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  • CERN Ditches Microsoft to ‘Take Back Control’ with Open Source Software

    06/12/2019 7:50:19 PM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    Omg!Ubuntu! ^ | Jun 12, 2019 | Joey Sneddon
    They cite the increasing costs of commercial software as reason CERN is best known for pushing the boundaries of science and understanding, but the famed research outfit’s next major experiment will be with open-source software. The cost of various commercial software licenses has increased 10x The European Organisation for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN, and also known as home of the Large Hadron Collider, has announced plans to migrate away from Microsoft products and on to open-source solutions where possible.Why? Increases in Microsoft license fees. Microsoft recently revoked the organisations status as an academic institution, instead pricing access to...
  • Microsoft doles out PowerShell 7 preview. It works. People like it. (tr. Even ElReg likes it.)

    06/02/2019 7:02:28 AM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | May 31, 2019 | Thomas Claburn
    Popular admin tool shifts to .Net Core 3.0 amid talk of future features Microsoft on Thursday released a preview version of PowerShell 7, its command-line shell and scripting language for administrators. The software was once was limited to Windows but opened up to Linux (including arm64) and macOS three years ago.Steve Lee, principal software engineering manager, announced the software's availability in conjunction with a roadmap of future features. He said the next preview release will follow in accordance with the established monthly release cadence; preview 2 is expected mid-July.The full list of changes has been posted on GitHub, a recently...
  • Windows: Prevent a worm by updating Remote Desktop Services (Critical! Patch Now!)

    05/20/2019 5:30:49 PM PDT · by dayglored · 54 replies
    Microsoft Technet ^ | May 14, 2019 | Microsoft Security Response Center Team
    [dayglored's note: This is direct from the horse's mouth, Microsoft Technet. It's a bad one, like the WannaCry malware from a couple years ago.] Today [May 14] Microsoft released fixes for a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability, CVE-2019-0708, in Remote Desktop Services – formerly known as Terminal Services – that affects some older versions of Windows. The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) itself is not vulnerable. This vulnerability is pre-authentication and requires no user interaction. In other words, the vulnerability is ‘wormable’, meaning that any future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a...
  • Microsoft Solitaire inducted into World Video Game Hall of Fame (and it's about time!)

    05/08/2019 6:07:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 6, 2019 | James Vincent
    A decades-old classic that joins the likes of Doom, Tetris, Pokémon, and The Legend of Zelda When selecting new entires for the World Video Game Hall of Fame, judges consider a number of criteria. Is the game widely known and remembered? Has its popularity endured over the years? And did it influence not only other video games, but society in general? Microsoft Solitaire, bundled with the Windows operating system since 1990, might seem like a modest example of video gaming culture, but it easily meets the above benchmarks. And so, as of this month, it’s now an official member of...
  • 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's ElectionGuard aims to boost the security and verifiability of elections

    05/07/2019 1:49:59 PM PDT · by dayglored · 23 replies
    TechSpot ^ | May 6, 2019 | Shawn Knight
    In brief: Microsoft said ElectionGuard isn’t mean to replace paper ballots but rather, supplement and improve systems that rely on them. It also isn’t designed to support Internet voting, so there’s some reassurance there for those that aren’t yet convinced of such technologies. Microsoft is expanding its Defending Democracy Program with a new product called ElectionGuard. Announced at Build 2019 today, ElectionGuard is a free, open source SDK that Microsoft is developing in partnership with Portland-based Galois that is designed to boost the security and public verifiability of elections. ElectionGuard isn’t a standalone voting system but rather, an “add-on” of...
  • Windows Gets a New Terminal (Linux Subsystem, PowerShell, CmdPrompt users will rejoice)

    05/06/2019 6:03:43 PM PDT · by dayglored · 23 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | May 6, 2019 | Frederic Lardinois
    Windows 10 is getting a new terminal for command-line users, Microsoft announced at its Build developer conference today.The new so-called “Windows Terminal” will launch in mid-June and promises to be a major update of the existing Windows Command Prompt and PowerShell experience. Indeed, it seems like the Terminal will essentially become the default environment for PowerShell, Command Prompt and Windows Subsystem for Linux users going forward.The new terminal will feature faster GPU-accelerated text rending and “emoji-rich” fonts, because everything these days needs to support emojis, and those will sure help lighten up the command-line user experience. More importantly, though, the...
  • Microsoft is building Internet Explorer into its new Chromium Edge, adding new features

    05/06/2019 5:53:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 6, 2019 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is unveiling a number of new features for its upcoming Edge Chromium browser today. The first big addition is a new “IE Mode” for Edge that will allow businesses to load old sites directly in the new Edge Chromium browser, using the Internet Explorer rendering engine. Microsoft is building IE directly into Edge for this purpose, so businesses aren’t forced to directly use IE for ancient internal sites. “What we’re going to do is make this totally seamless,” explains Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, in an interview with The Verge. Currently, the existing version of Edge will open Internet Explorer 11...
  • Microsoft is going to ship a full Linux kernel in Windows 10 (and No, you're not hallucinating)

    05/06/2019 5:47:11 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Verge ^ | May 6, 2019 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft has surprised many in the Linux developer community in recent years. Surprises have included bringing things like adding the Bash shell to Windows, or native OpenSSH in Windows 10, and even including Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora all in the Windows Store. Microsoft is now going even further, with plans to ship a full Linux kernel directly in Windows 10.“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...
  • Firefox disables broweser extensions.

    05/04/2019 7:58:53 AM PDT · by Ouderkirk · 115 replies
    my browser | 5/4/2019 | Self
    I am not much of a vanity poster. This morning I have noticed that Firefox had disabled my browser extensions for Ghostery and Adblock plus. I tried to install several other adblock anti-trackers and none of them will install. I have tried to re-install them yet I am denied. I hate to wave goodbye to Firefox as I have been onboard since the Netscape days. But, I cannot get these extensions to install no matter what I do and I will dump them if they want to force the issue
  • How to Spot a Fake Address Bar in Chrome on Android

    04/30/2019 5:36:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | Brendan Hesse
    Usually, you can take a peek at the padlock icon to the left of the address bar to figure out whether a website is authentic or not. Don’t put blind trust in that little graphic, however, as phishers have devised a way for mobile web pages to display fake URL bars in Chrome that include the padlock icon and a replacement URL. This “inception bar,” as its known, replaces the real address bar in your browsing window. If you aren’t paying much attention, you might assume that your browser is working as intended. You can force the Chrome app to...
  • Microsoft's Edge on Apple's macOS? It's more likely than you think for new browser

    04/30/2019 8:18:50 PM PDT · by dayglored · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 25, 2019 | Andrew Orlowski
    Chromium base should ease porting pains substantially Microsoft may be closer to its first Mac browser in 14 years."We also expect this work to enable us to bring Microsoft Edge to other platforms like macOS," Joe Belfiore said last December, when he announced the move to a Chromium-based engine for the Edge browser. "Improving the web-platform experience for both end users and developers requires that the web platform and the browser be consistently available to as many devices as possible."Dialogue boxes touting support for macOS ("10.12 and above") have been spotted. The company has also invited interest in ports of...
  • The diff between Oct and May? About 16GB, says MS: Windows 10 1903 will need 32GB of space(tr)

    04/28/2019 7:32:39 AM PDT · by dayglored · 64 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 26, 2019 | Richard Speed
    [Full Title: The difference between October and May? About 16GB, says Microsoft: Windows 10 1903 will need 32GB of space] Storage requirements embiggened in Redmond's upcoming OS emission Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10's voracious appetite for storage remains undiminished in the upcoming May 2019 Update (1903).Noted by Pureinfotech, Microsoft has quietly updated the minimum storage requirements for the OS from 16GB for 32-bit versions and 20GB for 64-bit to 32GB. Notably, the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise storage requirements remain at 16GB and 20GB for 32 and 64-bit versions respectively.Minimum RAM requirements remain 1GB for 32-bit Windows 10 and 2GB...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft staff are openly questioning the value of diversity

    04/22/2019 1:53:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 83 replies
    Quartz | April 19, 2019 | Dave Gershgorn
    Excerpt not allowed from Quartz, story here.
  • 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]
  • 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...
  • MySpace reportedly loses 50 million songs uploaded over 12 years (Those MP3s of your band? Oops!)

    03/18/2019 12:54:48 PM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    CNet ^ | Mar 18, 2019 | Sean Keane
    No more partying like it's 2003-2015 on the social network that was once the biggest site in the US. MySpace may have lost your digital memories in a server migration. "As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace," it said in a note at the top of the site. "We apologize for the inconvenience. If you would like more information, please contact our Data Protection Officer at" Andy Baio, one of the people behind Kickstarter, tweeted that...