Internet of Malfunctioning Things
490 posts • joined 30 Jul 2007
Internet of Malfunctioning Things
You buy a printer to print, when you buy it, it works and prints as expected. Why would you need a firmware update?
Because all modern printers contains a processor of some sort, plus built-in programming (more so if they're multi-function devices). Firmware updates are the only way to fix bugs and/or add new features.
Tell the Marines to bring their F/A-18 Hornets, too. The carrier will be much better protected with those planes on-board versus the F-35B.
Doctor Syntax: And USPTO paying Symantec's costs. They granted the patents in the first place.
Uh, no. The USPTO is funded by taxpayer dollars. Let Symantec eat the cost of this fiasco. I see no reason why I should subsidize corporate stupidity.
Idiots come in all shapes, sizes, colors - and nationalities.
Office Depot's behavior is called "fraud". A criminal investigation is in order.
"The large-caliber guns were designed to fire two different conventional 16-inch (406 mm) shells: the armor-piercing Mk. 8 round for anti-ship and anti-structure work, and the Mk. 13 high-explosive round designed for use against unarmored targets and shore bombardment."
"The Iowas carried ten twin enclosed base ring mounts supporting 5 in/38 caliber Mark 28 Mod 0 guns. [snip] The 5 in/38 cannon functioned as a dual purpose gun; that is, it was able to fire at both surface and air targets with a reasonable degree of success."
Not designed for anti-ship use? Ha! That Type 45 destroyer would get squashed like a bug before it ever got within range.
Emmeran: At 25 rounds per minute and a 30k range that 4.5in gun more than outguns anything prior to the Korean war, including the battleships.
Seriously? Let me dust off the USS Iowa and see how your pea shooter fairs against nine 16-inch (406mm) guns with a range of 23.4 nautical miles (40 kilometers)....
Do you honestly expect software vendors to schedule their security updates around hacking events? Not hardly. Don't schedule the hacking event right after Patch Tuesday, and you won't have this "problem".
"We've got some fairly ancient application architecture so we've got some file-shares, and actually that's what happened to us – a crypto attack went through our file-shares and encrypted the data."
"Thank God for that full backup, then," she added.
Correction: Thank our IT staff for that full backup.
Easy access to everything allows them to get on with treating patients and every clinician loves their e-mail.
That same easy access allows malware to run rough-shod over their data.
I was just wondering what Korean for Fuck Off was... maybe I need to wait for the reply
Google Translate produced 3 versions:
Not so much "unworkable" as it is "unpopular" (with the cable companies).
DougS: The FCC has called their bluff by throwing out an unworkable proposal of their own, which would require the cable companies to support ANY platform that has sold more than 5 million units in the last three (I think?) years,
And why is that an "unworkable proposal"? With a well-designed API on the cable companies' end, it shouldn't matter what device connects to them, as long as that device makes the proper API calls. It would be up to the device to handle the video stream that it receives and to format it properly for output.
What is needed in these discussions is less juvenile Windows bashing, and more useful advice on how to make average users' Windows machine safe and functional with little or no user intervention.
Remove the user from the equation.
Caracal, a cat well-known for its ability to swat birds out of mid-air.
Also fits in well with the other African wildlife showing up in the U.K.
Thank you for the URL. I just ordered one.
Neither Trump nor Hillary are qualified to be President of the U.S. People say to "vote for the lesser of two evils", but in this election, it's nothing more than an exercise in splitting hairs.
"implausibly appalling" pretty much covers everything that comes out of Donald Trump's mouth....
Maybe when it comes to making policies, but when it comes to abiding by them, that's a different story....
Actually, I have the cure (a .357 hollow point).
You must be an American.
That "cure" was also used in the Soviet Union.
Run this registry file on the machine:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Even with those updates installed, you won't get prompted for a Windows 10 upgrade (that is, until Microsoft decides to ignore these keys...).
Or make a few registry edits:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
1Rafayal: Dont question, this is an MS hate article.
Why yes, this is an MS hate article. We, Microsoft's customers, hate being treated like doormats and having MS walk all over us.
How are the authorities going to enforce the no-fly restrictions? Do they have a fleet of remote-control Spitfires with BB-guns mounted in their wings?
Sure he can! Just give me a call, and I will gladly help him to lighten his wallet.
A bullet to the head is usually sufficient for a zombie.
More like "FuckwIT"....
A thumb's down for gaining the right to say "No thank you, I don't want it"? Must be a Microsoft fanboi....
It's called "GWX Control Panel". Check it out:
The Force is slow with this one....
GWX Control Panel
I've used it on several Windows 7 machines, and it works great. Has options to block downloading the Windows 10 files and to block automatic upgrades. Also has a monitor mode to warn you if any of the settings are changed without your knowledge.
David Pollard: A decade or so ago desktop fans used to be 5", now the trend has been to 3.5" or smaller, less efficient, faster running and generally more noisy.
You have that backwards. Years ago, desktop machines were equipped with 80mm chassis fans. Nowadays, they usually have 120mm, 140mm, or even 200mm fans.
jimbo60: "You call it CrapCast. I call it a decent deal. Comcast recently doubled my speed (again) for the same price, so now I get 150Mb advertised downlink speeds."
That's so you can slam into their data cap sooner, and then open your wallet wider....
c) We, in the States, have an over abundance of self-important idiots.
"Let me guess: you buy the cheapest?"
Talk to Dell and Lenovo. It's their respective OptiPlex and ThinkCentre machines that I have to clean up before use.
At least they don't employ some ass-hat like Phuzz who rips capacitors off circuit boards....
@phuzz: You are the kind of asshole that I swear at when I have to fix a brand-new computer because it was assembled by a brain-dead monkey.
In other words, I'd rather eat the cow than eat like a cow....
The only "strides" that my private-sector broadband provider has made are to come up with any excuse to increase my rates while providing as little service as possible (I'm looking at YOU, Time Warner Cable).
Adobe Air also uses a proprietary document format. Anyone know how to port these to pdf format, because I'd like to have access to those magazines again.
How to convert a AIR file to a PDF file
phuzz: "Given that the procedure that Joe User followed probably took about five hours"
Actually, it was under an hour-and-a-half. The full-disk malware scans took the most time.
One of my co-workers was afflicted with similar malware a few years ago. It checked the hard drive, found a few megs of unallocated space, and created a partition of an unknown type to hold the code. The malware set its partition to "bootable" and loaded before Windows. To remove it, I had to:
- Boot from a GParted Live disc
- Delete the rogue partition
- Expand the Windows partition to occupy that space (you won't pull that trick twice)
- Boot from a Windows installation disc
- Run Windows repair and fix the boot configuration
- Boot into Windows
- Run several anti-malware programs to "delouse" the PC
Never a dull moment around here....
"Safe space travel" is a relative expression.
Yet another reason to avoid Yahoo! entirely....
C-3PO put it best: "I can't abide these Jawas. Disgusting creatures."
There appears to be a way to block a Windows 10 forced upgrade:
1. Open gpedit.msc (Group Policy Editor)
2. Go to "Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update".
3. In the list of settings, find "Turn off the upgrade to the latest version of Windows through Windows Update".
4. Double-click this one and set it to "Enabled".
This setting was originally meant for use by administrators in business environments, where random upgrades to Windows 10 could wreak havoc. Microsoft is unlikely to remove this option, and this setting will probably remain the most effective way to block uninvited upgrades.
Note -- The Group Policy Editor normally isn't available in Windows 7 Home editions, but there's a way around that, too:
How to Enable "Group Policy Editor" (gpedit.msc) in Windows 7 Home Premium, Home Basic, and Starter Editions
And if you aren't careful, Microsoft will sneak GWX back on your PC by classifying it as "Important". Watch out for KB3035583 and be sure to unselect it.
There's never a Sopwith Camel around when you need one....
"Even if you were to put up an antenna mast tall enough to clear the trees around the house, you should still expect it not to work for much of the rainy season and work poorly when it's just humid."
Not to mention that you just created a great lightning rod....
I'll give you my bacon when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.