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  • Tech support locker scam poses as failed Microsoft Update (malware wants $250 ransom)

    05/20/2016 12:14:54 PM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | May 20, 2016 | John Leyden
    Cybercrooks have put together a new scam that falls halfway between ransomware and old school browser lockup ruses. The new class of “tech support lockers” rely on tricking users into installing either a fake PC optimiser or bogus Adobe Flash update. Once loaded the malware mimicks ransomware and locks users out of their computers. Unlike Locky, CryptoWall and their ilk it doesn’t actually encrypt files on compromised Windows PCs, however. Jérôme Segura, a senior security researcher at Malwarebytes, said “tech support lockers" represent a class of malware more advanced than browser locks and fake anti-virus alerts of the pre-ransomware past....
  • Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not? (With discretes on a 12"x15" PCB)

    05/18/2016 10:21:45 AM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    The Register ^ | May 18, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    The 6502 CPU is a fondly-remembered CPU* for good reason: along with chips from Motorola, Intel and Zilog, it helped create the personal computer business in the 1980s. However, this project is affection on a grand scale: some US enthusiasts are creating a transistor-for-transistor replica of the chip's design using discrete components. It's a good thing we're in the era of surface mount components, because even with small components the 3,218 transistors, 1,019 resistors and various other bits of the MOnSter 6502 need a four-layer PCB measuring 12” x 15” with components mounted on both sides. Because a big, slow,...
  • Will Google sue Sue Googe? (NC Rep Congress candidate copies Google font for campaign signs)

    05/11/2016 6:11:25 AM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 10, 2016 | Chris Plante
    Sue Googe is a 2016 Republican candidate who hopes to represent the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina in United States Congress. Also, her surname looks like the Google logo — especially as it's written on her campaign signs, which use a font that's identical to Google's bespoke sans-serif typeface. [She's the one in the middle) [Lots more article and pics at The Verge article] ...
  • Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing (But more Linux-friendly)

    05/11/2016 5:56:19 AM PDT · by dayglored · 35 replies
    The Register ^ | May 11, 2016 | Gavin Clarke
    The latest Windows 10 preview has been released by Microsoft, with changes making it more Linux and web-friendly. Gone, however, is automatic Wi-Fi sharing with contacts, with Microsoft citing low uptake over cost of development. Extensions to Edge, Microsoft’s browser alternative to Internet Explorer, in Windows 10 build 14342 can now be downloaded from the Windows Store. It ends the need to extract and load them from a local store but, Microsoft has warned pioneers, you’ll have to re-install any extensions they might have. Extensions are also available for AdBlock and Adblock Plus and a range of other applications while...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin for May (Windows Updates! Look out! It's Patch Tuesday!)

    05/10/2016 11:38:23 AM PDT · by dayglored · 30 replies
    Microsoft TechNet ^ | May 10, 2016 | Microsoft TechNet Team Download an Excel file containing detailed information, such as affected components, bulletin replacements, reboot requirements, and related Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs). Additionally, bulletin information in the Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework (CVRF) format is available. Date Bulletin Number KB Number Title Bulletin Rating 5/10/2016 MS16-067 3155784 Security Update for Volume Manager Driver Important 5/10/2016 MS16-066 3155451 Security Update for Virtual Secure Mode Important 5/10/2016 MS16-065 3156757 Security Update for .NET Framework Important 5/10/2016 MS16-064 3157993 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player Critical 5/10/2016 MS16-062 3158222 Security Update for Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Important 5/10/2016 MS16-061 3155520 Security Update for Microsoft...
  • Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July (that's the good news...)

    05/09/2016 8:16:25 AM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | May 6, 2016 | Chris Williams
    [Disclaimer: This article uses a lot of pejoratives about Win10. Don't bother taking that bait -- the important things are that a) the nagware is going away, and b) support for non-Win10 has horizons that bear paying attention to when planning for the future.] Microsoft's "Get Windows 10" nagware will be killed off in July, the tech giant has told us. The software has been worming its way into Windows PCs via Windows Update since last year using aggressive malware-like techniques and frequent pop-up reminders. It quietly downloads and installs Windows 10 automatically for you, and then cheerfully offers to...
  • Microsoft Edge users can now block advertising with AdBlock Plus (Good News for Windows 10)

    05/08/2016 7:14:08 AM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    SlashGear ^ | May 8, 2016 | Adam Westlake
    Good news for Windows 10 users: you can now block internet ads in the Edge browser just like those with Chrome and Firefox do! Extensions for both the AdBlock and AdBlock Plus services have come to Microsoft's new browser, and are now available on the Windows Store. There is one small requirement, however, and it's that users need to be Windows Insiders with build 14291 on the desktop. Non-Insider users will still need to wait until this summer to take advantage of extensions in Edge, when the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 is released to the public. Once that's out,...
  • 'I thought my daughter clicked on ransomware – it was the d@mn Windows 10 installer' (tales of woe)

    05/06/2016 1:45:11 PM PDT · by dayglored · 66 replies
    The Register ^ | May 6, 2016 | Chris Williams
    <p>At the end of April, Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware interrupted a live TV weather broadcast to urge meteorologist Metinka Slater to upgrade her computer.</p> <p>A week later, while playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive to 130,000 spectators on, Erik Flom was blasted out of his match by the Windows 10 installer. This was even after he spent a few frantic minutes trying to delay the upgrade until after his game had ended. The fun starts about nine minutes into this recording of the live stream. "F*ck you, Windows 10!" was Flom's response.</p>
  • Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs (Upgrade to Enterprise, peons!)

    05/05/2016 6:04:26 PM PDT · by dayglored · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | May 5, 2016 | Shaun Nichols
    Last month, while we were all distracted by iPhone hacking and Jay-Z's web fiasco, Microsoft silently bumped off the ability for IT administrators to easily take the Windows Store off Windows 10 Pro PCs. Removing the software store, along with other bundled apps, from work machines is normally a good idea to prevent users from installing crap, breaking things and calling the help desk, and generally wasting time at their desks. The Redmond giant quietly posted a support notice warning sysadmins that for Windows 10 build 1511 and later, the ability to remotely disable the Windows Store through Group Policy...
  • Auto erotic: Self-driving cars will let occupants bonk on the go (sex while the computer drives)

    05/03/2016 3:11:42 PM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | May 3, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    A Canadian car safety expert has introduced the world to a surprising moral panic, warning that if people no longer have to drive their cars, they'll have sex in them instead. The idea that an autonomous vehicle might become a “shaggin' wagon”* comes from Barrie Kirk, Executive Director of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Center of Excellence, who told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation “I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars”. Kirk's fear is that if the computer asks the human to take over at a crucial moment, their attention...
  • Microsoft wants devs to take notes on their families (sends facial recognition data into the cloud)

    05/03/2016 6:01:09 AM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | May 3, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    * All in a good cause: FamilyNotes is for learning the Face API * Microsoft has GitHubbed a framework that could finally make an Internet-connected refrigerator useful: an application for family members to leave notes for each other. Well, actually FamilyNotes is a developer demonstrator with two aims: to give developers more examples of putting code together in the Universal Windows Platform, and to help Microsoft understand how UWP is going. The app, here, lets a user leave a note tagged for another user, and if the device (for example a tablet) identifies the recipient of the note (using facial...
  • Ted Cruz knows where you live – if you downloaded his app (his official app leaks personal data)

    04/26/2016 8:12:12 AM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 26, 2016 | John Leyden
    US presidential primary apps leak supporters' phone data "...nearly 25 per cent were found to be exposing sensitive data... account details (email address and social media profile names), device phone number, GPS coordinates, and more..." Many US presidential primary apps gather users’ personal information and leave their sensitive data vulnerable to attackers, security researchers at Symantec warn. Data exchanged through many of the apps can be intercepted by attackers and shared with third parties because of weak security practices. Symantec analysed the official mobile app behaviours of top primary candidates, as well as popular unaffiliated apps, using its Norton Mobile...
  • Bernie Sanders Was Asked to Leave Hippie Commune for Shirking, Book Claims (He Talked Politics!)

    04/19/2016 7:53:22 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | Apr 19,2016 | Blake Seitz
    [The irony is strong with this one...] Sanders' 'endless political discussion' distracted the hippies from their work Bernie Sanders was asked to leave a hippie commune in 1971 for “sitting around and talking” about politics instead of working, according to a forthcoming book. We Are As Gods by Kate Daloz, scheduled for release April 26, chronicles the rise and fall of the Myrtle Hill Farm in northeast Vermont. Daloz, a Brooklyn writer, was in a special position to write a history of Myrtle Hill: she was raised near the commune in a geodesic dome residence with an outhouse called the...
  • This Incredibly Creepy Mattress Tells You When Sex Is Happening (WiFi/Internet pings your phone)

    04/18/2016 5:32:54 PM PDT · by dayglored · 37 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Apr 17, 2016 | Chris Mills
    Apparently, we’re in the middle of a “global infidelity crisis,” a crisis that can only be solved by a smart mattress that pings your phone when it’s being used for sex. Wait, what? Smarttress is a real-looking product from Spanish company Durmet, which claims to use ultrasonic sensors to detect when two people are going at it on a bed. It then pings your phone to inform you of this fact. I’m still partly convinced that this is a late April Fool’s, but working on the terrifying assumption that it’s not, let’s look at this idea on its merits. On...
  • Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows; New Vulnerabilities Announced

    04/14/2016 7:09:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    US-CERT ^ | Apr 14, 2016 | US-CERT Team
    Alert (TA16-105A) -- Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows; New Vulnerabilities AnnouncedSystems Affected Microsoft Windows with Apple QuickTime installed Overview According to Trend Micro, Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows, leaving this software vulnerable to exploitation. [1] (link is external) Description All software products have a lifecycle. Apple will no longer be providing security updates for QuickTime for Windows. [1] (link is external) The Zero Day Initiative has issued advisories for two vulnerabilities found in QuickTime for Windows. [2] (link is external) [3] (link is external) Impact Computer systems running unsupported software are...
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin -- It's Patch Tuesday Again! (Windows Update Day)

    04/13/2016 9:18:03 AM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    Microsoft TechNet ^ | Apr 13, 2016 | Microsoft
    This is the monthly Microsoft Security Bulletin, a.k.a. "Patch Tuesday". It's another load of patched flaws, many serious including browser vulnerabilities. A good Register article: Microsoft's official list:
  • Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it (BSOD gets an Update)

    04/11/2016 8:42:46 PM PDT · by dayglored · 31 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 12, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Microsoft has added a QR code to its infamous Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10. As of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14316, when the operating system falls over, you get not only the sad ASCII smiley but also a QR square that contains an encoded URL that leads you to a webpage about your problem. Scan it with a smartphone or other handheld and your browser will be taken to the embedded web addresses. Right now, it just points to, which explains typical Blue-Screen-of-Death causes, but in future it could contain detailed information about the crash –...
  • Twitter taught Microsoft’s AI chatbot to be a racist a$$hole in less than a day

    03/24/2016 5:42:52 AM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Verge ^ | Mar 24, 2016 | James Vincent
    ** PROFANITY ALERT ** It took less than 24 hours for Twitter to corrupt an innocent AI chatbot. Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled Tay — a Twitter bot that the company described as an experiment in "conversational understanding." The more you chat with Tay, said Microsoft, the smarter it gets, learning to engage people through "casual and playful conversation." Unfortunately, the conversations didn't stay playful for long. Pretty soon after Tay launched, people starting tweeting the bot with all sorts of misogynistic, racist, and Donald Trumpist remarks. And Tay — being essentially a robot parrot with an Internet connection — started repeating...
  • How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

    03/17/2016 8:18:48 PM PDT · by dayglored · 44 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 17, 2016 | Andrew Orlowski
    Note: I've posted numerous threads on the "Get Windows 10" nagware situation, and almost passed this one up -- but it's far and away the best I've seen, most complete, and most likely to be accurate. So have at it... - dayglored Subtitle: Here's how to nuke this persistent menace Microsoft uses techniques similar to aggressive malware to promote its “Get Windows 10” offer. As many readers have discovered, the persistent and constantly changing methods Microsoft uses to continually reintroduce its “Get Windows 10” tool, or GWX, onto computers means it’s extremely difficult to avoid. Windows users who decline to...
  • McAfee uses web beacons that can be used to track and serve advertising to users (Windows)

    03/17/2016 8:15:00 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    HelpNet Security ^ | Mar 17, 2916 | Zeljka Zorz
    A test of seven OEM laptops running Windows has shown consistent privacy and security issues, including an interesting revelation that the McAfee Antivirus running on six of them is using web beacons to serve ads and possibly even track users online. The seven laptops – Lenovo Flex 3, Lenovo G50-80 (UK version), HP Envy, HP Stream x360 (Microsoft Signature Edition), HP Stream (UK version), Acer Aspire F15 (UK version), and Dell Inspiron 14 (Canada version) – have been tested by the security research team of Duo Security by simply sniffing the traffic sent from and to them once they have...
  • Windows 10 apps will come to the Xbox One this summer

    03/17/2016 4:39:27 AM PDT · by dayglored · 2 replies
    Engadget ^ | Mar 17, 2016 | Matt Brian
    It feels like Microsoft has been dangling the "Windows will come to Xbox" carrot for the longest time, but now it appears the company isn't too far away from actually delivering. Speaking with Business Insider at GDC 2016, Xbox product manager Jason Ronald revealed that the company will begin opening its PC and gaming ecosystems to over the course of the year, with Windows 10 apps coming to the Xbox One in the summer. Microsoft's plan is to merge the Xbox Store and Windows Store, which will host apps that can be run on a smartphone, tablet, PC or console....
  • Windows 7 users complain of unprovoked Windows 10 auto-upgrades (BOHICA hope ya like it)

    03/14/2016 2:17:19 PM PDT · by dayglored · 91 replies
    PC World ^ | Mar 14, 2016 | Jared Newman
    As Microsoft auto-upgrades more PCs to Windows 10, some users are complaining that they weren’t adequately notified. Reports of unwanted Windows 10 upgrades have been circulating for the past few days on Reddit and Twitter, after the last Patch Tuesday. These users say they never approved or initiated the upgrade, and were dragged away from their Windows 7 (or perhaps Windows 8) installs anyway. This is all part of Microsoft’s plan, of course. Last October, the company announced that it would reclassify Windows 10 as a “Recommended” update from older versions starting in early 2016, at which point many more...
  • Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux

    03/07/2016 7:25:19 PM PST · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 7, 2016 | Chris Williams
    Microsoft has ported its SQL Server software to Linux and has promised to release it in full by next year. From today, the Windows giant, which once likened Linux to cancer, will show off to a lucky few a preview of its SQL database's core engine for the open-source operating system. The full SQL Server 2016 for Linux will be made available by mid-2017, we're told. Scott Guthrie, exec veep of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, said in a blog post on Monday that the Linux port "will enable SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server...
  • Facebook group "Assassinate Donald Trump" allowed to remain, "Does not violate standards"

    03/03/2016 9:53:00 AM PST · by dayglored · 63 replies
    Facebook ^ | Mar 3, 2016 | Facebook
    This is a screen capture of a Facebook reply: Seen here (Reddit): The hideous Facebook group page is STILL THERE!: About the group: "This page does not partake in any violent acts toward Mr. Trump, but we support the concept of the inevitable assassination of Donald J. Trump." WTF???
  • DROWN Attack - New Server SSL Encryption Vulnerability Announced, 1/3 of Internet Is At Risk

    03/02/2016 1:10:04 PM PST · by dayglored · 27 replies
    DROWN Attack Website ^ | March 1, 2016 | (Various researchers)
    As described in this paper "DROWN: Breaking TLS using SSLv2" (PDF), it is possible to crack current TLS encryption using an old, obsolete, but nevertheless still deployed protocol, SSLv2. This is a server-side issue -- it is not something clients (normal users) can do anything about. Folks browsing the web have to rely on the system admins at their favorite websites, mail portals, banks, shops, etc. to fix this. It is estimated that a third of the public servers on the Internet are vulnerable to this attack. You can test the servers in a given domain using this tool from...
  • F.B.I. Error Locked San Bernardino Attacker’s iPhone (FBI Finally Admits They Totally Screwed Up)

    03/01/2016 9:25:09 PM PST · by dayglored · 73 replies
    NY Times ^ | Mar 1, 2016 | CECILIA KANG and ERIC LICHTBLAU
    The head of the F.B.I. acknowledged on Tuesday that his agency lost a chance to capture data from the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers when it ordered that his password to the online storage service iCloud be reset shortly after the rampage. “There was a mistake made in the 24 hours after the attack,” James B. Comey Jr., the director of the F.B.I., told lawmakers at a hearing on the government’s attempt to force Apple to help “unlock” the iPhone. F.B.I. personnel apparently believed that by resetting the iCloud password, they could get access to information...
  • Microsoft's Hololens is up for pre-order, here's hoping you can expense it ($3000)

    03/01/2016 5:40:56 AM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 29, 2016 | Shaun Nichols
    Dev kit for Redmond super-specs will set you back $3,000 Microsoft has opened up its Hololens augmented reality hardware for pre-order with a shipping date of March 30. The Redmond giant said it would begin sending invitations to developers who pre-applied for the preview edition of the hardware. Those who get invites from Microsoft will now be able to fork over the $3,000 price tag for the hardware and receive their kit in late March or early April. While the APIs for Hololens have already been released by Microsoft, this will mark the first time developers have had a chance...
  • Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3

    03/01/2016 5:30:58 AM PST · by dayglored · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 1, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    Redmond plans pre-loaded WinPi for thing-makers Microsoft has announced a cut Windows 10 IoT Core for the Raspberry Pi 3. The new Insider Preview of Windows 10 IoT Core, yours for the downloading here, supports the new Pi. Windows 10 IoT Core is a long way short of full Windows comparable to Windows Embedded rather than efforts like Windows 8.1 with Bing intended to run on very cheap hardware. So don't go getting excited about the chance to cook up a fleet of very cheap Raspberry Pi PC replacements. Some may, however, be excited that Microsoft says it's signed up...
  • JOHN MCAFEE: I'll decrypt the San Bernardino phone free of charge... (tr)

    02/19/2016 4:55:27 AM PST · by dayglored · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb 19, 2016 | John McAfee
    ... so Apple doesn't need to place a back door on its product Using an obscure law, written in 1789 — the All Writs Act — the US government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software so the FBI can decrypt information on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. It has finally come to this. After years of arguments by virtually every industry specialist that back doors will be a bigger boon to hackers and to our nation's enemies than publishing our nuclear codes and giving the keys to all of...
  • Windows Phone sales have almost ground to a halt (Android+iOS now own 98% of the smartphone market)

    02/19/2016 4:41:25 AM PST · by dayglored · 24 replies
    Engadget ^ | Feb 19, 2016 | Steve Dent
    Gartner has released its smartphone stats for Q4 2015 and the news is especially bad for Microsoft. In Q4 2014, the software giant owned 2.8 percent of the smartphone market -- not great, but still good enough for around 10 million units sold. In the same quarter of 2015, however, Windows Phone sales fell to 4.4 million, giving the OS a mere 1.1 percent of the total market. That means that it's basically in a death spiral, as consumers and app developers alike lose interest. Microsoft's rumored Surface Phone now looks like its last hope to rescue the division. The...
  • Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched (Windows Update - Patch Tuesday)

    02/09/2016 7:06:25 PM PST · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 9, 2016 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft blats bugs in super-secure web browser Edge, its OS, the Office suite, and more Microsoft has patched 41 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in its software this month. The second Patch Tuesday monthly update of the year brings with it fixes for security flaws in both Internet Explorer and Edge that could allow remote-code-execution attacks simply by visiting a webpage. Also fixed are remote-code-execution holes in the Windows PDF Viewer and Microsoft Office. [Full list on the Register article page] After installing the Microsoft updates, users and administrators would be wise to install monthly fixes issued Tuesday by Adobe for Flash...
  • Roll up, roll up to the Malware Museum! Run classic DOS viruses in your web browser!

    02/08/2016 2:33:58 PM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 5, 2016 | Chris Williams
    The Internet Archive has opened a new collection dubbed the Malware Museum that lets you run old DOS-era viruses in your web browser. There are 78 samples to play with, all uploaded earlier today and collated by Mikko Hypponen and Jason Scott. The cheesy old code is executed in your browser using a JavaScript version of emulator DOSbox. Much to our delight, there some classics in the museum, particularly Casino. Running these cyber-fossils will take you back to the bad old days when code could do anything it liked on machines -- security wasn't a consideration at all. As such,...
  • Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

    02/08/2016 9:47:10 AM PST · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    And rather better than a US$35 tablet, if you need a Windows 10 machine lurking around Among the many bizarre and stupid mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8.x was the decision to require screens to have resolution of at least 1024 x 768. That decision meant that hordes of Netbooks, the very small laptops popular in the late noughties, had no obvious upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 8.x. Back in November 2013 I therefore tried to figure out how to extend the life of my own Netbook. Along the way I confirmed that Windows 8 was indeed a...
  • New 'Johnny Cash' Tarantula Uproots Spider Family Tree (14 new species found in U.S.)

    02/04/2016 8:56:25 PM PST · by dayglored · 81 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Feb 4, 2016 | Michael Greshko
    A challenging, years-long survey has uncovered 14 new species of U.S. tarantula, including one named after Johnny Cash. Some, like Aphonopelma madera, live on forested "sky islands," mountains surrounded on all sides by Arizona's deserts. Others, like the tiny Aphonopelma atomicum, nestle themselves in silk-lined burrows near Nevada's nuclear test sites. And Aphonopelma johnnycashi, named for the legendary country musician, makes its home near Folsom Prison, California. True to form, adult males are mostly black, a getup of which Cash--the Man in Black--would have no doubt been proud. (Also see "New Tarantula (Not Beetle) Named After John Lennon.") To uncover...
  • Microsoft sinks to new depths with underwater data centre experiment

    02/01/2016 6:14:34 AM PST · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 1, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    Why schlep data cross-country when we live on the coast, near free cooling? Microsoft has revealed that it's trialled an underwater data centre. Project Natick saw Redmond sink a capsule about a mile offshore from Seattle, an approach felt to have potential because about half of humanity lives on or near coastlines. Microsoft's thinking is that it's a good idea to put data centres near their users, rather than taking data on latency-inducing cross-country journeys. Throw in the fact that immersion in water is a handy way to get temperatures down and the idea was felt to have merit by...
  • Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

    01/27/2016 5:44:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 27, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    It lights you up like a Vegas casino, says compsci boffin Usenix Enigma Although the cops and Feds wont stop banging on and on about encryption - the spies have a different take on the use of crypto. To be brutally blunt, they love it. Why? Because using detectable encryption technology like PGP, Tor, VPNs and so on, lights you up on the intelligence agencies' dashboards. Agents and analysts don't even have to see the contents of the communications - the metadata is enough for g-men to start making your life difficult. "To be honest, the spooks love PGP," Nicholas...
  • Microsoft Sacrifices Lumia 950 And 950 XL For A Stronger Surface Phone

    01/24/2016 6:05:02 PM PST · by dayglored · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jan 24, 2016 | Ewan Spence
    Announced in October 2015, and released a month later, Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones have not set the world alight. The first 'out of the box' Windows 10 powered smartphones occupy a curious pivot point in Microsoft's plans. What do they tell us about the direction of Microsoft and how it will approach mobile in 2016? Between them they represent the end of a line of smartphones that stretches back to Nokia's 2011 decision to go with Windows Phone rather than Android, They also represent Microsoft's future attitudes to smartphones as a single element of a wide...
  • Virginia man charged in intriguing 'suspicious bacon' case (also involves guns, booze, dogs)

    01/21/2016 2:45:07 PM PST · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 21, 2016 | Lester Haines
    Caught drunk, armed and packing perplexing pork product A Virginia man is due to appear before a Grand Jury in February having been caught in his neighbour's garden while drunk, armed, wearing a camouflage mask and carrying "a suspicious bag of bacon". Evan Patrick Cater, 31, of Madison Heights, was cuffed last October when officers discovered him "hiding behind a dog kennel on a neighbor’s property around 10 p.m. Oct. 18 after the property owner heard his dogs barking and went to investigate", as the the local News & Advance explains. According to Amherst County Sheriff's Office, Cater was "intoxicated...
  • Microsoft says new processors will only work with Windows 10 (starting with Skylake)

    01/17/2016 6:38:49 AM PST · by dayglored · 93 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jan 16, 2016 | Dante D'Orazio
    Soon, when you buy a new PC, it won't support Windows 7 or 8. Microsoft has announced a change to its support policy that lays out its plans for future updates to its older operating systems, and the new rules mean that future PC owners with next-generation Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors will need to use Windows 10. It's not usual for old PCs to fall short of the minimum requirements of a brand new operating system, but in this case, the opposite is happening. Microsoft and its partners will not be putting in the significant work necessary to make...
  • No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs (including Active Directory)

    01/14/2016 5:53:06 AM PST · by dayglored · 37 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 14, 2016 | Chris Williams
    This is like the Night of the Living Dead Microsoft's relentless campaign to push Windows 10 onto every PC on the planet knows no bounds: now business desktops will be nagged to upgrade. When Redmond started quietly installing Windows 10 on computers via Windows Update, it was aimed at getting home users off Windows 7 and 8. If you were using Windows Pro or Enterprise, or managed your machines using a domain, you weren't supposed to be pestered with dialog boxes offering the free upgrade. Until now. According to Microsoft on Wednesday, the controversial try-hard "Get Windows 10" nagware is...
  • Microsoft ends support for Windows 8, Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 (time to upgrade to 8.1)

    01/12/2016 6:19:23 AM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jan 12, 2016 | (none)
    Users need to upgrade to Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8 and older versions of Internet Explorer today. Windows 8 users who haven't upgraded to Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer users who aren't running the latest version of the web browser -- IE 11, in most cases -- will no longer have access to patches and updates to keep their software secure from malware and hackers when new vulnerabilities are discovered. While Windows 8 was released in 2012, and Microsoft typically supports an operating system for a minimum of 10 years after its release,...
  • Mavericks surf leads to costly wipeout (Garrett McNamara injured, taken to hospital - VIDEO)

    01/08/2016 9:59:17 PM PST · by dayglored · 23 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Jan 8, 2016 | Bruce Jenkins
    The surf at Mavericks was at its most treacherous on Thursday, one of the biggest days of recent years. Conditions were far from ideal, and there was no talk of holding the annual big-wave contest at Half Moon Bay's fabled spot. One particular episode, however, got everyone's attention. The biggest waves were steaming in at some 50 feet on the face. It was a clear, relatively windless day, but the ocean was so chopped up from recent storms, very few surfers were out - and even fewer were willing to meet the challenge. One of them was Garrett McNamara, who...
  • Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

    01/07/2016 10:08:43 PM PST · by dayglored · 71 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 8, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    Official from the Redmond horse's mouth If you're using a PC running Windows 7 or 8 you may be getting a little sick of endless popup screens telling you to upgrade to version 10, and worried about inadvertently installing the upgrade as part of a security update. Microsoft will start pushing out the upgrade as a recommended, virtually mandatory, update very soon (it's right now only an optional download). Some people are tempted to turn off Windows Update completely to avoid getting the new operating system - don't. It'll leave your computer vulnerable to attack as you'll no longer get...
  • Microsoft officially dumps Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 (Thank G-d, We're Free At Last!)

    01/06/2016 6:08:12 PM PST · by dayglored · 19 replies
    PC World ^ | Jan 6, 2016 | Ian Paul
    Internet Explorer 11 is the only version of the browser Microsoft wants most Windows users to run. Microsoft recently announced another step that puts Internet Explorer that much closer to oblivion. Beginning next Tuesday, January 12, Microsoft will officially retire Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 for most Windows operating systems, according to a Microsoft support page. Internet Explorer 11 will be the only officially supported version of the browser for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. The only exception will be Windows Vista users, who will stick with Internet Explorer 9. Vista's mainstream support ended more than a year...
  • Microsoft's new tally for Windows 10: 200M

    01/04/2016 4:44:07 PM PST · by dayglored · 44 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Jan 4, 2016 | Gregg Keizer
    Subtitle: But third-party metrics don't support the company's contention that Windows 10's adoption has outpaced Windows 7's in late 2009-early 2010 Microsoft today updated its Windows 10 claim, saying that the new operating system is on more than 200 million devices that have been used at least once in the past month. The number included not only personal computers and tablets, a company spokesman confirmed, but also Xbox One video game consoles -- the box got Windows 10 in November -- and smartphones now running a preview of Windows 10 Mobile. "As of today, there are more than 200 million...
  • Microsoft halts downloads of new PowerShell power-up (WMF 5.0 pulled due to bug)

    12/26/2015 11:23:20 PM PST · by dayglored · 6 replies
    The Register ^ | Dec 24, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    (This is a follow up to an earlier thread WMF 5.0 has 'bug which resets the PowerShell module environment during installation' The revolution has been postponed: the long-awaited update to PowerShell that yesterday we reported as having launched, has now been pulled by Microsoft. Redmond says its reversal is due to “a bug which resets the PowerShell module environment during installation” that “can have a serious impact on our customers” because it “resets the PSModulePath environment variable to default values, losing any changes made prior to the WMF 5.0 RTM installation.” Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 has therefore been...
  • Apple’s Siri vs. Microsoft’s Cortana on an iPhone (comparison review)

    12/21/2015 6:23:51 AM PST · by dayglored · 12 replies
    TIME ^ | Dec 21, 2015 | John Patrick Pullen
    Cortana is good, but is it a Siri killer? Move over Siri, here comes something different. For the first time since its launch in April 2014, Cortana, Microsoft's voice-activated assistant, is now available on smartphones other than Windows devices. A surprise move that speaks volumes about Microsoft's newfound flexibility and willingness to abandon convention, the Cortana app works quite well on Apple's iPhone. But a Siri replacement it is not. Instead, Cortana makes it clear that there's room for two voices on the iPhone. There are some key differences between Siri and Cortana. Both can fetch web-sourceable information like weather...
  • Roll-Up, Roll-Up Surface Pro 3 Prices Slashed At Microsoft Corporation Online Store

    12/20/2015 9:27:33 AM PST · by dayglored · 6 replies
    TechNewsToday ^ | Dec 19, 2015 | Ulrich Bachman
    Microsoft Online Store has some discounts in time for the holiday but you would need to act fast Microsoft Corporation is holding a sale to celebrate the holiday season. Its online store is all dressed up with seasonal spirit for a sale, the highlights of which include Surface Pro 3, Surface 3 and Microsoft Band 2 discounts. The 128GB, Intel Core i3 version of the Surface Pro 3 usually retails for $899, but the discounted price puts it a $599, a $300 reduction a saving of 33%. Plus, the optional Type Cover keyboard, a portable, roll-out QWERTY keyboard will now...
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is extra large in many departments — and is worth trying

    12/20/2015 9:18:09 AM PST · by dayglored · 22 replies
    Manila Bulletin ^ | Dec 21, 2015 | (none)
    Windows Phones are continuing to find solid footing in the market, even as Microsoft obtained the Lumia brand then turned things quiet around them. It seems now is the perfect time to make some serious noise. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is the best Windows Phone device - and we're not talking about small leaps. This one took the highest one that made a crater upon landing. On the surface, the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is a good-looking phone. It's not all-metal, sadly, but it's comfortable to hold and feels solid. The power and volume buttons are well spaced and...
  • Microsoft HoloLens Previews Available At NYC, Access by appointment to developers only

    12/20/2015 9:09:26 AM PST · by dayglored · 9 replies
    Times Gazette ^ | Dec 20, 2015 | Matthew Rideout
    Good news for those who want a hands-on preview of the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset - the company's New York City store is offering these immersive previews. Bad news - these previews are appointment-only, and are only open to developers, not regular consumers. Developers interested in working on HoloLens projects can pay $3,000 for Microsoft's Development Edition build. But first, Microsoft wants developers to give HoloLens a bit of a test drive before committing to that premium amount of money. The thing, however, is that you'll have to schedule an appointment if you're an interested developer, and that there...