nav search
Data Centre Software Security DevOps Business Personal Tech Science Emergent Tech Bootnotes
BOFH
Lectures

* Posts by joed

748 posts • joined 13 Jun 2013

Page:

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

joed
Silver badge

Re: Overpriced

I guess one could argue about the difference between just overpriced and over-engineered (to justifying ridiculous price). It's amazing that some otherwise reasonable people support with their (though more often busniness' they worked for money) money gizmos that offered no functional advantage over quality kit that's while 2mm thicker (and sometimes not even this), is upgrade-able and repairable (if only to the advantage of the 2nd hand buyer). I guess only disposal fees will make this crap less desirable (where no demand for used model will have the original buyer actually pay for offloading the bricked device).

And this soldered SSD is just the nail in the coffin. Surely you'd not like anything bad to happen to your data (so pay up for OneDrive).

13
1

HP dangles subscription hardware at power users

joed
Silver badge

Re: RE: leasing hardware

Someone else who also gets it is the regular taxpayer. He/She gets to cover the difference for creative accounting of corporations.

Also the customer gets to pay for always new toys - similarly to car leases, service "deals" encourage getting more than really needed, as most lessees can't see past monthly payment. Hopefully the option of just buying the stuff won't be discontinued by rent seeking vendors.

BTW, expecting that suddenly all problems are resolved immediately just because one pays monthly is fallacy. Not only cost skyrocket with such expectations but also not every employee wanted/could have his workstation just dropped into box and replaced with new one with no transition period (or just honest attempt at restoring "old" system). This works in emergency but few really like it.

In the end only corps win.

0
0

Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast

joed
Silver badge

OTOH, the utility pole infrastructure (as pictured) does not need a hurricane to fall apart every few seasons. Only to be stubbornly replaced with even lower quality sticks (them trees are not what they'd used to be). All because constant fixing the crap is supposedly cheaper than doing it right.

5
0

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

joed
Silver badge

GCHQ asks vendors not to make IoT too secure

and have a backdoor in place for the good guys

1
0

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

joed
Silver badge

Re: Rigorously Tested

"And reported...But not listened to..." - and now they have bullet proof excuse

5
0
joed
Silver badge

On the bright side

you'll no longer hear the Cortana creep when setting up new box. This is not a bug, this is a feature

4
0

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

joed
Silver badge

Re: Not a good look here.

OTOH, having some of app data files in "my documents" is not such a bad thing once you realize that some of software settings is as valuable as the files one creates using the software. The annoying part is how some of apps mix the intent of Roaming and Local data folders. Add registry entries to the mix and the lack of consistency makes for really messy transitions between machines/systems. Still, I'd rather take care of of this myself than have a cloud service provider do it out "goodness" of their heart (or more likely just an interest of every aspect of my offline activities).

7
0

US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

joed
Silver badge

Re: Yep

I don't know that it worked. My old flip phone with PASG "plan" and messaging disabled by TM (excluding these sent by them) have not shown any. Ruckus at the office was much lesser than expected. I've switched mine to airplane mode but turned it back on early enough for retries to get through. Nothing. Not that I cared much for any such notification.

1
0

Microsoft has a digital coworker it wants in your business: Cortana

joed
Silver badge

but does it finally react

to f.. off Cortana the way we all expected her to?

So far it's been the case or pitifully broken AI.

3
0

Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move

joed
Silver badge

Re: I'm not sure I see the business synergies between Adobe and Marketo....

I can see the synergy - easier to deal/block one big scummy domain than whole bunch of obscure ones. I've yet to see Adobe fonts number of sites try to sneak.

0
0

What's that smell? Oh, it's Newegg cracked open by card slurpers

joed
Silver badge

Re: 2FA

It was also fairly easy to avoid by using Apple pay.

0
6

Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

joed
Silver badge

Re: No mystery

but at least lobbying is not corruption /s

19
3

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

joed
Silver badge

pathetic

Pointless waste of energy and release of greenhouse gases. Just another proof that with money and power one can - literally - get away with murder (of those poor bastards that won't be able to afford to move above the rising tide).

11
102

Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

joed
Silver badge

I'm not sure about Siri wannabe but 19H1 sounds like some flu virus strain. Very much in line with Windows' behavior of late.

17
4

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

joed
Silver badge

indifferent

I can hardly see a difference and really had to go for trouble of testing it, as rss feed in live bookmarks toolbar in firefox is all that I ever see. Plain text on plain background - no change is good change;)

0
0

Guys, you need to sit down and have a chat: Skype rolls out SMS a week after Microsoft

joed
Silver badge

Re: Eh?

?

"SMS messages are essentially at no additional cost"?

Maybe something has change since, but there's definitely a reason I'd disabled SMS on my account. While outgoing messages were overpriced, the incoming spam could run multiple the normal monthly bill (and as opposed to call one can't just deny incoming message). Unless you considered the "unlimited messaging included" as no additional cost (I bet there's extra line on the bill) the cell service in the US is objectively substandard and SMS message pricing is another ripoff on top of already inflated service plan costs.

1
1

Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon

joed
Silver badge

Re: Meet the Fockers

Ribbon may suck but rendering everything (including text) in some shade of gray (the newer the version the worse it got) is the worst offense of MS' UX team. I don't know how they come up with their design cues and what kind of users they survey, but surely all that forced telemetry proved of little use (unless they'll just dox us in the future).

5
0

Apple to require privacy policy on all apps

joed
Silver badge

Re: 4 Lane Privacy Highway

"What you're seeing here is the difference between a services company, e.g." - so where does the MS stand? They charge you for OS and snoop regardless of the upfront revenue. Double dipping?

8
0

Apple pushes new iOS 12 beta build to silence notification spam

joed
Silver badge

Now if only turning off BlueTooth meant really turning it off. Sticking to 10.

3
1

Huawei's Alexa-powered AI Cube wants to squat in your living room too

joed
Silver badge

double whammy

Now both Amazon and Huawei get to eavesdrop. And suckers will pay for it. Makes sense.

2
0

Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all

joed
Silver badge

Re: Ambitious

I'd add one more thing to the definition of broadband availability - cost. I couldn't care less that 25Mbps is easily available in my area if it's only available bundled with TV and even more useless VoIP crap (increasing already from already overpriced 50$ to 100$+ ripoff per month). I can bet that 1Gbps can be had almost everywhere if cost was not an issue but if the service is not affordable for majority of residents it's not much different from not available.

I've settled at 3.7Mbps exactly for this reason.

12
0

Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

joed
Silver badge

I don't think that any 3 letter agency cared for your disk encryption when files are stored in DB. Now, having these files encrypted before the upload could possibly get their attention. No idea why DB would care for the encrypted file system though - the app handles whatever OS provided and shouldn't depend on underlying FS (as long as some minimum requirements are met).

0
0

Windows is coming to Chromebooks… with Google’s blessing

joed
Silver badge

Re: Twice as good

I believe that MS was signing some Linux distros so if Google lets Windows run, Linux is right next

1
0

Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

joed
Silver badge

Re: Open justice should mean open decisions

What justice? It's just a law. By lawyers and for lawyers.

Obey.

4
1

You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands

joed
Silver badge

Out of pure spite to my "free market" cable provider

years ago I've switched to Economy Internet (they'd started to jack up prices while using moronic excuses for doing so). It hurts, but it hurts them as well (they get less than prior to starting the stupid game). I'm no netflix user and have no intent to sign up for any cloud service (that required subscription and was bandwidth intense) so it's not too bad for single household. Recently I looked into their current offer (guest at home) and while the initial rate for next tier up wasn't too bad, required bundles (I have no fricking need for any of added services and costs) cut my search short. To be honest, an idea of contacting support and going through the ordeal I had to go through to settle on my current plan is probably the best reason to avoid any changes.

Lose, lose is sometimes the only winning strategy.

3
0

Better late than never: nbn™ DOCSIS 3.1 upgrade starts

joed
Silver badge

I bet they'll get no change in performance (unless they paid extra) and will complain about the cost of having to purchase new modem (I did when I was forced onto 3.0). Some of new technologies are just an excuse for inflating the price of the service.

0
0

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

joed
Silver badge

Re: No brainer

I'd think that retail store costs are much higher so 30% markup would be quite justified (though unlikely for all merchandise sold). I'm not quite sure that Google deserved the same cut but at least they develop Android and distribute platform for free (sure, they also skim user data). Apple simply does not deserve 30% as users of their toys already paid premium that covers all development cost and maintenance of the marketplace.

8
11

Accounting software biz Intuit flogging bit barn to throw its lot in with AWS

joed
Silver badge

"it expects to recoup some of those losses through tax rebates"

So basically financial gimmicks on the backs of taxpayers (that had already been blocked from direct filing with IRS - by Intuit and alike).

1
0

If only 3D desktop printers could 3D print sales! Units crash in Q1

joed
Silver badge

Re: Well obviously...

Not sure if you realize that this has already been "taken care of". Some "better" printers now require you to sign in to vendor's account so effectively manufacturer not only controls your source of consumables, but even that fancy printer (that you spent big $ for) may become a piece of fancy junk at a their whim or if your internet connection went down. Not exactly the premise under which the whole 3D print craze gained popularity.

5
0

PayPal's pal Venmo spaffs your pals' payments – and yours

joed
Silver badge

No surprise. PayPal discloses unnecessary details of your transactions to your bank (when wiring funds to cover for the purchase). It should only provide PP transaction ID (that could be referenced when logged in to PP portal) but this would be too much to ask. The end result is not only potential privacy breach, but also - if bank didn't like some of details of PP transaction - possibility of your bank just bouncing the transfer and PP chasing you for failure to pay. Fun times fixing the mess, trust me on this one.

1
0

Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

joed
Silver badge

Same here. It's just about abandoned. And it seems that I was about the last one to turn off the lights (family wide). Logged in today to find out that MS added Cortana to my "contact". Well, they somehow had not grayed you "block this contact" for the snitch. Blocked her and "reported abuse" for good measure. Got the update reminder. Exited the application. Full satisfaction.

5
0

Azure certifications are awful, Microsoft admits, so it has made new ones

joed
Silver badge

Re: I'm done with this

It all depends how badly you want to pass - this can make the whole thing an exercise in frustration and colossal waste of time (I'm not sure if failing is worse than overstudying for a passing grade). And what really sucks is how insufficient course materials are (or maybe excessive range of questions) - forget about scoring without brain dumps. I've noticed is that seemingly lower level exams require system admin experience and notably some W10 ones seemed to be mixed up with one another, with a "healthy" dose of questions on in-the-state-of-flux subject of Azure/Intune that few would have hands-on access to (plus the test jumped into next course topics). If you realize the craziness of W10 semi-yearly update cycle introduced changes you can only imagine what it does to test answers.

2
0

Palo Alto Networks rattles tin, wants $1.5bn for, er, stuff and things

joed
Silver badge

give us free money?

I'm not sure what else they offer to potential investors but .75% is surely not worth the hustle.

2
0

You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

joed
Silver badge

Re: Bargain ?

I bet that for 400$ one can get something with proper keyboard that can stand on its own, better screen, CPU, user replaceable system drive and maybe even expandable RAM. Really no reason to suffer (not even a fruit logo to cater to true believers;).

16
7

Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

joed
Silver badge

Re: This will work...

exactly my thought. I'm really surprised that Amazon let something like this slip out. Not sure about compliance with GDPR but definitely it's a security risk for customers and great opportunity for for criminal when time with release of an iDevice or alike (buy one, pick bunch free en route).

13
0
joed
Silver badge

Re: Corporate Security

I don't know who I'd be afraid more - the company with "concern for their employees" or the service provider. For this reason I've refused to install their app and I've never checked in outside of the "in private" mode (during emergency drills). Location services are off (most of the time) but who knows how soon mdm will disable possibility of users (like me) having this choice.

12
0

USA needs law 'a lot like GDPR' – says Salesforce supremo Marc Benioff

joed
Silver badge

I bet all they are looking for is a loophole (for EU laws) and a watered down (but formally sanctioned) GDPR-like law on this side that on one hand would help them spin positive PR to their customers while not adding any resistance to their data collection methods. Salesforce acts - for all intents and purposes - like creepy big brother and it's customers (businesses) opt in consumers with little regard to reasonable expectation of privacy.

4
1

Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes

joed
Silver badge

Re: Stop re-enabling 'fast startup' MS

check "BIOS". If the feature is disabled in there, OS won't be able to use it. I'd uncheck "OS optimized defaults" in particular (to restore normal shutdown and startup behavior).

2
0

Folks are shocked – shocked – that CIA-backed Amazon is selling face-recog tech to US snoops, cops

joed
Silver badge

Re: Not much to see here

"Real game changing technology then. How much was spent on this tech per arrest?" - Plenty (which is the real goal) - the security theater/hysteria has been exploited by governments and business to funnel public money with virtually no oversight. Ironically, significant portion of "consumers" supports this "military industrial complex" with voluntary contributions to the bottoms line of players that established themselves also as major consumer goods/services providers.

11
0

Your parents love you, Cortana. That's why we bought you an upgrade

joed
Silver badge

Re: Disabling Cortana

It is not disabled. And it's pita to disable websearch from the search box and all he nagging/"suggestions" that show in there even on enterprise sku can only be explained by MS' greed, stupidity, malice or all of the above.

1
0

Surface Hub 2: Microsoft's pricey whiteboard gets a sequel

joed
Silver badge

Re: hefty, hefty indeed

And unfortunately end customers pay for this extravagance. And it's not like it really saved on travel money (while clogging pipes with tons of pointless video feed). And paper hand outs are still a thing. Paperless office is always just few years away.

0
1

How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

joed
Silver badge

Software as a service requires steady supply of fresh bugs. And Adobe delivers.

8
0

Britain to slash F-35 orders? Erm, no, scoffs Lockheed UK boss

joed
Silver badge

>3100? 3100+ ultra expensive planes? This is not WWII to crank up such numbers (especially considering the pricetag). It'll be great if 310 is made (and still too much for the taxpayer).

5
0

Let's kick the tyres on Google's Android P... It's not an overheating wreck, but UX is tappy

joed
Silver badge

Re: Nuff said

Very much like Windows then. The reality of "service", questionable "design" and "experience". Customer last (when all is said and done) and money in the pocket of whoever owns the "platform". BTW, sometimes not getting updates is better than getting served.

5
3

Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

joed
Silver badge

Re: Chrome malware

Technically this can be done securely - make a purchase from any computer (that you find convenient to browse/do research) while signed in with Google account but approve the payment from a "secure" mobile device linked to the same account. Apple has the advantage of providing now both iOS and macOS devices that have all the necessary hardware built in, but technically this increases the risk of fraudulent transaction (more devices with your payment information) no matter how secure the base system was. BTW, Google had the desktop version for years (Google Wallet?) or was it just PayPal alternative? I recall using it like once (way back) and didn't bother to update any of my info (or worse yet, link it my disposable Google account linked to just as disposable - and by now expired - gifted prepaid CC). I do use Apple Pay but I have no particular urge to have all my web activity and purchases tracked by Google or MS (sure as hell the'd like me to sign in to Windows with their account, use Edge and their crap Store).

4
5

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

joed
Silver badge

Telemetry is here to piss off privacy minded people and not to help with debugging - "this will teach them" philosophy of sorts.

At least Cortana can now be turned off, courtesy of MS. Enjoy while it lasts.

61
5

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

joed
Silver badge

Re: Most of the 'casualties' are Ballmer era stuff

not really if Windows is your primary environment. Then MS can see everything. Google can only dream of this.

2
2

Microsoft Lean's in: Slimmed-down Windows 10 OS option spotted

joed
Silver badge

Re: Why would they sell the OS users really want?

The closer one looks the closer the model resembled cable TV. Basic service that ain't worth s... and expensive premium packages that bring little of value to the overall experience (besides vendor lock-in benefiting MS'). Market disruption - sure (if temporary). Innovation - not so much. Windows and Office environments are ripe for cord cutters.

15
7

It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive

joed
Silver badge

Re: I'm sure they got encryption

Same here. BTW, "agency's e-file system" is an oxymoron unless it refers to online option open to "free-market" providers. While doing taxes old school is pita, it's the only way to stick it to the middleman that lobbied hard to prevent direct file option. Screw them.

1
0

Europe turns nose up at new smartphones: Beancounters predict 7% sales drop

joed
Silver badge

Re: really? 5G as the big draw?

I'd add price to drawbacks - expensive to start with, limited coverage and will make data caps much more obvious (where service is available). I can only guess that the same consumers that wised up to longer phone upgrade cycle and switched to SIM only plans (often payg) are just as willing to burn their cash on high speed Internet at home and on the go (easily 2k$ over the year period). Basics like email/messaging, maps etc do not require anything over reliable 3G.

Though if it can be written off as business expense, why not (just pity the customer).

0
0

Page:

The Register - Independent news and views for the tech community. Part of Situation Publishing