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  • Florida AG Shuts Down Boynton Beach Tech Support Scam

    08/25/2016 10:31:45 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | August 24, 2016
    Florida AG Shuts Down Boynton Beach Tech Support Scam August 24, 2016 11:12 AM TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – A Boynton Beach tech support company which reportedly scammed its customers out of $25 million has been temporarily shut down again by court order, according to Florida’s Attorney General’s Office. The company Client Care Experts, formerly known as First Choice Tech Support, LLC, is owned by CEO Michael Seward and his partner Kevin McCormick. The state’s Attorney General’s Office said the operation was run out of a boiler room in Boynton Beach and employed more than 200 telemarketers at the location. The court...
  • Windows 10 cumulative update KB 3176934 breaks PowerShell

    08/24/2016 7:07:32 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 35 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Aug 24, 2016 | Woody Leonhard
    Microsoft's update for version 1607 doesn't fix two widespread problems with Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and it breaks PowerShell DSC operations Yesterday afternoon, Microsoft released KB 3176934 for those PCs running Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It's the fifth cumulative update for version 1607 (three were released before the product rolled out on Aug. 2) and brings the build number up to 14393.82. You can see the long list of official changes -- primarily bug fixes -- on the Windows 10 update history page. Anniversary Update customers also received an update to the "servicing stack" -- the subsystem within Windows 10...
  • Open Source Windows May Not Be that Big a Long Shot After All (Microsoft Hearts Linux...)

    08/24/2016 5:42:34 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    Fortune ^ | Aug 23, 2016 | Barb Darrow
    How far is Microsoft willing to go on this open-source charm offensive? Here’s a burning question for the tech universe: Could Microsoft, which built its Windows cash cow on proprietary or closed-source software, reverse course and open-source Windows itself? That would be roughly akin to CocaCola posting its top-secret formula online. Crazy, right? Maybe not, although the very notion would have been unthinkable not too long ago. But it is now on the table considering all the things Microsoft has done over the past few years to embrace the open-source community. The most recent example is last week’s news that...
  • Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand (awesome photo)

    08/23/2016 5:39:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 22, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    Windows crashing and producing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is seldom pleasant, or convenient. It's also seldom as conspicuously displayed as in the image below, which The Register found on Facebook late last week. By your correspondent's reckoning, that there is a five-storey BSOD. If you can't see the pic below, click here (it is planted in Facebook's garden, so if you'd prefer not to visit, you were warned).
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update reportedly breaks millions of webcams

    08/20/2016 11:07:16 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 100 replies
    NeoWin.net ^ | August 20, 2016 | by Usama Jawed
    The Windows 10 Anniversary Update for PCs started rolling out more than two weeks ago. While many have been happy with the new features and improvements it brings, thousands of others are reportedly experiencing critical issues, that are rendering their machines unresponsive. The news of the OS causing system freezes broke out a couple of days after the rollout of the Anniversary Update began, and now a new report suggests that the update has caused another frustrating issue for users around the globe. Brad Sams on Thurrott.com reports that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update broke millions of webcams. He states...
  • Microsoft changes Win7/8.1 updates, pushes even harder for Windows 10

    08/17/2016 12:33:22 PM PDT · by upchuck · 81 replies
    Infoworld ^ | Aug 16, 2016 | Woody Leonhard
    Starting in October, patches will be cumulative and Win7/8.1 customers will effectively cede control of their PCs to Microsoft Windows 7 and 8.1 have had a good run, but that's about to come to a close. According to new guidelines, Microsoft will start rolling out Windows 7 and 8.1 (as well as Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2) patches in undifferentiated monthly blobs. The patches will be cumulative, which eliminates the need to exercise judgment in selecting the patches you want. At the same time, though, the new approach severely hampers your ability to recover from bad patches --...
  • Microsoft Live made my Computer Dead (Vanity) Somewhat tongue in cheek

    08/15/2016 5:46:00 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 48 replies
    8/16/2016 | Fai Mao
    Microsoft is doing everything it can make me an Apple customer - except that Apple, in my experience is just as bad with customer service and more expensive. I turned on my main computer, not the old laptop I am typing on now, this morning and was greeted with a request for a user name and password for a Microsoft Live account. I didn't even know I had a Microsoft live account. Something in the updates must have activated it. So, I powered up the trusty Acer Aspire with Windows 7 laptop and tried to look up the unwanted Microsoft...
  • More than 60 percent of Windows users would switch to Mac for more privacy

    08/04/2016 5:03:21 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 69 replies
    BetaNews ^ | August 2, 2016 | By Ian Barker
    Windows 10 and the amount of data it collects via the Windows Store could prompt users to switch to Mac according to a new survey.The study conducted by OnePoll on behalf of security and privacy advice and comparison website Comparitech.com finds that 61 percent of the US public who regularly use Windows would at least consider switching to Mac. In the UK the figure is even higher at 67 percent, with 15 percent saying they would definitely consider swapping. Only 33 percent in the UK and 39 percent in the US say that they would not contemplate switching operating...
  • Tech Help Please - Win 7 won't update

    08/02/2016 10:01:25 AM PDT · by The Louiswu · 92 replies
    me | 8/2/2016 | The Louiswu
    I have done a fresh install of Win 7 OS but I can't get the windows updates. It's been a few days and I am getting nothing from MS - I've tried several "fixes" suggested on different OS forums, but still nothing. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks
  • Microsoft faces two new lawsuits over aggressive Windows 10 upgrade tactics

    07/30/2016 1:37:44 PM PDT · by dayglored · 64 replies
    PC World ^ | Jul 28, 2016 | Ian Paul
    Microsoft is facing more legal trouble over its handling of Windows 10 upgrades. Microsoft is facing two more lawsuits over the company’s questionable Windows 10 upgrade tactics. Both suits are seeking class-action status. The first suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Florida. It alleges that Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade prompts “violated laws governing unsolicited electronic advertisements,” as reported by The Seattle Times. The suit also says Microsoft’s tactics are against the Federal Trade Commission’s rules on deceptive and unfair practices. The second suit was filed in June in Haifa, Israel alleging that Microsoft installed Windows 10 on users’...
  • Fun with the Windows Subsystem for Linux

    07/22/2016 12:13:55 PM PDT · by Scutter · 31 replies
    Windows Blog ^ | 7/22/2016 | Pete Brown
    At Build 2016, Microsoft introduced to the world the Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta) [WSL], which enables developers to run native Ubuntu user-mode console binaries through the Bash shell in Windows 10. If you’re in the Windows Insider program, you’ve had the opportunity to try out this feature using the latest Windows Anniversary Update Insider Builds.
  • France: Windows 10 collects 'excessive personal data'

    07/20/2016 3:48:24 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 26 replies
    betanews ^ | July 20, 2016 | Mark Wilson
    France: Windows 10 collects 'excessive personal data', issues Microsoft with formal warning After accusations that Windows 10 collects too much data about users, France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has order Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act within three months. The company has been ordered to "stop collecting excessive data and tracking browsing by users without their consent". In addition to this, the chair of CNIL has notified Microsoft that it needs to take "satisfactory measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of user data". The notice comes after numerous complaints about Windows 10, and a series...
  • Windows 10 warns Chrome and Firefox users about battery drain, recommends switching to Edge

    07/19/2016 6:15:18 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 36 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 19, 2016 10:25 AM | Protalinski
    Microsoft has turned on a new set of Windows Tips that warn Windows 10 users that Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is draining their laptop’s battery. The solution, according to the notification, is to use Microsoft Edge. We reached out to Microsoft for clarification. “Microsoft Edge was designed exclusively for Windows 10 with features and functionality that enhance the browsing experience such as Cortana, easy sharing, reading, and researching,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat. “These Windows Tips notifications were created to provide people with quick, easy information that can help them enhance their Windows 10 experience, including information that can...
  • Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

    07/15/2016 8:13:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 77 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 15, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    All that nagware hasn't worked When Windows 10 launched, Microsoft claimed it would have the new operating system on a billion devices by mid-2018. That isn't going to happen, however, Redmond has now admitted. For the past year, Microsoft has offered the new OS as a free upgrade for both desktop and mobile users (provided the phone can handle it in the latter case), and has been pushing it for Internet of Things makers. However, so far the OS is only on 350 million monthly active devices, and Redmond says it needs more time to hit ten figures. "We're pleased...
  • Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 New Monthly Charge

    07/14/2016 12:34:33 PM PDT · by upchuck · 132 replies
    Forbes ^ | July14, 2016 | Gordon Kelly
    For months Microsoft has been describing Windows 10 “as a service” and now we know why. Microsoft is going to introduce a monthly subscription fee for Windows 10 usage… That cost will be $7 per user per month but the good news is it only applies to enterprises, for now. The new pricing tier will be called “Windows 10 Enterprise E3” and it means Windows has finally joined Office 365 and Azure as a subscription service. Of course the big question is now: How does this new subscription pricing affect the millions of consumers who upgraded to Windows 10 on...
  • Vulnerability Exploitable via Printer Protocols Affects All Windows Versions

    07/13/2016 9:34:12 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    Softpedia ^ | Jul 12, 2016 21:05 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    Microsoft has patched today a critical security vulnerability in the Print Spooler service that allows attackers to take over devices via a simple mechanism. The vulnerability affects all Windows versions ever released. Security firm Vectra discovered the vulnerability (CVE-2016-3238), which Microsoft fixed in MS16-087. At its core, the issue resides in how Windows handles printer driver installations and how end users connect to printers. Exploit executes payload under SYSTEM user By default, in corporate networks, network admins allow printers to deliver the necessary drivers to workstations connected to the network. These drivers are silently installed without any user interaction and...
  • Microsoft Azure Stack won't run on your existing hardware

    07/13/2016 8:43:41 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 13 2016 4:08PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft has revealed its forthcoming Azure Stack won't run on the hardware of customers' choosing, an about-face on its earlier position that the hybrid cloud product would be vendor-agnostic. The company's senior director of cloud platform marketing Mark Jewett today said Azure Stack would only be initially available with hardware from Microsoft partners Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Dell and Lenovo. Jewett said Microsoft would "prioritise" Azure Stack delivery via "turnkey integrated systems" in the initial general availability release. "We’ve been working with systems vendors on integrated systems for a while now and see this as the best approach to bring Azure innovation...
  • Windows Server-as-a-service: Microsoft lays out Server 2016's future (incl. Enforced Updates)

    07/13/2016 8:34:57 AM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 12, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    Want to use Nano Server? Software Assurance is non-optional Microsoft has released details of how Windows Server 2016 will be released and maintained, and as with Windows 10 it includes a "Windows as a service" model of frequent operating system updates. Windows Server 2016 will be launched at the company's Ignite conference, which runs from September 26 to 30 in Atlanta, Georgia. As with the current release, there will be three editions: Datacenter, Standard and Essentials. Several things are new, though. One is that Windows Server 2016 will be priced and licensed per core, rather than per physical processor. Another...
  • Microsoft blacklists Secure Boot-disabling policies in Windows

    07/12/2016 8:08:46 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 13 2016 9:00AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft's July round of patches fixes a vulnerability that could be used to bypass the Secure Boot protection feature if an attacker simply adds a policy to the target Windows systems. Microsoft mandates Secure Boot on newer PCs designed to run Windows. The feature is implemented in the unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI) code that checks the Windows boot loader before it starts up the operating system, to ensure it is digitally signed by Microsoft. Secure Boot can, however, be bypassed completely by applying a Windows group policy, providing attackers with full access to systems thought to be locked down....
  • Microsoft Security Bulletin (It's Patch Tuesday / Windows Update)

    07/12/2016 7:47:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    Microsoft Security TechCenter ^ | Jul 12, 2016 | Microsoft Tech Team
    Microsoft security bulletins are released on the second Tuesday of each month.
  • Windows 10 vs. OS X El Capitan: Why Microsoft Wins (2015)

    07/12/2016 3:58:10 PM PDT · by dennisw · 36 replies
    laptopmag ^ | July 29, 2015 | Mark Spoonauer
    Microsoft says Windows 10 is fresh yet familiar, which is a nice way of saying it's a do-over for people who didn't like Windows 8. But what an impressive do-over it is. In fact, Windows 10 surpasses Apple's upcoming OS X El Capitan in some key areas, like multitasking and personal assistance. It's not that El Capitan isn't a worthy upgrade for Mac owners; it finally offers split-screen capability, along with revamped apps and performance improvements. Windows 10 offers PC users just a bit more. After using both the near-final version of Windows 10 and the public beta of El...
  • Lenovo scrambling to get a fix for BIOS vuln

    07/04/2016 7:04:05 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    The Register ^ | 4 Jul 2016 at 02:04 | Richard Chirgwin
    Lenovo, and possibly other PC vendors, is exposed to a UEFI bug that can be exploited to disable firmware write-protection. If the claims made by Dmytro Oleksiuk at Github are correct, an attacker can “disable flash write protection and infect platform firmware, disable Secure Boot, [and] bypass Virtual Secure Mode (Credential Guard, etc.) on Windows 10 Enterprise.” The reason Oleksiuk believes other vendors are also vulnerable is that the buggy code is inherited from Intel. He writes that the SystemSmmRuntimeRt was copied from Intel reference code.
  • Mystery file in preview build hints at Windows 10 subscriptions

    06/30/2016 6:54:02 PM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 31 replies
    ZDNet ^ | June 30, 2016 | Ed Bott
    Buried in the System32 folder of build 14376, alongside 590 other .exe files, is a file whose name is guaranteed to raise eyebrows: UpgradeSubscription.exe. That file has been part of other recent preview builds, but has managed to remain under the radar until now. In the file's properties, it's described as the Windows Upgrade to Subscription Tool, and its date and time stamp corresponds to other administrative tools in the same build.
  • Microsoft, Red Hat release open source programming protocol

    06/28/2016 9:41:17 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 17 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jun 28 2016 12:30PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft has released a protocol that allows developers to easily add new programming language support for coding tools, in partnership with developer workspaces provider Codenvy and enterprise Linux distributor Red Hat. Whereas traditional coding tools tend to support a single programming language, the Microsoft-led protocol aims to make sure the tools can handle whichever language developers work in. The language server protocol lets developers code in different languages without having to switch editors or development environments. Microsoft engineer Erich Gamma said the protocol came into existence after the company intergrated OmniSharp for C# and TypeScript servvers for its Visual Studio...
  • Microsoft forced to back off tricky Win10 upgrade prompts

    06/28/2016 7:39:11 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 81 replies
    iTnews (.com.au) ^ | Jun 29 2016 10:45AM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    Microsoft has been forced to change the red "x" notification on its Windows 10 upgrade prompts after users reacted angrily to the misleading button. Microsoft dispensed with the historical function of the red "x" in the upgrade prompts to instead use it as authorisation for the upgrade process; clicking the button meant users gave their consent for the upgrade to take place. But backlash from users over the perceived trickery has pushed Microsoft to pledge to modify the button back to its original function. Now, clicking the "x" will dismiss the upgrade prompt and won't initiate the Windows 10 download,...
  • Payout of $10,000 for Windows 10 update

    06/28/2016 4:14:44 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 June 2016 | Technology
    Teri Goldstein said her Windows 7 computer had automatically tried to update itself to Windows 10 without her permission. She said the update had made her machine unstable, leaving her unable to use it to run her business. Microsoft said it had dropped its appeal to save on legal costs. Microsoft has been aggressively pushing the latest version of its widely used operating system, which is currently available as a free download for computers running Windows 7 and 8. However, many people have chosen not to upgrade, because they are running old hardware, have software that does not run on...
  • Woman Wins $10,000 Lawsuit Against Microsoft Over Windows 10 Upgrades

    06/27/2016 9:47:33 AM PDT · by dayglored · 68 replies
    SlashDot ^ | Jun 27, 2016 | Anon
    A few days after Microsoft released Windows 10 to the public last year, Teri Goldstein's computer started trying to download and install the new operating system. The update, which she says she didn't authorize, failed. Instead, the computer she uses to run her Sausalito, California, travel-agency business slowed to a crawl. It would crash, she says, and be unusable for days at a time. "I had never heard of Windows 10," Goldstein said. "Nobody ever asked me if I wanted to update." When outreach to Microsoft's customer support didn't fix the issue, Goldstein took the software giant to court, seeking...
  • Microsoft to kill off Surface 3 in December

    06/26/2016 8:06:32 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Jun 26, 2016 | Mark Wilson
    If you're in the market for a Surface 3, now is the time to buy one. Microsoft says that production of the Surface 3 will come to an end in December this year, and warns that stocks are already starting to run low. It's not yet clear whether the end of production for the cheapest Surface device signals the end of Microsoft's Atom-based devices. But it certainly seems as though the company is keen to focus its attention on the Pro range as well as the Surface Book. Microsoft confirmed the end of Surface 3 production to ZDNet. Mary Jo...
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update: A guide to the builds (Major Win10 Update on the way...)

    06/21/2016 5:38:44 AM PDT · by dayglored · 48 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Jun 20, 2016 | Preston Gralla
    This summer, one year after the initial launch of Windows 10, Microsoft will release its first major update: the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It will be delivered in the usual way -- via Windows Update -- and will install automatically on its own. However, if you're curious (or apprehensive) about the upcoming update, you don't have to wait until the final release date to check it out. Microsoft has been releasing public preview builds, each one a little bit closer to the final version. Anyone can get and install those builds by first becoming part of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program,...
  • 'BadTunnel' Bugs Left Every Microsoft Windows PC Vulnerable For 20 Years

    06/15/2016 6:01:38 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jun 14, 2016 @ 01:00 PM | Thomas Fox-Brewster
    Microsoft is today closing off a vulnerability that one Chinese researcher claims has “probably the widest impact in the history of Windows.” Every version of the Microsoft operating system going back to Windows 95 is affected, leaving anyone still running unsupported operating systems, such as XP, in danger of being surreptitiously surveilled. According to Yang Yu, founder of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab, the bug can be exploited silently with a “near-perfect success rate”, as the problems lie in the design of Windows. The ultimate impact? An attacker can hijack all a target’s web use, granting the hacker ”Big Brother power”, as...
  • It's [month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [document type] (Patch Tuesday)

    06/15/2016 9:14:42 AM PDT · by dayglored · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 14, 2016 | Shaun Nichols
    The Microsoft Security Bulletin Critical fixes for Office, Internet Explorer, and Windows DNS Server highlight this month's edition of Patch Update Tuesday. The Redmond Windows slinger has kicked out 16 bulletins this month, five rated as "critical" and the remaining 11 considered "important" risks. [Detailed listing clipped, see comment] Not to be outdone, Adobe is also dumping a load of patches for the second Tuesday of the month. The Adobe patches include an actively targeted vulnerability in Flash and multiple updates for ColdFusion, Brackets, Creative Cloud desktop application and DNG SDK.
  • 5 Unintended Consequences of Windows 10 Upgradegate

    06/13/2016 9:04:11 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 65 replies
    makeuseof.com ^ | June 13, 2016 | Tina Sieber
    One thing that really annoys us about Windows 10 is Microsoft’s aggressive upgrade strategy. Steve Jobs famously said “people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” Microsoft must think this is true for Windows 10. And so its developers keep finding new ways to trick Windows 7 and 8 users into upgrading because surely they will like Windows 10 once the see it. Or they’ll just surrender. ... Microsoft acts as if its goal for 1 billion Windows 10 users supersedes the company’s responsibility for its existing Windows customers. This reckless battle has unintended consequences that...
  • PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

    06/11/2016 4:09:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 82 replies
    The Register ^ | 10 Jun 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    The abacus-shufflers of analyst firm IDC have revised their 2016 PC sales forecasts downwards. The firm now says PC shipments “... are forecast to decline by 7.3% year over year”. That's “roughly two per cent below earlier projections as conditions have been weaker than expected.” The firm names “weak currencies, depressed commodity prices, political uncertainty, and delayed projects” as the weaker conditions impacting sales. Windows 10 isn't helping matters either, because lots of people are availing themselves of free Windows 10 upgrades rather than buying a new PC. The firm also says that “while a large share of enterprises are...
  • Microsoft offers Surface-as-a-Service from its own stores (pay-by-month Surface tablets)

    06/10/2016 12:42:37 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 10, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    Typoslab gains pay-by-the-month option, with bundled support and training First Microsoft turned Office into software-as-a-service. It's currently transforming Windows into Windows-as-a-service. And now it's decided that its Surface Pro typoslab should become Surface-as-a-service, to help businesses buy more of the hybrid machines. Surface-as-a-Service, or "Surface Membership" to use its proper name, lets you choose from Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and Surface 4 hardware. An online configurator lets you design the machines you want (complete with keyboards and pens) and choose a 18, 24 or 30 month membership plan. Joining the club also gets you Microsoft's Complete for Business Extended...
  • Latest Windows 10 build loves up cloud, banishes 'strange grey bar' (Insider Build 14361 released)

    06/09/2016 5:49:35 AM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 9, 2016 | Gavin Clarke
    Microsoft has released Insider Preview Build 14361 for Windows 10 on PC and Mobile with a huge boost for building microservices and cloud. You can now run Docker natively on Windows 10 with Hyper-V containers, to build, ship and run containers using nano server in technical preview five of Windows Sever 2016, that’s due in the third quarter. Nano Server is a remotely administered server operating system for cloud and data centre lacking local log-on and that only works for 64-bit. A new version of the Docker engine for Windows has been built, too, which improves DockerFile syntax. Elsewhere, the...
  • You absolutely MUST install the Brave browser [from fired firefox exec]

    06/01/2016 11:03:15 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 89 replies
    Conservative Hardliner ^ | May 14, 2016 | dc
    <p>I remember when Mozilla fired Brendan Eich for being a normal human being, I was sort of bummed that I was going to stop browsing with Firefox. I'm not really the organized boycotting type, but I am someone who simply refuses to participate in idiocy. If some anti-American Hollywood liberal wants to fight against a normal civilization, then I just stop watching their movies and buying their music. If a coffee establishment tells their baristas to engage with me about race when I'm trying to get my morning triple venti soy latte, then I go elsewhere. If one of my favorite conservative-leaning talk show hosts starts supporting a liberal for President, then I turn the dial. It's not that I keep a list, but if it's seared into my brain deep enough, then I certainly alter my habits as a consumer of products, services, and content. Conversely, if someone is under attack by Marxists, then I tend to overly support them, like the Chick-Fil-A scenario, where I was stuffing my face with spicy chicken sandwiches several times per week for months. Thank goodness that died down. Anyway, I knew whatever Eich ended up doing, if it was a product or service, I was going to be a customer. I have no idea what Eich's politics are, but I know he is someone worth supporting.</p>
  • Windows 10 zero day selling for $90,000 (how exploits are marketed on crime forums)

    06/01/2016 6:17:10 AM PDT · by dayglored · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 1, 2016 | Darren Pauli
    A Windows zero day vulnerability granting hackers deeper access to compromised machines is being sold for US$90,000. The local privilege escalation vulnerability is being sold on crime forum exploit.in and promises to help attackers who already have access to hacked machines. Seller BuggiCorp claims in a sales thread and proof-of-concept videos that the local privilege escalation works on Windows systems from version 2000 to the considerably more secure 10. It works in the presence of Microsoft's lauded enhanced mitigation toolkit which introduces many security features baked into Windows 10 to older platforms. Researchers from Trustwave's Spiderlabs team, who found the...
  • Microsoft says partners can build Windows Holographic devices with wider fields of view

    06/01/2016 5:46:37 AM PDT · by dayglored · 3 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jun 1, 2016 | Sam Byford
    At its Computex Taipei keynote today, Microsoft announced sweeping plans to build off its HoloLens experiment by creating a fully-fledged Windows Holographic platform for hardware partners. The platform is aimed at VR and AR headset makers; Microsoft demonstrated an HTC Vive working in tandem with a HoloLens on stage. After the presentation, Windows chief Terry Myerson and OEMs VP Nick Parker took questions on the initiative in a meeting with reporters. "The framework with which we're approaching this... we have a Microsoft HoloLens device where we're going to push hard on what's possible with Microsoft HoloLens," Myerson said, when asked...
  • Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY (Samsung laptops don't support a Win10 upgrade)

    05/31/2016 9:38:32 AM PDT · by dayglored · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | May 31, 2016 | Gavin Clarke
    Samsung is advising customers against succumbing to Microsoft’s nagging and installing Windows 10. The consumer electronics giant's support staff have admitted drivers for its PCs still don’t work with Microsoft's newest operating system and told customers they should simply not make the upgrade. That’s nearly a year after Microsoft released Windows 10 and with a month to go until its successor – Windows 10 Anniversary Update – lands. Samsung’s customers have complained repeatedly during the last 12 months of being either unable to install Microsoft’s operating system on their machines or Windows 10 not working properly with components if they...
  • Lenono Yoga III Tablet (Vanity)

    05/23/2016 6:57:33 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 23 replies
    5/24/2016 | Fai Mao
    I hope this does not qualify as Opus that gets me banned. My wife purchased a Lenovo Yoga II tablet along with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse for me as a replacement for an older Samsung galaxy tablet and Acer Aspire laptop because she wanted me to be able to travel with les stuff. The hope was that it would replace two devices (Laptop and Tablet) with one device. Instead it will stay in a drawer (Unless I purposely beat it with a hammer so I can throw it away)and I will use the older devices when I travel. It...
  • How Microsoft's tricky new Windows 10 pop-up deceives you into upgrading

    05/23/2016 9:37:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 124 replies
    PCWorld, ^ | 5/23/2016 | Brad Chacos
    Microsoft's new trick to coax users into upgrading to Windows 10 relies on changing behaviors the pop-up's instilled since December. This morning, the unthinkable happened: My wife, an avowed PC user who long ago swore to never touch an Apple device, started shopping around for a Mac Mini. And it’s all thanks to Windows 10. Or rather, the nasty new way that Microsoft’s tricking Windows 7 and 8 users into automatically updating to Windows 10. ... The annoying “Get Windows 10” pop-up began using deceiving malware-like tactics months ago, but it recently received an overhaul that seems purposefully designed to...
  • 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....
  • VANITY: WIN-10 Help

    05/20/2016 10:11:32 AM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 29 replies
    My Laptop | 20MAY2016 | Cletus
    Why does WIN-10 not connect with my home WIfi on start-up
  • Campaigners on a mission to ensure 'sexist data' reflects women's realities

    05/18/2016 6:58:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reutes ^ | 05/18/2016
    Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, led the charge when it came to faulting current data for being sexist and failing to show the real challenges facing millions of women who are often invisible in statistics. "We cannot know what to do for women and where to invest to have the greatest return unless we have good data .. and we really don't have the data we need," Gates said. "We cannot close the gender gap without closing the data gap," she told Women Deliver, attended by more than 5,500 participants from over 160 countries... ......
  • Microsoft Must Be Getting Desperate (V)

    05/17/2016 10:40:44 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 120 replies
    5-17-2016 | Orangehoof
    I live by myself and had been away from home for 12 hours. I often leave my home computer turned on even when I am gone. Last night, I noticed my computer screen was on and my computer was downloading Windows 10. I tried to stop it and, when I couldn't, I simply shut the computer off. After turning it back on, it said "restoring to your previous version" and I'm now back to Windows 7. I noticed that somehow my update settings had all been changed to allow Microsoft maximum access and Windows 10 upgrade was now categorized as...
  • Microsoft is adding more ads to the Windows 10 Start menu

    05/16/2016 10:12:14 AM PDT · by Dalberg-Acton · 25 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 16, 2016 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is planning to double the amount of promoted apps in the Start menu with the upcoming Anniversary Update to Windows 10. The software maker revealed at its WinHEC conference last week that the amount will increase from five currently up to 10 in the Anniversary Update that's due to roll out in July. Promoted apps are typically used on new PCs as links to encourage Windows 10 users to download Store apps, and different apps are promoted in different countries. Some promoted apps are pre-installed, but Microsoft notes that they can be fully uninstalled and any promoted items removed...
  • 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
    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ 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...
  • Now Microsoft is breaking Windows 7 to get users to upgrade to Windows 10

    05/07/2016 4:41:19 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 82 replies
    BetaNews ^ | 5 May 2016 | Wayne Williams
    Microsoft has made a change to an update for Windows 7 that can prevent certain systems from booting. While you might expect me to say, "good news, the software giant has fixed the problem", in fact what Microsoft has done is switch the update from "optional", to "recommended". So, on some systems, it will now install, and break Windows 7 automatically. There is good news though, and that’s you can solve the problem and get your computer working again by (can you guess?) upgrading to Windows 10. Hooray! The update in question is KB3133977 and what this does is fix...
  • '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 Twitch.tv, 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...