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  • K-12: What Happened to Bill Gates and Common Core?

    05/08/2019 7:00:57 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 8, 2019 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Bill Gates is among the richest, most successful people on the planet. He enjoyed a lot of victories until he ventured into a dangerous part of town called Education. He squandered a few billion dollars by becoming entangled with a shady character named Common Core. Since 2010, Gates endured a long, slow defeat, as more people turned against Common Core, and he himself realized that it was not what he had dreamed of. So how did Bill Gates lose his golden touch? Gates, computer man and businessman, trusted data neatly arrayed on monitors. Digital tools could give predictability, consistency, and...
  • Microsoft will ship a full Linux kernel in Windows 10

    05/07/2019 6:28:56 PM PDT · by jonatron · 82 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 6, 2019 | Tom Warren
    “Beginning with Windows Insiders builds this Summer, we will include an in-house custom-built Linux kernel to underpin the newest version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL),” explains Microsoft program manager Jack Hammons. “The kernel itself will initially be based on version 4.19, the latest long-term stable release of Linux. The kernel will be rebased at the designation of new long-term stable releases to ensure that the WSL kernel always has the latest Linux goodness.” Microsoft’s integration of Linux in Windows 10 will interface with a userspace installed via the Windows Store. It’s a big shift for Microsoft, and marks...
  • Microsoft: Windows 10 devices open to 'full compromise' from Huawei PC driver

    04/23/2019 2:55:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 04/23/2019 | Liam Tung
    As part of its effort to protect Windows 10 from the next WannaCry, security researchers at Microsoft discovered a buggy Huawei utility that could have given attackers a cheap way to undermine the security of the Windows kernel. Microsoft has now detailed how it found a severe local privilege escalation flaw in the Huawei PCManager driver software for its MateBook line of Windows 10 laptops. Thanks to Microsoft's work, the Chinese tech giant patched the flaw in January. As Microsoft researchers explain, third-party kernel drivers are becoming more attractive to attackers as a side-door to attacking the kernel without having...
  • RIP: Microsoft finally pulls plug on last XP survivor... POSReady 2009 (Point-Of-Sale, not...)

    04/11/2019 3:44:04 PM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 10, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Welcome to Day One of the post NT 5.1 era Windows XP has finally reached the end of the road, as the last supported variant - POSReady 2009 - is supported no more.Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 which, as its name suggests, is designed to run apps that shriek "Unexpected item in the bagging area" at shoppers as disinterested staff look on, finally reached the end of support yesterday, marking an impressive run for the veteran operating system.As recently as last month, readers were sending us images of XP getting poorly in places such as UK aspirin-flinger Boots while one of...
  • Microsoft Abandons Windows 10’s Constant Forced Updates ("This is a big deal"-J.Biden)

    04/04/2019 2:22:53 PM PDT · by dayglored · 68 replies
    How-To-Geek ^ | Apr 4, 2019 | Chris Hoffman
    Microsoft has a major announcement today: Windows 10 will no longer automatically install those big feature updates every six months. Home users can pause smaller updates, too. In fact, Windows will even let you pause updates after checking for them! This is huge. It’s Microsoft’s biggest change in Windows strategy since the company released Windows 10. Microsoft is giving up on “Windows as a service” that is automatically updated outside of your control. [Here's the announcement from Microsoft] https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2019/04/04/improving-the-windows-10-update-experience-with-control-quality-and-transparency/
  • USB 4: Oh LAWD it Comin'

    03/19/2019 11:18:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | March 6, 2019 | ThioJoe
    USB 4.0 (to be called "USB4") has officially been announced, with the final specification being released later this year. It will include notable changes such as 40 Gbps speed, and two-lane data transfer. For example, this means it will be able to transfer regular data, and send video data for a monitor simultaneously. It also implements features of Thunderbolt 3, which Intel has provided royalty free! | USB 4: Oh LAWD it Comin' | ThioJoe | Published on Mar 6, 2019
  • Microsoft reckons the accursed Windows 10 October 2018 Update is finally fit for business

    04/01/2019 7:58:02 AM PDT · by dayglored · 46 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 29, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Only took five months, and look, 19H1's almost here Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 1809, aka the Update of the Damned, is now ready for "broad deployment."The announcement – which comes mere weeks before the next version of Windows 10, 19H1, is expected to put in an appearance – means that the Operating System update is ready to be unleashed on businesses.Handy, because so far only the most ardent of Windows fans could describe the adoption figures of the disastrous update as anything better than flaccid. 1809, which Microsoft named the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, memorably debuted during...
  • Windows Defender ATP is dead. Long live Microsoft Defender ATP (now for MacOS too!)

    03/23/2019 6:57:33 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 21, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Redmond's anti-malware now coming to a Mac near you Microsoft nudged the Windows brand further out of the limelight today by thwacking its anti-malware package with the rebranding stick. Behold, Microsoft Defender ATP.The change is necessary, as Microsoft is unleashing its endpoint protection platform onto the hitherto virgin territory of macOS.Windows Defender first put in an appearance in Windows XP as an anti-malware component, evolving over the years until being renamed Windows Defender Antivirus as the software dug itself deeper into the Windows 10 operating system.The Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) incarnation extended the functionality for Microsoft 365 customers, adding in...
  • Peace be still[charismatic caucus]

    03/13/2019 7:40:34 AM PDT · by Jedediah
    Be at peace for I have calmed the seas for you and I AM The waters you walk upon now of holiness for I have made you righteous as I AM for I have overcome the world and their lies hold no water before your Creator and GOD ! Mark 4:39 And He got up and [sternly] rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still (muzzled)!” And the wind died down [as if it had grown weary] and there was [at once] a great calm [a perfect peacefulness].
  • On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates

    03/13/2019 8:06:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 12, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Install. Uninstall. Boot. Repeat Microsoft has quietly updated a support document to let us know that Windows 10 will have a crack at uninstalling borked updates – just in time for patch Tuesday.Windows 10 endures enjoys a near constant stream of updates and patches to, as Microsoft put it, "keep your device secure and running at peak efficiency". This is all well and good, but as a significant section of customers would agree, things sometimes go wrong and a hasty uninstall is required.Microsoft has therefore tweaked Windows 10 to spot a recovery from a failed startup (after all, a reboot...
  • They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7

    03/13/2019 8:00:46 PM PDT · by dayglored · 73 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 13, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Hail of notifications incoming... just be thankful 8 passed you by Updated Windows 7 holdouts have been warned to expect a notification suggesting that perhaps an upgrade might be in order.Matt Barlow, corporate veep for Windows, has promised Windows 7 users are to receive a "courtesy reminder" that support is running out for the venerable OS as 14 January 2020 looms large.Barlow also noted that Office 2010 ends its support run shortly thereafter, but for now the focus is on Windows 7.The helpful notifications will doubtless send a shiver of déjà vu down the spines of users who found themselves...
  • Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Upgrade Warning

    03/11/2019 5:42:13 AM PDT · by upchuck · 62 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 9, 2019 | Gordon Kelly
    We all know all about Windows 10’s most controversial feature, and Microsoft has now confirmed it has struck again… Picked up by the ever-excellent AskWoody, the latest update for Windows 10 (patch KB4482887) has crippled gaming performance on the platform across both Nvidia and AMD GPUs. Microsoft has now confirmed the problem and issued an official warning about the update. “After installing KB4482887, users may notice graphics and mouse performance degradation with desktop gaming when playing certain games (eg: Destiny 2),” explained Microsoft, with the company saying it is working on a fix. Needless to say, users are furious. Woody...
  • Windows 7 Zero-Day Unpatched Vulnerability Is Being Exploited in the Wild (my title)

    03/08/2019 8:34:11 PM PST · by dayglored · 19 replies
    Google Security Blog ^ | Mar 7, 2019 | Clement Lecigne
    Article title: "Disclosing vulnerabilities to protect users across platforms" ... The second vulnerability was in Microsoft Windows. It is a local privilege escalation in the Windows win32k.sys kernel driver that can be used as a security sandbox escape... We strongly believe this vulnerability may only be exploitable on Windows 7 due to recent exploit mitigations added in newer versions of Windows. To date, we have only observed active exploitation against Windows 7 32-bit systems. Pursuant to Google’s vulnerability disclosure policy, when we discovered the vulnerability we reported it to Microsoft. Today, also in compliance with our policy, we are publicly...
  • New browser attack lets hackers run bad code even after users leave a web page

    02/25/2019 1:35:50 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 87 replies
    ZDNet ^ | February 25, 2019 | By Catalin Campanu
    Academics from Greece have devised a new browser-based attack that can allow hackers to run malicious code inside users' browsers even after users have closed or navigated away from the web page on which they got infected This new attack, called MarioNet, opens the door for assembling giant botnets from users' browsers. These botnets can be used for in-browser crypto-mining (cryptojacking), DDoS attacks, malicious files hosting/sharing, distributed password cracking, creating proxy networks, advertising click-fraud, and traffic stats boosting, researchers said. . .
  • Your phone and TV are tracking you, and political campaigns are listening in

    02/21/2019 7:50:01 PM PST · by Perseverando · 52 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 20, 2019 | Evan Halper
    It was a crowded primary field and Tony Evers, running for governor, was eager to win the support of officials gathered at a Wisconsin state Democratic Party meeting, so the candidate did all the usual things: He read the room, he shook hands, he networked. Then he put an electronic fence around everyone there. The digital fence enabled Evers’ team to push ads onto the iPhones and Androids of all those attending the meeting. Not only that, but because the technology pulled the unique identification numbers off the phones, a data broker could also use the digital signatures to follow...
  • Linux love hits Windows 10 19H1 amid a second round of zombie slaying (Win10 Update 1903)

    02/21/2019 4:39:27 PM PST · by dayglored · 4 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 21, 2019 | Richard Speed
    For the BOFHs**: Admin Center preview loaded with Software Defined Networking goodness In a busy week for Windows Insiders, Fast-Ring fans got a fresh build of Windows last night, hot on the heels of a new preview of the Windows Admin Center.You say 19H1, I say 20H1, let's call the whole thing off Having sent Skip-Ahead testers into the future with a 20H1 build of Windows 10, Microsoft has now shared the Linux love with those remaining on the Fast Ring and testing 19H1.The accessing of files lurking in distros running Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) without fear of corruption...
  • Carbonite Acquires Webroot

    02/11/2019 12:52:23 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 11 replies
    Techradar.com ^ | 2/8/19 | Anthony Spadafora
    Combined companies will offer endpoint security with built-in cloud backup. The data backup and storage company Carbonite has announced that it has acquired endpoint security provider Webroot for $618m. The deal will allow Carbonite to combine the strengths of both companies to provide customers with automated cloud security software that has emergency backup already built in.
  • Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot

    02/05/2019 7:57:57 AM PST · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 4, 2019 | Richard Speed
    Others still can't even get that far Updated It has been a trying time for Microsoft punters after a Windows Defender update left some PCs unable to boot last week, while other folk continue to struggle to even get to the update service.How do you make a PC super secure? Don't let it boot A tweak to Windows Defender slowly creeping its way over PCs has an issue that can stop Windows 10 booting (and a few iterations of Windows Server – Microsoft points to Server 2016, but some users have reported problems with Server 2019).Some admins have been in...
  • Many Windows 10 Users Unable to Connect to Windows Update Service (Is the culprit Windows Defender?)

    01/31/2019 5:59:07 PM PST · by dayglored · 36 replies
    BleepingComputer ^ | Jan 31, 2019 | Lawrence Abrams
    For the past two days, Windows 10 users from around the world have been reporting that they are unable to connect to Windows Update. When they attempt to do so, Windows 10 will complain that they are unable to connect to the update service....When they tried updating, Windows would report that it could not connect to the update service.(Image)The wording of the error, shown below, indicates that this is an Internet connectivity issue, but others are not so sure."We couldn't connect to the update service. We'll try again later, or you can check now. If it still doesn't work, make...
  • How to Install and Use Windows Applications on Linux using PlayOnLinux

    01/31/2019 8:23:07 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 12 replies
    Vitux ^ | 30 January 2019 | VITUX
    When Linux was originally made public, it lacked many useful applications that the major competitor -Microsoft Windows was successfully supporting. Linux thus created a compatibility layer which was used to run the Windows application on Linux itself called Wine. PlayOnLinux is a front-end UI for the Wine application. It lets you install many popular Windows applications that you otherwise missed to use on Linux. You can run Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, iTunes and many other applications on your Linux system through PlayOnLinux.In this article, we will explain how to install PlayOnLinux on your Ubuntu both through the command...