* Posts by deep_enigma

13 posts • joined 18 Jul 2019

When free and open source actually means £6k-£8k per package: Atos's £136m contract with NHS England


Re: What is FREE?

Erm..... and why would statistical toolkits or scripting environments like R and Python be deployed to 15k users when it's all of maybe a couple of hundred that have any use for them?

Installing all of the tools that anyone in the organization will need on all of the desktop machines in a big organization is a really horrible idea. If there's that much tracking and planning, surely someone realized that different groups need different sets of installed software...

Six years in the making, Vivaldi Mail arrives alongside version 4.0 of the company's browser


"The 'long in the tooth' issue is my main problem with TB."

Erm.. so... no *actual* problem then?

"Old", in and of itself, should never be a problem.

Big right-to-repair win: FTC blasts tech giants for making it so difficult to mend devices


Re: Some products are expected to display energy ratings

Name and shame praise! Help others vote with their wallets!

Former Senator and one-time astronaut Bill Nelson named as NASA's new administrator


Re: NASA head is a political job?

"...we will find out if he wants to political leadership will let him run a space exploration program or a fake jobs pork funnel."


Partial beer print horror as Microsoft's printer bug fix, er, doesn't


Re: Update: 19.03.2021 Latest Patch, on Patch, on Patch: KB5001649 Fails to install.

... Except that now your network card sings "Daisy, Daisy" every time you connect to anything on Microsoft IP space.

Pure frustration: What happens when someone uses your email address to sign up for PayPal, car hire, doctors, security systems and more


Re: Netflix

I recently came across a form that forcibly PREVENTED pasting anything. Bizarrely enough, the "I forgot my password" form was quite happy to let me paste that same email address (you know, in order to, oh, say, make sure it was really the address I actually signed up to that site with...) and let me reset the password on a rarely-used account.

'This was bigger than GNOME and bigger than just this case.' GNOME Foundation exec director talks patent trolls and much, much more


Re: Move to Wayland?

I don't really care one way or the other about "a whole remote desktop in a local window", but I *do* want to remotely access the entire remote console GUI workspace that has many browser windows and shell windows each with many tabs open on tasks in progress, times several desktops for different task groupings. Just logging in to all the servers I touch on a regular basis would occupy 30-45 minutes of my day, never mind the time lost to manually reconstructing all of the rest of the workspace state.

Shonky as it may be, Windows Remote Desktop utterly destroys anything I've tried on Linux for accessing a remote workspace. I can do *almost* anything over Remote Desktop, on a grotty 2M DSL line, that I can do sitting in front of the console of that remote system. I can barely read email, trying to use VNC (or any similar *nix tool I've tried) to (try to) work in the GUI workspace of a machine that is literally right next to the one I'm "in front of", both connected to the same gigabit switch. The situation is marginally better if I connect to a headless X11 workspace/session, but then I'm stuck with the leftover grottiness ALL THE TIME, including when I'm sitting in front of the machine the headless session is running on.

Net neutrality lives... in Europe, anyway: Top court supports open internet rules, snubs telcos and ISPs


"If I pay more, I SHOULD get better service. Right?"

Sure, because YOU have decided that you want this or that service to work better FOR YOU. The problem comes when it's the ISP and/or content provider who pays extra for priority, giving that specific content provider (or in many cases in the US, the content division of the ISP/telco) a "free" ride into YOUR home - and leaving you stuck with shoddy service from the content providers you DO have an account with, because despite paying your ISP for the top-tier multi-gigabit-symmetrical connection, they're prioritizing someone else's traffic leaving you no better off than if you switched to the entry-level tin-can-and-string 1.5Mbps DSL.

Firefox 72: Floating videos, blocking fingerprints, and defeating notification pop-ups


Re: Nope ...

> which broke all many useful plugins for about 2 days permanently.


A History of (Computer) Violence: Wait. Before you whack it again, try caressing the mouse


Re: The tine of a forklift wielded like a scalpel

"...in a packing crate suitable for international shipping being dropped off the fork lift... The rack itself was bent..."

Then it was not in a packing crate suitable for international shipping...

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that


Re: Interesting phrasing

(Fair disclosure - I work for a medium-sized Canadian ISP, and I have a couple of fingers in our DNS pie.)

"Your IP maybe dynamic but your ISP provides a hostname to that IP. That hostname is not dynamic, it's yours,"

Umm..... No. This is techically possible, but I'd be very surprised if many ISPs anywhere did this, and even more surprised if they're larger ones. Managing reverse DNS is turning into an arcane art, and all too many providers can't even get simple static names based on the IP right. Handling dynamic changes based on user logins requires more automation and processing to manage things, and it's easier to statically assign an IP to someone who wants a static connection for a server, and set the reverse DNS once, than to set up all that automation and provision the DNS platform to handle dynamic updates.

Anatomy of an attack: How Coinbase was targeted with emails booby-trapped with Firefox zero-days


Re: Just an idea

I've seen (small(ish)) businesses that *printed their business cards* before registering the domain they wanted. Which they ended up having to change, because the domain they wanted was already registered and Not For Sale. I've seen others who managed to score the domain, but only as a "premium" domain for a ridiculous price. (Think $5-10K for a .com, of no obvious significant value. No idea if these continue to cost huge bucks on renewal.)

Never underestimate the ability of business to totally not get this Internet thingy.

For pity's sake, groans Mimecast, teach your workforce not to open obviously dodgy emails


Re: Point of detail please....

Unfortunately, yes, depending on the specific phish it is possible that just opening the message is enough to cause trouble.

The problem is what I consider a design defect in most mail clients - the fact that they execute Javascript in the HTML part of the message. It's one of the very first things I do on the occasional new install of Thundebird or Seamonkey - go into the settings, and turn off Javascript support in the email handling. I can't imagine any valid use case for it - if anything really needs that degree of complexity, it should be hosted on a normal web site, and handled by a full web browser.


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