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  • Bill Gates Gets Nasty: Unearthed Footage Shows Billionaire Gossiping, Trashing Trump at Gates (T)

    05/18/2018 9:10:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/18/2018 | Lucas Nolan
    Microsoft founder Bill Gates discussed a meeting with President Trump in a recently unearthed video clip, playing up for the audience his opinions on Trump’s knowledge about medical science, among other things. In a clip aired by Chris Hayes on his MSNBC show All In, Microsoft founder Bill Gates discussed a meeting he had with President Trump while talking to staff members of his charity organization, the Gates Foundation. Gates stated that he met President Trump both before and after he was elected but began first by discussing a meeting he had with President Trump before he was elected.
  • 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...
  • "Which?" (UK consumer rights advocate) calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

    06/12/2018 9:37:39 AM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 12 2018 | Richard Speed
    So how did that April 2018 Update go for you then? Champion of consumer rights and closer of customer email services Which? has taken a hobnailed boot to Microsoft's beleaguered Windows 10 operating system with research that will make for unpleasant reading at Redmond.A latest survey of more than 1,100 UK users comes after Which? gave Microsoft a kicking back in 2016. One thousand members of the online comparison service got in touch back then to complain about Windows 10 updates, and nearly two years on – things do not appear to have moved on much.In the survey, conducted in...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full (but no "None" option)

    05/24/2018 10:28:16 AM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | May 24, 2018 | Richard Speed
    Would you like to send all or some telemetry back to the Windows goliath? Microsoft is rolling out an update to Office products to introduce Windows 10-style telemetry data slurping. Or rather the software business has made it very clear to users it is doing so and they cannot opt out.With a certain piece of European legislation around the corner concerning privacy, the timing is interesting to say the least.El Reg was last week informed by a reader that the standalone version of Word 2016 had begun displaying a message forcing users to “Share how you use Office” with options...
  • Is it impossible to connect a Win 10 tablet to a Win 7 PC via USB?

    05/09/2018 12:45:49 PM PDT · by Eric Pode of Croydon · 47 replies
    Eric Pode | 09 May 2018 | Eric Pode
    I never imagined this would be impossible until I actually had to try and do it.I'm trying to connect via USB my desktop (homebuilt, Intel based, Win 7 Ultimate) to a Lenovo Yoga tablet (Win 10) to copy over about 40 gig of files.An hour long web search reveals no straightforward way to do this, indeed many sites say it's not possible by design.I never give up until I have checked FR.Am I stuck shuttling the files between computers using a flash drive, or my bog-slow home wireless network?
  • 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....
  • Troubles with Cloning and Recovery of my Windows 10 PC

    04/23/2018 3:46:45 AM PDT · by poconopundit · 61 replies
    Self | 4/23/2018 | Dan Baker
    Having trouble with my PC. Here are some of the issues: SSD Crash -- A 250 Gig PNY Solid State Disk I bought at BestBuy only 2 months ago crashed. What crashed was the BIOS software in the SSD. I was able to recover my user data. I am suspecting that Windows 10 is causing problems since the machine is constantly downloading security updates. Second SSD Crash -- I was able to use my former (smaller) PNY SSD to get up and running. But then, just as I was getting ready to start using the old SSD, that also crashed...
  • Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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

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

    04/11/2018 7:31:38 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 2 replies
    ZDNet ^ | April 11 2018 | Liam Tung
    Chipmaker AMD has released new microcode updates to mitigate the Spectre variant 2 side-channel attack, which Microsoft has supported with a Windows 10 patch for AMD systems. AMD's latest microcode update coincided with Microsoft's April Patch Tuesday fixes and comes just weeks after Intel wrapped up its Spectre 2 mitigations for all CPU families released over the past nine years. AMD's chief mitigation for its chips on Windows affected by variant 2 CPU indirect branch target injections is called 'indirect branch prediction barrier' (IBPB), which is only intended for cases when software switches from one user context to a context...
  • 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 patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix

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

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

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

    03/23/2018 3:19:56 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 23 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 22 March 2018 | Marius Nestor
    More than 100,000 developers participated in this year's Annual Developer Survey, which included several new topics ranging from ethics in coding to artificial intelligence (AI). The results are finally here and reveal the fact that some technologies and operating systems have become more popular than others in the past year.According to the survey, JavaScript remains the most used programming language for the six years in a row, back-end developer is the most common developer type, over 80 percent of responders code as a hobby and 92.9 percent are male, and Node.js is the number one framework used by developers.Moreover, MySQL...
  • Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

    03/20/2018 2:33:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 107 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 18, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Grab some popcorn: Redmond has asked for feedbackMicrosoft’s about to test a new feature of Windows 10 that will force users to employ its Edge browser under some circumstances.Revealed in the announcement of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17623 for Skip Ahead, the change means “we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge”.Microsoft’s justification for the change is that Edge is the best, most secure browser on Windows 10.But the change will reportedly override users’ preference for default browser.While that’s naughty in lots of ways and makes Microsoft’s...
  • Microsoft forces Windows 10 update on PCs that were set up to block it

    03/12/2018 9:11:04 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 41 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | March 9, 2018 | By Conner Forrest
    Some users reported being pushed to the Win10 1709 upgrade with no advanced warning. Certain Windows 10 users are being forced to upgrade to version 1709, even if they have deferred the Feature Updates. All users who have been forced to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1709 seem to have limited the Diagnostic Data that could be collected by Microsoft. Some Windows 10 users are reportedly being forced to upgrade to version 1709, even if they had chosen to opt out of automatic updates. As reported by Windows blog AskWoody, Windows 10 users on versions 1607 and 1703 were pushed...
  • People Who Live In Glass Houses…

    02/20/2018 7:09:38 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    MOTUS A.D. ^ | 1-20-18 | MOTUS
    Stephen Jobs’ last project came to fruition last year: the Company’s 175 acre, $5 billion Apple Park Campus in Cupertino, California. The first of an estimated 13,000  employees began to move in early this year. Despite it’s massive size,it is esthetically very pleasing both externally,and internally.But like most Apple design-obsessed products that are wrapped in a beautiful package, there are a few operational flaws that need to be worked out. Specifically, employees keep walking into the massive internal safety glass walls that are everywhere.The entire project was designed by the British architectural firm Foster + Partners in conjunction with Apple’s...