* Posts by Zippy´s Sausage Factory

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Microsoft leaks 6.5TB in Bing search data via unsecured Elastic server. *Insert 'Wow... that much?' joke here*

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Meh

Re: Must be all of Bing data?

I just install OpenShell and have done with it. Sends nothing to anyone, fortunately. That said, I only use Windows on a works PC anyway. I haven't yet had a fight with IT over it but if I do, I'm not looking forward to it.

MP promises to grill UK.gov over revelations that Uber handed '2,000 pieces' of user data to London cops a year

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Devil

A bunch of corrupt cowboys desperate to meet their productivity targets at any cost.

That doesn't really narrow it down.

Actually, now that I come to think of it, there's quite a few others who meet that description as well...

iOS 14 suffers app preference amnesia: Rebooting an iThing resets browser, email client defaults back to Safari, Mail

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Devil

Re: Ha ha ha...

Well given it's the first time we've had that option, I don't see how people can be that upset.

But then "new function in updated operating system has bug" isn't quite so compelling a headline...

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Re: So iOS is now better than Windows 10

No, my Windows 10 does it after every reboot as well. Sometimes it just does it randomly in case I'm taking too long between reboots...

'Mindset reset' contributes to £1bn extra costs and another delay – 2 years this time – for Emergency Services Network

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Devil

"this technology will have automatic upgrades built into it"

Seriously? Ahahahaha... oh my sides... that is a good one. That's what every salesman wants to be able to get away with saying, but it's never actually the truth, really. Because new capabilities will always need new hardware, new software, new configuration - there will always be things that the current system doesn't and can't cope with.

If they really believe this, I've got a slightly used bridge available for sale...

Typical '80s IT: Good idea leads to additional duties, without extra training or pay, and a nuked payroll system

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Re: Shadowing - What could go wrong

Until it happens? Sometimes not even AFTER it happens...

Google Chrome calculates your autoplay settings so you don't have to - others disagree

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Unhappy

Re: Google, you suck arse.

Doesn't that - in the UK - violate the Disability Discrimination Act? Perhaps your local Saul Goodman would care to act on your behalf in this matter...

There can be only one: Visual Studio Codespaces 'consolidating' into GitHub Codespaces

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Devil

Have they been taking lessons from Google?

"Are people using this yet?"

"Yes, quite a lot actually."

"Good - burn it down and replace it with something much more complicated"

"Will do"

What rhymes with 'boom' and is veritably raking it in thanks to the coronavirus pandemic?

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Devil

How times change...

My work's IT department, 6 months ago: "don't install Zoom it's a horror show of security vulnerabilities"

My work's IT department, 6 weeks ago: "we're automatically installing Zoom on everyone's PCs"

Er...

In the frame with the Great MS Bakeoff: Microsoft sets out plans for Windows windows

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Facepalm

Crazy Train, now boarding

One way ticket...

Seriously, what are they thinking?

"We've got two APIs. Nobody knows which one to use. What do we do?"

"Obsolete one and kill it off?"

"No, I've got a better idea - let's create a third, completely different, slower API and tell everyone to use that".

You couldn't make it up, could you?

Here's some words we never expected to write: Oracle said to offer $10bn cash, $10bn shares for TikTok US – plus profit share promise

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Black Helicopters

"ByteDance might be ordered by Beijing to spy on millions of American teens using the popular mobile app, it is claimed."

And this is bad, because Washington wants to spy on those millions of American teens, thank you very much... (/sarcasm)

Ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain loses US appeal bid against fraud convictions and 5-year prison sentence

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Devil

It'll be interesting to see what happens with the criminal charges if HP lose the case in the UK.

(opens popcorn...)

East Sussex County Council dodges SAP S/4HANA upgrade bullet, sets aside £25m for a 10-year SaaS ERP deal

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Meh

"The council wants one throat to choke"

In my experience of working with councils, this is generally the single thing in the contract that isn't negotiable. And it's usually the main argument for not going open source, too: "but who do we sue if it all goes wrong?"

Relying on plain-text email is a 'barrier to entry' for kernel development, says Linux Foundation board member

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Meh

Reading between the lines, I think the impression she is trying to convey - either of her own volition, or because it has been impressed on her by senior management that it would be a serious career-limiting move not to do so - is that Linux should stop its mailing list and move exclusively to Microsoft Teams.

Which, given that Teams is proprietary and does not run on Linux, is a good idea in the same way as is attempting to trim your fingernails with a chainsaw.

Apple coughs $84m to settle South Korean market abuse case

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Gimp

Re: What cheek

And I used to wonder why in Korean dramas they always gave the bad guy an iPhone, while everyone else had a shiny new Samsung or LG.

(They seem to have stopped that now, probably because people were complaining about spoilers.)

Impersonating users of 'protest' app Bridgefy was as simple as sniffing Bluetooth handshakes for identifiers

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Black Helicopters

Hmm...

"Bridgefy was promoting itself earlier this year as the app of choice for protesters in Hong Kong and India to organise their activities without being easily spied upon by law enforcement agencies."

If it's that easy to break into it, you have to wonder whether it was actually written with that level of snooping in mind.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to polish my collection of tinfoil hats. Can't let them get too dull, you know, it impairs their efficiency...

Epic move: Judge says Apple can't revoke Unreal Engine dev tools, asks 'Where does the 30 per cent come from?'

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To be fair though, the "free updates for life" model is one that was pioneered by shareware authors and was quite common when the app store came out, it's not necessarily even a deliberate decision by Apple at the time, even if it turned out to be useful for them in the long run.

Notepad++ website sent to China's naughty step after 'Stand with Hong Kong' software update

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Linux

Re: The only thing I miss from Windows

There's a snap available on ubuntu now. If you can hold your nose long enough to install a snap, that is.

Linux kernel maintainers tear Paragon a new one after firm submits read-write NTFS driver in 27,000 lines of code

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Re: Bit harsh

I wonder if Paragon's thinking was "we're not sure what we actually need to do with this, let's just submit and they'll give us some pointers as to how we need to sort it out".

If that was the case, then I'm sure it's all going according to plan. However, I suspect they were just being lazy and hoping someone else would just do all the heavy lifting.

We've come to wish you an unhappy birthday: Microsoft to yank services from Internet Explorer, kill off Legacy Edge by 2021

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Honestly Microsoft really don't do themselves any favours the way they do things.

There's a load of old, obsolete or genuinely poorly designed technologies that Microsoft should have given the Old Yeller treatment long ago - not just IE, but Silverlight, UWP, WPF, ActiveX, etc - yet they somehow stay shuffling around like zombies. I really don't understand it.

Bratty Uber throws tantrum, threatens to cut off California unless judge does what it says in driver labor rights row

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Re: I’ll scweam and scweam and scweam until I’m sick!!

Here in Portugal there's a taxi app that basically covers all taxis nationally, and then bought the major competitor to Uber as well. I still don't use that or Uber, but hey, at least it exists.

Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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Windows

I look forward to the new names being broken by a future Excel "feature" update

The last time my work Excel had a "feature update" it became a crash-prone mess for three months until the next feature update. I ended up installing Libre Office so I could actually get some work done...

UK insurance biz Direct Line drops 'misrepresentation' claims against IBM in £36m database platform lawsuit

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Meh

Re: One born every..

That actually happened to me on a project. We put in the tender that they would guarantee the people working on the project would be the ones we met in the pitch. When reminded of that, they suddenly turned very evasive...

They didn't get it. Bullet dodged, I think.

Microsoft confirms pursuit of TikTok after Satya Nadella chats to Donald Trump

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Devil

Just why Microsoft wants TikTok is another matter entirely.

It's probably the same reason that they wanted - and made such a success of - acquisitions such as the mobile phone makers Danger or Nokia.

Microsoft to Cortana: you’re not going out dressed in iOS or Android, young lady!

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Windows

Microsoft’s decided to restrict the roles its AI assistant Cortana is permitted to fill.

In other words, they're giving up on Cortana. And having given up they're just restricting it to the only place where there's no other choice, in the hope they can either revive it or someone else will come along with a third party product that enables them to say "Cortana, have you ever seen the film Old Yeller?"

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

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"The Surface is just to carry around and put on a desk in meetings like a decorative figurine."

I guess this is what most Surfaces are used for. Having prodded one in the local shop, they don't seem particularly sturdy to me. The creaking noises when I touched the screen were particularly alarming.

Oh, you shouldn't have: Microsoft whips up website for devs that makes it easier to moan about Windows issues

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Windows

Another one?

Well the last two or three haven't lasted too long. Connect seems to have disappeared. UserVoice is going, piece by piece. Can't even remember some of the others.

Oh well. Meet you all back here next year for a new announcement that Microsoft are merging the whole thing into something else new, yeah?

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Meh

Explorer's search function is still a car-crash too. I'm more likely to use PowerShell to search for files these days.

Oh I forgot about explorer. Mainly because I've been using Free Commander for what feels like forever.

I also search for files through command prompt (not PowerShell though because I'm not a believer in it, as I keep expecting MS to pull the plug on it and replace it with something even more inexplicable on a daily basis; aside from the fact that every time I've been forced to use it for work has been a soul-crushing nightmare). In truth, I just turn the Windows Search service off in admin tools to save it thrashing the hard disk all the time.

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Windows

Windows is now a mess of stuff. Two control panels - something they don't seem to have bothered fixing up much since Windows 8. Legacy cruft like WPF and Silverlight still exists, for some unfathomable reason. And the failed UWP limps along like a three legged dog in lead boots trying to run through glue.

And my boss wonders why I have a Mac at home. It's not much better (and it certainly doesn't look much better on the UI front any more these days, unfortunately), but at least it (sort of) works.

Class move, Java. Coding language slips to third place behind Python in latest popularity contest

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Flame

CSS?

I personally wouldn't describe CSS as a programming language. A design and markup language, similar to LaTeX or HTML? Yeah, sure, I'm on board with that.

But a programming language? The day you can write an elevator controller in CSS, I might believe you.

What evil lurks within the data centre, and why is it DDoS-ing the ever-loving pants off us?

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Headmaster

Re: Makes sense both ways

*"didn't do anything".

Wish I'd spotted that sooner.

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Re: Football team web site throttles business

Actually if anything, that's a good way of dealing with it. The football club gets good feedback and the users stay happy. Instead of the ban hammer being deployed and smashing off a chunk of worker morale on its way down.

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Facepalm

Re: Makes sense both ways

Speaking as a developer, I personally put my hand up as soon as I realise it's my bad.

Mainly because I've noticed that, in job security terms, it tends to be a lot safer than the standard "I don't do anything / Well yes but but I didn't change anything / OK there was a change but it wasn't me / I mean yes I checked in the change, as per policy / And I did do a build, to make sure the build didn't break / Ah well yes now I did deploy it but.." sequence.

Microsoft wants to show enterprises that Edge means business, rather than the thing you use to download Chrome

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Re: I maybe stuck in my ways but...

If they want to fix that, then all they need to create an easy way to remove Edge and block its installation.

It's not rocket science, but for some reason the Microsoft managers really seem to want to rerun the Internet Explorer anti-trust lawsuits all over again.

Nvidia may be mulling lopping Arm off Softbank: GPU goliath said to have shown interest in acquiring CPU design house

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Gimp

Yes but don't Apple hate nVidia, after the debacle a few years back when nVidia chips were going wrong and they kept blaming Apple?

It makes me think Apple might wake up and make an offer for ARM now.

That said, they may not want the hassle of so doing, of course - it might never get approved under anti-trust laws, there would be licensing deals, Android slingers would be less willing to trust ARM if Apple owned them, etc.

Still, I fully intend to sit back, open some popcorn, and enjoy the show...

Predictably grim Q2 for mobe sales, but iPhone SE proves pretty moreish as gateway drug for Android defectors

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Gimp

Both myself and the wife are on our second SEs. For me it's a reaction to the 6 plus I had - I found myself envying the smaller footprint she had in her 5. So when we upgraded last time, it was to the original SE, and that's what we've just replaced.

If anything, the SE 2020 is a bit too big for my taste, having got used to the smaller form factor of the old SE, but unfortunately that's all there is.

Brit telcos deliberately killed Phones 4u, claim admins in £1bn UK High Court sueball

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They must think they have a pretty good case then. Administrators rarely do anything unless they think there's a solid chance of getting money out of it.

960 LinkedIn employees will be let go... If only there was some kind of 'social network for suits' to assist job hunts

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Windows

I do actually seem to recall someone losing their domain once because someone complained to their registrar that one of those domains bounced. Ah, the carefree days of the early internet...

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Flame

Re: 960 LinkedIn employees will be let go.

I assume that most of them work on new ways to poke the users with spurious notifications.

"Your third level contact, Jizhammer Buttflower, recently posted a post you might or might not be interested in." That's the sort of thing I seem to have spent the last few months saying "do not show me this type of notification ever again" to, two or three times a day for the past three months.

Microsoft accused of sharing data of Office 365 business subscribers with Facebook and its app devs

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Facepalm

Re: Anyone surprised?

I wonder if there are any bright, ambitious young prosecutors looking at this and thinking "I could make a name for myself here"?

I think if I owned shares in Micros~1 I'd be selling them right now.

Oh sure, we'll just make a tiny little change in every source file without letting anyone know. What could go wrong?

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Re: Amarillo.....

Reminds me of the time a former employer decided to install a proxy server to their single 56K modem.

Within days me and the rest of the IT team found out about so many dodgy sites. Still, at least we found that the block function on the proxy server worked really well, so that was a bonus.

AMD fans forced to sit out latest Windows 10 Insiders build due to 'bug impacting overall usability of these PCs'

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Windows

Re: Not The Only Issue

I do sometimes wonder if the "why" is a random number generator, designed to hold off 90% of PCs with that spec until they're sure there isn't something that just randomly breaks the drivers.

SoftBank: Oi, we paid $32bn for you, when are you going to strong-Arm some more money out of your customers?

Zippy´s Sausage Factory
Devil

Re: MIPS

Didn't anyone learn anything from Microsoft?

Other than how to play Minesweeper, do you mean?

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Re: SoftBank bought a goose that lays golden eggs...

Why do I think it's either going to be Apple or Google that ends up the winner here?

Brit retailer John Lewis to catapult 111 tech bods over to Capgemini weeks after dumping 244 on Wipro

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I have to say of all the retailers I've ever bought from, all of my worst experiences have been John Lewis. And I haven't even lived in the UK for the last six years, either.

Google: OK, OK, we pinky promise not to suck Fitbit health data into the borg. Now will you approve the sale?

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As far as I can tell, anything that uses "Very Fit Pro" can be connected to your phone and store data locally there, nowhere else. It's not the best app but as far as I've been able to tell so far it isn't doing any data slurping that I know of.

That said, I now feel I must run WireShark or similar and check that that is right.

/edit: its mobile data use since I bought the phone is 0.2KB, make of that what you will.

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Meh

This is why I have never bought a FitBit, nor any wearable device that even requires me to create an online account to use it.

I'm sorry but the cloudiest the server gets for my smartwatch is going to be my phone.

.NET Core: Still a Microsoft platform thing despite more than five years open source

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Meh

The problem as I see it

Basically I think the problem is perception, and certainly it is for me.

People think of the .Net Framework - that's what all the marketing hype has been around for years, and it's the proven, tried-and-tested, used in production, well known, considered stable and usable part of .Net. It's also considered tied to Windows and Visual Studio.

While .Net Core isn't as well known, and if anyone has heard of it then they think of it like "oh cute an open source version of .Net, how experimental. Come back in a few years when it's actually been used in production"

It isn't 2005 any more, yes. But Microsoft doesn't do marketing as well as other people - isn't Swift newer? And I'd imagine it already has a better takeup than .Net Core.

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

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Re: Oxymoron alert

I've noticed how SQL Server DBAs tend to be paranoid and quick-tempered, while Oracle DBAs are more laid-back. As opposed to the developers, which is totally the other way round.

Why? No idea...

Euro police forces infiltrated encrypted phone biz – and now 'criminal' EncroChat users are being rounded up

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Re: Why am I thinking about 1960s Batman?

I have no idea what that is but intend to find out forthwith. Or fifthwith, depending how long my thirdthwith task takes me.

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