"The bill for this flight is being paid by Isaacman, who hopes to raise awareness and funds for St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee"

Surely any business man would realise it would be more cost effective and provide better care to just donate the money to the hospice rather than go on a jolly in to space and try salve your conscience by say that load of rubbish?

Correctkly invested the funds could probably give a viable income for the hospice.

Don't like the new Windows 11 Start or Taskbar? Don't worry – Microsoft's got your back

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You would need to fix the criteria from promoting people from "lets get rid of them to some other department/of course they are brilliant and understand the tech" to promoting people who actually understand the tech and can actually manage and hire people who also undertsand the tech (a lot scarcer than you would expect), unfortunately most of the people promoted only have one skill and that is managing upwards and thus are managed by those that they "manage".

Microsoft warns of widespread open redirection phishing attack – which Defender can block, coincidentally

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"sales and marketing campaigns rely on them to lead customers to specific landing pages and to gather web metrics. But open redirects are also commonly abused"

Sales and marketing, commonly abused. Seem to crop up in the same sentances quite often, along with Google and Facebook.

Microsoft does and doesn't want you to know it won't stop you manually installing Windows 11 on older PCs

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At least Microsoft's hardware requirements are not as arduous or as expensive as Apple's.

Microsoft slips out Windows Server 2022 with extended support for 10 years

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Admin centre is reasonable but is missing some decent functionality like patch management, yes you can do servers individually but not roll oout a patch to several servers. Yes I could use SCCM but the cost is ridiculous for servers and it is an awful product to use.

Adding Servers in is right pain and there is no way to automate it or remove old ones, some kind of AD sync would be a step in the right direction.

I tried really hard to use 2016 Core server and manged to for some scenarios (DHCP servers, WSUS, DCs etc) but there is so much server software out there that requires a GUI to run it was pointless effort and powershell does not do everything in simple way, like setting an IP address which is way harder than it should be and can have unpredictable results.

New on Netflix: A corporate drama in which staff are sued for abusing early access to financial data

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Lawyers and Comms departmentments and speaking truth?

With the Pearson case, it was likely that the communications in question were written by the Communications department and checked by lawyers, honesty, clarity and definitive statements are not a strong points of either departments. Those that actually know what happened probably never got a look in.

Remote code execution flaws lurk in countless routers, IoT gear, cameras using Realtek Wi-Fi module SDKs

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Iot the way forward...

...to hell.

I woudl imagine that most of the devices affected have no real update mechanism, certainly no automated method and will rely on people to log in to them and apply an update through some archaic scripts or maybe they will have a button in the GUI that will allow something to happen sometime if the untrained user can find the right file on the right website.

My guess is arond 10% of affected devices will be updated.

Rule 1. Design to be manged, not to finish the project as quickly as possible.

Rule 2. Make it do simple your grandmother could do it.

Microsoft responds to PrintNightmare by making life that little bit harder for admins

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Re: If only...

Having had to wrangle business grade printers and printer management software from Canon, Ricoh and HP over the years I would say they are all archiac crap.

The sooner we all mange to actualy fulfill Wangs promise from the 70s of a paperless office the better everyones life will be.

The only thing more archaic than printers is warehouse managemnet software, you will have conversations like

"What about OS patching?"

"We don't test OS patches or support doing that it you need to do that that in your Dev environment"

"What? Test in that spare warehouse over there where we can do unlimited testing of patches (for you) to make sure it doesn't break your shite code you can't even be arsed to sign let alone test?"

The Register just found 300-odd Itanium CPUs on eBay

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Re: Optimised in compiler

Unfortunately it is not moving quick enough.

The publishing industry widly used a product called Vista for all its financial and warehousing that runs on VMS and many are still using Itanium hardware as there is no (current) virtualisation options for this and moving away from it is massively costly as you are looking at ERP stuff like SAP which means business process changes and increased support costs and often many more servers and support staff.

VMS was HP so moved to Itanium but then HPE got bored with it and open sourced it then sold all rights to it.

Itanium was the right sort of idea just badly executed, they should have offered licencing to other chip vendors as they did with x86, but introducing a closed ecosystem in to a crowded market that had no interest is never going to work especially given the cost to move these things even back in those days of Server 2008.

Google: Linux kernel and its toolchains are underinvested by at least 100 engineers

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Re: Please stop calling computer programmers "engineers".

Languge does not evolve it is abused and misused to elevate the ordinary in the eyes of others to something they can only aspire to

The same has happend with Architects, which in the UK requires a minmum 5 year training scheme in cluding two degrees and final exam/presentation, failure at any stage negates the possibility of calling yourself an Architect. Compare that with the requirements for a system or solution Architect, which is just a job title and is often just a recorder of what has been delivered, where the name has been hijcked to elevate the mundane to be seen at the same high level as those that have strived hard to be worthy of the title.

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Too many companies freeloading off of Open Source.

The issue with companies using open source components to support their propritry software is they don't care about their open source software, and the definitely don't support it. Whether that be a Linux kernal, tomcat, python or some other bit. Versions installed are often out of date when they first install it because that is what works, Linux Appliances are often not hardened at all with deprecated protocols like SSL or TLS 1.0 still left active and believe it or not SMB 1 still mandated. I still see companies shipping their own code with no digital signitures, what hope do you have of actually having secure code from them let alone supported Open source version that have regular updates released by them?

Often these companies attitude is if you need stuff patched go and patch it yourself we don't support patching.

They contribute nothing, they don't patch and they don't care, is it any wonder it is so easy for state sponsored hackers to walk in with out any problems to wherever they want?

How much support do Solarwinds provide to any Open source projects?

Redpilled Microsoft does away with flashing icons on taskbar as Windows 11 hits Beta

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Two things to make windows simpler....

......start again from scratch and remove all the legacy rubish. Remove all the non OS stuff like News, Xbox anything (thats is on the servers) and 3d anything.

Sysadmins: Why not simply verify there's no backdoor in every program you install, and thus avoid any cyber-drama?

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lack of a clue on the basics

We ahve a supplier that does not even digitally sign its executables. Not a same two bit outfit either.

If you can't even get these people to do the basics what hope is there? Also what hope is there if your own company does not make it mandatory or even really care as it will stop this important project?

DevOps still 'rarely done well at scale' concludes report after a decade of research

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Its all about signing your own homework, pointless. also QA needs to be done but mostly isn't.

Projects generally are the same no valdation, no planning, no real testing, no real managementt.

DevOps can work, but is only as good as the weakest link and there a lot of links where it can go worng at speed and where it is badly implmented through lack of fundemental understanding of how it should be implemented

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Anything that puts development and Operations in the same word is doomed to fail through misunderstanding the other part of the equation which is QA, sadly missing from the name and missing in practice.

'$6 in every $10' spent on cloud infrastructure is with AWS, Microsoft, or Google

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All this cloudy datacenters are great till you have some muppet company that does warehouse controol systems that is still living in the 1970s and does not support patching, needs a minimum of 1ms latency to everything and wants to use Windows NT workstation as that Windows XP is too new, what that virtualisation, thats for those devOps smoke and mirros types, as for Linux well...

Did I mention about not supporting patching? Apparently we need to have test and Dev warehouse set up for that.

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far

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How long will we have to wait for Windows 12? You know thw next decent release.

Microsoft, Google, Citizen Lab blow lid off zero-day bug-exploiting spyware sold to governments

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"Facebook is suing the NSO Group, accusing it of unlawfully compromising users' phones to snoop on them via a security hole in WhatsApp."

Sorry facebook, you wrote dodgy code and you can't side step responsibility by suing a bunch of hackers.

Grow up and do a proper job and be nice to everyone not just yourselves and your investors and do things properly..

El Reg visits two shrines to computing history as the UK lifts coronavirus lockdown

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Been there brilliant place.

Even the wife, who is in to computers about as much as I am in to knitting, thought it was excellent and would go back.

Do Bletchley first for all the background story then go and look at the actual kit working.

BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers

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Driving around darkest North Essex I am lucky ot get a phone signal let alone a G for data. I guess they didn't include no G in the calculations.

If you are on 3 you shouldn;t bother turning your phone on. O2 is pretty poor non-existant outside of towns, Vodafone is patchy and EE is better than most but still lots of not spots.

The coming of Wi-Fi 6 does not mean it's time to ditch your cabled LAN. Here's why

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Easy peezy, lemon squeezy

We had all the bedrooms wired for TV (no one watches that now.....) so used that to pull through cat 6 cables to replace as wireless just didn't really cut the mustard (70Mb/s in the most distant bedrooms if yo were lucky) and the TP-Link wireless powerline adapters where not really sufficient with a shared 100Mb uplink when we got upgraded to FTTP, also my old BT TV box also need a permenent cable as no Wi-Fi any. An afternoons work and about £150 on cabling, an 8 port switch, some crimping tools and rj45 connectors and faceplates and the jobs a good un.

Microsoft struggles to wake from PrintNightmare: Latest print spooler patch can be bypassed, researchers say

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That is the sort of comment that will come back to haunt you.

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First off the Print Spooler service should not be on by default that is just stupid.

Secondly I assume that "little used" in relation to server 2016 is a joke.

Releasing a patch for an in the wild exploit as part of the monthly updates, which are released a week early is just plain dumb, this should have been a seperately released patch that woudl at most need a spooler service restart to apply to a few print servers, rather than needing restart a bunch of business critical servers to apply the full monthly update.

Phrases like headless chickens and muppets spring to mind.

IBM's 18-month company-wide email system migration has been a disaster, sources say

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IBM have sold everything they have ever done to someone else.

Anyone know what they actually do these days?

Hubble’s cosmic science is mind-blowing, but its soul celebrates something surprising about us

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Re: best of the best bodgerissimae

A bodger was actually a skilled craftsman who would turn chair legs and stretchers, often in the forrest on a human powered lathe, mostly from Beech. He would then take these to a chair maker. It has also been used more latterly to a travelling fixer of things made of wood, similar to a tinker who mainly worked metal. Which where the verbs to tinker and to bodge derive from.

On this basis I suspect it was more a case of best tinkerissimae as I would imagine there was very little turning of wood involved.

Containers make life easier for the software vendors you buy from, and that's why they'll win

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"But VMs are already a well-understood, mature, technology for almost everything other than delivering easily iterated applications."

99% of the IT I support is not "iterated applications" but stand alone single instances with no scale up or out requirements. I am not sure where this idea of fast development of applications comes from, maybe those that live in web serving world but many of the people that live in manufacturing/distribution/engineering/creative environment are not looking for that sort thing.The closest we probablly come to a iterative application is the office install on users laptops.

Can you run my bespoke automated warehouse system (the other AWS) in a container in AWS (need 3 ms latency or the warehouse dies)?

'Set it and forget it' attitude to open-source software has become a major security problem, says Veracode

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With Windows you have a centrally managed OS, but many people install the odd utillity or find stuff packaged in by the main software and hidden in theapplications main program folder (Java, Tomcat, python, WinRar, 7-zip, a Chrome add on from the store because it synched your profile....) then completely forget about it and never update it or don't update the application. So when you have this mentatility applied to an OS you are so going land the brown smelly stuff at some point.

With out mechanisism to maintain all these odd bits of stuff and libraries etc and some decent reporting tools you have not got a hope.

Companies don't understand that just because Linux is free to install no OS is free to manage and maintain. Linux is probably more complex in this regard than Windows or other Unix type OSes as it so customisable and the installable applications often have many open source components that you need to keep on top of.

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page

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There is a simple fix to this, make it easy to remove the storage chips like you would an SD card, it woudl help if all your personal data was only stored on that card not sprayed around by apps all over the place, but a well written OS should be able to manage that (stop laughing), then if you have to send it off you just remove your personal data and just send the kit in for repair with your personal data and porno movies never leaving your possession.

Or you can encrypt you local drive on a MacOS device but who does that.

Microsoft Irish subsidiary makes $314.73bn profit

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There is another way

All corporations of a size do this moving of money around, it is what people pay accountants to do, saves them tax and makes companies better off. It is what it is because we have stupidly complicated tax systems. If our tax system was a firewall we would have been hacked...pretty much continously.

Until we elect governments that actually want to get rid of all the tax rules rather than create more more loop holes "to stimulate the economy" then there will always be these stories.

I once read a Sunday Times (I think) article that did the numbers and stated if we got rid of all taxes and loopholes and just paid 12% income tax on everything we earnt that would net the government the same income as they get now and it would be a lot simpler to to do. And it would only be one page instead of the 10,000 or so we have now.

No VAT, no CGT, no corporation tax, no alcohol or stamp duty and no loopholes. Simple to do, simple to police and simple to prosecute.

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

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It never ceases to amaze me how many IT professionals that know about GDPR, IT privacy and all that, still insist on using Chrome and Google and often decry Microsoft Edge like they some data stealing demon, unlike those nice Google people......

Just why would you?

TCP alternative QUIC reaches IETF's Standards Track after eight years of evolution

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Re: 12 year loop

Lifers not being kept is a thing I see more in metropolitan based companies or at least for those staff based at metropolitan offices as they often have a bigger choice of employers and better advancement options, those based out in the sticksare less inclined to move on as there often only one or two companies that pay the rates required or have large enough estates to be interesting, and moving companies can often mean moving house or looking at a long commute. In my own company, my own 20 years there is small fry compared to some, 30-35 is not unknown, none of whom are based in the major city offices.

Cities are a great place to locate if you want a large pool of employees to choose from.

Cities are a great place to locate if you want a large pool on employers to choose from.

It works both ways.

What happens when a security hole is fixed in WebKit's source but not released as a patch by Apple? Let's find out

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Re: Methinks the lady doth complain too much

With closed source the developer works for the company that own the affected software and they manage the whole stack, with open source that relies on a number of pockets of deveolpers that maintain various components such as libraries that make up the whole you get those seperate developer patching their bit but that patch not being distrubuted by the wider applications that use it.

Its a bit like Car industry where a component supplier may fix an issue on one component but the car manufacturer still uses up its supply of all the old faulty ones for a couple months.

May be they should do a recall of their software when it is deemed to be broken.....

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day

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IT is too complicated for most

I remember when a CEO of a company rang up teh service desk and demanded they fix the Internet when BT was having an outage. This was serious request and shows the level of understanding of many top business folks that just don't understand technology. They also had a habit of throwing phones at walls when they didn't do what was expected.

However a lot of this is that there are way too many people working in technology that know enough to be dangerous but don't care enough to be secure.

Feature bloat: Psychology boffins find people tend to add elements to solve a problem rather than take things away

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Major flaw in constructing the test, It assume the person does not assume the building is designed to be a specific height with a overhang etc. the simplest fix would be to remove the roof in its entirety. The brick may fall on the head of the innocent lego person but that was not a condition of the fix.

The theory may be correct, but the proof proposed by this test here is flawed on many levels.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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Ignorant PR bullshit

" we corrected a fault identified in our IT system"

Sorry but the fault was not in the IT system, that worked perfectly as designed. The fault lay in the project management of the software delivery, any QA system that was in place and the oversite of the software development that should have stipulated all of this up front, checked it was implemented correctly and and tested using real world example data.

As always it is so easy to blame IT as the problem when it is lazy ineffectual humans the screw things up. Computers are totally obediant morons that will do exactly what you tell them to do, if they don't do what you want them to do that is your fault not theirs, you (should) know their world, they do not know yours. (you can also say much the same for developers from other countries)

Another supply-chain attack? Android maker Gigaset injects malware into victims' phones via poisoned update

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Have they thought of a free brand new clensed phone for all affected customers?

Nestled between donuts and gingerbread creations lurks the Windows 7 EOS fairy

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It always disappoints me when I see this sort of thing in business environment. For sure individual users can make the choice to carry on with Windows 7. But a business needs to be on top of this stuff, unfortunately quite often those up the top of the food chain are generally just dumb users and don't understand the consequences (thats why we have GDPR as massive financial penalties focuses their minds, be interesting to see if you have a databreach and it was because of having Windows 7 whether they would thow the book at you), and IT generally don't seem to be able to explain the reasons and needs.

My own company seems to think we can replace servers OSes at a rate of one server a day, the reality is we can do 1 every 3 days if we luck out and the business co-operates. When you have only 100 servers it isnt a big issue, when you have 450 that need to be replaced and support for the OS runs out in two years time you can see there is going to be a problem, it can take 2 years to just replace a SAP instance and do all the testing, but they will say there is no budget this year so you have to do al 450 next.....then pay MS for the on going support which is more than if you had started the project early.

LTSB versions of Windows 10 only last 3 years, so you need to get something in place to upgrade and a proper testing process to test all your 500 different peices of crappy software used through out the business (yes that is what happens when you give users local admin rights on their PCs, they install lots of unlicensed crap software, I know of one IT company that had to buy 30 Age of Empires licences after an MS audit) to see which on does not support the latest versions of Windows untill 2 years after it has been released.

Android, iOS beam telemetry to Google, Apple even when you tell them not to – study

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GDPR requires clear and explicit consent for taking a storing personnally identifiable information. Google is takeing storing and processing personally identifiable information as it is actually going out of its way to track you where and however you go. What i would like to see is where is teh clear and explicit consent to this?

The French had a nibble at Google to the tune of €50 million euros for some advertising thing but that really did not go far enough. The EU need to grow a pair and Tell them to stop doing it, the max fine is €20 Million but they can also

Imposing a temporary or permanent ban on data processing

Order the rectification, restriction or erasure of data

Suspending data transfers to third countries

Untill they do one of the above they will just ignore everyone and carry on doing their thing.

Note the Linage 14.1 which can be as googleless Android 11 as you want it

https://lineageos.org/Changelog-25/

Sadly, the catastrophic impact with Apophis asteroid isn't going to happen in 2068

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Oracle sorely wanted case alleging improper inflation of cloud sales to disappear. But the judge said no

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Oracle......Licensing....dodgy pratices.....missreporting,....massaging the results

Seems like like an everyday story of normality at Oracle to me.

Samsung aims first 512GB DDR5 DRAM chip built on High-K/Metal Gate tech at HPC, AI markets

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Thats crafty

Not content with Exchange you get Hafnium in the RAM chips now

Tired: Linux fans using the Edge browser. Wired: Linux fans using a Microsoft account to sign into the Edge browser

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Re: Third step is

Or you could choose to send the whole of your life to Google.

Personally I am not sure i would trust the other Chromium based browsers to entirely unpick Google from the browser, so take your pick of who you hate least. Choice is wonderful thing.

I doubt this has anything to do with Linux nerds that hate Google but still need Chrome because Firefox is....... this likely more to do with Corporate Linux deployments and manageability and control.

Fortunately we all have choices, we may not like the options they proffer but they are there even if at best they are the least worst option.

Staff and students at Victoria University of Wellington learn the most important lesson of all: Keep your files backed up

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You can lead a horse to water but they may not even realise they need to drink....

Ah people deleting stuff. It happens, done it myself to someone's PST archive when I upgraded their PC to Windows XP, they were not supposed to be using local PSTs, but users....what you going to do. Upside is, she still doesn't talk to me.

I remember the classic case of a lady at a school I worked at asking if I could recover her duaghter thesis as their son had done a Windows 98 "upgrade" on the familiy PC and wiped everything a month before it was due in. That cost about £300 (about 23 years ago) to recover from a proper HD recovery company.

I sent may kids to University with a 1TB Onedrive set up and 256GB USB stick, and told them they need at least 3 copies of everything, one on laptop, one in the cloud (OneDrive or Uni storage) and one off line (USB,CD,DVD,External Drive). If you lose work and haven't done that don't even think of bothering me. For the last I even set up her laptop so that when ever she plugged in an external drive it would back up all her documents.

One of them did manage to download ransomware as part of a film download but least he had enough copies of pictures on phones and work in at least 2 out 3 places that a rebuild and recovery actually got it all back.

Lesson learned and proved the old git actually knew what he was talking about.

Micron: We're pulling the plug on 3D XPoint. Anyone in the market for a Utah chip factory?

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Classic case of OUO.

Over Promise, Under deliver and Over priced. And just to under devekoped.

Like most of the Intel stuff of late it is just meh, why bother?

Google fails to neutralize lawsuit that complains Chrome's incognito mode isn't very private at all

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when the win finally comes.....

Does this mean that in 6 years time Chrome Incognito mode will mean the Chrome will block all adevertising and third party cokies and any kind of tracing? Will Google have to get out of the browser game eventually as it won't be worth them actually using it?

Google emits data-leaking proof-of-concept Spectre exploit for Intel CPUs to really get everyone's attention

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Most web developers would not understand this or even care, they too busy delivering.

Google lives in a corporate world with change control and one person who understands this is importnat. the 300,00 web deveopers in the world don't give a shit as long as they get paid.

Google needs to target the people paying web developers to ask questions and give them tools to test code.

Another Windows 10 patch that breaks printers ups ante to full-on Blue Screen of Death

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Re: Drivers crashing the OS

Printing is an archaic process, so likely one of the things that is still tied in with a bunch of legacy code that really shouldn't be where it is at all., or even there at all.

Windows will only ever improve if MS did a ground up re-write, but I can't see that happening at all and would require a complete drop of any backwards compatibility other than emulation. I would guess the resulting OS might actually be quite reasonable, stable and secure (untill the users started demanding stuff to do stuff that bloated and broke stuff).

Probably the most modern (recently written) widely used personal OS is MacOSX and even that has its issues.

Though I guess there may be more knowledgable people here than me.

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Distractions abound

To be fair they may have been a little distracted by a small issue with Exchange servers.

Weirdly I had a GSOD on my Insider PC (insider builds get a Green Screen Of Death) with that exact error (APC_INDEX_MISMATCH) but on reboot on the last update (Build 21327). Could not fix and no roll back had do a full restore from backups to recover and turn off updates so I can skip this one. First real issue I have had and been doing Insider builds since they first started for Windows 10. Like all MS OSes it has got a lot slower to boot and less slicker, it used to take on 10 seconds now its more like 30. Still it is the first OS that i have not felt teh need to re-install every 6 months.

McAfee to offload enterprise business for $4bn, focus on consumer security

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Re: Quantity over quality?

Most people "Buy" this security product when they sign up to an ISP like BT who provide McAffe as the security product for free as part of the deal. Like Norton they also rely on the likes of Currys/PCWorld staff to upsell customers with a free AV that is not needed.

No one who knows AV buys McAfee. They have all been bitten by an uninstall that killed a computer and AV that was less Anti that desable.

I would say the Enterprise bit (mostly appliances) is actually better than the end point bit but needs some other bolt ons to start to challage where AV is going and cover off the full East-West, North-South stack that other vendors are building, I don't see anything in their current portfolio that is a good fit.

This is just a fund raising exercise that allows the consumer arm to keep paying it's execs big bonuses and fat pay checks for a few more years.

McAfee will wither and die.

Self-supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server virty users see stealth inflation

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Re: GPL, anybody?

All the licences apply to the various bits, I would imagine some of the more recent distributions could have many libraries and widgets and bits bob that are covered by a whole raft of different types of Open Source licences, that would be as long and most Oracle EULA statements. Let's be honest here, the Open source community has not really done itself any favours with all these different licences for the same things.

This is one of the problems with Linux, the Kernal is good, the bits that get added on are of variable quality, have their own support update issues and is a bit of a mess really and use a mass of different licence models. It's no wonder teh likes of big business is looking for a one stop shop, or if you are really big, run your own custom distro. Imagine Facebook or Amazon suddenly finding it need to pay double its support bil?

If you sit at home on you Linux box that is not really an issue, if your $1bn business relies on it and you may get stung for massive licence/support costs or someone may take over your favourite small fry distro and try and monetize it, well the relative peace, stability and certanty of MSland does start to look apeaaling

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