* Posts by Will Godfrey

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Open source versus Microsoft: The new rebellion begins

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Re: Fingers crossed

I know what happened last time. I said IF this succeeds. Also I'm aware that Munich is also watching this very carefully - as is a friend of mine who lives in Munich, and keeps me informed about various IT stuff.

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Fingers crossed

If this succeeds MS will go down the pan - at least in Germany.

Tired techie 'fixed' a server, blamed Microsoft, and got away with it

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Interesting

So, Microsoft can actually provide 'value' {of a sort}!

75% of enterprise coders will use AI helpers by 2028. We didn't say productively

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First they came for the enterprise coders...

... but I was not one of those, so said nothing.

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China orders its telcos to rip and replace US chips with homegrown silicon by 2027

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Predictable

... and actually quite reasonable. America is just as likely to insert/require backdoors in various chips.

IT biz trials gadget deliveries by drone to sidestep traffic and emissions

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Re: gadget deliveries by drone

It's turtl drones all the way down

BOFH: The new Boss, Aiman, is suspiciously good – for now

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A whole new 'learning' experience for the entire company. I like it. I like it a lot!

Where there's a will, there's Huawei to develop one's own chipmaking kit

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That which does not kill me...

... makes me stronger.

This is an excellent example of that very old expression. Effectively, the US led action is driving China's development.

It's 2024 and Intel silicon is still haunted by data-spilling Spectre

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Re: As an outside observer...

I take your point, but would it actually be that much? With less complexity there would (presumably) also be less silicon used, so would that allow a faster clock rate for the same power dissipation?

Personally I'd be happy to take say, a 15-20% drop for the better security.

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As an outside observer...

the fact that new attack variants seem to keep surfacing suggests the entire concept of speculative execution need to be reconsidered.

I hasten to say that I have no experience of working anywhere near this level.

Notepad++ dev slams Google-clogging notepad.plus 'parasite'

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Re: Meh

"a stick with a switch that genuinely prevents writing to it"

An endangered species!

Head of Israeli cyber spy unit exposed ... by his own privacy mistake

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A badge of pride?

I've come across a disturbing number of people who actually boast that they have no technical knowledge.

Windows 95 support chap skipped a step and sent user into Micro-hell

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I remember Windows 95

It was the first, and last version of Windows that ever sullied one of my computers.

Engine cover flies from Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 during takeoff

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Zebidee

That's what they should rename Boeing (it already sounds like boing). Their planes just seem to bounce from one disaster to the next.

German state ditches Windows, Microsoft Office for Linux and LibreOffice

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Re: Extend the open source initiative to include education?

In debian you are asked if they can enable telemetry, and if you say 'no' they never bother you again.

Libre Office doesn't send telemetry from my machines and never has. I've been using it ever since it was forked from openoffice. I don't remember if I originally disabled it, or if the option was added later.

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Wish them the very best

However I would guess that the best way of doing this is by stealth. Just tell users it's the latest thing, keep quiet about the fact that it's Linux software. They'll cotton on eventually, but by then (hopefully) will have been pleasantly surprised at how little trouble they were having.

404 Day celebrates the internet's most infamous no-show

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Re: That one is not too bad either

... and an undefined value of "architecture"!

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But.. but..

Why is this missive a day late?

Inquiring minds need to know

Sleuths who cracked Zodiac Killer's cipher thank the crowd

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Whereas Americans achieve the same result by removing letters.

/s

Tough luck, bosses, AI is coming for your job, too

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Re: So the hype proceeds to make its way up the foodchain.........

"telling each other what to do, generating lots of activity and producing nothing."

So in financial markets that'll be no change.

UK govt office admits ability to negotiate billions in cloud spending curbed by vendor lock-in

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Re: The Unacceptable

Wanna buy a bridge?

French lawmakers take a swing at cloud monopolies

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It's Everywhere

I'm struggling to find any market, hardware, software, even quite unrelated non-IT goods, that hasn't been commandeered by just one company or cartel.

INC Ransom claims to be behind 'cyber incident' at UK city council

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Interesting

If they did refuse to pay, good for them.

Hope they are also looking at ways to secure against future attacks. Those bastards are likely to try a revenge attack.

Happy 20th birthday Gmail, you're mostly grown up – now fix the spam

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Hate it

How many people using it actually read the terms and conditions?

{crickets}

Or realise that google reserves the right to store all emails, both outgoing and incoming?

{crickets}

Or understand that people they email might not want google knowing anything about them?

{crickets}

It's the only way (icon) ->

Malicious SSH backdoor sneaks into xz, Linux world's data compression library

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SytemD?

What on earth is the connection between that and xz?

Meta accused of snarfing people's Snapchat data via traffic decryption

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Shirley Knot

I can't believe such a fine upstanding company would do such a despicable thing!

/s (if it's needed)

Ransomware can mean life or death at hospitals. DEF CON hackers to the rescue?

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Wrong approach

Get this stuff off the Internet. Never mind the 'inconvenience', it needs to be isolated. If you want cross communication with other areas, put this on a completely separate system with no physical connection.

But what are they doing here in Blighty - the exact reverse!

Fujitsu set to be preferred bidder in UK digital ID scheme

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You couldn't make it up!

Title says it all.

The UK Digital Information Bill: Brexit dividend or data disaster?

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A gift?

Well, it's a gift to some people, but not to us, nor probably anyone else in the UK

Whistleblower raises alarm over UK Nursing and Midwifery Council's DB

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Re: "Journey of Improvement"

... and not as safe as my kitchen cabinet.

What's brown and sticky and broke this PC?

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Re: Ahhh the joys

I had that with a television, only it was milk that the kid had spilt down the back of a valve TV... that was switched on at the time. The mum took the back off and washed the board - one of the earlier single vertical panel jobbies (she did at least switch off at the wall first). She was most dischuffed when I stuck a fan heater on it, with instructions to leave it on till I returned the following day.

London Clinic probes claim staffer tried to peek at Princess Kate's records

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Re: "not being able buy a meat pie with a credit card"

You were short changed. It should have been at least 3.14159

Nominet to restructure, slash jobs after losing 'major deal'

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"whilst the the money was is being frittered away on"

FTFY

Five Eyes tell critical infra orgs: Take these actions now to protect against China's Volt Typhoon

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There have been more than enough "Timely reminders" in the form of the wreckage of infrastructure, repeatedly reported over the last few years, so why the fuck is nobody doing anything about it. Talk about fingers in your ears laa, laa, la.

Britain enters period of mourning as Greggs unable to process payments

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I'll see your "Not been in there for years", (McDonalds) and raise you "Never been there in my life", oh and never intend to.

Virgin Media sets up 'smart poles' next to cabinets to boost mobile network capacity

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Re: Danger of Death

I remember those trade test transmissions well... being a TV service engineer at the time.

Atos says Airbus flew off, no longer interested in infosec and big data biz

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Re: Ordered

Ferrovial didn't "own" Heathrow. It had a 25% holding. It was not forced to sell. It came to the conclusion it wasn't getting enough out of its holdings, and divested itself of them voluntarily.

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Re: Ordered

Well, that's better than what happens here in the UK where successive governments go out of their way to sell of everything to foreign businesses - interestingly often French ones

Microsoft defends barging in on Chrome with pop-up ads pushing Bing, GPT-4

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Re: Chrome used to do the same thing

What is gmail? I uses claws mail for... err... email.

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Re: Chrome used to do the same thing

Not seeing it here either.

UK tech titan Mike Lynch's US fraud trial begins today

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The case is being heard in America

So automatically HP will win. The rest is just a circus act.

Yes, I did just crash that critical app. And you should thank me for having done so

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The ultimate test

If you really want to test anything with a interface for humans, take it to a primary school. It's the teachers who will (in all innocence) break it in the most bizarre and unbelievable ways. I think it's the constant exposure to vertically challenged proto-people that does it to them.

Ad agency boss owned two Ferraris but wouldn't buy a real server

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Re: Walk away

... and likely soon won't be.

European Union lawmakers line up to defend world's first AI Act

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E for effort

It might 'hold' for a while, but something much better is needed to corral this.

Whizkids jimmy OpenAI, Google's closed models

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Again?

As I mentioned before, I was just once referred to as a boffin. I took that as a badge of honour, and it put me on a high for the rest of the day.

If it bothers you, just don't let the door hit your arse on the way out.

Microsoft waited 6 months to patch actively exploited admin-to-kernel vulnerability

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Thought Experiment

I wonder what would happen if a group of (not nice) people went straight after compromising Microsoft itself.

Arguably unnecessary, as they seem to do it pretty well themselves.

Job interview descended into sweary shouting match, candidate got the gig anyway

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Re: The first one is free

In 1960 UK the accent was totally unknown and the 't' was thought to be silent, so Nessles it was.

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Re: I may have told this one before...

Has anyone been able to find out exactly what value HR add to a company.

The S in IoT stands for security. You'll never secure all the Things

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As I've said before

The only smart thing here is between my ears - and that's getting a bit debatable!

BOFH: I get locked out, but I get in again

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Re: Swopping Locks

I was more nasty. I'd open them, slip off the circlip, then swap the digit wheels, put it back together and relock it.