* Posts by panoptiq

23 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Apr 2018

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack


"Crowdfunded reward to catch the hackers?" Not likely successful, especially if the "hackers" represented one of our 3 letter agencies. Know what I mean?

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager


Re: The FBI paid him back in return for his services

Yup! They are going to dismember him and hang his body off the side of a freeway. Winning!

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass



I want my BlackBerry d@mmit!!

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server


Re: Just go Linux "Take my Linux ... please!"

Point taken - Linux is not viable for the desktop. But as it turns out, neither is a subscription based, cloud centric Windows OS for business purposes. I liked the old days when Microsoft segmented their "Work" & "Play" OSs; namely Windows-NT and Windows-9x (Windows 2000 Pro & Windows omg Millenium).

Problems started to appearing when they started "blending" them with the introduction of Windows-XP; they averted danger with the release of Windows-XP 64bit Pro. Windows-7 x64 Pro was great- all the other Windows-7 variants were... wanting. I won't even mention Windows-8.

Stuff really hit the fan when M$ decided that Windows-10 was going to be the LAST release of Windows, it would be completely subscription based & entirely cloud centric. This is a prime example of Corporate blackmail & there's nothing anyone on the planet could do about it; after all, Windows accounted for >90% of all desktops in the world.

My problem is with the arrogance of Microsoft to think that 1) choice should be taken away from consumers, 2) Everything will be pushed to the Cloud & 3) Nothing was ever going to fail.

I would have been fine with the current subscription based Windows-10 for consumers and a Traditional corporate option of WindowsNT-IX for government, & businesses who require greater security & greater control. my 2 cents

IBM sits draped over the bar at The Cloud or Bust saloon. In walks Red Hat


Re: ???



Re: Three letters... D.O.D.

I did not miss AWS - "POTUS has no love for Amazon"

Your statements are accurate. Though I still see POTUS going a different direction just because he can. Also it's a good idea not to put all eggs in one basket. Cheers.


Re: Well there goes Red Hat

Well IBM could actually make a success story out of this if... Scott McNealy were CEO. Under current leadership, I can't see Big-Blue doing well outside of massive government contracts.



Is this news good for SUSE or bad for Suse?


"RedHat's Gov't consulting division will fit right in with IBM GCS though - peas in a pod."

100% agree.


Three letters... D.O.D.

Big Blue is in the midst of an evaluation for a massive cloud contract with the government. Google wants no part of it (for political reasons), Oracle is... Oracle & POTUS has no love for Amazon. This Leaves Microsoft, IBM and some minnows. Trump likes IBM for nostalgic reasons but the DOD knows that they are not ready for prime time. So to slice the baby so to speak, the DOD probably told IBM that they will get the contract but ONLY if they buy Red-Hat (a reputable player in the cloud). I would not be surprised in the least if most government + DOD contracts go straight to Big Blue from this point onwards. After all, that's 20 years of guaranteed profits/revenue.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz


I guess this means HP is screwed in the "Hybrid-Cloud" space. What was HELION anyway?

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid


Re: Justified

Truly a shame that BlackBerry devices went under. They are STILL the most secure in the game. If the industry truly gave a d*mn about security, then BlackBerry would be thriving right now. :( :( :(


Re: Calls and Email

I have a cheaper solution - buy a discontinued BlackBerry device. My Z30 from five years back is still the most secure phone I've ever owned + it does email, BBM, maps etc. And it does not have ANY infections from google.

Plex plucks media cloud service, sends users scurrying to exit



Thank goodness the killed it off; it was unwise to get into the cloud business to begin with. Their core offerings sold iself.

Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'


KIMDOTCOM's revenge..??

Methinks this ruling has huge implications concerning the DOJ ruling against "MegaUpload" founder HimDotCom. If Grande-ISP wins then KDC's legal team has a foot in the door to discredit the Justice Dept. charges and stick the middle finger in their faces. Not to mention DotCom getting back his $300Million+ that's been frozen.

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android


Just Bring back BlackBerry 10

BB10 solved lots of problems; actually all Google related problems. Oh well.


BB10 OS from BlackBerry gave us the freedom we sought, but fell due to App shortages. Damn shame too because it was the most elegant, refined and practical mobile OS out there imho.

Servers crashed and burned. So, Qualcomm's back to Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V'ing Arm cores into phones



Qualcomm's 700 series should never have deviated from using ARM based cores to begin with. They had it right from the 650-653, then thy went off track. Those SOCs performed well for the mid-range phone market. What I think they should've done was take the incremental approach; namely placing 4x A72 + 4x A53 on a 14nm dye add X12-LTE plus 8GB of RAM then call it a day. Voila the Snapdragon 7xx is born! But that's just me.

Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed


Re: Re-Education

There needs to be a purging of the x86 architecture; in fact, it should have started 20 years ago. Oh well, long live unfulfilled computing potential.

Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider



IBM for the win!


Re: Ludicrous

"Some things should never be privatized"

You are correct... in theory. The reality is that the DoD does not posses the expertise needed to implement the most secure cloud without significantly sacrificing performance. Therein lies the rub.


Re: Oracle... don't make me laugh

" This is a private cloud system. So you want to manage it differently."

I fully agree with this statement and as such I suspect IBM may have the most to offer in that vein. But leave it to the DoD to screw it up. Lockheed-Martin anyone?


Re: Optional

Personally, I hope IBM gets the contract because of their solid history in conventional data-centers & the requisite security associated with many of them. This gives them credibility when they present their "private cloud" offering to the DoD imho. But who knows? Anyway, it would be a huge shot in the arm for Big-Blue in the cloud space as AWS, Google & Microsoft has that segment on lock-down so far.