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German City Says OpenOffice Shortcomings Are Forcing It Back To Microsoft

rant64 Re:Serious question time... (480 comments)

With business, I know that a lot of third-party applications (like CRM, workflow) hook into MSO with toolbars, templates, and macros. I have no idea if OO's features are comparable to that.

about 2 years ago

Mathematicians Extend Einstein's Special Relativity Beyond Speed of Light

rant64 Re:There is only one speed: c (381 comments)

Quick! Someone update the Standard Model!

about 2 years ago

Where Has All the Xenon Gone?

rant64 Re:It's in all those funny looking headlights (225 comments)

Aimed wrong? Write to your representative about this, from WP:

European vehicle regulations require such headlamps to be equipped with lens cleaners and an automatic self-leveling system to keep the beams aimed correctly regardless of vehicle load and attitude, but no such devices are required on motorcycles, or where ECE regulations are inapplicable.

For that reason alone, xenon headlights are a blessing. At least around here. Not a single xenon-lit car blinds me, as opposed to those with halogen lights that don't even bloody know that they have a damn wheel/knob to adjust the headlights. Or some drive around with full beam because they can't actually tell the difference from within the car (I assure you, you can with xenon).

On motorcycles it's not ubiquitous enough, yet. That fake glaring blue crap you see on cars? That's just plain stupid and as explained below has nothing to do with xenon.

about 2 years ago

Advertisers Blast Microsoft Over IE Default Privacy Settings

rant64 Re:So you admit tracking is bad for customers (558 comments)

MS can place demands on the state in which the PC is delivered to customers in the OEM license agreement. It's possible that they will require home users to be able to choose, just as it is required that they must enter their name and product key (for small OEMs. I know that HP, Dell and the likes do not follow the latter policy, but they have their own OEM agreements).

For corporate use, end users usually don't have a choice but to follow company policy. Guess what that policy would be. Question: would an advertising agency enable tracking on its own corporate browsers?

It is indeed interesting to know how the choice is going to be enforced with OEMs, because you might as well alter the default user profile in a sleazy deal with $ADVERTISER$

about 2 years ago

Advertisers Blast Microsoft Over IE Default Privacy Settings

rant64 Re:Microsoft cares about privacy (558 comments)

if you dont like the terms, you can pretty quickly leave that site.

And how exactly does that favor of those defending DNT, i.e. advertisers and site owners?

about 2 years ago

Windows 8 Graphics: Microsoft Has Hardware-Accelerated Everything

rant64 Re:Fighting the Wrong Battlefield (563 comments)

the less time the CPU or GPU has to spend doing something the more time it can spend idling

It also enables more complex graphics on a higher display resolution without sacrificing performance or battery life. Efficiency savings don't always translate to devices that consume less (Jevons paradox).

more than 2 years ago

Hackers Steal Keyless BMW In Under 3 Minutes

rant64 Re:Whats the difference... (486 comments)

I've sincerely run out of patience with apathy and inattention

This. But there's nothing legal you can do about it.

more than 2 years ago

Cisco's Cloud Vision: Mandatory, and Killed At Their Discretion

rant64 Re:is this legal in the US ? (307 comments)

When stories like "Cisco consumer products violate privacy" (maybe a bit juicier) start appearing in the news I hope they suffer a lot more damage than just the fines.

Has anyone investigated yet what data is actually transmitted to Cisco's backend?

more than 2 years ago

Fundamentalist Schools Using "Nessie" To Disprove Evolution

rant64 Re:Was Jesus riding Nessie? (936 comments)

But it doesn't account for the parting of the Red Sea. You see, that's because Nessie was a comet from outer space! Oh, and He brought life to earth.

I'm trying me best to please everyone, here.

more than 2 years ago

Hacker Group Demands "Idiot Tax" From Payday Lender

rant64 Re:Strange sense of morals (263 comments)

Putting a thin veneer of technology over "might makes right" doesn't change the underlying principle.

The hacker(s) responsible for releasing the data probably laugh about statements like these. It doesn't change that sensitive data can be stolen by bad security policies, or simply when someone publishes something somewhere they shouldn't have.
The company should be fined for mistakes like these, because despite your very nice laws on intent and everything, people will find sensitive data when they're looking for it, and it shouldn't have been this easy. Technically, information this wide in the open is free game, and the publisher of the data didn't realize that. Hence the idiot tax.

This data is potentially visible for anyone looking for it. This is more like your physician's practice, or the bank manager, who doesn't really bother to lock up when he leaves for the day, with signs all across the office happily directing you to the filing cabinets. Nobody can steal the records, but they can look at them at will. It may well still be trespassing, but should the physician or bank manager get away with it?

more than 2 years ago

Hacker Group Demands "Idiot Tax" From Payday Lender

rant64 Re:Strange sense of morals (263 comments)

some random person asked if it was the business data and if they could have it, and the moron executive said why not, here it is.

It's stronger than that. The briefcase had references to the contents on it. Also, if you assume that they don't put locations of secure pages in the robots.txt because they're not accessibly anyway, but it had an entry for a confidential but unsecured page, then they should have been fully aware that this page was publicly accessible.

more than 2 years ago

Rockstar Creates 'Cheaters Pool' For Game Hackers

rant64 Re:Interesting (228 comments)

send a very brief incorrect set of data indicating a head in the crosshairs

But... That's cheating!

more than 2 years ago

Know What Time It Is? Your Medical Device Doesn't

rant64 Re:Bad administration is a major problem with this (290 comments)

That doesn't make sense. NTLMv2 and Kerberos make use of the system time during authentication. If the clock is off by more than a certain period (configurable, 5 minutes default) then authentication will fail.
Unless, of course, domain policies are intentionally configured to allow replay attacks.

more than 2 years ago

Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken Off

rant64 Re:Way too confusing (1264 comments)

Your issue is with the fact that the Windows installation media doesn't come with all these nice programs. Well, how do you think that happened?

Windows is a a proprietary product that will never in its life come with KeePass, Notepad++, ImgBurn, TrueCrypt and Firefox unless you make it so (it's easy to customize a Windows image file with a custom answer file, so you actually can).

You're going to have to make a choice: people whine about Windows having too many features that results in the community yelling "Bloat!" or even leads to anti-trust lawsuits if Microsoft includes a proprietary version of said software, or: look at it as a bare operating system that can run the applications you want to run. You can't have it both ways.

By the way, msiexec /i FavoriteSoftware /qb! is not that difficult, as long as it's packaged decently. Any environment where user's time is valued over system deployment time has a multitude of options to automate OS and application deployment, with free toolkits (the most recent one being MDT).

more than 2 years ago

Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack

rant64 Re:I wish this was the case in the UK (575 comments)

Especially after they've pulled the drive out and plugged a copy of it into their forensics kit?


more than 2 years ago

Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack

rant64 Re:that doesn't work (575 comments)

you can't prove there's no hidden volume squirreled away in the "empty" part

That is true as long as an adversary does not have access to the disk contents already. If you were able to look at the encrypted volume and its free space over the course of time, you would see changes in "free space" every time the hidden volume is used.

You ever got home and your computer was suddenly turned off?

more than 2 years ago

Jaguar Recalls 18,000 Cars Over Major Software Fault

rant64 Re:My car has a fail-safe device... (356 comments)

His beef is probably with the expression "regular automatics", and not with the reason why a manual shift cars are more expensive.

more than 2 years ago

Gut-Check Time For Windows 8, Microsoft

rant64 Re:Planned obsolescence treadmill accelerating (516 comments)

I'll only update when hardware requirements force me to -- that is, when my current machine breaks down. Or, when a vital piece of software forces the upgrade.

That just says you're not the target audience, mr. AC. Then why would anyone listen to you when it comes to making design decisions?

about 3 years ago

Windows 8 To Feature 'Fast Startup Mode'

rant64 Re:Logging to a domain slow (287 comments)

Why has it always been so slow to log on to a domain in Windows?

It isn't that bad. If it takes any longer than 4-5 seconds to authenticate and process your user policies and scripts then you're doing it wrong.

it can still sit there for minutes

It kinda depends on what you mean by 'there'. In smaller environments, additional time is usually caused by:
* incorrect network setup (dns, usually)
* insane synchronous startup/logon scripts or those that do "software deployment". Those are a damn joke.
* roaming profile that has become way too big.

The "always wait for the network at startup" setting in computer policies may help. It ensures that all services are started and GPO processing has completed before the logon screen is presented. It may take a while longer before the user may enter his credentials, but the desktop then appears more responsive sooner. A particular example is when there are instances of SQL Express installed on a laptop, for whatever purpose, that can really stall the logon process as the database server is still starting.
Also, first logging on and then leaving for hot beverage is not always an option because of company policy against unlocked desktops.

In some cases, like very large corporate environments, there is a lot to take care of at logon time. In enterprise desktop provisioning, you can't tie anything to a computer because the user may log on from any system, not just a roaming desktop but Citrix, VDI, whatever, so all of the desktop setup has to take place at that point as if you were a new user.

about 3 years ago

Codemasters Shuts Down GRID Online Multiplayer

rant64 Re:False Advertising? (162 comments)

At least, for now, on Steam, you're still buying a multiplayer game :

The game also has split-screen mode (party mode) so this is technically correct. The online part was removed from the description, however.

more than 3 years ago


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