* Posts by Stephen Leslie

39 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Mar 2015

TXT message leaves Corvette wrecked

Stephen Leslie

"They" have taken the Internet too far

We don't need our cars hooked up so thoroughly with the Internet / communication systems. The basic systems on cars should operate independent of external signals. The Internet should stick to the map display.

It's nutzoid otherwise, and, it appears, potentially a serious hazard. They should back away before governments are forced to writing all those rules and regulations gov'ts are so fond of.

Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Why does the government fear private computers?

Why do governments fear securable computers? What on earth can people do with computers that's so scary to them? I get terrorists might co-ordinate via email or cell phone .. but otherwise their fear seems overrated? And doesn't email meta-data alert them already? Why is it such a big deal to governments?

Windows 10 climbs to 3.55 per cent market share, Win 8.1 dips

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It's pretty amazing - I know its a free upgrade all arranged by Microsoft, right there at one's desktop, nevertheless ...

Texas senator Ted Cruz serves up sizzling 'machine gun bacon'

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IMHO, shrewd

He's playing to the people in the States who think the Democrats want to confiscate their guns (and there are Dems who do). It's a stunt, sure, but not that of a clown's, rather of a man and team who know how to garner support during the Republican party's runoff.

Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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I'm sure it's an easy fix.

Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Re: 10 is exhibiting virus like activity.

Uninstall KB3035583.


Run Windows Update.

When KB3035583 shows up uncheck it and hide it.

Take full possession of the $Windows-bt folder and propagate ownership to all child objects -- give yourself full control over the folder and all child objects.

Delete the $Windows-bt folder.

Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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I like Start10

I have a Stardock subscription, and I've used Start8 for a couple years now on Win 8.x .. and I downloaded Start10 and quite like it on Win 10. It is a little different, actually better, than Start8., It has three major modes: classic, the full on Windows 10 Start Menu (I think it just uses Windows built in version there), and a hybrid "modern" modes that enable you to really set things up the way you want, including translucency and backgrounds. So it looks good. My only criticism, and it is a weak one, is that the "modern" mode is not fully resizable .. it resizes according to how many icons or classic tiles are showing. Yup, you can use the menu to search your computer.

Anyway, I haven't tried other start menu replacements on Windows 10, but I am enjoying my experience with Start10.

If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: Some steps

Thanks, yes, just create a local account. I install with the computer unplugged too!

You might note that "apps" can be uninstalled either manually or by PowerShell.

Just as a note: you can even use PowerShell to uninstall them all in one fell swoop (except the underpinning platform, Edge, and Settings); but be cautious, that's everything metro on your account.

AFAICT, Microsoft has removed a couple things non-metro from Windows 10 - calculator and sound recorder (a tiny program that's been on Windows for decades) - so if you remove the calculator app, and the sound app, there is no calc.exe or sound recorder on the system to replace them with; you can replace sound recorder with something like Audacity, and there are numerous ways calculators online.

Stephen Leslie

Re: Some steps

Either - you can use

Some folks point them to

Stephen Leslie

Some steps

Turn off Cortana and instead search locally, otherwise everything is sent to Bing.

Go through the "Privacy" settings thoroughly.

Lock down Edge, setting your own home page, start page, and set the New tabs to blank.

Lock down IE where appropriate if you know how.

Turn off the tracking service: dmwappushsvc

Turn off the diagnostics service: diagtrack

Adjust the hosts file. In this The Register comments section you might see an extra blank line between each entry, so you might have to adjust the following eliminating the extra blank lines between each entry; but that said, add the following to your hosts file:

#Windows 10 Privacy Blocker# vortex.data.microsoft.com vortex-win.data.microsoft.com telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com telecommand.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net oca.telemetry.microsoft.com

0..0.0.0 oca.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com sqm.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net watson.telemetry.microsoft.com watson.telemetry.microsoft.com.nsatc.net redir.metaservices.microsoft.com choice.microsoft.com choice.microsoft.com.nsatc.net df.telemetry.microsoft.com reports.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com services.wes.df.telemetry.microsoft.com sqm.df.telemetry.microsoft.com telemetry.microsoft.com watson.ppe.telemetry.microsoft.com telemetry.appex.bing.net telemetry.urs.microsoft.com telemetry.appex.bing.net:443 settings-sandbox.data.microsoft.com vortex-sandbox.data.microsoft.com survey.watson.microsoft.com watson.live.com watson.microsoft.com statsfe2.ws.microsoft.com corpext.msitadfs.glbdns2.microsoft.com compatexchange.cloudapp.net cs1.wpc.v0cdn.net a-0001.a-msedge.net statsfe2.update.microsoft.com.akadns.net diagnostics.support.microsoft.com corp.sts.microsoft.com statsfe1.ws.microsoft.com pre.footprintpredict.com i1.services.social.microsoft.com i1.services.social.microsoft.com.nsatc.net feedback.windows.com feedback.microsoft-hohm.com feedback.search.microsoft.com bingads.microsoft.com www.bingads.microsoft.com

#End Windows 10 Privacy Blocker#

# [Block Microsoft Apps] apps.microsoft.com www.apps.microsoft.com

This is probably just a start. You might feel the thing is almost an extension of Microsoft servers, rather than its own operating system. But with some adjustments, you can reclaim your own computer.

If anyone has more ideas, please post 'em.

WHOA! Windows 10 to be sold on USB drives – what a time to be alive

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I think in some markets DVDs will be available

It's not quite clear what's going on, there's talk that DVDs are to be sold in some markets, USB sticks in the U.S. and so on.

There is the concern that USB sticks can be tampered with, isn't there?

GOOGLE GMAIL ATE MY LINUX: Gobbled email enrages Torvalds

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Google runs on Linux

So no surprise.

Windows Server 2003 support deadline is TOMORROW – but thousands don't care

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Re: What was meant by the final paragraph?

I thought Windows Server 2012 R2 U1 is the current offering. Microsoft distributed ISOs for it.

Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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Re: Windows Update service

Or just get Pro, which if you are a man, you will already have done.

Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

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'Much like loan and lend.

Stephen Leslie


FireFox is bloated.

IE is legacy.

Chrome is bloating spyware.

Edge is the new lean machine.

Microsoft nixes A-V updates for XP, exposes 180 MEEELLION luddites

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Re: It's a sad indictment of our industry....

Well, Windows Vista/7 with MSE, and Windows 8.1.1 with Windows Defender are more secure than Windows XP right now. Windows Vista has been available since 2006, Windows 7 since 2009; I don't think one can say Microsoft has been negligent as they've providing alternatives to XP for 9 years (almost a decade) now.

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Re: "We strongly recommend that you complete your migration to a supported operating system"

Why not switch to Windows 8.1.1 and install Start8 (or similar); 'works fine, really well actually.

HP won't ship PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled until mid-August

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Re: Fragmented

What an island. I suppose the native women wear straw skirts and are topless too? It would be sexy but they point straight down at their tablets running Linux. My feeling is "ugh"; but I suppose for Linux users this is another success story.

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Re: Omnishambles coming...


Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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Re: Minimum requirements

I remember upgrading our AMD 486-DX100 from 4MB RAM to 8MB RAM and watching Microsoft Works load in half the time, only 25 seconds! B L A Z I N G !

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Re: "Drivers for obscure peripherals?"

Odd, isn't it? A few years back a guy had a laptop and the pointer/trackpad would freeze. I tried to help but he had switched out Windows for Linux, so there wasn't much that could be done unless one wanted to get buried in a morass of research and config files, which I didn't have time for. The laptop's trackpad worked on Windows; odd the decisions people make.

Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

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I don't like the term "magic"

It raises a red flag for me.

Bank of England CIO: ‘Beware of the cloud, beware of vendors’

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Re: The Cloud is a fantasy

And that it isn't really a cloud at all .. that it merely is just other people's computers hooked to the Internet.

MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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I don't complain about Rogers

I get 10 - 20 approx. upload and 70 - 200 approx. download depending on day (and which hub I'm connected to first, Kingston is about 70 and Montreal is all the way up to touching 200).

Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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Wasn't that LAST YEAR ?

Isn't that XP Refugee stuff last year?

Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: Thanks for spamming me Microsoft

Big deal. Once in 25 years Microsoft Windows has a notice for you; and that for a no-charge, free upgrade to the latest. I can't get too upset. Actually, I think for this one time they should promote this way.

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Re: @Stephen Leslie - MS out borgs Faceborg, maybe.

That would be nice. They did say in the blurbs that there won't be key logging per se in the RTM.

Could one still be key logged? If you use any Google website on your computer, you are being key logged in the browser. If you have Cortana turned on and employ the search box with Bing running, I don't know. But if you simply use File Explorer, and none of their "free" services, no, you will not be key logged, at least not officially. If you switch to dissident rebel "alternative" Linux, you are probably a terrorist and a highly skilled hacker, and the NSA / CIA / FBI / CISI / MI6/ ASIS kabal will watch your every move.

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Re: @Stephen Leslie - I'm confused

I cant speak for the situation, but when you use the remove-appxpackage command, a few of the app associated packages do not get removed

E.g. Weather, Sports, Calculator, Finance, Food etc. etc. etc. are all removed. The more "basic" app stuff e.g. the Store app itself and the Settings app (which you need to change the computer's settings), are not removed. I think they must be "protected"; that's all I meant.

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Re: I'm confused

Solitaire and Minesweeper are more fun. I like the Chess game too.

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Re: Security and Stability iffyness

In the beta versions of Windows 10 - the "Preview" versions - Microsoft made it clear that for the development period, they will look at feedback. They were quite open about it, and it was done to get the feedback needed to make Windows better. That said: in the official version, the one released to the public come July 29 - i.e. the 'Gold' or 'RTM' version - that will be removed.

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Re: MS out borgs Faceborg, maybe.

No. They will not be keylogging Windows 10. They will stop that in the RTM (Released To Manufacturing) version. Now as for some services, I can't say; but you can refuse any service you don't like.

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System Image

Create a system image. If you do not like Windows 10, apply the image and - bam - it's like Windows 10 never even existed.

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Re: Why are Microsoft giving this away?

They want to achieve some things:

1. In a round about way they are saying sorry about Windows 8.x, without actually admitting it.

2. They are hoping people will adopt Microsoft services e.g. Outlook.com

3.They want businesses to leave Windows XP / 7 behind. If the eco-system is to settle on one Windows, they'd rather it be Windows 10 which is, under the hood, better and more secure, and which is, over the hood, better devised to operate in the PC Plus world (e.g. BYOD [Bring Your Own Device], services, smart phones etc.).

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Re: I'm confused

It's easy to get rid of the apps on a Windows 8/8.1/10 install:

Start PowerShell with admin privileges.

Type in:

get-appxpackage -allusers | remove-appxpackage

Hit Enter

All the unprotected packages will be zapped. A couple are protected e.g. Settings, Store etc. but it's best they stay in case you need them at some point.

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It's notice-ware not adware

Microsoft on Windows notice-ware. Nothing is being sold. But Windows is about to be upgraded! If in 20 years of Windows I get one notice like this for no cost upgrade, I'm not going to be upset. You'd have to be the most uptightest of prudes and then some to be upset about this.

Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Windows 10 is neat and tidy

Windows 10 probably is not the Longhorn vision of Wiz-Bang, but at first glance it's relatively neat and tidy, albeit rather low key.

I like it .. it will do its job .. so .. I will be putting it on some of the machines around here.

Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

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No, there won't be. It's just the same as if you went to your local computer store and bought an upgrade copy, only this time the price is $0.00. The no charge price will last for one year when the price is expected to rise to what is usually is 89.00 USD to149.00 USD.

When you buy a new computer either Windows 10 will be preloaded (and included in the price of the computer), OR, if you buy the computer bare-metal, you will be able to purchase an OEM copy and load it on yourself - no subscription.

‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: ha

It's not the same. The U.S. gov't operates independently of the companies. The Chinese gov't is looking to force companies into compliance with their own gov't systems.