2183 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007
Oh, and while you're at it, stop fucking with my settings
In particular: stop re-installing fucking American as a keyboard/UI language and setting it as the default.
Re: Business as usual
IMHO, more Windows 2000. Windows XP added a huge amount of inefficiency, annoying activitation processes and bloat that wasn't required. Some things were improved in Windows XP, of course, but it was largely a skin and UI inefficiency upgrade to Windows 2000 and not a new version of anything.
2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations
Re: Are they using the wrong datatype?
Aside from Horridbloke's point about repeatably, probably not. There are many use cases for floating point datatypes as long as the accuracy level is understood and operated within. For example a certain floating point type may be accurate to 15 decimal places and therefore calculations should be accurate to the same. Although the reality is that if you want accuracy to 15 decimal places then you need to work with accuracy at least an order or two beyond this. The same is true for financial calculations: if you want accuracy to two decimal places then either store and process everything with accuracy to three or four decimal places or perform repeatable rounding in sub-totals and uses these values for grand totals, not separate calculations.
A cynical person might suggest that it's another thinly veiled plot from Microsoft to coerce users from purchasing MS server and to instead to move to the rental cloud model instead.
"you cannot switch between them without a wipe/reinstall"
If you install the GUI version to start with you can then remove and re-add it the GUI. But yes Server core doesnt support a GUI.
When did you try this? With the beta release or the RTM version? This was a function that was removed from the RTM version.
Why are you using a GUI on the server anyway. You should be using a golden host and remote admin tools or Powershell.
nb - by default Server 2016 doesn't have a GUI. You have to choose to install it.
Because lots of retarded server applications require that the full desktop bloody experience version of server is installed so they can install and operate. Microsoft applications, not just 3rd party ones.
Also, you don't chose to install the Server 2016 GUI, unlike server 2012 you install either core or the desktop experience version, you cannot switch between them without a wipe/reinstall. The recommended install of Server 2016 is the core install, the required install of Server 2016 is often the desktop experience version.
Re: Downgrade attack?
I guess it must be a matter of perspective but once something _is_ potentially a spy tool I don't care whatsoever whether it can or cannot be anything else. I just want it off my system.
That would be pretty much everything then? Pretty much everything is potentially a spy tool.
One has to have a level of trust somewhere, but swivelling eyes and tin foil hats don't do much and it's usually the simpler spy methods that are still in use because they are easy and still work.
Are you so worried about keyloggers that you vet the OS and track what happens to every key press and where the message is relayed, including checking canary network traffic to see if key presses affect it in unexplained ways? That's nice, all it takes is a USB key logger which passes through the USB identification and includes a dirt cheap 3G mobile comms chip in it and all that effort is for nothing - these kind of USB key loggers are disturbingly common and nothing in the OS will be aware of it. This is just one relatively rare tech example and the most likely route of loss of data is still the human factor. i.e. printing the data and not destroying it appropriately, copying the data, just having weak passwords (who needs to hack a system and go to all that trouble when somebody has a weak password or shares it?).
Re: And from a recent El Reg article...
More Edge users use Bing than other browser users, proportionally. If we increase Edge market share; we increase Bing market share.
Well I guess that is easier and quicker than making Bing a better search engine....
Re: Fucking idiots
Unfortunately the Microsoft marketing drones missed a word in the sentence...
"...Edge is the best, most secure [Microsoft] browser on Windows 10."
This is not aiming high.
But what is the official definition of a "fuck-ton"?
I believe that it is approximately 11 fuck-loads. I have yet to receive a clarification as to whether or not a fuck-lot is the same as a fuck-load, I suspect not.
@Cuddles: It doesn't matter what the letters technically stand for, it's a simple naming convention that is well established and easily understood - 12AM is midnight, 12PM is midday.
It does matter because there is no "simple naming convention that is well established and easily understood". Actually, that is a lie: there is and it's called the 24 hour clock and it is was created for almost exactly this reason.
In context it is usually possible to figure out whether 12am or 12pm are referring to midday or midnight (whichever one), however your arguments about the "naming convention" are just wrong, there isn't one. 12pm is arguably as much midday as it is midnight. After all, 12pm is at the end of the rest of the pm times (11:59pm => tick => 12:00pm) therefore it is obviously midnight isn't it? Except that you're claiming that it isn't...
Don't forget their insistence in using 12Hour clocks on transport along with AM/PM...
Yes, I fell for it once and arrived 12hours early for my flight from Boston to St Louis.
They also write dumb computer systems that output values such as 12:00am and 12:00pm. There is no such time as 12:00am or 12:00pm and when (ab)used it's then a fun game of trying to guess if 12:00am or 12:00pm is midday or midnight.
"am" is before the meridian. "pm" is after the meridian". Midday is the meridian therefore 12:00 midday cannot be recorded as being either before (12:00am) or after (12:00pm) itself. Midnight is exactly the same amount of time before the meridian as it is after the meridian therefore it makes no more sense to try to write 12:00am or 12:00pm meaning midnight either.
For example, "Tuesday 12:00am": is this "Tuesday 00:00", "Tuesday 12:00 (midday)" or even "Wednesday 00:00" (effectively "Tuesday 24:00" even though 24:00 isn't valid). Midnight Tuesday doesn't make much more sense either as it's contextual if you consider this the very start of Tuesday or a sliver of time past the very end of Tuesday.
The same logic works for +0 and -0 which I still see on occasions... although Microsoft did eventually fix this in the windows calculator.
Re: out of paper!
I had forgotten all about witnessing an almost identical situation... strange how such things are blotted from one's mind!
Who cares? We can make the exceedingly rich even richer, trash society, stamp on the down trodden and even better we get to blame "forrners" for it all. As long as we can still afford to pathetically wave around some (tariff free, made in China) Union Jack flags (amended to exclude NI of course, and let's forget Gibraltar as well) and have blue passports, which we could have had any time we wanted, what does it matter?
Stop thinking of the children! Let's destroy the country for them...
He is absolutely right. Such a pity we have the wrong people in the wrong room with the wrong drivers and the wrong mindset.
What's a real pity is that in the UK we celebrate, every year near the beginning of November, somebody's historical failure (in an appalling way) to fix this.
Yes, I know the comparisons aren't equal, but it's still the wrong people, in the wrong room...
Yep, ultimately that "better technology" will come in the form of AR contact lenses or retinal implants. Today's AR/VR hardware is on the level of Babbage's Difference Engine compared to the biggest super computer available today.
I like sci-fi as well, but AR contact lenses just won't happen due to the human eye being unable to focus on something that close particularly with the brain attempting to resolve the spatial distance and detail in conjunction with focus and micro eye movements. This is quite apart from technological problems such as the lenses needing to process the incoming image in real time in order to overlay content onto it. Which is a shame, but it's the way things are. Images being projected onto a len from worn classes is another option however that's barely a step away from just having "smart" glasses in the first place...
Retinal implants may bypass some of these restrictions however would involve some frankly scary level of nanotechnology, power distribution and processing workloads - not scary in the grey-goo nonsense scary.
AR/MR are interesting (and fun tech) but in niche only. Forcing this crap onto every instance of Win 10 and making it unremovable except using arcane PowerShell scripts is additionally moronic, and typically Microsoft.
Trying to pitch it at board level just doesn't work either: We are still printing out paper reports for a reason and given the ease with which these can be scribbled on and the flexibility of reading this will continue for quite some time.
Telephones, i.e. landlines, have a very limited frequency range therefore there may be some truth to this.
As a broad genalisation, good security must be place in from the start, attempting to retrofit security almost always fails.
The "WinTel" platform started from a stand alone, single process, single privileged user platform to one that is now networked, has had multiple users and multiple concurrent applications added with security tacked on top almost as an afterthought. I don't really consider these failures malicious, more a symptom of how the platforms (processors, chipsets and operating systems) evolved and what they evolved from.
Re: PIcking Holes In This Idea
In this case, and with pretty much anything else Hancock spews out, it is far quicker and easier to highlight parts that are not flaws.
Re: in fairness
I'm defending my Office2010 install against the hoards of IT support - it's the last version of Excel that doesn't do cutesty little fruit machine animations when it updates a cell FFS
Have you tried googling how to turn off Excel animations? There's a registry key that does the trick:
DWORD: DisableAnimations = 1
You may need to create the Graphics Key and you'll almost certainly need to create the DWORD value. Replace the 16.0 with 15.0 for Office/Excel 2013.
Re: Men In Sheds
A proper boffin - if ever there was a stereotypical one.
Clause 15 of the GDPR excludes data that is not stored in a specified structure (reading and re-reading this clause can give you a headache) however the general intent is that just because a document contains personal data does not necessarily mean that it is covered by the GDPR.
Logs are an interesting one as they are a historic record of fact. If you process the data with the intent of filtering by user then in some ways they are covered by the GDPR, however if the logs are not structured in a specifed way (this is where it gets fuzzy) then they are not.
It should be, however this is GDPR and if there aren't idiot consultants running around fleecing companies of their cash and telling them just how hard GDPR should be it, would, well, be sensible. These goits also insist that the "right to erasure" should mean that there is no record whatsoever of the data subject left anywhere and this includes a "delete list" in case of restore from a backup.
So, if you've got a few years of backups and someone requests that data is deleted do we have to go through all of the tapes... even more fun would be if its database backups.. restoring and then extracting the data from every tape would be a nightmare
You will find that many "people" are still hopelessly confused by the unfeasiiblity of removing data from backups. Technically, it is possible, as in restore every backup to a machine environment capable of understanding the data structures (both in database and application terms including all business logic) and then removing the offending data and then rebacking up the data. Vaguely feasible for a single record, however muiltiply this by multiple indepedent executions and many backups and likely changing application environments over time and it rapidly becomes impractical. While there have been some clever-ish work arounds relying on each data row being encrypted independently and therefore all you have to do is to forget the key to lose access to the data, this then relies in separate backup schemes for backing up these therefore it just moves the issue - along with making standard data access impractical.
Re: ITs job but not IT's problem
It was a joy for me to attend a presentation on GDPR by someone at Irwin Mitchell and hear that the IT Manager (me) can't be in overall charge of GDPR :D
That's a typical example of the level of stupid and incompetence that is flying around in the data protection space.
The real situation is that the role of DPO should not be given automatically to the IT Manager - it typically was in the old DPA scheme. The role of the DPO should be given to an individual who has a thorough understanding of how the organisation works and (and this is really important) has a thorough understanding of data protection. If this happens to be the IT Manager, then this is fine. If another individual is more suited then this is fine as well. One very important point is that the DPO must not be involved in the day-to-day processing of the dataset. Unfortunately this is where terminology stupidity comes in, because technically just storing the data, or facililating the storage of the data, means that an IT Manager is often seen as a processor of the data.
Re: Wow, glad I had already ditched those certs a while back
I got fed up of the process and scripted the entire damn process using PowerShell and Let's Encrypt ACME interface. It's a pain, largely due to the totally inadequate, usually no, documentation but very easy once in place and I now have a system that can verify the deployment status of every certificate in use.
Now if only Microsoft actually implemented adequate certificate management in PowerShell without having to piss around calling external IIS utilities and arcane dead-chicken-waving context spaces...
Re: It affected me
Precisely. I work on the principle that the lower risk to the organisation is that the fewer people who have access to the private key the better. While it has a certain risk, that boils down to me, with instructions on how to access it if I leave or are otherwise unavailable long-term or permanently. This means that none of our developers, IT support agencies, finance staff or anyone else have access to the private key. If required I may install a copy on a server but that's done by myself and nobody else but does require trust in the server itself which is a weak point in the grand scheme even if relatively low likelihood of risk.
It's not kingdom building or protectionism, it's just a suitable level of paranioa. This way if (and I always work on *when*) the key escapes I have just myself or what I do, how I do it or where I do it, to investigate.
Or are the finance monkeys still under the daft delusion that perpetual growth is possible?
Re: It makes you wonder ..
If you've had much exposure to vulnerability exploitation at higher levels, e.g. website URLs and query/SQL timing responses, then these chipset exploits are largely an extension of similar processes. This kind of thing is very obvious after the fact, but somebody needed to make the connection and apply very similar techniques to a very different part of the execution stack.
I nearly feel sorry for Intel, however Intel have dominated their market position and have such resources that not considering these factors is pretty unforgivable given the world's reliance on their technology. I'm not a conspiracy nut therefore I don't believe that were any malicious intents in the implementation, just that the chip designers did not know enough and were not exposed to enough security techniques to consider their implemenation. After all, in all normal operations the data is "safely protected", it's just that there are timing side effects due to execution operations and optimisations that while they don't directly expose data, the timing difference between a cache hit and a cache miss can be used to infer the protected data value.
Did Intel engineers cut corners in the name of security? In many ways, they didn't. Their job was to make the chips execute instructions as fast as possible however their failure was in not appreciating that the difference in timing between a cache hit or a cache match which could be used to infer the actual data value. AMD chips generally performed the security check before the data comparison, Intel chips generally performed the security check after the data comparison and it's this execution difference that explains some speed differences between the two vendor's chips and the timing exploits that can be used to derive the content of otherwise protected memory.
Now that these techniques have been exposed, there is focus on exploits at this level and I expect to see many more rear their ugly heads. Meltdown and Spectre are just for a single chip exploit, the checks become even more complicated and, potentially expensive in execution times, to rectity when cross-chip exploits come into play.
The only real, long term fix, is a fundamental reconsideration of processors and processor design taking into account security from the start rather than as an afterthought tacked on at the end - this never works for any system.
Re: My Precious...
Eeek. In honour of it being a Friday, and just being naturally curious I stupidly googled 16" telescopes. There's some serious range in prices out there with the more motorised versions being £20k but the manual ones being close to £1.5k.
While I had an idea that the bigger the telescope the more important it is that they are manufactured to high specifications (and field correctable) but I didn't appreciate that one also had to be very careful to ensure that the components, eye lenses, camera lenses, etc were all at stable temperatures. Makes sense when you learn this, of course, but not what would have been at the front of my mind.
But it's a wasted day if I don't learn something...
Re: Nova GSi?
We called them the Vauxhall Shove-It because inevitably that was what happend when we had lifts in them - we wound up being the engine component. I'm not sure if it was the owner of these things treating them considerably worse than others or just a demonstration of the reliability of them.
Petrolheads may be disappointed to learn that a supernova is not a variant of the venerable Vauxhall Nova GSi, which transported many a 1990s teenager around town in style while leaving a trail of oil and engine parts in its wake - rather it is one of the last, violent, acts in the life of a massive star.
The question for a Friday is: which is/was more survivable? A supernova or a trip across the country in a Vauxhall Nova GSi? From (repressed) memory I'm edging towards the supernova.
Considering that the non-web enabled wifi baby monitors have almost exactly zero security applied*, I can't see why the incompetent manufacturers would care more about Internet enabled devices.
* I have a Phillips wireless baby monitor camera (some recent model or other). So does somebody else in the nearby area and as a result I can sometimes see flashes of their child's room instead of my own. Fucking genius.
Re: Remnant of the 1980s
My thoughts exactly, like various other dinosaur companies they refused to see change coming or even do anything other than attempt to disrupt it, usually at their own detriment. For example, Kodak with digital cameras or Blockbusters. Both were major players in the non-digital field but utterly failed to translate this into digital equivalents despite them having a major brand that would have carried a lot of weight in doing so.
The entire point of Brexit is divergence, otherwise why bother?
Oh wait, we could have had those at any time we felt like anyway: it was a choice of the passport office/government to have the same colour ones as most of the rest of the EU.
Re: @ Halcin
That is true and I am sorry to hear that.
So you're OK that a huge number of UK businesses, particularly the smaller ones (who employ more people than the big businesses that everybody focusses on) will go to the wall due to a huge increase in red-tape and costs?
Apparently Germany roasts and sells coffee.
Does this have anything to do with the example of the UK businesses that will be considerably less competitive all of a sudden?
In any case, Germany does not roast and sell coffee. Don't go all Daily Mail (racist) on the situation attempting to find scapegoats and bogeymen for your points of view. What may be the case is that companies operating in Germany, who may be German in ownership, but might not, buy in green coffee beans, roast them and then sell them on in the EU, taking advantage of the difference in tariff rates. There is nothing stopping UK, Spanish, Irish, French or whatever organisations doing exactly the same. This kind of tariff, while not immediately helpful for the supplier of green beans encourages business and industry within the EU, is this a bad thing or not? Flattening such tarriff differences between raw and manufacturerd goods will only bring a small benefit to those purchasing the end product, because they may be able to purchase the product cheaper - however they may be less sure of the production quality and checks required and what happens to those that are no longer employed by the local coffee roasting companies when they close down?
You are quite right about China, they are heavily investing for mutual gain however if a Chinese company owns your infrastructure where does that leave locals? With better infrastructure of course, but all owned by foreign organisations, largely for the profit of the foreign organisation. In the long term this is not a good plan and look how well it worked out for the British Empire (well, really the various trading companies)?
It is the same protectionism with tariffs that will bring the cost of food down for the whole country (rich and poor alike) when we leave.
I'd like to understand the reasoning behind this. Interest rates will go up, costs of pretty much everything will go up due to a huge increase in red-tape and bureaucracy and a collapsing exchange rate making imports much more expensive just on this factor alone. Removing all tariffs, which is a very bad idea because removing them will advantage importers of products that can be produced in cheaper locales, is unlikely to change the balance much in any favour. Tariffs are protectionist over local economies, otherwise cheap regions, or regions that don't care much for worker rights, child "slavery" or whatever it takes to be cheap, will be able to out compete locals and the job of a government is to maintain local industry - to a point.
Re: @ Halcin
All costs means taking any rule from the EU and applying it to the UK because the political project we didnt elect and have voted out says so.
We did elect them. We had an extensive guiding hand in the formation and direction. Then we started electing (sending) racists in place of actual politicians - ie. those who have own personal, bigoted agendas and to hell with everyone else. Farage has no intention, care or anything about the state of the country, Farage cares about Farage and nothing more and was personally offended by the reduction that was inflicted on his personal (monetary) fortunes by a changing martket. Boris likewise, it's just that for some reason we equate "buffoon" with "likeable" and sent him to where he might be out of our way.
Time and time again I see otherwise useful committees, or other organisations, inflicted with incompetents, narcisissts or just the plain unwanted because the sender doesn't want them either. Unfortunately sometimes these unwanted actually wind up steering direction and then things start to go wrong, very wrong indeed. We could have been in a strong position in Europe. Hell, we even had/have a cherished veto that we often chose not to use and then blamed "forrners" for rules that we claimed that we didn't want but chose to do nothing about even though we could have helped steer the rules.
Instead we're on a steady self-destruct, with the only "winners" of Brexit being the old, very rich folk who are bankrolling it with everyone else, and I mean everyone else, suffering one way or another. How is this looking after the country? How is this acting responsibly? How is this leaving a worthwhile legacy for our children? It isn't, in any measure. It's not that the EU was perfect, but it is considerably better than a cronyism government run by the very rich for the benefit of the very rich. What colour lizard would you like to vote for today?
Are these appalling quality docking stations or laptops that don't support USB-C very well?
Pesonally, I'd steer clear of USB-C docking stations for a while until the stock chips supporting them are common and stable. Much like the USB-3 docking stations that just work due to commonly supported chips and good reference designs. Doesn't stop certain manufacturers sticking their own branding on the otherwise identical design and adding £80-£100 to the price for the priviledge.
As for brand specific laptop docking stations... just don't go there. You'll pay over the odds, get a dock that only works with one specific brand's laptops and often only a few of the laptops and will usually be obselete within months. Compared to a generic USB docking station that just works with whatever the hell is plugged into it.
Re: its not a folder, it is a directory!
Don't get me started with the abject idiocy that is "libraries" in Windows. A collective way to group disk locations and see/read them together, that's fine to a point as long as it's an optional view of the system. However when some idiot at Microsoft decided that it should also be possible to save to a "library" and to hell with there the file is actually put, that's stupid taken far too far.
Luckily a couple of braincells seem to have randomly passed by close enough on this one and libraries are pretty much depacated in Windows 10. Unfortunately the same lackwit who came up with libraries in the first place seems to have had a hand in the navigation tree that's shown when opening File (Windows) Explorer in Windows 10...
Re: The OpenGL bits are odd
MS has been trying to undermine and destroy OpenGL since they released the beast-sphagetti mess that is DirectX.
New developments that want any hint of cross platform capability should use Vulkan instead.
Re: People dont matter ..
One could almost draw a parallel with the tobacco manufacturers...
Re: Today you'd have to go into the Chinese countryside to find a bad Android.
@I ain't Spartacus
I could have sworn that there was more of an overlap, but having looked the Lumia 710 came out about a year before the first Moto G phones. Luckily I guess I wasn't looking for a phone at that time!
Re: Today you'd have to go into the Chinese countryside to find a bad Android.
It's amazing where they find this junk, but then phone networks still seem to think that pushing their "own" shockingly customed, out of date from the start devices and abandoning them even faster that Samsung is a good idea.
As for there not being any decend low cost mobiles, the author seems to have forgotten about Motorola who produced a lot of very good, low cost mobiles. The cameras were generally the weak point but for many users who really didn't care about the camera, occasional daylight snaps aside, they were more than adequate.
Re: I'm not being racist...
Prosopagnosia: Mine isn't so severe however I have to really concentrate on matching names with faces and give me photos of people that I don't know very well and I struggle connecting them at all, particularly if there are time differences in the photos or the location is out of context.
It's quite annoying/upsetting at times when you are out with people who don't have this issue and when you both meet somebody that you both know but haven't seen for a few years and they recognise them instantly and I'm there looking blank and clueless. It's not that I don't "care" about the missing individual at all, it's just that I genuinely don't recognise them even if I could recall their name and a lot of things about them.
What's with combining the build process steps?
Pretty much every project has dependencies and (depending on the target of course) generally a system will only build if all the dependencies are available locally anyway.
This does not necessitate downloading the latest version of every dependency and mindlessly using it every time a system is built.
Updating dependencies is a good thing. Updating dependencies with no thought or control over the process is a bad thing and, in fact, is a very naive and foolish thing to do. Without control over dependnecies there is no reproducability, no genuine testing possible and therefore it is not possible to truly support a system much beyond hope and guesses.
...about as bad as writing anything into the "program files" directory when the writer is not an installation or update process.
Oh wait, lots of extremely poorly written applications still seem to think that this tree is a good location for data or log files.
Sounds almost exactly like my recent experience of logitech support. I generally like their (keyboard and mice) products but had to ask a question about one of their keyboards. Which for other keyboards would have been resolvable with a product sheet or possibly even good photos, but no... Lots of stupid redirections, missing products (disparity between what was listed on their website, what was in the market available to purchase and what products their support department admitted to), stock totally unhelpful responses and lots and lots of waiting.
Re: I've had fibre broadband for years
I never noticed any work going on in the street but I've apparently had fibre broadband for years.
You've also got "up to" speeds for the theoretical maximum download speed with no contention ratio and the modem plugged directly into the exchange kit with 10cm of cable operating in a shielded, clean room.
The "fibre broadband" business is where you don't have it, but the cabinet down the end of your road will. Or maybe the next one. Well, one of them somewhere anywhere will probably have fibre somewhere. Marketing...
Re: Class Libel Suit anyone ?
But I'd be wary of a business that DIDN'T want to pay the pittance that SSL certificates cost in order to secure their customer data.
But a certificate does not secure customer data. In web browser terms it generally does nothing more than encrypt the traffic between a user's web browser and the server itself. The server could, and often does, have an application written by abject morons who put in hard coded administrator accounts, don't perform even cursory data validation on user input and leve bypasses when they can't be bothered to type in passwords. So the data is no less or more secure than it was, the https website is no less or more trusted than an http website, just that the transport of data packets between the client and the server should be reasonably secure.
However, there is some measure of reassurance that a website owner has put some thought into security if they do have a certificate, but in the end the presence of a certificate means nothing.