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Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 352

I actually have one - and (feel free to check my comment history on this) - I'm a long time Android fan (including running a pro-Android blog). I just got a bit bored and wanted to play with something else - also I finally cracked the shits at the lag on my Android.

Will my next phone be Windows Phone (or Windows or whatever)? Probably not - I'll probably go back to Android - but I won't rule out staying on Windows. I've promised myself to give it a genuine go. So far, it's only been a month and it's been not bad. Not great but not bad, either. The phone is like 85% of the way there - but that final 15% matters and it's a nuisance. Apps are poorly covered and there's lots of stupid querks, such as all the eBook readers need the eBooks in One Drive, not the local disk, which is annoying when you're on a slow link. And you absolutely cannot download from the store if a file is bigger than 50mb unless you're on wifi. This is a hard coded OS fact - not an option. But my wifi is hooked up to my DSL and in Australia, DSL is slow as hell and 4g is fast. So that's annoying as shit, too. Lots of things like that are annoying but overall, I am working on it (it's a Nokia 930 btw). The camera is beautiful and the build quality is great (I'm used to Samsung, mind you). Still... those Moto X's are looking pretty nice and I'm really missing my Google Maps.

We'll see where I go in a few months time.

Comment: It's not the worst idea (Score 1) 365

I actually did switch from a 2011 Macbook Air (the dual core 2GB RAM, 13" model) to a Surface Pro 1, a little while before the Surface Pro 2 came out. Why? Because, through gradual changes in my client base and their worlds, I found myself spending more and more time in powershell, Hyper-V management and other purely Microsoft centric tasks. So I ended up Bootcamping my MBA to Windows 8 (required for Hyper-V 2012+ management), so it was now basically a PC, anyway. Then, once a guy next to me got a DynaDock with his Surface Pro, I realised I could dock it to a couple of nice, big monitors and keyboard and mouse and it's frankly more powerful than my 2011 MBA was.

So I sold my MBA on eBay (at almost as much as I paid for it, amazingly - incredible resale value) and switched to the SP1, which I am still using. I have pre-ordered a SP3, in fact, because I have been so happy with it (we don't get the Surface Pro 3 in Australia until September). It's smaller, lighter, faster and better suited to my current working life. I also love the pen, as I now spend about 40% of my week in meetings.

So overall, I don't think this is a bad thing - I just don't expect it to get heavily taken up. I think most MBA and MBP users will prefer to stick with what they have. The trust is, I use my Surface Pro like a desktop or a notepad (a literal, paper notepad, not a laptop notepad). I basically never use it as an actual laptop unless I have no alternative but then again, I pretty much hate all laptops, compared to the desktop experience.

Comment: Re:Is IPMI enabled? (Score 1) 62

by Gumbercules!! (#47193197) Attached to: IPMI Protocol Vulnerabilities Have Long Shelf Life
Oh sorry, forgot to say, yes, it's easy to find all IPMI devices on your network. Please take a look at: ftp://ftp.supermicro.com/utili... - you can download the IPMIView tool from there, which will find all IPMI devices on your LAN. The default password and username for all Supermicro IPMI is ADMIN and ADMIN, so, of course, super secure.

Comment: Re:Is IPMI enabled? (Score 1) 62

by Gumbercules!! (#47193191) Attached to: IPMI Protocol Vulnerabilities Have Long Shelf Life
The majority of IPMI would be enabled by default, yes - however the majority (not all, some are virtual IPMI) are on dedicated NICs - usually labelled management interface or port or something. They're not usable as a normal NIC (although as mentioned above, yes, some are virtual and share an onboard NIC). As such, you're best putting them in a different VLAN. We use differently coloured network cables for them, too, in our datacentre, so there's no confusion. They're in a different VLAN, on a different switch (makes sense to use a different switch as IPMI is usually 100mbit and not worth wasting space on expensive switches for) and only a handful of machines can see that network, which, frankly, if those machines got compromised, we'd be f*cked anyway (domain controllers, etc).

The default config for a Supermicro (which is what I use) is the IPMI is enabled and set to DHCP, so if you left it like that, yes, everyone on your network would probably be able to find it.

Comment: "It depends" (Score 2) 589

I guess it depends on what you're doing, doesn't it? If you're trying to provide Microsoft Sharepoint access to Microsoft Office documents to users or Microsoft Exchange email access, then, yes, it probably is cheaper and quicker to do it with Microsoft stuff. It's a pretty ludicrous claim to say that the TCO of Linux is higher than Microsoft unless you are also clear about what your company expects your IT to do... If you're just trying to use Linux to emulate Windows, then of course that's probably a waste of time and resources.

Comment: Re: In other news ... (Score 1) 152

by Gumbercules!! (#46857799) Attached to: Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability
$client = new-object System.Net.WebClient
$client.DownloadFile( $url, $path )

Probably works on Powershell 2 however I think it requires the .NET framework installed. Powershell wasn't that good until later versions. I have to say, current versions are actually extraordinarily powerful, when working with other Microsoft technologies, like Hyper-V or Exchange but the early versions were no reason to leave VBScript.

Comment: Re: In other news ... (Score 1) 152

by Gumbercules!! (#46857687) Attached to: Microsoft Issues Advisory For Internet Explorer Vulnerability
Ha! I'd give you mod points for that if I could. That's the first time I have ever tried to post using the new Beta interface on a mobile and it munted the link badly.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh849901.aspx is the link.

That requires powershell 3. Prior to that you could use: System.Net.WebClient but the Invoke-WebRequest is far easier.

Comment: Seems legit (Score 5, Informative) 406

by Gumbercules!! (#46461225) Attached to: Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents
So Apple want $40 a phone for a few cosmetic and convenient things they were the first to bring to market, like tapping a number or bounceback when you over scroll - but they baulk at paying $2 a phone for stuff that *makes the phone actually work* like 3G/4G, WIFI, etc. etc. How the hell is that ok? And if you want to say those 3G patents Samsung hold are FRAND and essential for phones, fine - but Apple still wasn't even paying the FRAND amount. So why can't Apple's innovations be considered essential and ubiquitous to normal mobile phones, now and also be forced to be reasonable??

Comment: Yeah this sounds totally efficient. (Score 1) 65

by Gumbercules!! (#46272903) Attached to: DARPA Training Cadets and Midshipmen As Cyber Warriors
Or... they could just not build insecure systems directly connected to the internet?

Ok, ok, I know that nothing is ever totally safe and the Natanz reactor in Iran was hacked without being connected to the internet but surely, better design, better systems management and better monitoring, etc, would reduce the need for such an astronomical number of heads, just sitting in a chair all day watching logs or looking for bugs in code? And you can be quite sure some idiot will still run an out of date flash or java on their IE browser and plenty of small areas will still get subcontractors in to manage domains, scripts, small programs etc and they'll be under the radar.

Sounds like the modern equivalent of the industrial revolution - just pay a huge number of plebs to do menial tasks. Somehow I doubt this will stop a bugged monitor cable, supplied by the NSA, from doing what it does.

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