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  • Bill Gates calls for higher capital gains taxes

    05/02/2016 8:29:17 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 73 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02 MAY 16 | Robert Frank | @robtfrank
    Bill Gates said investment gains should be taxed at the same level as ordinary income — a bold call for one of the world's largest investors. Speaking Monday on CNBC's "Squawk Box," Gates said that he's "pleased" that there is more discussion around changing the tax code. When asked what he would alter, Gates sided with his pal Warren Buffett and said he supports raising the earned income tax credit. But Gates also said he would raise the tax rate for capital gains — the largest source of income for the richest Americans. The current top tax rate on capital...
  • Ubuntu 16.04 Brings More Privacy and Big Changes to the Desktop

    04/24/2016 6:12:54 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 April 2016 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    The release of Ubuntu 16.04 last week is good news for computer users who are upset over the recent development of Microsoft turning Windows into an operating system that is essentially spyware. As an open-source Linux distribution, Ubuntu is a great operating system for users concerned about privacy.This marks the 24th release of the Ubuntu operating system, which has become perhaps the most popular Linux distribution in the world. Ubuntu 16.04 — codenamed Xenial Xerus — is also the sixth Long Term Support (LTS) release, meaning it will receive free security updates and support for five years. Canonical — the...
  • Microsoft builds new AI bot to ignore Hitler ("Tay 2.0" Completely Lobotomized)

    04/22/2016 7:51:39 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 24 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 4-14-2016 | Hope King
    Microsoft is trying to avoid another PR disaster with its new AI bot. The company's latest program can describe what it "sees" in photos. "CaptionBot," as it's called, does a pretty decent job at describing simple everyday scenes, such as a person sitting on a couch, a cat lounging around, or a busy restaurant. But it seems to be programmed to ignore pictures of Nazi symbolism or its leader. CNNMoney gave CaptionBot several photos of Adolf Hitler and variations of the swastika to analyze, and it often came back with "I really can't describe the picture" and a confused emoji....
  • Fake Calls Avoid tech support phone scams [Many Fake "Microsoft" Calls Lately: Just Hangup!]

    04/20/2016 10:08:50 AM PDT · by catnipman · 48 replies
    Microsoft ^ | Various | Microsoft
    Avoid tech support phone scams Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following: Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software. Convince you to visit legitimate websites (like www.ammyy.com) to download software that will...
  • Windows 10 is Lying to Me About Anti Virus Conditions

    04/17/2016 7:05:29 AM PDT · by savedbygrace · 48 replies
    Windows 10 keeps popping up a message in the SysTray, trying to tell me that Windows Firewall AND Webroot AV/Firewall are both disabled. I have intentionally disabled Windows Firewall, but Webroot is fully up and actively protecting my system. What's up with this Microsoft lie? Is there any way to stop the fallacious popup?
  • 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: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/12/microsoft_patch_tuesday_12apr16/ Microsoft's official list: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/
  • Zombie OS: Windows XP still powers 181M PCs two years after support ends

    04/12/2016 11:57:47 AM PDT · by upchuck · 60 replies
    Tech Connect ^ | April 11, 2016 | Gregg Keizer
    Even though Microsoft retired Windows XP two years ago, an estimated 181 million PCs around the world ran the crippled operating system last month, according to data from a web metrics vendor.Windows XP exited public support on April 8, 2014, amid some panic on the part of corporations that had not yet purged their environments of the 2001 OS. Unless companies paid for custom support, their PCs running XP received no security updates after that date.Consumers were completely cut off from patches, with no alternatives other than to switch to a newer operating system or continue running an insecure machine.But...
  • Yahoo is for sale; bidders line up; Marissa Mayer is toast

    04/11/2016 7:33:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 68 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 11, 2016 | by David Goldman
    Yahoo is for sale, and bidders are lining up to grab their own, ever-shrinking piece of Internet history. The once-great Internet pioneer is entertaining offers...reluctantly. CEO Marissa Mayer would like to see Yahoo through its struggles, but impatient investors are looking for a way to cash out. Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) has reportedly given interested parties until April 18 to make their offers. The company is expected to fetch something like $8 billion for its core Internet business. Who's buying? The list of interested parties matches the potpourri of businesses that Yahoo operates. Media companies, such as the Daily Mail and...
  • Apple grows to 7.4% of worldwide PC market as Windows continues to cede share to the Mac

    04/11/2016 11:52:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Monday, April 11, 2016, 04:35 pm PT | By Roger Fingas
    Apple continued to grow overall Mac marketshare during the March quarter as most leading Windows PC makers suffered significant setbacks, according to the latest research data from Gartner and IDC. Apple's total share of the global PC market grew to 7.4 percent in the first quarter of calendar 2016, good for fourth place globally, according to IDC. That's up from 6.7 percent in the same period a year ago. Apple's total sales actually fell 2.1 percent to just under 4.5 million. But the larger PC market dropped 11.5 percent, allowing the Mac to easily outpace the market. Market leader Lenovo...
  • Developers can run Bash Shell and user-mode Ubuntu Linux binaries on Windows 10

    03/30/2016 2:30:19 PM PDT · by Scutter · 25 replies
    Hanselman.com ^ | 3/30/2016 | Scott Hanselman
    Today at BUILD in the Day One keynote Kevin Gallo announced that you can now run "Bash on Ubuntu on Windows." This is a new developer feature included in a Windows 10 "Anniversary" update (coming soon). It lets you run native user-mode Linux shells and command-line tools unchanged, on Windows. This isn't Bash or Ubuntu running in a VM. This is a real native Bash Linux binary running on Windows itself. It's fast and lightweight and it's the real binaries. This is an genuine Ubuntu image on top of Windows with all the Linux tools I use like awk, sed,...
  • Ubuntu Linux Is Coming To Windows 10 — Microsoft Partners With Canonical (Ezpected...)

    03/30/2016 9:23:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 70 replies
    fossbytes.com ^ | Mar 30, 2016 | Adarsh Verma
    Short Bytes: Microsoft and Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company, are partnering to allow you to use Ubuntu on Windows 10. The official announcement is expected to be made at Microsoft’s BUILD 2016 developer conference later today. This partnership is expected to integrate Windows and Linux on the developer desktop.
  • Windows 10 passes 20% share in the U.S.

    03/29/2016 4:52:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Computer World ^ | 03/29/2016 | Gregg Keizer
    One in five Windows-powered devices steered to a host of U.S. government websites in March ran Windows 10, according to preliminary data. For the first time, Windows 10 accounted for more than one-fifth of the visits to sites tracked by the Digital Analytics Program (DAP), which mines traffic to more than 4,000 websites on over 400 different domains maintained by U.S. government agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service and the National Weather Service. The bulk of the visits to DAP websites originate in the U.S. Through Thursday, Windows 10 recorded 20.2% of visits in March by Windows PCs, smartphones...
  • Microsoft built a special government-approved version of Windows 10 for China

    03/28/2016 10:02:27 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    The Next Web ^ | March 28, 2016 | by AMANDA CONNOLLY
    Being notoriously strict about censorship, China makes it difficult for companies to launch their products there. It’s a major stumbling block for businesses that want to take a stab at the largest market in the world.Often, companies will have to bend to suit the requirements of China’s government and that’s exactly what Microsoft has done. Ralph Haupter, Microsoft’s CEO for the Greater China region has revealed that the company’s made a Chinese government-approved version of Windows 10. Partnering with a state-run technology and defense company, CETC, Microsoft created its specialized version of Windows, officially called Zhuangongban, to comply with...
  • Microsoft’s artificial intelligence Twitter robot tweets support for Hitler, genocide of Mexicans

    03/25/2016 4:42:44 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 15 replies
    washington times ^ | Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Maria Stainer
    Twitter trolls made a dummy out of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence chat robot, which learns through public interaction, by turning it into a pro-Nazi racist within a day of its launch. Tay, the artificial intelligence (AI) robot, had a bug in which it would at first repeat racist comments, then it began to incorporate the language in its own tweets. ...The robot, made to sound like a teenage girl, targeted 18- to 24-year-olds, “the dominant users of mobile social chat services” in the United States, the page says.... Soon after, Tay was tweeting, “Hitler was right I hate the jews” and...
  • How Microsoft’s friendly robot turned into a racist jerk in less than 24 hours

    03/25/2016 3:08:24 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | March 23, 2016 | By SHANE DINGMAN - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER
    What happens when one of the world’s biggest software companies lets an artificially intelligent chatbot learn from people on Twitter? Exactly what you think will happen. Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams launched a project on Wednesday with Twitter, Canada’s Kik messenger and GroupMe: a chatbot called Tay that was built using natural language processing so that it could appear to understand the context and content of a conversation with a user. Targeting the 18-to-24-age demographic, its aims were simple: “Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual and playful...
  • Microsoft silences its new A.I. bot Tay, after Twitter users teach it racism (includes Trump ref)

    03/24/2016 5:53:14 PM PDT · by cba123 · 19 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | Sarah Perez
    Microsoft' newly launched A.I.-powered bot called Tay, which was responding to tweets and chats on GroupMe and Kik, has already been shut down due to concerns with its inability to recognize when it was making offensive or racist statements. Of course, the bot wasn't coded to be racist, but it "learns" from those it interacts with. And naturally, given that this is the Internet, one of the first things online users taught Tay was how to be racist, and how to spout back ill-informed or inflammatory political opinions. [Update: Microsoft now says it's "making adjustments" to Tay in light of...
  • How Microsoft’s Friendly Robot Turned Into a Racist Jerk in Less Than 24 Hours

    03/24/2016 11:25:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016 | SHANE DINGMAN
    What happens when one of the world’s biggest software companies lets an artificially intelligent chatbot learn from people on Twitter? Exactly what you think will happen. Microsoft’s Technology and Research and Bing teams launched a new project on Wednesday with Twitter, Canada’s Kik messenger and GroupMe: A chatbot called Tay that was built using natural language processing so that it could appear to understand the context and content of a conversation with a user. Aimed at the 18-24 demographic, its aims were simple: “Tay is designed to engage and entertain people where they connect with each other online through casual...
  • 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...
  • Clinton email reveals: Google sought overthrow of Syria's Assad

    03/20/2016 8:48:13 PM PDT · by boycott · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-19-16 | Rudy Takala
    Google in 2012 sought to help insurgents overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to State Department emails receiving fresh scrutiny this week. Messages between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's team and one of the company's executives detailed the plan for Google to get involved in the region.
  • Microsoft founder Gates backs FBI in encryption fight with Apple

    03/20/2016 8:06:50 AM PDT · by Scutter · 40 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/24/2016 | Unknown
    Microsoft founder Bill Gates has broken with other Silicon Valley giants by backing the FBI in its battle with Apple over hacking into a locked iPhone as part of the investigation into last December's San Bernardino terror attack. In an interview with the Financial Times published Tuesday, Gates said a court order requiring Apple to help the FBI access a work phone belonging to gunman Syed Farook was " a specific case where the government is asking for access to information. They are not asking for some general thing, they are asking for a particular case."
  • 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...
  • Microsoft forced updated security setting on my computer when I had updates OFF!

    03/16/2016 5:02:24 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 27 replies
    16 March 2016 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Wow. Overnight, Microsoft forced updated a "Security Setting" on my computer without my permission. I had updates turned OFF on purpose and NEVER turn it on. I use my own anti-virus protection and it works beautifully. How do I turn off Microsoft's Anti-virus protection (Windows XP)?
  • People Are Claiming Their PCs Are Automatically Upgrading To Windows 10 — Without Permission

    03/15/2016 10:14:40 AM PDT · by blam · 95 replies
    BI ^ | 3-15-2016 | Matt Weinberger
    Matt WeinbergerMarch 15, 2016Microsoft's aggressive campaign to get customers to Windows 10 is raising some eyebrows, with scattered reports that some people's PCs are automatically upgrading from Windows 7 — without their explicit permission. For instance, in a post titled "My PC Upgraded To Windows 10 Without Asking, Then Immediately Broke," Kotaku's Patrick Klepek shares the story of how, last week, his Windows 7 PC installed the Windows 10 update automatically overnight. "Maybe I forgot to push back the upgrade schedule, maybe I accidentally scheduled it by clicking the wrong button. Whatever the case, I definitely did not intend to...
  • 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 starts pushing Windows 10 upgrades to users

    03/13/2016 4:50:35 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 92 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Mar 14 2016 10:00AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    A number of Windows 7 users were taken by surprise this weekend when their operating systems started to automatically upgrade to Windows 10, causing hardware and software issues for some. Problems reported by users included hardware drivers no longer working after the upgrade, software incompatibilites, and users getting large bills for using several gigabytes of cellular data. Microsoft copped flak last September for quietly downloading Windows 10 components onto users' computers in preparation for a later upgrade, taking up storage space and eating into data caps. The company has since published instructions for users who want to opt out of...
  • Windows patch KB 3139929: When a security update is not a security update

    03/11/2016 7:02:23 PM PST · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Mar 9, 2016 | Woody Leonhard
    If Microsoft's documentation is correct, installing Patch Tuesday's KB 3139929 security update for Internet Explorer also installs a new Windows 10 ad-generating routine called KB 3146449. Many people -- present company included -- feel that putting an ad generator inside a security patch crosses way over the line. In fact, you have to ask yourself if there are any lines any more. Microsoft lays it all out in black and white in its inimitable, most obfuscatory way. This month's MS16-023 security patch for Internet Explorer, KB 3139929, says: This security update resolves several reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most...
  • Beware Windows Media Player update - privacy concerns

    03/09/2016 1:45:08 PM PST · by CedarDave · 11 replies
    Microsoft Windows Media Player ^ | March 9, 2016 | Self
    I downloaded and installed some Windows updates yesterday after checking to hide Win 10 related updates and known phone-home privacy concerns. Though I have been running Windows 7 and the media player since receiving my machine late last summer, a WMP install note popped up requesting approval for what is either an update or new version. It came with "recommended" or "custom" setting selections. Microsoft was nice enough to tell me that "recommended" included a lot of phone-home settings to "enhance" my use. I immediately checked "custom" and unchecked about a half-dozen settings that would record or report my listening/media...
  • Vanity NEED HELP STOPPING WINDOWS 10 Update

    03/08/2016 8:25:25 PM PST · by Jim from C-Town · 52 replies
    Windows Ten started downloading automatically. I simply unplugged the computer and restarted in safe mode. How do I get rid of this bastard system update. Specifically purchased new Windows 7 Pro machine and do not want to update EVER! How do I shut off this auto update. Not computer savvy BTW
  • 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...
  • Windows 10 hit by problematic update

    03/06/2016 7:49:52 PM PST · by Utilizer · 64 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Mar 7 2016 6:40AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    The March roll-up update for Windows 10 appears to be causing headaches for users, some of whom have been left with computers that don't boot up after the patch has been applied. Microsoft issued the update on March 2 Australian time and users who installed it via Windows Update soon after started complaining of problems. Some experienced extremely long start-up times, with their devices taking over an hour to reach the user account login prompt. Others said they were forced to boot from USB thumb drives with an earlier installation version of Windows 10 and attempt startup repair. Also reported...
  • 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 Pushing Upgrade to Windows 10 Again

    02/25/2016 9:46:15 AM PST · by CedarDave · 46 replies
    Microsoft Windows Update ^ | February 25, 2016 | Self
    Microsoft PC users be alert. I was notified Tuesday of an important Windows 7 update. It turned out it was an update to install the Windows 10 upgrade app on Windows 7 (and maybe 8 and 8.1) machines, KB 3035583. I thought it might have been the earlier upgrade from last fall, but it was released February 23, 2013 with some file updates from February 17. I have a sticky note on my monitor with this MS update number (and some others) and when I receive notice of Windows updates I check the list. In this instance, I immediately hid...
  • Windows 10 forced update KB 3135173 changes browser and other defaults

    02/22/2016 7:05:41 PM PST · by Utilizer · 48 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Feb 16, 2016 | Woody Leonhard
    If you have Chrome as the default browser on your Windows 10 computer, you'd better check to make sure Microsoft didn't hijack it last week and set Edge as your new default. The same goes for any PDF viewer: A forced cumulative update also reset PDF viewing to Edge on many PCs. Do you use IrfanView, Acdsee, Photoshop Express, or Elements? The default photo app may have been reset to -- you guessed it -- the Windows Photos app. Music? Video? Microsoft may have swooped down and changed you over to Microsoft Party apps, all in the course of last...
  • Apple plays digital privacy hardball with FBI, 'but not with China'

    02/20/2016 3:58:47 PM PST · by dennisw · 38 replies
    /www.france24.com ^ | 02-19-2016-
    Apple was hailed as a champion of digital privacy this week after refusing to help the FBI hack into an iPhone belonging to a suspect in the San Bernardino shooting. But the firm hasn't always been so scrupulous about user data, especially in China. The standoff between the FBI and Apple over the investigation into the San Bernardino shooting, which claimed the lives of 14 people in early December, has divided the United States. While some have argued that the company should, in this particular case, help investigators by bypassing the phone's security system, others have insisted that doing so...
  • Windows 10 to be installed on 4 million US Department of Defense computers

    02/18/2016 1:00:12 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    BETA News ^ | 02/18/2016 | Mark Wilson
    Microsoft keeps shouting about the millions of users that have switched to Windows 10, and soon the company will have another 4 million to bray about. The US Department of Defense is the latest big name to give Windows 10 the seal of approval apparently unconcerned with the privacy and telemetry issues that have put off others. 4 million enterprise upgrades for Windows 10 is a real feather in the cap for Microsoft, and the aim is to get each system running the latest version of the operating system inside a year. The DoD has also announced that it is...
  • Microsoft ditches Skype Managed Accounts

    02/17/2016 8:31:11 PM PST · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    iTnews ^ | Feb 18 2016 8:43AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft will remove Managed Accounts from the standalone Skype communications application from March 30 this year and replace them with standard personal accounts. Skype Managed Accounts is a feature that allows a central administrator to create and maintain accounts for the program. It is aimed at business users, and part of the web-based Skype Manager administration utility. But Managed Accounts will soon be transitioned into standard personal Skype accounts, subject to Microsoft's consumer terms of use, the company said. Allocated Skype credits, subscriptions and numbers will be moved to the personal accounts. Administrators will need to ensure that a valid...
  • Don’t Keep Your Personal Or Financial Data On A Windows 10 Machine!

    02/15/2016 10:52:46 AM PST · by blam · 72 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-15-2016 | Paul_Behan
    Feburary 14, 2016 Paul_Behan Don’t Keep Your Personal Or Financial Data On A Windows 10 Machine! Well not if you want to keep it private. Like many people I was surprised at the Edward Snowden revelations a few years ago. Nothing has seemed to change and in many cases things have got worse. Some corporations are in partnership with government agencies in regard to collection of data.(snip) According to this an article, (1) even after turning off all the tracking options on a computer, the researcher left the computer on overnight and tracked the traffic. He was surprised to find...
  • Windows 10 Worst Secret Spins Out Of Control - Forbes (Microsoft spying cannot be disabled)

    02/10/2016 12:07:07 PM PST · by MarchonDC09122009 · 72 replies
    Forbes ^ | 02/09/2016 | Gordon Kelly
    Windows 10 Worst Secret Spins Out Of Control - Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2016/02/09/windows-10-data-tracking-spying-levels/?utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix#1b42bfac7aa9 Back in November Microsoft confirmed Windows 10’s worst kept secret: its extensive telemetry (or ‘spying’ as it has been labelled) cannot be stopped. What no-one realised until now, however, is just how staggering the extent of this tracking really is…  Blowing the lid on it this week is Voat user CheesusCrust whose extensive investigation found  *Windows 10 contacts Microsoft to report data thousands of times per day.  And the kicker?  *This happens after choosing a custom Windows 10 installation and disabling all three pages of tracking options which are...
  • 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...
  • Windows 10 Nabs Number 2 Spot Behind Windows 7 among desktop environments

    02/06/2016 5:40:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | 02/06/2016 | Jeff Cozza
    It may have taken awhile, but the market is finally showing Windows 10 some love. Six months after its debut, the latest Microsoft operating system has climbed its way up to the number two spot among desktop environments, according to data from Net Market Share. With 11.85 percent of the market, Windows 10 has finally surpassed third place Windows XP, which still holds 11.42 percent of the desktop market. Neither Windows 10 nor XP comes close to the most popular operating system in the world, which remains Windows 7 with a whopping 52.47 percent of the desktop market. Microsoft ended...
  • Windows 10 telemetry network traffic analysis, part 1

    02/06/2016 11:12:22 AM PST · by Dalberg-Acton · 30 replies
    VOAT ^ | 2/3/2016 | "CheesusCrust"
    "Like many of you, I am concerned about the telemetry, spying and other surveillance features, known or unknown, of Windows 10. It has concerned me enough to push me to Linux Mint as my main operating system. Even so, I wanted to better understand Windows 10, but internet search results for a decent windows 10 traffic analysis leave a lot to be desired. As such, I decided to do my own investigating on what, exactly, Windows 10 is doing traffic-wise, and post the results. For this analysis, I wanted to simply analyse the network traffic of Windows 10 on a...
  • Microsoft Is About To Start Automatically Downloading Windows 10 Onto PCs

    02/03/2016 5:19:08 AM PST · by blam · 117 replies
    BI ^ | 2-3-2016 | Max Slater-Robins
    Max Slater-RobinsJanuary 3, 2016Microsoft has made Windows 10, the newest version of the operating system, a "recommended update," meaning that it will automatically download onto PCs, according to The Verge. PCs that are are running Windows 7 or 8.1, the two versions that preceded 10, will download the newest version of the operating system automatically, unless the user opts out of the update. Microsoft announced in October last year that Windows 10 would download automatically onto PCs, and has now started the process. Anyone who has a metered internet connection, with a data limit, will have to switch off the...
  • A BEATIFUL REFRESHING IS HERE[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/02/2016 10:11:08 AM PST · by Jedediah · 8 replies
    bible,The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-2-16 | Holy Spirit, bible
    I saw a huge waterfall pouring over a beautiful rock formation and the water looked like liquid glass so pure and transparent you could see all the rocks behind it . All around the base of the waterfall were people and they were enjoying the refreshing spray and droplets covering them as a beautiful misty spray and the droplets just seemed to hang in the air effortlessly and the sound of the waterfalls was the roar of His Voice. As I looked over where the water goes over the falls I saw Jesus with his bare feet standing in the...
  • Windows 10 Already Outclasses Windows 7 in the Enterprise, Gartner Says

    02/02/2016 9:32:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 02/02/2016 | Bogdan Popa
    Windows 10 is already seeing early signs of success in the enterprise field, as more and more companies are looking at the new operating system and evaluating a possible upgrade in the coming months.That’s what research firm Gartner explains when looking at adoption figures in the enterprise field for both Windows 10 and Windows 7, saying that the new OS easily outclasses its predecessors.Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans has told CW in an interview that the enterprise market has changed the way it prepares for upgrades now that Windows 10 is available, asking questions that are more related to the...
  • Windows 10 becomes recommended update to Win 7 and 8.1 as Microsoft stops making it free

    02/02/2016 9:28:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 02/02/2016 | Jinger Jarrett
    Microsoft announced that Windows 10 has become a recommended update for Windows users. Windows 10 will no longer be a required update for users to upgrade to. Although some users have encountered problems with the new operating system, Windows 10 surpassed both Windows XP and 8.1 in terms of the number of users who now use the operating system. Windows 7 still has the most number of users.Beta News reported Microsoft has been accused of pushing Windows 10 on users, and users complained that it was being automatically downloaded to their computers without their permission. Microsoft sought to silence...
  • Stop using Microsoft Edge's InPrivate mode if you value your privacy

    02/01/2016 5:43:03 PM PST · by zeugma · 17 replies
    betanews ^ | 1/31/16 | Mark Wilson
    It's possible that you reached this article purely by chance, or you may have Googled 'how to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge'. However you got here, the fact that you're reading this indicates that you're either interested in Windows 10's Edge, or actively use it -- and this means there's something you need to know. If you fall into the latter camp and use Edge's InPrivate mode to cover your online tracks, you might want to think about changing your web browser. Edge has already got some stick for its lack of extension support -- "it's coming,...
  • Windows 10 Surpasses Windows XP To Become Second Most-Used Operating System

    02/01/2016 1:58:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 02/01/2016 | Mike Brown
    Windows 10 has surpassed Windows XP to become the second most-used operating system in the world. NetMarketShare figures from January show Microsoft's latest version is running on 11.85 percent of global PCs, edging out Windows XP, which runs on 11.42 percent of machines. The news will be a boost to Microsoft as it aims to get as many people to upgrade as possible. Microsoft wants 1 billion devices running the operating system globally in 2018. To reach this goal, the company is offering free upgrades to customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for Windows 10's first year of availability....
  • No worries: a new Microsoft app is tallying all the Iowa caucus results

    02/01/2016 7:58:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/01/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    What could possibly go wrong?Microsoft is jumping into the presidential campaign business in a big way this year, starting with today’s long awaited Iowa caucuses. The tech giant has generously volunteered to proved (at no cost) a new app to both major parties which will be used to tally the votes from the more than 1,600 caucus sites across the state. If you’re suddenly feeling a sense of creeping dread, you’re not the only one. (The Hill) Microsoft volunteered to provide the technology to help tally up the results of Iowa’s caucus, free of charge. Now it will be...
  • 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...
  • Common Core Exec: 'Damn the Second Amendment'Says conservatives are "idiots."

    01/22/2016 4:38:26 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 21 Jan 16 | Trey Sanchez
    Project Veritas has released its third undercover video of another Common Core executive revealing the political ideology behind the national educational standards. And this time the anti-American agenda is made clear. The featured Common Core salesperson in this video is Kim Koerber of National Geographic Education (funded by the Gates Foundation, by the way) and a former Pearson Education publishing executive. Her expressions of hatred for America's founding documents coupled with her undying love for Common Core brings the problem to an entirely new level. Plus, she brings a new meaning to the word disgust when talking about those...