* Posts by Rory B Bellows

21 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Feb 2014

Musk 'texts' Nadella about Windows 11's demands for a Microsoft account

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Re: The option is named following way

Thanks for this tip, I will have to check that out!

Kinda/sorta related... Malwarebytes 2024 state of malware report lists Rufus as the number 2 most impersonated brand for malvertising in search results. Weebly and notepadd++ were also on the list.

Tesla owners in deep freeze discover the cold, hard truth about EVs

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If the planet was warmer, we wouldnt have this problem

Racist malware blocks The Pirate Bay by tampering with victims' Windows hosts file

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"where they had used just the N word, like, more than 1,000 times in the file to just fill space, and it was just gross and weird. And really offensive."

This is also done in rap music

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Re: Microsoft Account vs Local Account

you need to have a microsoft account to buy bridges

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Microsoft Account vs Local Account

The full description of the feature states that it enables "personalized recommendations from Microsoft and notifications about their Microsoft account."

So this won't affect people using a Local account then?

Eat my reports! Bart ransomware slips into PCs via .zip'd JavaScript

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To quote Homer

"Trusting every aspect of our lives to a giant computer was the smartest thing we ever did!"

- Homer Simpson

Good hacker uses vid vulns to spy on Quebec Liberal Party meetings

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"We are working with our supplier."

We are reading the manual

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Not Vista

"One Reg reader grabbed the below screenshot from a relative's PC on Windows Vista."

Vista is not eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade and doesn't get those pop ups. The screen shot looks more like Windows 7 to me.

End of extended support for Vista is April 11th 2017...

FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

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Re: Users he was interacting with

@ Bloodbeastterror

"So I guess that any call or text wasn't logged with its destination number in the guy's call logs held by his phone service provider and freely available to the police?"

these days a lot of people communicate with apps over wifi, the phone service provider would have no info from those...

Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

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We want our Villa back...

FBI Director defends iPhone 5C unlock tool that's obviously going to leak into wrong hands

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Black Helicopters

Hacking Team

Not the best at protecting things, but certainly aligned with rogue governments...

How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Helpful comment

I used the GWX control Panel tool from Ultimate Outsider several months ago on both win 7 and 8 machines, and i've never seen or heard from a windows 10 pop up since... It was brought to my attention by a fellow El Reg reader in the comment section of a previous article on this topic. Whoever it was, I owe you a beer...

Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

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They've done this before... With Skydrive

As an early adopter of the original "Skydrive" I was given 25GB of free storage. This was a few years ago at a time when 25GB was a huge amount for free cloud space. One day I logged in to find that all of my content had been deleted and my space was down to 2gb or 5gb or whatever the basic amount was. One or two folders were still there, but they were empty. I had everything backed up offline, but I have no trust in the cloud... Things can vanish.

Outsourcer didn't press ON switch, so Reg reader flew 15 hours to do the job

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can you spell IT ?

Responding to a call out for 'network problems' I once drove 2 hours into the treacherous snow covered mountains of western Canada only to find that the machine in question was in WORKGRUOP. 2 hours there, 2 hours back, plus one hour of on-site (even though it took about 2 minutes to solve). Our troubleshooter did ask over the phone, but unfortunately there still hasn't been dyslexia for cure found.

Nuclear exploit kit seen chucking CryptoWall 4.0 at late patchers

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Anti Exploit

Malwarebytes make a free program (and also a paid version) that is designed to protect against this sort of threat. Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit

Hacker predicts AMEX card numbers, bypasses chip and PIN

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How i met your girlfriend

Samy gave a great talk at Defcon 18 called "How I met your girlfriend"... it's on youtube and i'm sure the average Reg reader would enjoy it...

Facebook! You've got 48 hours to stop tracking people

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Big Brother

Privacy Badger

Nothing can stop the Privacy Badger from eating cookies when it's hungry!

From: https://www.eff.org/privacybadger

"Privacy Badger currently knows how to replace the following widgets if they are observed tracking you: AddThis, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, and Twitter"

The bucks stop here: NYSE freezes trading, blames 'technical issue'

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@YourAnonNews tweeted yesterday: "Wonder if tomorrow is going to be bad for wall street... we can only hope."

LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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The password managers one weakness... the password...

German watchdog rips off Facebook's thumbs after online fracas

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Thumb Up

Can they hear me now?

Is the Facebook circle logo on this article the same thing as a 'thumbs up' button? There's also another one in the bottom right area of the comments section... I'm not on facebook so I don't know what clicking on either of them does...

Google picks five teams to share $6 MEEELLION funding in Lunar X Prize

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Team El Reg?

Send a vulture to the moon ?