* Posts by mgbrown

12 posts • joined 1 Aug 2017

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


Albert Niemann (chemist)

Albert Friedrich Emil Niemann. I know he's not British, but his discovery is more associated with £50 notes than anyone else's.

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square


Lets not forget that one of the main reasons why Android was better than Symbian and Windows Mobile was because Google refused to support those platforms with their services like Maps and YouTube.

Microsoft wants to cart your data away in a box and punt it onto Azure


Apparently, according to AWS, the bandwidth of a single 40T truck is 100PB.


Now Pushing Malware: NPM package dev logins slurped by hacked tool popular with coders


Time to force two-factor authentication?

"To mitigate this risk, we encourage every npmjs.com user to enable two-factor authentication, with which this morning’s incident would have been impossible."

Surely it is time npm forced two-factor authentication rather than just encouraging it?

1.5 BEEELLION sensitive files found exposed online dwarf Panama Papers leak


Just because you have found a file on the internet doesn't mean it's a security issue.

Can someone tell us how these researchers know all the files were not supposed to be public documents?

Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?


Isn't it time HoloLens got past being a developer only product? Maybe they will announce that at Build, but knowing Microsoft we will have to wait until all the market momentum has passed.

Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V


Re: Microsoft's idea of system administration...

"Anyone sane running services in Ubuntu VMs will be running Ubuntu *Server* edition which cuts out the desktop."

Those of us that are developing cross platform desktop apps will probably find this very useful. Not everyone is a server administrator!

Currently I have a Surface Pro 3 and duel boot it because Ubuntu running in a VM doesn't seem to support the high dpi screen. I know I could probably get this working with a different virtualisation platform, but it's easier to use the one build into the host OS.

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway


I wish they would give figures rather than percentages

It is never clear from these charts whether total Windows usage has stayed the same with people switching to the new version or whether there are a load of new Windows users and the number of Windows 7 users has stayed the same. It is likely to be a bit of both but without actual figures it is hard to tell.

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password


Don't keep your Mac in a Merc

So things I've learnt this week about security:

1. Disable remote access

2. Don't keep your Mac in a Merc http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-42132689

More than half of GitHub is duplicate code, researchers find


"Certainly several cases in the article where Java was stated yet Javascript was meant. How many times have we seen that?"

Surly they actually meant ECMAScript?

Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer


I use Bing and I know it

I've never had a situation where I couldn't find what I wanted in Bing and could find it in Google. Plus I like Bing's daily pictures. Call me weird if you want, I don't care.

How can you kill that which will not die? Windows XP is back (sorta... OK, not really)


I wonder how the total size of the market has changed?

These stats are always given as a % of some unknown total. So Android has a bigger percentage and Windows a smaller percentage, but that doesn't necessarily mean that there are less Windows users. It may just mean that the market grew and most the new users chose Android.


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