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  • Microsoft Destroyed My Computer (or so it seems)

    10/09/2019 5:35:00 PM PDT · by ml/nj · 82 replies
    October 8, 2019 | ML/NJ
    So when I went to turn off my Windows7 machine last night, I got the warning not to turn it off because it was doing updates, so I left it going and went to sleep. In the morning, it took forever to start, but it did start. I looked at Dilbert and turned it off normally. Now I've come home and the startup didn't complete after ten minutes or so, so I turned it off and then turned it on again. The system suggested "Startup Repair" so I took that option and after a while, it asked if I wanted...
  • An Inside Look at Microsoft’s Newest Flight Simulator

    10/06/2019 12:56:19 PM PDT · by dayglored · 45 replies
    EAA AirVenture ^ | Sep 30, 2019 | Hal Bryan
    There’s no way I can write about the return of Flight Simulator without sharing just a little bit of my own story for context,... ... Like many of its predecessors, the new simulator models the entire planet, including something like 40,000 airports worldwide. I used to brag in presentations about FSX that we started with 2 terabytes of scenery data, and then compressed that to fit onto a couple of DVDs in a box. The world in the new version consists of 2 petabytes of data — yes, that’s one thousand times bigger. The scenery is built on Bing satellite...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook slams Trump’s immigration policy in Supreme Court filing

    10/02/2019 1:58:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    CNBC ^ | October 2, 2019 | Kif Leswing
    Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a filing to the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the company disagrees with President Trump’s decision to terminate DACA, the Obama-era program that shields some immigrants without documentation from being deported. ″We are distressed at the prospect of ripping our DACA colleagues from the fabric of our company,” Cook and HR head Deidre O’Brien wrote in a friend-of-the-court brief. Apple said it employs 443 dreamers, or people that DACA protects from deportation. The Trump administration’s effort to undo DACA is part of a broader effort to restrict immigration, whether it’s through family separation at...
  • Microsoft Just Lost A Big Fight With America’s Top Huawei Prosecutor

    09/28/2019 6:17:06 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 26, 2019, 11:33am | Thomas Brewster
    Newly unsealed court documents have revealed a secret legal battle between Microsoft and one of America’s leading prosecutors focused on chasing Chinese technology companies breaking U.S. law. U.S. attorney Alexander Solomon—who also happens to be the lead prosecutor on two criminal cases involving Huawei—just scored a big victory in that tussle, forcing Microsoft to keep quiet about a demand to hand over customer emails. That request was originally filed in August 2018 and was followed by a gag order. Both were kept secret until Wednesday, when it emerged Microsoft was told to hand over emails, text messages and voicemails belonging...
  • Microsoft chief Brad Smith says rise of killer robots is 'unstoppable'

    09/21/2019 7:43:11 AM PDT · by Mariner · 72 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 21st, 2019 | Robin Pagnamenta
    The rise of killer robots is now unstoppable and a new digital Geneva Convention is essential to protect the world from the growing threat they pose, according to the President of the world’s biggest technology company. In an interview with The Telegraph, Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, said the use of 'lethal autonomous weapon systems' poses a host of new ethical questions which need to be considered by governments as a matter of urgency. He said the rapidly advancing technology, in which flying, swimming or walking drones can be equipped with lethal weapons systems – missiles, bombs or guns –...
  • Microsoft: Free Windows 7 security updates for 2020 election

    09/20/2019 11:22:47 AM PDT · by bgill · 46 replies
    Spectrum ^ | Sept. 20, 2019 | AP
    Microsoft says it'll offer free security updates through the 2020 election in the United States — and in other interested democratic countries with national elections next year — for federally certified voting systems running on soon-to-be-outdated Windows 7 software.
  • Trump Gets Shocking New Huawei Warning—From Microsoft

    09/18/2019 1:34:01 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 33 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 8, 2019, 03:30am | Zak Doffman
    More Huawei defiance was aimed at U.S. President Trump on Sunday, but this time it was coming from much closer to home. Brad Smith, the President and Chief Legal Officer of America’s own Microsoft has criticized his government’s treatment of the Chinese tech giant—suggesting that the company’s U.S. supply chain restrictions should be revisited. In an interview, Smith suggests that the action taken against Huawei should be revisited, ensuring that anything done has a “sound basis in fact, logic, and the rule of law.” He has seen this first-hand, when Microsoft has itself engaged with the U.S. bodies enforcing the...
  • Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search

    09/11/2019 7:39:56 PM PDT · by dayglored · 146 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 11, 2019 | Thomas Claburn
    One step forward, er, one step back. Nobody gets too far like that Microsoft's build 18362.356 (KB4515384​​​​​) for its Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) rolled out on Tuesday with security improvements for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, networking tech and input devices – and a CPU usage fix that, for some, has broken desktop search.The security tweaks address a variety of speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities known as microarchitecture data sampling (MDS) for 32-bit x86 versions of Windows. Intel dealt with the CVEs at issue – CVE-2019-11091, CVE-2018-12126, CVE-2018-12127, CVE-2018-12130 – in May.The update, released concurrently with Build 17763.737 for...
  • Windows 10 And All Browsers Are Repeatedly Crashing

    09/09/2019 4:02:58 AM PDT · by Windflier · 167 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 9 September 2019 | Windy
    Help! I have a three week old HP laptop that was working beautifully until the Microsoft update on 27 August 2019. Since then my browser tabs have been crashing repeatedly throughout every session, and periodically, the computer crashes too. I'm a simple user with just enough savvy to post here and build simple websites. I don't have the skills to sort this out, and need some help, please. I've already tried doing a system restore to an earlier date, but the computer keeps crashing before it completes. I've run CCleaner and Malwarebytes too many times to count. I've sent countless...
  • Clinton Foundation, Bill Gates And Jeffrey Epstein

    09/08/2019 10:26:39 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | September 8, 2019 | Daniel Greenfield
    An interesting new angle has emerged in the Jeffrey Epstein case. In August, the New York Times offered the following tidbit from Epstein. Mr. Epstein then meandered into a discussion of other prominent names in technology circles. He said people in Silicon Valley had a reputation for being geeky workaholics, but that was far from the truth: They were hedonistic and regular users of recreational drugs. He said he’d witnessed prominent tech figures taking drugs and arranging for sex (Mr. Epstein stressed that he never drank or used drugs of any kind). Back then, the Times was looking into Epstein's...
  • Everyone's a winner as Microsoft turns on new Windows 10 19H2 toys for all Slow Ring testers

    09/06/2019 9:36:53 AM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 6, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Some Insiders are more equal than others (sorry, Release Preview) Microsoft has attempted to clear the murky waters of its Windows Insider programme by stowing its virtual coin toss for those on the Slow Ring.Build 18362.10019 of Windows 10 went out last night to those keen to get their mitts on 19H2, the version expected to drop at some point this month.Unlike previous releases, Microsoft has turned on the new features for all Insiders.The previous arrangement had some users running build 18362.10014 with the new toys turned off while all the good little Insiders on build 18362.10015 had their stockings...
  • A Closer Look at the ‘Trojan Horse’ That is exFAT Inside Linux

    09/04/2019 4:10:46 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 23 replies
    TechRights ^ | 30 August 2019 | Dr. Roy Schestowitz
    Summary: Microsoft and its boosters (media insiders) spread the illusion that Microsoft is “opening up”; the reality, however, is that it’s looking to tighten control over Linux while at the same time profiting from exFAT patents owing to back room deals TECHRIGHTS has come to the saddening realisation that entryism inside Linux is in an advanced phase if not a “terminal” stage.The “4 Freedoms” of Richard Stallman (RMS) are probably not enough for Software Freedom. There are glaring loopholes or workarounds. We’re not talking about stuff like systemd here. We talk about changes/passage of ownership/control. If you allow moles, entryism...
  • Windows 10 KB4512941 (Build 18362.329) is causing high CPU usage (Cortana eats 40% of your CPU)

    09/03/2019 9:31:36 AM PDT · by dayglored · 58 replies
    Windows Latest ^ | Aug 31, 2019 | Mayank Parmar
    Microsoft has just shipped Windows 10 KB4512941 to anyone who hits the ‘Check for updates’ button in Windows Update and click on the new ‘Download and install now’ option, which has been made available for optional updates or feature updates. Windows 10 KB4512941 fixes the broken Windows Sandbox, black screen issue hitting Remote Desktop connections and several other bugs. However, some users have run into serious problems after installing the latest update that advances PCs to Build 18362.329. According to various reports on forums (1, 2) and Feedback Hub, a number of devices may startup with a high CPU usage...
  • Windows 10 1903 Has a Nasty Audio Stutter Bug Microsoft Hasn't Managed to Fix

    08/30/2019 4:19:33 PM PDT · by fireman15 · 39 replies ^ | August 25, 2019 | btarunr
    What's Wrong Drawing inspiration from the other world-famous Washingtonian product, the Boeing 737 MAX airplane, Microsoft introduced Windows 10 1903 with a boatload of insufficiently-documented under-the-hood changes. Some of these changes affect Deferred Procedure Call (DPC) tick-rate, causing spikes in DPC latency, affecting the audio pipeline. Focusrite beautifully summarized DPC affecting audio: DPC (Deferred Procedure Call) is the operation that Windows uses to assign a priority to processes/drivers that run simultaneously in the same system. If processes that are involved in streaming audio aren't assigned high enough priority then various issues can occur since the audio will not be streamed...
  • Microsoft's only gone and published the exFAT spec, now supports popping it in the Linux kernel

    08/29/2019 6:34:29 PM PDT · by dayglored · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 28, 2019 | Tim Anderson
    exFAT heading towards Open Invention Network's Linux System Definition Microsoft has published the technical specification for exFAT, a file system widely used for removable storage devices.exFAT is widely used for high capacity SD cards in cameras exFAT stands for Extended File Allocation Table and is widely used for things like memory cards. It is the most recent iteration of Microsoft's FAT series, a simple file system that is lightweight but lacks the resiliency and security of file systems like NTFS.The original FAT was used by DOS in the late 1970s. It was expanded to 8-bit, 16-bit, and then to FAT32,...
  • Use a wireless mouse? This $15 hack could compromise your laptop

    02/25/2016 6:36:42 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 31 replies
    CNET ^ | 23 February 2016 | Sean Hollister
    They broke in like it was nothing. They could have wiped my hard drive, stolen my files, or practically anything nefarious you can do with a computer. All because I had a wireless mouse dongle plugged into my laptop. And all they needed was a simple antenna that costs as little as $15 at Amazon. Thankfully, "they" were a pair of security researchers from a company called Bastille, and every company that builds wireless mice and keyboards has already been alerted to the issue. If you have a Logitech Unifying receiver, there's already a fix. (Here is a link to...
  • Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

    08/23/2019 6:42:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    Vice ^ | 08/21/19 | Joseph Cox
    Multiple contractors working for Microsoft explain how they listened to audio captured by Xbox consoles.Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the console’s voice command features, Motherboard has learned. The audio was supposed to be captured following a voice command like “Xbox” or “Hey Cortana,” but contractors said that recordings were sometimes triggered and recorded by mistake.The news is the latest in a string of revelations that show contractors working on behalf of Microsoft listen to audio captured by several of its products. Motherboard previously reported that human contractors were listening to...
  • European officials draft radical plan to take on Trump and U.S. tech companies

    08/22/2019 7:48:37 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 24 replies
    Politico by Yahoo ^ | August 23, 2019
    European Union officials have drawn up an aggressive 173-page plan to counter both President Donald Trump’s trade moves and American tech giants including Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook. According to a document obtained by POLITICO, European Commission officials are pushing their president-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, to set up a European Future Fund that would invest more than $100 billion in equity stakes in high-potential European companies. The goal: get Europe competing head-on with the American and Chinese tech giants it has lagged behind for decades. They’re also advocating for Europe to show more grit in Trump’s trade war,...
  • Amazon, Microsoft, May be Putting World at Risk of Killer AI, Says Report

    08/21/2019 10:48:43 PM PDT · by bitt · 37 replies
    security week ^ | 8/21/2019 | AFP
    Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, according to a report that surveyed major players from the sector about their stance on lethal autonomous weapons. Dutch NGO Pax ranked 50 companies by three criteria: whether they were developing technology that could be relevant to deadly AI, whether they were working on related military projects, and if they had committed to abstaining from contributing in the future. "Why are companies like Microsoft and Amazon not denying that they're currently developing these highly controversial weapons, which could decide to kill people...
  • Microsoft: Reckon our code is crap? Prove it and $30k could be yours (Edge Bug Bounty Program)

    08/21/2019 9:03:52 PM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 21, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Doors on the Edge Insider Bounty Program flung open Having finally pushed out the first Beta preview of its Chromium-based browser, Microsoft has launched a bounty programme aimed at getting researchers to kick the tyres on its latest and greatest.Up to $30k is available to researchers who find what Microsoft deems "critical and important" vulnerabilities in the Beta and Dev channels of Chromium Edge. The Canary channel is excluded because, well, it seems hardly fair to poke holes in daily builds that are, by definition, not fit for public consumption.Interestingly, up to $15k is available to anyone who discovers critical...