Re: Walled Guarding
I was using the web browser as an example of apps that are verboten on Apple devices. There are other legitimate apps that are blocked too. But since you asked, Firefox uses the Gecko engine.
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I was using the web browser as an example of apps that are verboten on Apple devices. There are other legitimate apps that are blocked too. But since you asked, Firefox uses the Gecko engine.
My only complaint with the walled garden is that any app that is a threat to Apple, even legitimate ones, is blocked. For example, any browser on an iOS device must be Safari with a coat of paint. You cannot put a full alternative browser on your device.
Malvertising would die tomorrow if advertisers follow these rules. The internet became an essential part of life when my rules were being followed. So, if it worked in the past, it can work today. Following those 3 rules would block targeted malverts and remove the attack vectors.
I use Ghostery+NoScript in my Firefox browser. A note to advertisers: I will happily turn off those add-ons once you obey my 3 rules above plus these additional rules: (4) Absolutely no tracking of any kind, no exception. (5) An advertisement may not block part or all a website at any time, no exception. (6) Videos may not autoplay except before a video I chose to watch; a video on a web page may not start playing until I push the play button and only then may the video ad begin.
It worked once, it can work again.
I will begin to believe electromagnetic sickness when people who claim to have it pass a double-blind test with complete accuracy. First test: several rooms have WiFi on, but at least one of the rooms does not. Which room has WiFi on? Second test: several rooms do not have WiFi, but at least one has WiFi on. Which room has WiFi on? As part of the test, each room will be shielded and there will be absolutely no sound (because some electronics make a low humming sound). If the person is wrong about just one room, it proves that it is a mental condition.
This reminds me of a news story I read about, in which I neglected to save the link. AT&T had just put up a mobile phone tower in a residential neighborhood and suddenly the locals complained about headaches. So much so, the local news became involved. An investigation was done and the local news found out that the tower didn't even have electricity going to it yet. It was all in their head.
There is a guaranteed way to prevent malware from spreading through dodgy ads: make web advertisements like they were when the world wide web first took off. If web ads follow the rules below, I will turn off my Ghostery+NoScript add-ons.
(2) Absolutely no flash ads, no exception. This cuts off another attack vector.
(3) Absolutely no autoplay video ads except before a video I chose to view. This means when I visit a web page that has a video, the video does not begin, nor the ad before it, until I push play. Not a security risk, but a huge annoyance.
(4) Absolutely no ads that obscure part or all a website, no exception. Again, just annoying.
(5) Absolutely no ads that use my IP location to personalize the ad. This mean no ads that say "Surprising secret [your city name] man discovers" type ads. Or "Contact your local Acme car insurance agent Alan Smithee today for a great quote" type ads. Again, just annoying.
I am reminded of the movie Bourne Ultimatum where The Guardian reporter mentioned Blackbriar on his phone. (It is a movie, so are allow to pretend The Guardian still does investigative reporting.) As soon as the reporter did, some NSA office knew about it.
Why am I thinking that with Win10, Microsoft will let the NSA do the same thing except with our computers? If you use Duck Duck Go to search "how to make a dirty bomb", how soon before you are on a terrorist watch list? If you discover an embarrassing secret of the government (like in Bourne Ultimatum), how soon will an "asset" be sent to keep the embarrassment a secret?
I use NoScript + Ghostery in my Firefox browser. I will cease using these if advertisers follow these simple rules:
In short, I use allow advertisements again when they return to the way they were at the beginning of the world wide web.
The problem with DRM is that the only ones it punishes are legitimate people. The copyright infringers will always find a way to break the DRM. But Big Media is uber-paranoid; they believe everyone stays awake at night dreaming of ways to download and give away copyrighted work for free. They will fight this all the way to the US Supreme Court, and if they lose there they will try to "explain" to the US Congress, by means of a big suitcase full of money, why a constitutional amendment is required.
"At the same time that Android has become truly ubiquitous, the Java platform has suffered greatly, in large part because Google provides Android to device manufacturers at no charge."
Um, WRONG! You caused Java to suffer because it is a security nightmare that requires frequent updates and the constant demand to bundle some junk toolbar with your product.
Can the EFF make a program that blocks all the analytics, telemetry, and tracking done in Windows 10? I figure that sooner, not later, Microsoft will wise up HOSTS file blocking and ignore it for all internet requests from the OS itself. So maybe the EFF can team up with router manufacturers and add a privacy badger setting in routers. The collective wail from the marketing industry would be worth it; which will be followed by lobbyists "informing" elected representatives how bad it is by means of a large briefcase full of money.
Always remember: Just because something does not cost money does not mean it is free.
The richest countries became rich first, then the public sector became large. Countries are not rich because of a large public sector.
When I was in college, I worked for a friend in his HVAC business. One of his clients was a country club and it had a computer controlled system. Each office had a thermostat that was 100% controlled by the system's computer. Although it had controls, they were overridden by the computer. But the way the system worked, if a person adjusted the temperature up, as was often the case in the office full of ladies, then the thermostat would say it was warmer when, in fact, no adjustment had been made at all. It worked, nobody in office complained about being too cold.
"SOME politicians *do* have the common sense to realize that it's not the 1950s, there are ways to make people aware of information without harassing them via telephone."
Well, it is not too many judging by the laws being passed when it comes to technology. Or maybe it is that big briefcase full of money left of their desk by a representative of the MPAA, which is of course right beside the big briefcase full of money left by some non-profit political lobbyist organization named "Better Rights and Inclusion for the Betterment of Everyone" or BRIBE.
That applies to the politicians too. It is no coincidence that the richest communities in America are in the Washington DC suburbs. When a law is passed mandating something, you better look out to see who is making money off the law. Both major political parties are guilty of this. You never see a poor politician. (But they are always claiming they care about the poor.)
Microsoft will not be able to get by with Windows-as-a-Service. Look at the average users of Windows. When suddenly they receive messages about having to pay to use their computer, the outcry will be even worse than with Metro. Already there are cries about once free solitaire now costing money. Microsoft can get by with SaaS on Office 365 because it is not necessary for the computer to work.
Besides, Windows 10 will not be the last Microsoft OS. At some point in time, new better ways of doing things will be discovered and that will require a dramatic overhaul of the OS.
Excellent analogy. One of my pet-peeves with Windows 8 and by extension Windows 10 is that programs are called "apps". I always believed that was the case so that people would think they had to buy their programs from Microsoft's app store, thus Microsoft gets their cut.
I also believe that Microsoft kept trying to unify the platforms because they believe analysts who said the PC was dying. Unify the platforms, people get used to Metro UI, as the PC dies they will be so familiar with Metro that they will want a tablet with one too. The problem with all that is analysts get paid to make predictions, not to be right; generally speaking, they couldn't predict 12:30 at 12 noon. The PC will not die because tablets are not acceptable tools for real computer work. For instance, all day typing can be done on a tablet, but it is much better on a laptop or desktop. The PC is not dying, Microsoft did not need to unify.
I use the backup for Server Essentials 2012 R2. It is a wonderful backup program, the best I've seen. However, on the client some Windows updates break the restore wizard. I can still do a full bare-metal restore, but if I need to restore an individual file I will have to uninstall several updates. Some people on a Microsoft message board identified those updates.
Here is the point, how can we stop updates that break something important? We need to be able to uninstall and hide such updates.
On a related note, I always wait at least a week before install updates. Although rare, sometimes an update makes things worse and has to be pulled. I let others be my tester. Plus, I can choose to install the updates when convenient. I won't get any message about restarting when I'm right in the middle of something important. I won't have to wait for my laptop to shut down when I am in a hurry.
It is my opinion that a person cannot be tracked in conceivable way for any reason without a legally obtained warrant or if there is an active police pursuit. We need to fight back now. Just because you cannot escape the immoral commercial tracking does not mean you should give up. You can start in Windows 10 by turning off Bing universal search, using a local account only, and turning off all default-on advertising settings.
Firefox for Android phones supports the Ghostery add-on.
@John Robson: "when did you last see an automatic gearbox fail?"
Try buying a Chrysler-Fiat vehicle. Specifically in their Dodge line. If you have a Dodge vehicle with a transmission that last 50,000 miles with no problems, count yourself lucky.
Mine don't either. But that is because I choose to buy manual transmissions. My last 4 cars were all manuals. My only sadness is that it is hard to find a nice sedan with a manual, and it is getting very hard to find a sports car with a manual. The way I look at it, a sports car with an automatic is like a bicycle without a seat: it is fundamentally wrong.
Of course, Adobe Autoshop® vehicle would for the first several versions be very expensive. But when Adobe discovers that people find old vehicles good enough, you will no longer be offered any purchase option but will be forced to permanently lease the vehicle. To confirm your lease is active and you are not behind on your payments, the vehicle will communicate with the cloud before every ignition. Of course, when, not if, the cloud goes down, Adobe will not be responsible for your failure to get to your job.
I use Firefox and I haven't updated Flash. Every time a website wants to run Flash, I get a message about a vulnerable plug-in. That is my click-to-play. Unless I really really trust a website, I will not click that link. Ghostery blocks the tracking Flash ads, Firefox blocking a vulnerable plug-in blocks the accursed auto-play videos.
Just because Windows 10 does not cost money to upgrade from W7 or W8.1 does not mean it is free. Microsoft's credibility had nothing to do with the decision to make Win10 a no-cost upgrade. If it did, why is the most requested feature, Aero, still not available in Win10? Why are programs called "apps" in Win8 and beyond? Why is a Microsoft store link constantly being placed in Win8.1 and Win10 taskbar? Why does OneDrive and Cortana not work unless you surrender your privacy? Why does the search bar even search with Bing at all even when Bing universal search is properly disabled? Why is the new start menu nothing but a compact start screen from Win8 complete with "apps" (really, programs) you purchase from the Microsoft store?
Microsoft is trying desperately to make money on you after the initial sale. Everything else is sacrificed for that goal. Everything else includes such things as Aero, F8 support, a customizable start menu, and a proper backup program. All of these most important features is not to be found in Win10. (I realize some people hate Aero. The point is: in Windows 7 you had a choice.)
Abscissa: "You don't need sue us." (waves hand)
Disney lawyers: "We don't need to sue them."
Abscissa: "These are not the domain names you are looking for." (waves hand)
Disney lawyers: "These are not the domain names we are looking for."
Abscissa: "We can go on with our business." (waves hand)
Disney lawyers: "You can go on with your business."
I'm holding on to my Windows 7 until the bitter end and probably for a little bit after that. Sure I will miss DirectX 12, but that is a small price to pay for a customizable start menu, a GUI that is beautiful, an OS that respects my privacy, and an OS with an option to enter a safe mode or a recovery console any time I need without requiring me to modify something in the OS.
I was thinking the irony was confusing McAfee with an antivirus program. From my personal experience, McAfee couldn't find water stand knee-deep in the ocean.
It really is a pity. The AMD A-series is good enough for the vast majority of computer users, yet the OEM's don't market it enough. We need a healthy AMD and a healthy Intel and a healthy NVidia. Competition is important.
I bought the Galaxy Note 10.1 last year on sale and it came bundled with a lot of bloat -- Facebook, NY Times, and other junk. This tablet was not through a mobile phone company, it was purchased direct. And I could not uninstall or disable that bloat.
Cyanogenomod took care of that. No more bloat. I shouldn't have had to do that.
F8 is disabled by default in Windows 8/8.1/10. It is my opinion that the person who thought disabling F8 was a good idea needs to be smacked in the head every day for the rest of his life.
Also, sometimes the three time fail does not get you into a recovery console. This is especially true if you get a blue screen. The only guaranteed way to get to the recovery console is to hold shift after you click on the shutdown icon. But Windows has to be running for that to work.
"It's not a terribly bad music service, but it falls well short of what Apple talked up at WWDC."
So, once again, another Apple product/service that few would want if the exact same thing did not have Apple's logo plastered on it.
When I last used Windows 10, it had the following issues:
* The most requested feature, Aero, is still not available to those who want it.
* There is still no proper backup program.
* F8 is still not enabled by default.
* Anti-privacy measures are enabled by default.
* The start menu is not customizable, unlike the one in Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, ME, 98, 95, NT.
* The start menu does not organize programs in a hierarchy.
* System Restore is still hard to find.
* Programs are still called "apps".
If those problems aren't "significant issues", then one wonders how bad something has to be to be a significant issue.
My main opinion of Windows 10 is that it is really Windows 8.1 with even less respect for your privacy (Cortana does not work without surrendering your privacy and the search box searches with Bing first then your programs, settings, and files even if you turned of Bing universal search), a smaller version of the start screen, and multiple desktops. I realize there is a little more to that, but if I had to describe Win10 in a concise manner, that is what I would say.
The features people really want -- like a fully customizable start screen that was found in all other versions of Windows, the option to enable Aero, a proper backup program, the return of F8, and to stop calling programs "apps" -- are not there. Those are serious flaws.
I've been saying it for a while: "cloud first, mobile first" really means "customer last".
I absolutely hate the direction Windows is going. The most requested feature in Win10 was Aero. Did Microsoft listen? I realize some people hate Aero. That is fine. In Win7, you had that choice. Microsoft is taking away our choices. They are telling us what to like instead of giving us what we like. You can bet your last dollar that if people did not raise such a vocal stink about the mouse-unfriendly start screen that it would still be here. Look at how many people hate the ribbon menus. What did Microsoft do? Put it in even more places. Microsoft is not listening. At this point, the only thing keeping me with Windows are my games.
One of the reasons why I wanted HD DVD to win the format battle was because it didn't use Java.
No, don't give them a tax write-off. Give them one of two choices: cancel the fee you requested to complete the roll-out and give a refund to every customer who paid this extra fee all those years; or fine the persons overseeing Verizon service in the New York City area.
When you just fine the companies, the decision makers still have no incentive to do right and worse, the people harmed usually may not get appropriate financial compensation. You hit the wallets of the people screwing us and you watch how quickly they will get in line.
Of course they are! But implementing features that make life less annoying is not profitable. People are not going to give up their telephone because of the scammers and it will cost a lot of money to implement a system to stop this.
What we need is a system where spoofing a number is impossible. If a number is inconsistent with its origin, then the call is rejected. If a number has no number associated, then the call is rejected. And we also need a way to report scams quickly. I would like a system that if you get a scam, you dial *11, for example, and the last number that you called you, whether you answered or not, is reported to be a scam. (Of course, there should be a confirmation system: "The last number that called you was xxxxxxxx. Press 1 to report this as a scam otherwise hang up the phone.") After reporting a scam, the phone company will be required to trace and store the call details: where the call came from, the origin telco, and any other information needed to identify scammers. If a telco is consistent in allowing scammers, you would have the option to block all calls from that telco. You would also have the option to blacklist all or some international calls, international roaming mobile phones do not count provided the phone is verified. A telco could not act against a small number of scam complaints, because some are bound to be false. Legitimate telemarketers are annoying but not scammers, they would be reported by many to be scammers. A scammer reporting system would quickly make it hard on these people.
Will those games be backwards compatible?
The reason why I love my PC games is that in 20 years I can still play them. I still play Transport Tycoon, a game released in 1995. Actually, thanks to DosBox, I was playing Starflight 1 (1986), Starflight 2 (1991), and Star Control 2 (1992) last year.
In my beta testing of Win10 I have found that you cannot use Cortana without surrendering your privacy. I will not do that. I really have found that Win10 is mostly Win8.1 with a start menu that is like a mini start screen, multiple desktops, and even less respect for your privacy.
"Today simply marks the beginning of a protracted legal fight over the legality of the FCC’s takeover of the Internet,"
I am still trying to figure out how making the ISP's provide the service the customers pay for without any prejudice is somehow a takeover of the internet. I'm still trying to figure out how making the ISP's provide a service that they always did at one time and allowed the internet to grow to the size it is today until they became greedy is somehow a takeover of the internet.
This is why I hate politicians. They all screw you. The Republicans bow to their corporate overlords. The Democrats rob everyone, except themselves and their buddies, to buy votes. The end result is we are screwed.
Yeah, that accursed McAfee security scan plus that wants to install after my daily Adobe Flash security update. And like all other McAfee products it is a useless, resource hogging piece of junk. It is almost like a competition at McAfee to see how much they can slow your computer down. It has actually become worse ever since Intel bought them.
I still cannot help buy wonder why the S6 took away those things. If I wanted a device more like an iPhone, I would buy an iPhone.
But I'm afraid that in 5 billion more years it will start to run out of fuel.
I would make AT&T put that in writing, signed, notarized, and then a copy must be given to anybody who has any form of AT&T service. Then require AT&T to place a permanent link on their homepage with a notice which says they will obey net neutrality. And included in the notice is that if AT&T does not provide 100% net neutrality then the penalty is to give all their customers, no matter what service, a free month of service. And when they do all that, say "we will think about it".
I will expand on that and say I also avoid people with television cameras. Many years ago when Star Wars Ep. 1 came out, I saw that piece of garbage with my brother and a friend. We came out of the movie studio and there was a lady from the local news wanting to interview us. We purposefully were trying to avoid her, but she came walking briskly toward us anyway. When she asked to interview us, all 3 of us said no and kept walking. She had the look of confusion, as if nobody has ever turned her down. The last thing I needed is my picture on TV with the words "local Star Wars fan" under it, especially that Star Wars movie.
If you and I know how lousy today's TV shows are, then execs know it too. Why do you think they force you to buy a bundle of channels? The execs know that if a la carte was allowed, many channels will die. If they die, that means less ad revenue and less collected fees from cable subscribers. (I never understood why I have to pay a monthly fee for the privilege of watching at least 15 minutes of commercials per hour.) The content owners will do everything in their power to stop a la carte.
I'll upgrade when Win10 respects my privacy. So, in other words, I won't upgrade.
"Cloud first, mobile first" means "Customer last".
And it is looking like Win10 is nothing but Win8 with a Metro start menu and even bigger invasion of privacy. The things people are asking for -- a proper and customizable start menu, an option for Aero, the return of F8, a proper backup -- are not forthcoming.
Still, all that is forgivable. What is unforgivable is the desperate attempt to take away our privacy. OneDrive and Cortana do not work unless you surrender your privacy. The recommended "express" set up is full of tracking and ad features. Bing search is built in tighter than Internet Explorer ever was. When you search for programs, files, and settings on the start menu, it searches with Bing first then your computer. This anti-privacy crusade Microsoft (and all other business) are waging is unforgivable. It is the reason why Windows 7 is still superior. I would write my member of Congress, but I don't have enough money to bribe him. (And if you believe that any political party is immune to lobbyist bribes, I have a bridge to sell you. Neither political party cares about me. P.S. My representative is a democrat, not a "big business loving" republican.)