Windows 7 Meltdown patch opens worse
vulnerability: Install March updates now
Microsoft's Meltdown fix opened a
gaping hole in Windows 7 security, warns researcher.
The New Apple iPad: Should You Upgrade?
Apple's new iPad is less formal than
the iPad Pro and more affordable. Let's see if it's a big enough
step up from the previous iPad to be worth your hard-earned cash.
Brave browser getting closer to Chrome
-- including its extensions
The startup is dumping a system that
offered a different look from Google's browser but that kept Brave
from some advantages.
Facebook thinks it knows how you lean
Why AI bias could be a good thing
Artificial intelligence and machine
learning algorithms are filled with human biases, which is bad.
But the fact that they force us to confront them may be good.
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How to create a complete Microsoft
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iOS now informs you when it wants your
In the wake of Facebook's data privacy
scandal, this is pretty timely.
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Facebook limits how advertisers can
The social network is ending something
called "Partner Categories." It’s all part of Facebook's ongoing
re-evaluation of its data policies.
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Android Monero-mining malware can
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Facebook is probing reappearance of
users' never-posted videos
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Brace yourselves for more Alexa lamps
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that includes smart lamps.
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Facebook whistleblower's startup
reportedly had access to data too
Christopher Wylie's startup held the
same data on 50 million Facebook users that Cambridge Analytica
had, a report says.
'Facebook will NEVER sell your
information without consent': Mark Zuckerberg's claim in a 2009
interview is revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden
- Snowden shared the footage in
the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal
- The consulting firm bought
data from 50 million unsuspecting Facebook users
- Zuckerberg is pressed on his
firm's handling of data during the interview
- Asked if Facebook would sell
data, Zuckerberg responded 'No, of course not'
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Comments by -- Bob Primak --
#1210 (Fri 3/23/2018):
Tech-Supported 'CLOUD Act' Is Yet Another Warrantless Surveillance
This is one
opinion. And frankly, I would have preferred an International
Treaty rather than a unilateral act only valid under US
is that this Act was in response to companies located in other
countries refusing to cooperate with anti-terrorism and financial
crimes investigations involving American citizens and American
corporations. If you like tax havens where people and companies
can hide assets and skip out on taxes at our expense, you would
love a world without International agreements based on this sort
of law. No crime can be investigated if the evidence can simply be
moved offshore onto someone else's server (including hiding
evidence in terrorism cases in hostile foreign countries.) But if
this is your idea of the Right to Privacy, this opinion piece may
appeal to you.
governments also cannot investigate crimes where the evidence
resides on servers located within the US without this sort of Act.
How anyone thinks we can fight drug and human trafficking, or
international terrorism without this sort of agreement is beyond
details of the CLOUD Act may not be perfect (far from it!) this is
better than having nothing in place. As I say, an International
Treaty would be far preferable, but in absence of such an
agreement, this looks like a pretty good start. Just my opinion,
Slip Reveals 'Guccifer 2.0' Is Russian Officer
report proves to be true, I am not surprised at this outcome.
switch faster in Firefox browser with Tab Warming feature
speculative processing and more background processes -- What could
possibly go wrong?
ARM Doesn’t Make Any Sense (Yet)
correct -- unless the legacy support and feature bloat are brought
under control, Windows will not be agile enough to run well on the
limited resources of ARM systems. This is why Microsoft is trying
to move more and more of Windows into the Cloud. The problem is,
if they do this, Microsoft so far has followed the example of
Google and Apple. They own the Walled Garden, and severely
restrict which software and services can run in the Cloud, and
where users can go on the Microsoft Internet.
Telemetry settings on Windows 10 devices
This is one
of the areas which utility programs like O&O ShutUp 10 can
simplify. Privacy and Telemetry are related topics in Windows 10
Switch to Xorg from Wayland in Ubuntu 17.10 [Quick Tip]
reports I've encountered, Ubuntu 17.10 is loaded with bugs and
instabilities. Waiting for Ubuntu 18.03 ill give easier switching
between desktop environments, GUI elements like these two, and
other things which will make it easier to tailor Ubuntu to the
needs and preferences of different users running different
be announcing a new cheap iPad
Apple products is still pretty expensive. To compete in schools
with Chromebooks, not only the prices will need to come down, but
also the quantity and quality of education-centric apps and
administration tools will need to improve greatly.
How to Open
HEIC Files on Windows (or Convert Them to JPEG)
Irfanview and XnView MP get better capabilities for this kind of
image format conversion, thefre will be a cottage industry in
conversion programs. Or, you can use .jpg from the start in iOS.
(ignore the fact that this is really an ad for yet another third
party conversion app.)
'Frustrate and Seduce' You Into Paying for Music
of "progress" in web services makes me glad I am not a fan of any
type of "free" streaming or video services.
Box (2018) Review: Flexible Protection
This is the
new upgrade of what looks like a pretty good product to begin
pulls personal ads after passage of sex-trafficking bill
This is a
good development, and a very bad article about it. The article
actually advocates protecting prostitution – in this day and age!
#1211 (Sat 3/24/2018):
will only come to Android phones next year, but it won’t be the
same as the iPhone X
tech came from anyone other than Huawei, I would find this an
interesting development. But not coming from that company.
(some of) those undefined tech terms in the article:
So at least
we know what the article is talking about, even though a lot of
the article looks very much like pure speculation. I have no idea
what BOM is, unless it's Bill of Materials:
Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Laser Technology
several patents or pending patents for this type of tech.)
articles which try to razzle-dazzle with undefined tech terms or
business jargon, only to reveal that they have zero data on which
to base their speculations.
Cord Cutting Might Not Work For You
I get a
pretty good deal from Comcast, although my rates are about to go
up (second year of the deal). Antenna reception is not a big issue
around here, but I do like to get new shows soon after they air,
if not the same evening. Nevertheless, cord cutting might work out
just fine for me.
old PC running like new
not get the Chrome OS user experience by trying to install open
source derivatives of Chrome OS onto older PC hardware --
especially not from older Intel based laptops. If you want to go
with Chrome OS, get a Chromebook. The ARM based ones are cheaper
than a used old Windows laptop. And the Chromebook should last a
lot longer. It is not true that Linux doesn't fit onto older
laptops. Both Ubuntu and Fedora have worked just fine on rather
old laptops for members of Natick FOSS user group and others whom
we have helped, clear up through the present time. You just have
to get started with a person or group- who knows their/its stuff
about lean Linux installs. I even got Fedora with the Xfce user
environment into a Chromebook (Intel based). So Linux can be
installed on lean or older hardware designs.
Analytica Isn’t Facebook’s Fault
of this argument have many valid points. Oversharing is endemic in
youger people -- we all know this. But Facebook could have done a
lot more to audit compliance with its order to CA to destroy the
data they had collected. If both users and Facebook itself would
do a better job, this sort of exploit will have less of a chance
to influence future elections. And all sorts of other Facebook
Analytica controversy: Was there a Facebook data breach?
YOU MAY NOT
LIKE IT, BUT THAT'S HOW FACEBOOK IS SUPPOSED TO WORK.
As I say,
both sides have many valid points.
might (and might not) want a PC with LTE
not for everyone...yet.
I have a
phone which does enough with data to keep itself in business. And
I can upgrade the phone. I just dumped my ASUS Transformer Book
tablet which does not have LTE. I am not an "always connected"
sort of person. So it appears I will do best with something which
can operated in a connected way, but can also operated
disconnected from the Internet. Like the dual-boot Chromebook I
built out of the ASUS Flip c302.(This model does not do LTE, but
WiFi is virtually everywhere.) My current ASUS Chromebook works
fine as a Chromebook, but with chrx, it can also run Fedora Linux
almost as well. And I am not giving up my non-LTE Intel NUC at
home. In a couple of years we will know how 5G WiFi and cell data
will figure into all of this. That's when I might make a change.
By then, LTE mobile devices, whatever they will then be called,
will probably be available cheaper than they are now.
retires Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
the disadvantage that it does not distinguish between security
updates and feature updates. Many people don't want to update
software just because a new version, or a new feature, is
available. But if software has known security issues, I think
pretty much all of us would update, upgrade or dump the item.
There may be folks working on a new security-focused updates
checker, but it's too soon to give anyone a shout-out.
If You Used
Android, Facebook Probably Has Years of Your Phone Call and Text
You do not
have to use Facebook yourself for this to have happened to you. It
happened to folks just because their Contacts were using Facebook.
That's truly chilling!
make all future CPUs Meltdown- and Spectre-proof
they'll be secured against currently known exploits. This class of
exploits is not going away. New variants may crop up requiring
The 5 Best
Microsoft Office Password Recovery Tools That Actually Work
they work on older versions and weaker passwords. If everything is
up to Office 2013 or higher standards, and the password is strong,
good luck recovering that file.
Cook calls for tougher regulation of personal data
think Facebook's violations should have been possible.
iCloud was that which chronically leaked personal photos until
about a year ago?
Company Launches Free VPN Software for Windows and Android
So now we
have the software. Who's going to set up the servers? An effective
VPN needs multiple servers in multiple countries, and fairly
complex connections between them.
difference between SIM and eSIM (and what the future holds)
becoming more common, and you should know how it differs from
possibilities there. And yet one more reason not to buy an LTE
laptop just yet. Things in this arena are shaking out now, and
will shake out further with the introduction of 5G LTE and fixed
5G Wireless Internet.
8 Ways to
Maintain a Clean, Lean Ubuntu Machine
several of these things with my Intel NUC's Ubuntu Linux, and
similar things with the Chromebook's Fedora installation. But be
careful about removing empty directories and duplicate files -- as
in Windows, sometimes these directories and files are needed by
From My Own
to finally retire Windows 10 1511 in two weeks
also plans to end support for 1607 to users of Windows 10 Home and
move on up, folks!
in the Trillion-Dollar Club? Cloud Will Get It There, Says Morgan
push to require access to encrypted devices
researchers will tell it what it wants to hear.
can make it, someone can hack it.
Dismisses Lawsuit That Accused Google, YouTube of Bias Against
chastises Uber by detecting struck pedestrian in footage well
launches a Chrome OS tablet for schools ahead of Apple’s iPad
weirder: A Chrome OS tablet or an Android laptop?
offers to buy more U.S. semiconductors as it mulls stabbing
Qualcomm in the back
just purchased Belkin, Linksys, Wemo, and Phyn
scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones
denies it collects call and SMS data from phones without
focus on local news goes global
84 accounts it says are trying to game you
people with disabilities have been submitted to Unicode
security vulnerability afflicts India’s citizen database
Equifax isn't the only huge national database to be discovered
leaking. These guys are denying the breach.
bottle company Kuvee is going out of business
proprietary wine cartridges you could only buy from Kuvée."
Something to be careful in the IoT -- niche products whose niche
dries up or never pans out.
experimenting with 99-cent fourth quarter live streams
micro-purchases of streaming content)
somebody wants to watch the last five minutes of the game, and
they go click, they'll pay a set price for five minutes as opposed
to what they would pay for two hours..."
vending machine begins dispensing cars in China
tax software might lead to phishing risks
software may expose users to phishing attacks
malware found inside seemingly innocent QR code apps
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using recycled Leaf batteries to power street lights
turn off workers' PCs to curb excessive overtime
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arrested for cyber bank heists that amassed $1.2 billion
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