* Posts by keb

24 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Sep 2016

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU


microsoft account required

on Windows 11, according to one report


Another reason to avoid the mess and switch to open source free software ;)

Official: Office 365 Personal, Home axed next month... and replaced by Microsoft 365 cloud subscriptions


exacerbates the confusion

Users already dont understand that Windows and Office are two different products/licences. Indeed many say they have "Microsoft 10" when they have Windows 10, and then complain when they cannot edit documents. The name should have stayed Office 365.

Finally – news that something is guaranteed to be healthy and well looked-after for the next six months. That something is Windows 10 1709


Re: Death of WaaS

The 1909 release seems quite smooth and smaller than previous ones, if it works at all that is.

Apple bans COVID-19 games and restricts virus-related apps to authoritative souces


Re: Plague Inc. game banned in China

There are several COVID-19 scenarios in the Steam Workshop for Plague Inc. It is debatable how realistic the game's maps and pathogen models are however.

Windows 7 and Server 2008 end of support: What will change on 14 January?


Re: 365 E5

I wish the article had included a paragraph that cut through the sales channel BS and just told us whether regular users could get the updates and how much it would cost.

It sounds like those with an Office 365 subscription from Microsoft arent eligible while those who bought one from a reseller such as GoDaddy are eligible...? IOW wtf is a CSP and how to contact one?

Will the updates be available via 3rd party tools such as WSUS-Offline Update?

'No BS' web host Gandi lives up to half of its motto... Some customer data wiped out in storage server meltdown


Re: me too

Is there any reason to suspect a ZFS issue as the culprit?

I did see some discussion on Linux kernel-related boards that ZFS would never be officially supported due to its license.

If at first you don't succeed, pry, pry again: Feds once again demand Apple unlock encrypted iPhones in yet another terrorism case


Germany supports privacy?

Is this the same government that allows the NSA to intercept all of its communications from a base in Germany they arent allowed to access, including the Chancellor's phone?

Encryption is much less important when all the metadata is available to the eavesdropper.

Mozilla locks nosy Avast, AVG extensions out of Firefox store amid row over web privacy


Avast is Czech not Russian.

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it


probe ISOC directors' assets

before and after the sale to check for bribery.

This should be done for all boards of public entities randomly and periodically.

Explain yourself, mister: Fresh efforts at Google to understand why an AI system says yes or no

Big Brother

Applying Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics to corporations

is one way to kickstart ethical or "responsible" AI development.

Corporations (and other legal entities) are self-perpetuating organizations that are structurally sociopathic and have consistently demonstrated such behaviour.

Second time lucky: Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation


Obviously not.


Skipping out on bail is normally punishable by a fine, but jail is understandable. However solitary confinement and isolation is not justified at all.

Pack your bags, you're going to America, Lord Chief Justice tells accused Brit hacker


" Officially the reason for this discounting is "good behaviour" while imprisoned, though it applies more or less automatically to almost all offenders."

Except for political prisoners such as Julian Assange who get a full year of solitary confinement 23/7 for a bail violation.

If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is: Nobody can decrypt the Dharma ransomware


Has anyone with suitable resources (e.g. FBI) tried paying the bitcoin ransom and tracing the money?

Shock! US border cops need 'reasonable suspicion' of a crime before searching your phone, laptop


Re: Citizens vs visitors

Most people have neither resources nor will nor time to start a years long court battle. They can barely make ends meet, month to month. So to them it is irrelevant what would stand up in court - practically speaking they must submit to a search.


Re: 14th amendment

except convicted criminals

Bad news, developers: Apple Mac App Store tells cross-platform Electron apps to get lost


Re: I'd find that a good thing

aye. down with bloat!

Heads up from Internet of S*!# land: Best Buy's Insignia 'smart' home gear will become very dumb this Wednesday


Replacing the cloudy back-end

Did anyone ever check into the workings of its back-end cloud server, as to whether it was derived from some open-source system? Perhaps it could be replaced with a bit of patching at each client or a redirect at the router. Or, would be nice if someone were to leak the code and diy peeps could have a little fun.

Junior minister says gov.UK considering facial recognition to verify age of p0rn-watchers


one would want a Guy Fawkes mask for such a dastardly deed


Apple asks for a credit card for Store purchases but that isnt hard to grab from daddy's sporran when he isnt looking.

Europe publishes 5G risk assessment; America scrawls ‘Huawei’ on the side of a nuke and goes for a ride


Re: Don't Let 5G in the UK, it will fry you, or the chocolate in your pocket and honey bees too.

this is science based criticism and caution, not new age hype

Incoming... Trump! Notebook makers ramp production to avoid next tidal wave of US trade tariffs


Taiwan isnt China

so why worry?

Years late to the SMB1-killing party, Samba finally dumps the unsafe file-sharing protocol version by default


business copiers

Some of the large printers/copiers/scanners used by small offices (and commonly leased from 3rd parties with little or no config support) have SMB1 as a default scan to pc method. There are workarounds such as usb stick or email or ftp of course, but it takes a while to figure out why something that worked for 5 years suddenly doesnt. Users and techs like to blame it on Windows 10 updates, and they would be correct in this case.

Debian plugs Linux 'TCP snoop' bug


It would not have not affected Tor that way, as a developer explains:


Also the patch mentioned there fixes it.