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If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update
Re: I have had enough
I have had enough
I have taken all my pcs off the internet except one W10 which is not connected to my network. All the others (five) have been rebuilt to Windows 7 professional sp1. This give me back control and Micro###t can no longer force updates, screw my systems, or any of their other "advantages".... when and if they manage to develop a computer system for us the users (known as customers) instead of the coffee klatch at Redmond'a wank tank I may try again.
Clearly you haven't had enough. If you had, you would have put Linux on there or bought a Mac. You are getting close, though
For all the good it does them . . .
In any case, I'm glad Microsoft is doing its level best to promote the use of Linux.
You really couldn't find a better advocate.
Indeed. After the update bricked my HP laptop, I installed the latest version of Mint and am not looking back. - Windows System Admin.
The rush for consumers to PAY to be data mined is truly alarming. Alexa, Cortana, Google Home, whatever the new facebook one is, Siri. Are consumers really this blind to what is going on? Are the "Shiny neatness cool gadget" thrills that appealing or necessary that consumers are so willing to completely throw away any last semblance of privacy?
Re: "The goal is to make the OS team work more like lean startups"
The goal is to make the users the beta testers. It is pretty common in software these days. Save a cost by shoving untested code on your user base and see what happens. This was pretty evident when 10 came out and they announced that they were pretty much doing that.
You see it in games as well. "Early release", "Beta Release", etc. People lap it up to get games sooner. Maybe it works in that model, but for a user who relies on their operating system for productivity, not so much.
I'm a Windows Server admin and have been since the NT 4 days. However, when the October update killed my home laptop (HP with Skylake chipset) over an effing keyboard driver, that was the last straw. Mint installed and working great. Eventually the whole house will be converted and I'll get some good exposure to the other platform.
I'll continue to learn and use/support Windows at work, because it pays well. But for personal use I'm done with spying operating systems, lack of proper testing, and lousy responses from the companies that make them. Microsoft, looking at you.
So..., they wanted the survey to include people who didn't go to the conference because they didn't like the title (which I also thought was referring to slang for Japanese, post WWII). How exactly were they supposed to get these people to take the survey if they didn't know who they were? What an idiotic statement.
WiMLDS Workshop. This workshop is non-inclusive to men. How dare they be so sexist and divisive? Did they ask any men if they wanted to be part of this workshop? Perhaps if the men had known about the survey that the didn't take, they would have gotten surprising results?
Re: News App
Give Mint a try for the desktop. Newest 19 version fixed the text scaling issues that 18 had on smaller screens. Also seems that they have done some power management tweaks to get better battery life out of laptops.
Libre Office is fine for most use and is very polished. You'd still need a mail client if you are going thick, but most web mail interfaces get the job done these days.
And yeah, how they didn't learn a thing from the Windows 8 disaster is a mystery. Mobile OS does not belong on a desktop/laptop. Although, in the case of Mac OS, maybe it would be an improvement? I really can't stand the way it does stuff and how things are arranged. There is a reason every flavor of *nix, Windows has a basic start bar with organized shortcuts. It just works for humans.
"One of Firmin's last interviews finds him criticising the soulless quality of modern CGI animations."
Here in the States, we lost Ray Harryhausen a few years ago. He had a similar take on CGI.
Ray almost singlehadedly filmed the stop motion action in all the Charles Schneer produced moivies, along with Jason and the Argonauts, and many others.
It is a painstaking art that really is underrated by today's film goers.
'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear
You might want to ask yourself the questions in the first paragraph while pondering that this is the same company who blamed users for holding their phone wrong to cover up a shit antenna design.
If any company has people sitting in a board room brainstorming on how to screw over customers, its Apple.
Seriously, why do people buy their crap? They give two shits for their customers, unless they are buying something new that is.
Worked On That Team...
I had the disprivilege to work on that team years ago. This in no way surprises me at all. The team was very aggressive in dropping new definitions - every 4 hours on the fast track, 8 hours on regular. However, their methodology for delivering the new bits was all based on a scripted work flow with flag files, and the like. It was a hugely delicate process. Any time one piece of it didn't complete on time or as expected, the whole thing came crashing down and had to be manhandled. It sucked.
Re: Ready Player One
Ugh. I have been trying to read the book for a few months now. It is horribly written with such a cliche' plot, the only saving grace is the references to 80s culture. I grew up in the 70s and 80s, so I get pretty much all of it. But that can only carry a story so far. If the book is better than the movie, I don't think it will sit too well with me. But maybe visuals will help.
Great book and I loved the movie when it came out. I was in the minority, but I guess people eventually come around. And if you loved the book and haven't read John Steakelys Armor, you owe it to yourself to do so. When asked if he would consider a sequel by JS, Heinlein told him he should write it. So he did.
The Lynch version was dark, moody, and poorly paced. The SciFi channel remake of the late 90s or early 2000s (don't remember exactly) was much more enjoyable (miniseries).
I use a T470 at work. I hate it.
Moderate weight, no biggie. Reasonably powerful. Nice form factor.
However, it absolutely blows chunks when being docked and undocked. I repeatedly have to fiddle with network devices to get it to work. The other day it was the worst yet. I had to remove my network device in device manager to get it to enable. Not to get it to pick up the network as if it was diconnected. To get it to work at all. Why was it disabled when undocked? PITA.
Waking from sleep is slow. This may be a byproduct of having to communicate with the docking station. I don't really care.
Keyboard is nice though.
I'm far happier with my HP Envy. It's a previous generation I7 and is faster and more reliable than the 470. Cost less too.
Re: I will not hear a word said against Fender
Have you picked up any new Fender guitars? Even their super expensive kit just feels cheap. Frets are poorly filed, action is crap, sound is crap. Its all just a huge marketing machine for wanna be rock stars to buy in to. As soon as they came out with fake road worn guitars, that was the end for me. The Japanese stuff is well made and worth the cash if you can get a decent one.
As for gimmic Amps. No thanks. Why would you want to play anything other than guitar through your guitar amp? The speaker isn't designed to play voices or deep bass, or whatever else isn't guitar. Or, at least, it shouldn't be.
I'll stick to my mid 80s Warmoth Boogie Body and my Orange Micro Dark in its custom cabinet with my nice sounding Eminence RamRod. Sounds fantastic, no pedals needed.
And Nothing about Google?
Those twats are responsible for this late night patch frenzy that my company and countless thousands more, are dealing with. Their excuse for releasing the details is thin at best. So now, instead of a small number of nefarious types speculating about these exploits, the whole world + dog knows and vendors were forced to release their patches out of band. Good job ass holes.
Oh, that's right, el Reg isn't a tech site any more. I can't believe this bull shit political article made it to the front page. You guys are twats for letting this fly, and for allowing the political editorializing in it.
Stick to technology and leave the rest to the foul media.
*No, mentioning Apple, Microsoft, et. all, does NOT qualify this as an IT article.
Re: Are IBM outsourcers or innovators?
@ AC pedantic.
You know, I struggled with how to phrase that. I always thought of 1st world as Western civilization, including Russia, as they have been a developed country for quite some time. 2nd world as places like India or China, etc, where the economy was modern but quality of life was lower when compared to more developed nations. 3rd for the rest. Probably a pretty narrow and uninformed view. Thanks for the clarification!
Re: Are IBM outsourcers or innovators?
IBM WAS an innovative business solutions company. One that charged a ton of money for their solutions. But customers obviously don't need those solutions as much as they used to. Otherwise, IBM wouldn't be trying to make it in the cloud compute space, and they wouldn't be in such a panic to stay afloat. Small layoffs are part of any business. But how many tens of thousands of people have they laid off in the last 24 months?
Computing has changed and they didn't see the change fast enough and are getting buried as a result.
(1) "As IBM transforms into the premier cognitive computing and cloud platform company, we continue to remix our skills and invest in these priority areas. "
What a laugh. If IBM were the premier cognitive computing and cloud company they wish they were, they wouldn't be having mass layoffs. If they were even on track to be a contender, they wouldn't be having mass layoffs. And the fact that they continue to lay off and outsource IT roles should be an indicator to anyone interested in hosted compute to look elsewhere. I can think of 3 more reliable companies that are doing a bang up job of it these days...
(2) IBM does this in each market in which we operate, adapting to meet local client needs. Our clients expect no less.
Your clients expect a reliable business partner who has the technical expertise to meet their needs. Only the most established crony business partners would keep contracts with IBM at this point. Asking them to implement, support, and maintain a workflow for new business would be business suicide.
(3) IBM currently has about 25,000 job openings around the world for new skills in growth areas such as cloud, analytics, security, and social and mobile technologies
What a snake oil statement this one is. Did they not just say that they are laying off higher paying workers so they can ship their support and such to low paying 2nd world countries?
This downward spiral won't stop until there is almost nothing left of IBM. They can't make margin because they aren't relevant or because there is too much fat on their contracts and no one wants to pay it. They cut staffing costs to keep management in gold, meanwhile losing customers because they don't have the proper staff. Rinse repeat. It was a long run anyway. I see IBM going the way of Motorola. Someone will buy up all the IP and that will be the end of it.
Now THAT made me laugh. Because SCRUM or Kanban weren't good enough. We must combine them! Please tell me it was a joke?
What really gets my goat here in the comments are the developers looking down their noses at ops guys (like myself) as if what we do isn't just as important or necessary as the code that gets written. If I had a dollar for every developer who was as clueless about systems integration as I am about programming in C++, I'd be retired. You can't have one without the other no matter how you slice it. Put it in AWS or Azure, sure. but there are still highly skilled technicians keeping things going on the back end so that your code has a place to live.
As to the fellow who mentioned VMs towards the top. The reason VMs are around is because the hardware that we use today is so undersubscribed that it made sense to abstract it out. It isn't because of the laundry list of ignorance you mentioned.
OK, 17% of IT are women. How many women vs men are actual applicants to work? That would be your telling factor on whether there is hiring discrimination. Otherwise its a useless number. Maybe there are only 17% because there are not that many women candidates. You can't make someone pursue IT just because you see a perceived defect in numbers... IT isn't for everyone. It is thankless work for the most part and requires an interest in the nuts and bolts of software and hardware that most people don't have. So tired of these reports.
"Apple's genius with the iPhone X may be in launching a device that, as it did with apps before"
There was nothing genius about iPhone apps. Palm and Microsoft had been doing it for years before. Apple just made it more mainstream because they have a very good marketing dept.
As for the VR platform. One could say the exact same things for Samsung and Google with their VR platforms. Huge user base, been out for a few years now and still no compelling reason to have it other than curiosity.
Like Sammy and Google, Apple is just searching for relevance in an overcrowded market.
So Amazon assumes it is just delivery drivers would re-enter? What about someone who waits at a local delivery center, looks for the big package, follows the driver to their destination, waits for them to exit, and then starts the camera jamming process?
Nice try, Amazon, but your spin is weak.
So... the people who lost jobs to robots, who pays for their new training? What about up and coming people? Who pays for their education to get some other type of work?
And don't forget, it isn't just middle class workers who get the shaft here. Every self checkout station in any store is a job lost.
Also the original Deathrace 2000
Back to the Future II 1989 2015 Hoverboard
Seriously? An electric skateboard with the wheels turned sideways does not HOVER! unless you consider that split second before you hit the deck after you loose your balance as hovering? But, really, that seems more like falling with the very slim chance of missing the ground entirely.
Re: Expensive importing goods to the area.....
Considering the nature of the line, I'd guess they are running back dead-head (empty).
For those who don't know, multi engine trains are no new thing. Go watch vids of Tahachapi Pass or Cajon pass on the West coast for some good examples. Or older footage of the SP lines in Oregon.
So we mandate that the users must have some form of encryption on their devices. For Macs this is pretty easy (just turn it on); it's harder on Windows but still doable.
Harder on Windows? Only if you are a biased, clueless MAC user. Enable bitlocker. Done. The decryption keys are stored in AD. End of problem.
As for keeping data on the phone secure, that's easy too. Require encryption on your mail app. Require RBA on documents. Use Office365. Done.
Am I Insane or...
I see a lot of folks sticking up for the two that got sacked. Excuse me, but they knew about it, failed in their implementation and then what? Did nothing? These two are not off the hook. Expect to see them in congressional hearings at the very least.
As for Equifax, sure they are doing what they can to assuage consumers fears, but not enough. Their check your SSN site is still a joke. A user should be able to just put the last 4 of the SSN in, along with a last name and get results. WITHOUT signing up for anything.
I expect a class action lawsuit will be forthcoming. It will present damages so high that Equifax will be no more. What monies they have after the pay out will go to government fines and an escrow account used to pay for identity protection for the entirety of the US for the next 80 years. They are finished as a company. Anyone besides damage control folks would be wise to start looking elsewhere for work.
Re: People compare apples to oranges, as usual
OK. Samson RTE 2 - Bluetooth. $47. 40mm driver, rechargeable, blah blah.
Argue all you want, but $200 is still a hilarious price for crap headphones. These ones don't have a cool B on them, but I bet you could fix that with a sharpie and impress all your friends as you jog along prettily with your $1,000 iPhone on the arm holder, you know, so everyone can see what you bought.