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Comments by -- Bob
Windows tablets are selling up a storm
as 2-in-1s lead the charge
Is a 2-in-1 really a tablet? Or is it a
laptop? I've seen articles which go either way, and a few which
try to go both ways. Windows devices in general are selling, but
not at a spectacular pace.
Paul Thurrott: Windows as a Service
Again, Windows 10 devices, if you include
tablets and 2-in-1s are selling pretty well. Not spectacular
sales, but not failing in the market place by any objective
A beginners guide to Beam streaming
In case anyone was wondering, this Beam
technology has nothing to do with the similarly named Screen Beam
Antique Kernel Flaw Opens Door to New
Dirty Cow Exploit
"[T]he code must be executed on a local
system and not a network..."
How many times have I read this little
item buried deeply within the latest screaming headlines about
some "undetectable" or "unstoppable" security threat? Both Windows
(code injection attacks) and Linux (this type of attack) can be
compromised if someone gains physical access to your computer.
This does not mean that someone can send malware out over the
Internet and infect an otherwise clean PC running Windows or
Linux, using these techniques.
That said, my Ubuntu in both of my
installations, has been patched for this latest revealed flaw in
the Linux kernel. I also have upgraded to the Linux 4.8.4 kernel,
which is optional in Ubuntu 16.04.
We could lose the internet, warns
security researcher Dan Kaminsky
"Empathy is how you make things that don't
suck," Unfortunately, a lot of IT nerds lack sufficient empathy.
Combine this with the lack of financial protections if a company
shares information about the vulnerabilities of its networks or
its products, and there is a real incentive not to share security
information across the private sector, which is nearly all of the
"This will be expensive, long term,
difficult, and sometimes boring work, which needs armies of nerds,
and funding not threatened by next quarter's earnings." This is
simply not how the private sector operates. Long-term projects
need to justify their costs to directors and shareholders every
By the way, the "NIH Model" is a huge
failure. This model has poor or absent pricing regulations where
there are no competing manufacturers. Outdated patent laws are
also part of the problem.
Just a hunch, but I'm thinking the goal of
"reliably secure code at scale" is mathematically unobtainable.
That said, I don't see the Internet being abandoned or made
useless any time soon.
Microsoft hits roof as Google points
out glaring Windows security flaw
"Do note that if you’re on Windows 10
running the Chrome browser, then Google observes: 'Chrome's
sandbox blocks win32k.sys system calls using the Win32k lockdown
mitigation on Windows 10, which prevents exploitation of this
sandbox escape vulnerability.'"
I use Chrome almost exclusively in
Windows. Good to know I'm on the right track. Seriously, I'd
expect the next Cumulative Update for Windows 8 and Windows 10 to
include some sort of mitigation for this vulnerability, possibly
through modifying Edge and Internet Explorer 11 behaviors.
Google Home has a glaring flaw
It's going to take some real rethinking to
make Personal Assistants in a home environment sensitive enough to
distinguish one user from another. One option is to set up a
pooled Family Account, although this would cause results to become
depersonalized. And Google frowns on sharing accounts for their
paid services. This issue is parallel to the general lack of
secure authentication which plagues the entire IoT.
How Secure Boot Works on Windows 8 and
10, and What It Means for Linux
I was checking Ubuntu Linux from a Live
DVD (external USB connected) on my Intel NUC PC. For this
application I had turned off Secure Boot in the UEFI Firmware (the
"BIOS" of the NUC). I couldn't install Windows 10 on that NUC with
Secure Boot disabled. This cost me a trip to Best Buy to have
their Geek Squad do the Win 10 installation for me. A costly
lesson -- don't disable Secure Boot if you haven't installed
Ubuntu can be installed with Secure Boot
enabled. I was running a Live DVD, which prefers no Secure Boot.
So now, after installing the whole Linux-Windows dual boot on my
NUC, Secure Boot is enabled and all is well.
Doorbell with worldwide two-way video and
audio via WiFi and the Internet. (Very expensive for what it does.
Installation may be required, at an additional cost.)