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  • Google Removes 'Don't Be Evil' Clause From Its Code of Conduct

    05/19/2018 5:56:50 PM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 18, 2018 | Kate Conger
    Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show. “Don’t be evil” has been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct since 2000. When Google was reorganized under a new parent company, Alphabet, in 2015, Alphabet assumed a slightly adjusted version of the motto, “do the right thing.” However, Google retained its original “don’t be evil” language until the past several weeks. The...
  • Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

    05/09/2018 9:43:07 AM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | May 8, 2018 | Thomas Claburn
    So happy for you, Microsoft, \r\n Windows Notepad users, rejoice! Microsoft's text editing app, which has been shipping with Windows since version 1.0 in 1985, has finally been taught how to handle line endings in text files created on Linux, Unix, Mac OS, and macOS devices."This has been a major annoyance for developers, IT Pros, administrators, and end users throughout the community," Microsoft acknowledged in a blog post today, without touching on why the issue was allowed to fester for more than three decades.Notepad's line feed limitations may not inspire the same level of partisan bickering as the tabs vs....
  • Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana (OOPS! Sorry about that, Chief...)

    05/04/2018 8:23:41 AM PDT · by dayglored · 50 replies
    The Register ^ | May 4, 2018 | Thomas Claburn
    Redmond, Google and Intel are desperately hunting for a fix Microsoft says it's looking into reports that apps including "Hey Cortana" and Google Chrome hang or freeze for those who have installed the recent Windows 10 April 2018 Update.The company suggests trying the Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B to wake the screen or, for laptop users, opening and closing device lid, in an attempt to resolve the issue.It's not immediately clear where the bug is hiding but developers from Microsoft, Google, and Intel are looking into it.In a Chromium bug report thread – Chromium being the...
  • Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties (apps killed off in latest Win10)

    05/01/2018 2:47:01 PM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | May 1, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Or dance on their graves, whatever flips your pancake The Windows 10 April Update has begun seeping out from beneath the Redmond bathroom door. As an antidote to the excitement of the new, let us take a moment to mourn the passing of the old.First on Microsoft's roll of honour was Groove Music Pass. The music service, which was loved by a niche of users, got a Spotify-shaped knife through the heart back in 2017. With the April 2018 Update, Microsoft has formalised the arrangement. The Groove app will now only play music on a PC or stream from OneDrive....
  • Springwatch: Windows 10 spotters May have to wait a few more weeks (Spring Creators Update)

    04/26/2018 8:43:29 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 26, 2018 | Richard Speed
    (This is the photo that came with the article.) Chinese whispers suggest a big Patch Tuesday download Windows 10 Springwatch is headed for a fourth week, with the troubled update rumoured to have a name and possibly a release date.Having been pulled at the last minute due to "reliability issues" causing an unusually high number of Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors, the update has gone missing in action.A week after Windows fans expected to get their new toys, Microsoft emitted an updated version with an incremented build number – 17134. This made its way through the Windows Insider Programme,...
  • Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

    04/20/2018 12:35:28 PM PDT · by dayglored · 53 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 20, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Relive that sphincter-loosening Blue Screen of Death Video Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that 20 years have passed since Windows 98 memorably fell over during Bill Gates' presentation at Comdex.A nervous-looking Chris Capossela, now chief marketing officer at Microsoft, attempted to plug a scanner into a Windows 98 PC while Gates looked on. The intent was to demonstrate the plug-and-play abilities of the upcoming OS. The result was an all-too-familiar Blue Screen of Death (BSoD), and a "whoah..." from Capossela.Youtube Video"That must be why we're not shipping Windows 98 yet," quipped Gates.As Windows 10...
  • Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

    04/18/2018 10:23:06 AM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 17, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Microsoft Windows Insider chief 'fesses up to potential blue-screen inducing glitch Windows 10 Springwatch – as it shall henceforth be known – has entered its second week and Microsoft has dropped the first clue as to what caused the delay: bugs.Though Microsoft has never actually confirmed a release date or name for the elusive Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (aka version 1803), many expected it to arrive on April 10's Patch Tuesday, with build 17133 hitting the Release Preview ring of the Windows Insider programme.But nothing happened, until now.Supremo of the Windows Insider programme, Dona Sarkar, dropped a hint last...
  • For the first time ever, Microsoft will distribute its own version of Linux

    04/16/2018 4:34:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr 16, 2018 | Matt Weinberger
    Microsoft on Monday announced Azure Sphere, a new technology to protect the processors that power smart appliances, connected toys, and other gadgets. Azure Sphere is powered in large part by Linux, a free operating system that Microsoft once viewed as a major threat. It's the first time ever that Microsoft has made Linux part of a product offering. Microsoft announced on Monday a new technology called Azure Sphere, a new system for securing the tiny processors that power smart appliances, connected toys, and other gadgets. We'll get to the specifics in a moment, but here's the really notable part:...
  • Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix

    03/30/2018 7:37:48 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 29, 2018 | Shaun Nichols
    If at first you don't succeed, you're Redmond Microsoft today issued an emergency security update to correct a security update it issued earlier this month to correct a security update it issued in January and February.In January and February, Redmond emitted fixes for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 machines to counter the Meltdown chip-level vulnerability in modern Intel x64 processors. Unfortunately, those patches blew a gaping hole in the operating systems: normal applications and logged-in users could now access and modify any part of physical RAM, and gain complete control over a box, with the updates installed.Rather than stop...
  • Microsoft To Ban 'Offensive Language' From Skype, Xbox, Office and Other Services

    03/27/2018 2:54:21 PM PDT · by dayglored · 79 replies
    CSO from IDG ^ | Mar 26, 2018 | Ms. Smith, CSO
    Microsoft will ban 'offensive language' and 'inappropriate content' from Skype, Xbox, Office and other services on May 1, claiming it has the right to go through your private data to 'investigate.' Better watch out if you are playing Xbox, get ticked, and cuss. Microsoft might ban you for the “offensive language.” If they do, then say bye-bye to your Xbox Gold Membership and any Microsoft account balances.Or if you and a significant other are getting hot and heavy via Skype, you better watch your language and any nudity because that, too, can get you banned. The ban hammer could also...
  • Microsoft to lock out Windows RDP clients if they are not patched against hijack bug

    03/24/2018 5:56:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 23, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Black Hat Asia Microsoft will prevent Windows Server from authenticating RDP clients that have not been patched to address a security flaw that can be exploited by miscreants to hijack systems and laterally move across a network.The bug, CVE-2018-0886, was fixed in March's Patch Tuesday software update, and involves Microsoft's implementation of its Credential Security Support Provider protocol (CredSSP). A miscreant-in-the-middle on a corporate network can abuse the flaw to send arbitrary commands to a server to execute while masquerading as a legit user or admin.From there, lateral movement through an intranet becomes possible, and that’s just the sort of...
  • Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

    03/23/2018 5:06:44 AM PDT · by dayglored · 51 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 22, 2018 | Shaun Nichols
    At some point next month, just in time for Spring, Microsoft will start to emit the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update to everyone's PC. Avid Reg readers will be aware of what's forthcoming for the Redmond operating system. If you're just tuning in, well, see the aforementioned link, and strap in for these highlights. When the OS upgrade is released proper, we'll be on the scene with the full details. In the meantime, here's your need to know: Microsoft reckons the operating system will take, on average, 30 minutes to install, which is much shorter than usual. The OS will...
  • Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

    03/20/2018 2:33:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 107 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 18, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Grab some popcorn: Redmond has asked for feedbackMicrosoft’s about to test a new feature of Windows 10 that will force users to employ its Edge browser under some circumstances.Revealed in the announcement of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17623 for Skip Ahead, the change means “we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge”.Microsoft’s justification for the change is that Edge is the best, most secure browser on Windows 10.But the change will reportedly override users’ preference for default browser.While that’s naughty in lots of ways and makes Microsoft’s...
  • No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

    02/05/2018 7:36:21 PM PST · by dayglored · 55 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 5, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    OS-detection services disagree on which Windows reigns Web analytics outfit StatCounter last week trumpeted news that Windows 10’s market share overtook Windows 7’s for the first time in January 2018. But other ratings services didn’t find the same result.StatCounter’s assessment of Windows version market share for January 2018 suggested that Windows 10 scored 42.78 per cent of Windows’ market share, as measured by worldwide internet. That compared to 41.86 per cent for Windows 7.Here’s a pretty graph showing the trend.StatCounter’s trend lines for Windows version market share. Click here to embiggen Before you figure out how to start selling champagne...
  • Microsoft works weekends to kill Intel's shoddy Spectre patch (Windows patch Intel's bad "fix")

    01/29/2018 5:25:36 AM PST · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 29, 2018 | Richard Chirgwin
    Out-of-band patch may assuage user anger over Intel crudware, closed-club disclosure process Microsoft has implemented Intel's advice to reverse the Spectre variant 2 microcode patches.Redmond issued a rare weekend out-of-cycle advisory on Saturday here, to make the unwind possible.Intel's first patch was so bad, it made many computers less stable, sending Linus Torvalds into a justifiable meltdown last week.Chipzilla later withdrew the patch, but it had made its way into a Microsoft fix, which the company pulled on Saturday.“Our own experience is that system instability can in some circumstances cause data loss or corruption,” Microsoft wrote, adding “We understand that...
  • PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

    01/12/2018 6:11:41 AM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Microsoft has given the world new versions of PowerShell that bring the popular automation and scripting tool to MacOS and Linux.PowerShell Core 6.0’s both an upgrade and a replacement for its predecessors.It’s a replacement because Microsoft is no longer actively developing its predecessor, “Windows PowerShell”. That tool will be kept secure in future updates to Windows Server and Windows.Those of you looking for future fun, by way of enhancements, need to adopt PowerShell Core. That moniker reflects the fact it runs with the .Net Core, rather than the Windows-only .NET framework.The change has been made because Microsoft wants sysadmins to...
  • NetMarketShare: Operating System Share by Version (Win7=45% Win10=27% WinXP=8%)

    12/28/2017 9:24:43 PM PST · by dayglored · 30 replies
    NetMarketShare ^ | Dec 28, 2017 | NetMarketShare Staff
    NetMarketShare's idea of what the operating system market share is for the major OSes. If you're interested in how they figure that, here's a description of their methodology.
  • Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better (Product Review)

    12/22/2017 6:24:05 AM PST · by dayglored · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 22, 2017 | Andrew Orlowski
    Hands On You have £3,000 burning a hole in your pocket. You're also an engineer, developer or manipulate visual images. You also absolutely must have a touchscreen portable workstation, preferably with a display that detaches so you can go home and watch Netflix.If you're in that most slender Venn diagram intersection, then lucky, lucky you! Microsoft's new Surface Book 2 is pretty much aimed between your eyes. The 13.5-inch model loaned to us and illustrated below will set you back a cool £2,999 and will shortly be joined by an even larger 15-inch beast. The Pen isn't included.The proposition is...
  • Windows 10 bundles a briefly vulnerable password manager (Passwords stolen by websites)

    12/18/2017 6:20:32 AM PST · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 18, 2017 | Richard Chirgwin
    Google Project Zero's Tavis Ormandy has turned up a howling blunder in a password manager bundled with Windows 10.On Friday, Ormandy dropped the bug, not in Windows but in the third-party Keeper password manager. He wrote: “I've heard of Keeper, I remember filing a bug a while ago about how they were injecting privileged UI into pages (issue 917). I checked and, they're doing the same thing again with this version. I think I'm being generous considering this a new issue that qualifies for a ninety day disclosure, as I literally just changed the selectors and the same attack works.“The...
  • Microsoft Adds SSH Client And Server To Windows 10 (both very beta for now)

    12/14/2017 8:08:13 PM PST · by dayglored · 17 replies
    LifeHacker ^ | Dec 15, 2017 | Anthony Caruana
    Microsoft has quietly added beta versions of an SSH client and server to the next major update of Windows 10. The SSH client and server will allow admins and developers to securely connect to other systems without needing a third-party app like the popular PuTTY. Over the years we have seen Microsoft transform from a fairly closed company to one that embraces and supports open source software and standards. This move isn’t unexpected but is another step in that direction. With OpenSSH baked in, it becomes for developers to create secure connections between systems for transferring data and issuing commands....