* Posts by Krassi

21 posts • joined 24 Jun 2019

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


A benchmarking

I've recently moved my copy of a graphics package from an old PC with Win 7 (dual core pentium, old spinning hard disk, bought as a cheap refurb box 4-5 years ago) to my newish laptop (Win 10 enterprise, 4 core i7, more RAM, nice fast SSD). It struggled a bit on the old machine and I hoped for a step forward, specially with the SSD. No such luck. After a bit of messing about, it works slightly less badly in Win 8 compatibility mode, although the software is dated 2015, so contemporary with Win 10 & claims Win 10 compatibility . Even closing all other programs down & doing the best to give it a free run, Win 10 & current hardware is less effective than Win 7 & obsolete hardware.

An OS is just a means to run more interesting, useful or entertaining software, and for that Win 10 is a step backwards. YMMV.

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?


Targeted advertising can work pretty well for a supermarket. I bought some yoghurt this morning, give it a week, I'll likely buy some more, and a well-targeted voucher could tempt me to try a more expensive brand. Its not really the same for many other purchases. My washing machine broke the other week - searched online for faults, repairs and then for a new one and suppose I've triggered all the ad trackers as a washing machine obsessive. I won't be interested in the topic again for a good few years I hope.

Microsoft sees the world has moved on, cranks OneDrive file size upload limit from 15GB to more useful 100GB


"Where can I find that file?"

There's a thought. Maybe MS could try developing indexing, file manager and search tools that actually work effectively ?

IBM quits facial recognition because Black Lives Matter


AI facial recognition can't be abolished unfortunately. Effective actions might include controlling its use, by law if necessary, and actually getting it to work properly, in a non-biased way, and making clear the limitations, likelihood of error etc..

IBM throwing in the towel might reflect their ability to do anything useful, but I don't see they should get any credit for being useless.

Google tests hiding Chrome extension icons by default, developers definitely not amused by the change


obvious monetisation ahead

Shortly, Google announces that (only)members of their premium trusted extension program will have the ability to place pinned icons on the toolbar.

And whispers quietly - there is a membership fee for this program.

Bit surprised El Reg cynicism didn't spot this .

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2


"That's the problem with all these systems trying to make life easier,"

Upvote x 1000.

Recently opened files and default file locations are all well and good, but if your workflow deviates from the concept Microsoft had, then these become obstacles not aids. Many people find a work-round , but I've sympathy with that User believing that the software was there to help him.

BTW - having a two onedrive accounts, or is that one onedrive account and one sharepoint account. Confuses the Office applications and me both.

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass


Re: Lawsuit time

For what is and what isn't "glass" , see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_transition.

If there are any lawsuits about the product, a better cause would be that it is defective rather arguments about what glass is.


Materials science does have a precise definition of Glass. Many polymers can be accurately be described as glasses - eg Perspex - "acrylic glass" is a technically correct description not just marketing puff. There are also metallic glasses. On the other hand, some hard clear substances such as diamond or sapphire are definitely not glasses.

Not call, dude: UK govt says guaranteed surcharge-free EU roaming will end after Brexit transition period. Brits left at the mercy of networks


no such thing as a free roam

Someone pays for "free" roaming, and if you are a mobile subscriber I suggest that person may be you, albeit that it is not itemised on your bill. The EU rule creates a cross-subsidy from those people who don't do much roaming for the benefit of those who do. Personally, that suits me, but that doesn't necessarily make it right.

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears


Re: That's interesting..

It's a kitchen sink job. The new boss gets all the bad things in the open and blames them on the previous regime. Yes , I know the new guy was part of that regime and the tactic doesn't stand much scrutiny, but that's the routine. Expect big write-offs and losses in the next set of accounts - it will all make the recovery under new leadership look that more impressive. I don't know if it is likely, but it is not impossible that the Boeing Commercial division could even be restructured in creditor protection / bankruptcy. If it is going to happen, now is the moment.

(The financial status of Boeing commercial wing all depends on what value you place on all that undelivered stock ... if the approval from FAA keeps being delayed, at what point do they have to start writing it down and take huge losses in the balance sheet ? The cash flow of course has been awful since deliveries to customers stopped.)

No wonder Bezos wants to move industry into orbit: In space, no one can hear you* scream


Re: The space talk is interesting, but...

As comparison, for the UK, the "transport / storage" sector has 2.99 % reported work related illness and 1.86% reported injury rate. Like "Cuddles", my experience of working in a hazardous industry was that the vast majority of accidents by number were everyday hazards, not from the hazardous activities . Nr 1 in our case being homeward bound folk getting in their cars and crashing before even getting off site.


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Microsoft Teams: The good, the bad, and the ugly


Re: Facts and figures or forced feeding

As a small business Office 365 subscriber, SkypefB stopped and Teams started one day a few weeks ago. I guess we knew it was coming in a general way, but still an inconvenience when it happened. SfB was OK more or less and we wouldn't have moved over by choice. The majority of our need is external communication, and Teams seems to be less easy to use and/or less functional for that.

It has prompted us to look at paid for alternatives again (another factor, most alternatives we've used from time to time seem to have much better sound & video quality than SfB or Teams), but I guess as Teams is in the O365 subscription, MS will always count us as users.

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits


tinfoil hat

Put it over the smart meter - no signal - problem solved.

Google to bury indicator for Extended Validation certs in Chrome because users barely took notice


pointless, even harmful

Being a legal entity is such as low qualification it is almost worthless. Every year, huge amounts of financial fraud is carried out through perfectly valid legal entities for example. Being trustworthy is something totally different. Fraudsters like these sort of schemes as they distract from the underlying scam and give false security : we've got an EV (just like Google) - you can trust us with your life-savings / credit card details / bank log-ins .

The public is right to be indifferent to EV.

And BTW, if EV had caught on, there would be a black market in EV registrations, methods to spoof it, fake it, hack the register etc etc..

Experts: No need to worry about Europe's navigation sats going dark for days. Also: What the hell is going on with those satellites?!


Re: Definitely Russian or Chinese hacking

or British hacking ? Some key parts were developed in UK. The UK has been thrown off the program. And strangely it starts having problems. Oh dear Europe, it doesn't work properly. Sorry we can't help you fix it anymore, best of friends honestly.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue


Re: The user is right

You're spot-on, zeroth-line support from the colleague at the next desk sorts many more problems than IT support ever hear about


The user is right

Some version of " you don't save it on your machine anymore, everything is saved in the cloud" is a commonplace explanation. Note "is saved" implying it happens automatically, not " you have to make the effort to save it in the cloud" . My guess is the user correctly heard and understood the training about how wonderful and easy the new cloud setup is, and her only mistake was believing it to be literally true.

UK's North Midlands hospitals IT outage, day 2: All surgery and appointments cancelled


Re: This reflects poorly on the Hospital Trust Chairman, the CEO and other members of its board

I imagine many other hospitals have had similar problems, and not all been properly prepared as per your excellent advice, but they find a way to manage, muddle through for the duration and we don't hear about it. What gets me about this case is the defeatist, give up and all go home approach.

Many of the patients coming in know what they are there for, who they are seeing and what for, many appointments are exactly the same checks etc as last time. And, for example, try to contact the patients and ask them to bring their appointment letters. Even these days there are lots of paper records in the system . Make an effort, it might be slower than usual and maybe some things will have to be cancelled, but getting through even 50% of the workload is a huge advance on nil.

Having bank problems? I feel bad for you son: I've got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one


Re: 10 minutes, not a second more...

LOTO indeed - for on-site engineering it is standard practice since whenever, and very rigorously enforced at good sites: you don't call up your mate in the control room to cut the power, you go in person, isolate, put your padlock on, keep the key. When you've finished, roll call, back to the control room and unlock. Some places everyone in the team has an individual lock & has to be there in person to lock and unlock.

A bit of crypto wizardry & the IT equivalent should be trivial. But we'd rather a quick bodge job.


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