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  • Ballmer: 'Linux is a cancer' (2001)

    01/24/2020 2:53:39 PM PST · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 2, 2001 | Thomas C. Greene
    Dayglored Note: This is a real article from 2001. Ballmer really did say this, and believe it... Contaminates all other software with Hippie GPL rubbish Microsoft CEO and incontinent over-stater of facts Steve Ballmer said that "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches," during a commercial spot masquerading as a interview with the Chicago Sun-Times on June 1, 2001.Ballmer was trying to articulate his concern, whether real or imagined, that limited recourse to the GNU GPL requires that all software be made open source."The way the license is written, if you...
  • Microsoft Security Shocker As 250 Million Customer Records Exposed Online

    01/22/2020 2:26:58 PM PST · by dayglored · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jan 22, 2020 | Davey Winder
    A new report reveals that 250 million Microsoft customer records, spanning 14 years, have been exposed online without password protection. Microsoft has been in the news for, mostly, the wrong reasons recently. There is the Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability that Microsoft hasn't issued a patch for, despite it being actively exploited. That came just days after the U.S. Government issued a critical Windows 10 update now alert concerning the "extraordinarily serious" curveball crypto vulnerability. Now a newly published report, has revealed that 250 million Microsoft customer records, spanning an incredible 14 years in all, have been exposed online in a...
  • Hospitals across the US have granted Microsoft, Amazon and IBM access to millions of patients' sensitive identifiable medical records amid fears personal data could be misused

    01/21/2020 11:44:30 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | january 20th, 2020 | LAUREN FRUEN
    Hospitals across the United States are said to have granted Microsoft, Amazon and IBM access to sensitive identifiable medical records. The tech giants are each working with medical centers in Washington, Massachusetts and Minnesota. Google will now have access to patients' test results, diagnoses and hospitalizations to give them a full digital health history. Neither doctors nor the patients in the 21 states where it will be used had been told about it. About 150 Google employees and 100 Ascension staff collaborated on Project Nightingale, transferring the personal data of more than 50 million Americans to Google.
  • Microsoft Plans To Be 'Carbon Negative' By 2030 And Will Remove ALL Carbon The Company Has Emitted Since It Was Founded In 1975

    01/17/2020 9:42:05 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 66 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 01/16/20 | James Pero
    Microsoft says it will extract more CO2 from the environment than it emits It will invest $1 billion into carbon capture technology in the next four years The company aims to become 'carbon negative' by 2030 It also aims to use entirely renewable energy by 2025  Microsoft says it's going to take its commitment to being carbon neutral one step further.In an announcement on Thursday, the tech giant says it will strive to be 'carbon negative,' meaning it will attempt to remove more CO2 from the atmosphere than it emits using a mixture of renewable energy and carbon-cleansing technology that pulls emitted fumes...
  • Critical Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Operating Systems (Alert AA20-O14a)

    01/14/2020 12:01:09 PM PST · by MeganC · 85 replies
    Summary New vulnerabilities are continually emerging, but the best defense against attackers exploiting patched vulnerabilities is simple: keep software up to date. Timely patching is one of the most efficient and cost-effective steps an organization can take to minimize its exposure to cybersecurity threats. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft released software fixes to address 49 vulnerabilities as part of their monthly Patch Tuesday announcement. Among the vulnerabilities patched were critical weaknesses in Windows CryptoAPI and Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) server and client. An attacker could remotely exploit these vulnerabilities to decrypt, modify, or inject data on user connections: CryptoAPI...
  • Am I Screwed If I Don't Upgrade Windows 7 by January 15? (*Spoiler*: Well, it depends...)

    01/13/2020 9:11:43 AM PST · by dayglored · 79 replies
    LifeHacker ^ | Jan 10, 2020 | David Murphy
    Deadlines are scary. I know. And Microsoft has thrown Windows 7 users a big one: Update to a more modern operating system by January 15, 2020, or youll never receive security updates ever again. Eventually, Microsoft will even start disabling key Windows 7 serviceslike Internet Backgammon and Internet Checkersthroughout the year. Im being a little lighthearted about this, but Microsofts abandonment of Windows 7 is a cause of concern for many. Lifehacker reader Douglas recently wrote in with this question: I was reading your writeup regarding Windows 7 and I really cannot afford to upgrade at this exact moment. Is...
  • Jeb Bush joins Bill Gates to back Waltham weapons detection startup

    01/09/2020 12:15:07 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 24 replies
    bizjournals ^ | 01/08/2020 | Lucia Maffei
    Evolv Technology, a 7-year-old maker of sensors and software aimed at detecting weapons or other threats concealed on people, is adding another high-profile investor as its CEO switches to a more technical role within the company. The Waltham-based company announced on Wednesday $30 million in a new funding round led by former Florida Governor Jeb Bushs firm, Finback Investment Partners. Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Co-Founder Bill Gates, is a returning investor in the Series C round. Jeb and his group fully understood the opportunity here, said Peter George, the companys newly-promoted CEO. As the former governor in Florida, where there have...
  • Switch from Windows-7 to Windows-10 the easy way..

    01/07/2020 8:24:06 AM PST · by entropy12 · 105 replies
    1/7/2020 | Self
    I am familiar with Windows 7 and do not like Windows 10 shell, but I just switched to 10, and made it look just like 7. So now I can get Microsoft update support for many years, while the support for Windows 7 stops on January 14, 2020 making it more vulnerable to hacking after that date. The process was smooth and I like the results so far.
  • Last Chance For FREE Windows 7 Upgrade To Windows 10 In 2020 (Windows-7 Update Ends 1-14-2020)

    01/06/2020 10:08:21 AM PST · by blam · 92 replies
    Here's how to successfully UPGRADE your Windows 7 system to Windows 10 for FREE! This video takes you though the process from start to finish including several obstacles to over come that you could face. This upgrade Works for ALL versions of Windows 7. And you may only have a couple of weeks to get the FREE upgrade to Windows10, as Microsoft will cease making updates available as of 14th January 2020 as part of it's Windows 7 end of life programme which could also mean Microsoft shuts down it's Windows 7 upgrade servers. So if you have been putting...
  • These 2 stocks dominated S&P 500 returns in 2019 and the decade

    01/02/2020 10:49:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 01/02/2020 | Andrea Riquier
    The two stocks that contributed the most to 2019s total stock-market returns also hold that position for the entire decade.While its fun to look at how the overall composition of the top 10 contributors has changed with a noticeable shift from the energy sector to finance, for example its perhaps more interesting to note the enduring heft of Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. for investors, as the chart shows. The two companies didnt just dominate. They actually intensified their hold over the past decade, moving from a share of 8.45% of the total S&P 500 SPX, +0.30% return...
  • Microsoft Finds Password Security Problem Affecting 44 Million Users

    12/06/2019 6:47:14 AM PST · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 6, 2019 | Davey Winder
    After analyzing a database containing 3 billion leaked credentials from security breaches, the Microsoft threat research team determined more than 44 million user accounts had a serious security problem. Here's what you need to know. The Microsoft threat research team password analysis The Microsoft threat research team analyzed billions of login credentials that had been leaked following security breaches. These came from multiple sources, including law enforcement and publicly accessible databases, according to Microsoft. Considering that data breaches are known to have exposed 4.1 billion records in the first six months of 2019 alone, there's obviously plenty of this kind...
  • That's Microsoft price: Now you can enjoy a BSOD from the comfort of your driving seat

    11/29/2019 9:19:25 AM PST · by dayglored · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 29, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Windows struck down at Asda Click & Collect 'Drive Thru' For the latest in The Register's sporadic series of Windows falling over in strange places, we present UK retailer Asda and its borked Click and Collect "Drive Thru" terminal.Snapped by friend of El Reg and bearded rust-botherer Andy Hinks during a misguided attempted to collect six months' worth of groceries, the glorious Blue Screen of Death was beaming its cold light over visitors to the Walmart tentacle's Hollingbury branch in the damp city of Brighton.Because Blade Runner day has now been and gone, and we still can't bark "Enhance" at...
  • Microsoft Warns of Uncommon Windows 10 Thunderbolt Issue (affects Win10 1709-1909)

    11/27/2019 7:29:18 PM PST · by dayglored · 6 replies
    Bleeping Computer ^ | Nov 27, 2019 | Lawrence Abrams
    Microsoft has released a support bulletin that warns users of a new issue in Windows 10 that could cause Thunderbolt devices to stop working under certain situations.According to the bulletin, this issue is occurring to users running Windows 10, version 1909, 1903, 1809, 1803, or 1709, have Fast Startup enabled, and have multiple devices plugged into a Thunderbolt dock.If these users perform the following steps, it could cause the Thunderbolt devices to no longer work even though they are still listed as operational in Device Manager. You connect the Thunderbolt Dock to the computer. Devices on the Thunderbolt Dock are...
  • Microsoft's Windows 10 November Update is borking File Explorer (Win10 Update does it again)

    11/26/2019 7:31:39 PM PST · by dayglored · 27 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Nov 26, 2019 | Chris Merriman
    Absolutely, definitely a complete surprise DYKE-PLUGGING SOFTWARE BORKER Microsoft has done it again.The company released the November 2019 Update to Windows 10 earlier this month and lo and behold, there's a problem.Windows updates have become a running joke since before the legendary Build 1809 debacle which saw the company actively roll back the update. This time, the problem is reasonably fundamental - File Explorer searches are broken in the 1909 build.The more eagle-eyed amongst you will know that one of the few features in this latest update is…. better searching in File Explorer. The idea was that it would gain many of the...
  • That 'new Windows 10 update' could be packed with ransomware (and probably IS)

    11/26/2019 7:35:51 PM PST · by dayglored · 24 replies
    TechRadar Pro ^ | Nov 22, 2019 | nthony Spadafora
    Users warned not to open email claiming to be from Microsoft concerning a Windows 10 update. Users have been warned not to download a fake Windows 10 update which is actually packed with malware.Security researchers from Trustwave's SpiderLabs have uncovered a new malicious campaign that spoofs an urgent update email from Microsoft to infect user's systems with the Cyborg ransomware.Targeted users first receive an email with either the subject line 'Install Latest Microsoft Windows Update now!' or 'Critical Microsoft Windows Update!' which is already suspicious as Microsoft pushes Windows updates through its operating system and never through emails. Donald Trump...
  • Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee unveils plan to save the internet

    11/25/2019 7:55:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.25.2019 | wmr/cmk (AFP, AP)
    Tim Berners-Lee, a British engineer credited with having invented the World Wide Web in 1989, has released an ambitious plan detailing steps for better online governance, addressing problems like misinformation, data surveillance and censorship. The Contract for the Web was created by Berners-Lees World Wide Web Foundation in cooperation with representatives from governments, companies and civil society to keep knowledge freely available, while strengthening laws, regulations and companies to ensure pursuit of profit is not at the expense of human rights and democracy. The plan is backed by more than 150 organizations, including internet giants like Google, Microsoft and Facebook,...
  • Windows 7 support will end on January 14, 2020 (A Friendly Reminder to FR's Win7 Die-Hards)

    11/24/2019 9:12:44 AM PST · by dayglored · 161 replies
    Microsoft Windows Support Site ^ | Recently in 2019 | Microsoft Windows Support
    Windows 7 support lifecycle Microsoft made a commitment to provide 10 years of product support for Windows 7 when it was released on October 22, 2009. When this 10-year period ends, Microsoft will discontinue Windows 7 support so that we can focus our investment on supporting newer technologies and great new experiences. The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020. After that, technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 10 sometime before...
  • Windows 10 features were no longer developing (Microsoft drops a bunch of Windows 10 functionality)

    11/24/2019 9:00:31 AM PST · by dayglored · 46 replies
    Microsoft Document Site ^ | Nov 15, 2019 | Microsoft Windows Team
    Each version of Windows 10 adds new features and functionality; occasionally we also remove features and functionality, often because we've added a better option. Below are the details about the features and functionalities that are no longer being developed in Windows 10. For information about features that have been removed, see Features we removed. The features described below are no longer being actively developed, and might be removed in a future update. Some features have been replaced with other features or functionality and some are now available from other sources. The following list is subject to change and might not...
  • IBM, Microsoft and Linux Foundation link arms to fight patent trolls with 'multimillion' scheme

    11/20/2019 5:30:57 AM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 20, 2019 | Tim Anderson
    Linux was a 'cancer' but Microsoft is now defending it IBM, Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have partnered with the Open Invention Network (OIN), a company formed to protect Linux from patent threats, to take on "Patent Assertion Entities", also known as patent trolls.Specifically, the group will help fund the Open Source Zone of Unified Patents, an organisation which provides legal services to deter "unsubstantiated or invalid patent assertions".The move had already been flagged at the Open Source Summit in Lyon last month, but the identity of the participating companies was not then known. OIN CEO Keith Bergelt spoke to...
  • AMD Introduces Worlds Fastest High-End Desktop Processors With 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Family

    11/08/2019 8:53:51 AM PST · by fireman15 · 55 replies
    AMD Press Release ^ | November 7, 2019 | Sophia Hong
    Today, AMD announced the upcoming availability of powerful new additions to its high-end desktop processor family that deliver groundbreaking performance for creators, developers, and enthusiasts. Built to deliver leadership performance1,3 for the most demanding desktop and content creation workloads, the 24-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and the 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X processors will be available worldwide November 25, 2019.