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  • Microsoft Employees Demand Cancelation of $19.4M ICE Contract over Trump Border Policy

    06/22/2018 8:24:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06/22/2018 | Paula Bolyard
    Nearly 100 Microsoft employees signed a letter that was posted on the company's internal messaging system demanding that their employer cancel a $19.4 million contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over President Trump's immigration policies. The letter, addressed to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, called on the company to take an ethical stand, "putting children and families above profits," and to demonstrate that commitment by canceling a massive contract for the Azure cloud computing platform. According to a January blog post at Microsoft, the company received an Authority to Operate (ATO) designation for Azure Government to provide services for...
  • 'Tell Microsoft to drop ICE as a client or lose us as GitHub users,' say coders

    06/21/2018 9:08:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CNET ^ | June 21, 2018 | Sean Hollister
    Some programmers were a little wary when Microsoft bought the company-agnostic programming platform GitHub for $7.5 billion in early June. Now, nearly 100 of them are threatening to leave unless Microsoft drops its contract with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, following widespread condemnation of the agency's actions to split up immigrant families at the US-Mexico border, but before President Trump signed his executive order reversing the ICE policy. Microsoft was actually one of the tech companies that most strongly condemned ICE, in fact, and one of the first to take a stand, saying it was "dismayed" and...
  • 11,000 Signatures Wasn't Enough to Keep Eric Lundgen Out of Prison

    06/21/2018 7:59:33 AM PDT · by Flick Lives · 10 replies
    Today, Eric Lundgren turned himself in to the Sheridan Federal Correctional Institution, where he will spend the next fifteen months isolated from society, the internet, and his business. His crime? Helping recyclers restore Windows onto Dell laptops. Eric is an e-waste recycling pioneer—one man’s trash is literally his treasure. He was one of the first recyclers handling lithium car batteries at scale. By developing new, innovative testing processes, he was able to reuse over 50% of a car’s dead battery cells for new products. To prove the batteries still worked, he built a car out of other people’s trash and...
  • Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout (ok now you're ALL getting it!)

    06/15/2018 2:52:40 PM PDT · by dayglored · 80 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 15, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    [Microsoft] Claims it’s the least complaint-generating Windows ever Microsoft’s decided that Windows 10 version 1803, aka the April Update, is now fit for consumption by business users or indeed anyone or anything capable of running Windows 10.The company’s declared the updated OS is now “fully available for all compatible devices running Windows 10 worldwide”, including business PCs. Redmond’s advice comes after over 250 million users installed the OS and gave it a thrashing. Those efforts produced data that Microsoft said shows a twenty per “reduction in system stability issues” and the same reduction “in operating system and driver stability issues.”The...
  • Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

    06/13/2018 7:59:38 AM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 13 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Draft document explains where Redmond thinks its responsibility ends Microsoft’s published a draft “Security Servicing Commitments for Windows” in which it explains the bugs it will and won’t fix.The document (PDF) was revealed on June 12th and is intended for security researchers, to offer “better clarity around the security features, boundaries and mitigations which exist in Windows and the servicing commitments which come with them.”“We are primarily interested in feedback around our servicing policies and whether our criteria makes sense to you, the researcher,” says Microsoft’s announcement of the draft.Microsoft explains that it asks two questions when it learns of...
  • Microsoft Forums Drop Support for Win 7/8/8.1, Office 2010/13, Surface/Pro/2, MSE, IE10, ...

    06/11/2018 8:07:50 AM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    Microsoft Community Forums ^ | Jun 8, 2018 | Michelle Mad
    FR dayglored note: Technical Support and answering questions are being discontinued for the listed Community Forums, meaning the forum threads are either users-only, or locked to further comments (read-only) This does NOT indicate dropping of Product Technical Support, e.g. Security updates, etc. Those are still per the regular end-of-life announcements. Hello, Effective July 2018, the Microsoft Community forums listed below will shift support scope and Microsoft staff will no longer provide technical support there. There will be no proactive reviews, monitoring, answering or answer marking of questions. The forums will still be moderated by Microsoft agents to ensure participants can...
  • Melinda Gates Bashes ‘White Guys,’ Says She’ll Discriminate Against Them

    06/06/2018 3:00:01 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 123 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 6/5/2018
    Melinda Gates says she will preference women and non-whites over men and white people, specifically for these immutable characteristics that have nothing inherently to do with business success. Melinda Gates has decided to enter the venture capital world by sending her money to people based at least partly on their sex and skin color, she said in a recent Fortune interview. Disparate Outcomes Can Signal Broader Possibilities In the Fortune interview, Gates says “I think real change can occur when the VC community starts to demand that the people it invests in have diversity, the right values, and the right...
  • Microsoft eliminated its networking protocols. Any ideas

    06/01/2018 12:56:12 PM PDT · by rstrahan · 76 replies
    Self | 06/01/2018 | Self
    Got the latest update on Windows 10, eliminated the Home Group and ALL networking capability. Trying to force me to use the Cloud. Uh, NO. My stuff is NOT going to be on the cloud. Use Sneakernet first. Any 3rd party inexpensive networking software or work-arounds that can solve a small office computing networking issue?
  • Microsoft’s Brad Smith fears these 3 things will happen under Trump this summer (Ref: Immigration)

    05/30/2018 10:13:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Geek Wire ^ | May 30, 2018 | Monica Nickelsburg
    Most Pacific Northwesterners spend long, rainy months pining for summer. But Microsoft President Brad Smith is having a hard time celebrating because he sees three clouds on the political horizon. During an appearance at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Tuesday, Smith told Recode’s Kara Swisher that he has three immigration-related concerns that could make this “a tough summer.” If President Donald Trump takes any of the actions Smith warned about, Microsoft employees would be directly impacted. Smith told Swisher he is worried that Republicans and Democrats will fail to reach a compromise on DACA, a program...
  • About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait (tr, Avast A/V)

    05/23/2018 3:07:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 89 replies
    The Register ^ | May 22, 2018 | Richard Speed
    [Dayglored note: This problem report involves AVAST! antivirus breaking the April Update. AVAST personnel deny the claim...] Apps fingered in vanishing desktop snafu Updated The troubled Windows 10 April 2018 update is facing another issue, with some users losing access to their desktop after installing the new code.The problem, which first appeared in a posting on a Microsoft support forum on 14 May, has gained a bit of traction over the last two days with users taking to social media as they go through the three stages of installing this update: frustration, fury and despair.The affected users report that after...
  • 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....
  • Bill Gates Tacitly Admits His Common Core Experiment Was A Failure

    10/26/2017 5:29:38 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 40 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/25/2017 | Joy Pullman
    It looks like this is as close to an apology or admission of failure as we're going to get, folks. Sorry about that $4 trillion and mangled years of education for American K-12 kids and teachers.
  • Selling Disks With Free Microsoft Software Lands E-Waste Recycler Stiff Prison Term

    04/26/2018 6:29:18 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | 26 April 2018 | Shane McGlaun
    ...Lundgren will serve a 15-month prison sentence and will be forced to pay a $50,000 fine. Lundgren had taken to downloading free software that Microsoft offers to Windows users commonly called restore disks... Many states are actively pushing for legislation that guarantees consumers the right to repair their own gadgets, California has legislation in process to force device makers to provide users and third parties with items needed to repair devices...
  • 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:...
  • Windows 10 Shutting Down Randomly, Then Reporting To Microsoft.

    04/14/2018 7:03:09 PM PDT · by Captain Peter Blood · 111 replies
    Myself | 04-14-2018 | Captain Peter Blood
    The last few weeks I have noticed that my computer shuts down randomly. When it does this a blue screen comes up with a message that my computer will be restarting and then sending the error information that caused the problem to Microsoft. It also has a QR Code showing. Until recently I have never seen this happen and it seems to happen when I leave the computer on for a few hours. I am wondering if this is the result of some download from Microsoft.
  • Windows 10 Stocks, Weather, and other apps may retire in favor of web versions

    04/12/2018 8:09:51 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 10 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 11 2018 | Kevin Parrish
    Microsoft may be moving to discontinue several first-party apps installed in Windows 10 that aren’t a major priority. Unnamed sources indicate that the company is now shifting internal developers away from the likes of Windows 10’s Stocks and Weather apps to focus on Microsoft Edge. Microsoft is also grabbing employees that previously worked on now-canceled Redstone 5 enhancements to provide them with positions on the Edge browser team. The news arrives after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella distributed an email to employees in March that outlined a restructuring within the company. Rajesh Jha now leads a new engineering team focused on...
  • Microsoft open sources original File Manager from the ‘90s so it can run on Windows 10

    04/09/2018 7:50:16 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 41 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 9, 2018 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is releasing the source code for its original Windows File Manager from nearly 28 years ago. Originally released for Windows 3.0, the File Manager was a replacement for managing files through MS-DOS, and allowed Windows users to copy, move, delete, and search for files. While it’s a relic from the past, you can still compile the source code Microsoft has released and run the app on Windows 10 today.
  • The End of Windows

    04/06/2018 1:51:27 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 98 replies
    Strarechery ^ | April 2, 2018 | By Ben Thompson
    The story of Windows’ decline is relatively straightforward and a classic case of disruption: The Internet dramatically reduced application lock-in PCs became “good enough”, elongating the upgrade cycle Smartphones first addressed needs the PC couldn’t, then over time started taking over PC functionality directly What is more interesting, though, is the story of Windows’ decline in Redmond, culminating with last week’s reorganization that, for the first time since 1980, left the company without a division devoted to personal computer operating systems (Windows was split, with the core engineering group placed under Azure, and the rest of the organization effectively under...
  • Microsoft ‘excited’ about its secret hardware built for artificial intelligence

    04/04/2018 8:35:04 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 5 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 4, 2018 | Kevin Parrish
    A.I.-driven hardware produced by Microsoft is on the horizon according to Harry Shum, executive vice president of the company’s A.I. and Research Group. It’s part of Microsoft’s initiative to integrate artificial intelligence into every product and service offered by the company. Shum says these devices will be “very, very exciting.” The comment arrives after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced yet another reorganization within the company, with the result creating two new engineering teams: the Experiences & Devices group led by Rajesh Jha, and the Cloud and A.I. Platform group led by Jason Zander. Harry Shum will continue to run the...