I have it on
I enabled it since they politely asked me and they were open about the data they gather.
Will disable it from now on.
1164 posts • joined 17 Jan 2009
I enabled it since they politely asked me and they were open about the data they gather.
Will disable it from now on.
Well, IBM did a marvelous job of supporting & updating a clearly failed OS/2.
They love to spy on their users. A internet connected dishwasher can share 'anonymous" statistics about how and when it is used.
Things can be really interesting for washing machine, you can figure out the exact nature of clothing & profile of a rich household.
Obviously, a burglar or some other evil guy can use the data for his own purposes.
Miele devices could be updated via serial & USB since 90s and now this. I always wondered how secure is this process. A washing machine hitting 90 Celsius while it has $10.000 worth of delicate designer clothes wouldn't be cool. Or a dishwasher not doing porcelain program.
What really caused this scandal? Software or hardware? Really mysterious thing is the switch of battery factory and it seems battery isn't the issue.
IMHO the industry should have investigated it just like a jet crash. If it isn't truly solved, LG or Apple could face the same thing and it risks human life.
It really seems huge in India. I know since they go crazy when hardware supports it and vendor didn't install driver etc. On Android forums that is.
They have the following tool as a ms fixit package. They don't advertise it. Really mysterious just like the entire fixit story which became too popular and abandoned
A friend's high end HP i7 laptop was taking 3 minutes to boot on a not so bad hybrid HD. Moved him to SSD just to see the freaking thing still takes 2 minutes to boot with a 549 MB/s read rate. Updated the graphics driver using windows update, it boots in 10 sec. Next time, black screen of death. Switched to archaic HP Win 8 driver, it boots fine and couple of minutes later, screen flickers and we have the latest, non working driver again thanks to windows update.
The issue is,MS dares to touch a highly customised, special setup hybrid graphics mix of Intel HD3000+ATI. Both chip vendors (ATI and Intel) say don't mess with drivers in your case, go to laptop manufacturer (HP) and yet MS overwrites the drivers.
They removed the "don't auto update drivers" option too so you have to run a special, official tool by MS to block installs of specific hardware drivers. I can't imagine any newbie, non technical user understand that concept. They will think that their system is broken. MS could at least code an auto rollback driver function, it is all about caring.
He could buy 3 high quality tablets for that price and damn things keep working like a charm even without updates, there are even android 3 tablets in use which never had updates.
After exploding and melting, they probably become round edged too. Another Apple invention, copied.
In their internal documents they said Linux can be divided to very small parts fit for the purpose while Windows can't. That was in 1990s and they did almost nothing about it. Linux distributions can be updated so easy because even the updater has its own small package in a very simple container without 500 hex numbers filename.
There are some guys from third World in MS forums that provide some genius, crazy registry/shell hacks. I doubt they have seen a University building in real life.
The code which even MS builds on (Linux, BSD) could have been written by an 13 year old with ADHD and we would never know. Does it work? Was it goodly written? Does it conform to the quality of code standards in Linux? That is all Linus cares about. Just imagine the highly prestigious Debian stable, are all debs maintained by computer science guys?
MS does some cool things lately but their company culture didn't change. They never ask why such scandals didn't happen in Debian, a free OS. There is democracy and real free market there. A MIT professor's code could be fixed by an 15 year old and no offence taken.
I really don't think they will change a working thing (updated Java is fine) as these guys are paying millions of dollars to IBM so they can run 25 years old application unmodified.
Use GNU gnash instead of Flash. That was the thing to do (including promoting it as an option) by open source community instead of monkeying with a clearly badly written piece of software. It would never do Netflix but it will work fine for an interface.
I feel sorry for having to remind it on The Register, not a new hipster site that companies in real life run old code as long as it keeps running. MS keeps winning with their operating systems since they can give insane amount of backwards compatibility. Your bank may run 40 year old unmodified assembly code on their 64 bit IBM mainframe and it is expected, not even impressive.
That code hardcopy on paper? Scanner/feeder/high quality OCR.
Actually I will pay a yearly subscription if there is any AV which detected it just by heuristics. Back in 1990 we had a-tool on Amiga which could detect such out of nowhere boot block overwrites. If they can't detect such attacks, why do they waste CPU?
It isn't the hassle, signing software requires real money and these apps are free. Some people are also ideologically against it.
Also signed apps can still do nasty things, signature just means signature, there is no kind of control there.
Zenfone 2 was a great example for Intel phones can be good with unique characteristics such as huge amount of RAM (4GB) and yet, lack of software quality control added to massive draw of power in standby. I know since I own one as my main phone.
Asus shipped everything ARM based since Zenfone 2, using same brand. Zenfone Selfie, Zoom. It seems they were fed up with the bad feedback they get from users.
Apple switched over one CPU to other so smoothly that people weren't even aware they were emulating another CPU down to its endianness until they removed it's support at OS level.
If MS can't do the same, the issue is way more deeper. Industry guys say Symbian's real problem was not being able to run on newer ARM arch for instance.
Countries, governments are the usual suspects because of the massive money and computing power they have. It could be any other power, like a huge petrol company poisoning the climate data so couple of sold out scientists can "prove" or at least create suspicion that global warming isn't that bad for instance.
Losing access to Eurovision Network is a big deal for a large TV station and also a serious prestige loss.
It is like getting booted from a major Internet exchange point.
As you are interested in single kind of applications, not latest game running well, what about installing a stable Linux and run DJ tools via WINE?
There is a working, privacy caring, open source thing which everyone seems to love: DuckDuckGo .
It also made into browsers. Support it with that brain power and money instead.
The day they gave up their engine, the browser was dead. Chinese are wasting their money too, they should look at UCWeb to see how you can skin an engine and still be innovative.
WebKit is open source too and I am sure there are many bugs over there too. In fact, I bet similar stuff is going on at Chrome project.
That is how open source works, not so perfect but at least better than Microsoft way.
If you remember the first versions of these Eastern European miracles that changed the entire security software scene...
AVG and Avast started as extremely light, focused software which did one thing and did it perfectly. Once large funds and companies started to pour money, they added one bloat after another and became the very Symantec they fought with.
Use an open operating system where you can choose other browsers. Once users don't have choice, developer team gets spoi!ed and IE happens.
They print a physical pseudo-random password to label, you physically turn the device upside down to read the random(?) Password and enter it.
In reality it will be kernel developers like Microsoft, Linux who will update the microcode as people are rightfully afraid to update their BIOS.
It is 2016 with 3-4 BIOS development companies at most, still no safe, documented standard to update BIOS.
An American president almost lost his job and went to prison because he lied about his relationship with Monica.
Let's hope they have a single line of code/checkout/comment/log to prove that claim.
While on it, do you still think rms is a fanatic?
I won't name any names but when they copied MS "Startup performance dialogue" they disabled my paid Kaspersky extension. When I sent feedback, someone replied "But it doesn't really help" etc.
Disabling a security extension because it takes a little more time to Startup.
Internet Explorer with all that backwards compatibility didn't go anywhere so if you need ActiveX for that internal site etc, you are covered.
Mozilla could think about real business and some academics and say ESR will keep on supporting plugins with easier opt in approach.
This is how businesses become dependent on MS etc. Couple of nerds decide what has become unfashionable and rm -rf working code, say bye to that internal page.
I don't think they have a clue about the plugins used by business, academic people etc.
Their chrome trendy buddies brainwashed them and this happened.
Before you mention Edge browser, remember iexplore.exe didn't go anywhere with all that backwards compatibility since Microsoft does know the business World very well.
First, it was introduced/pushed by Redhat who became an enterprise company rather than the old Redhat community loved.
Secondly, the way it was introduced to Debian was a pure disaster along with arrogant, rude acting developers.
I see a lot of parallels between systemd and Mono. Was Mono hit by non technical, conspiracy theory like arguments? Of course it was. Just check how Icaza acted.
Cray FAQ says:
The machines originally purchased to help out on a computer on a chip project, the machines eventually earned their keep running MOLDFLOW an injection plastic modelling program ( producing some results in the form of Quicktime movies) and later as a file server. Other applications were CFD codes for disk drive design improvement and one source reports ".. they sometimes ran the first XMP as a single user MacOS emulator ... They had a frame buffer and a mouse hooked up to the IOP."
You can also plug your phone. Read what they did in 70s
The following is an approximate description of an event that took place in the late '70s:
There was the time that an early Cray-1 serial number was running pre-ship reliability tests and was crashing consistently at roughly the same time in the pre-dawn morning hours. After much head scratching, somebody realized that the (newly hired) third shift custodial engineer was coming through on his regular pass through the checkout bays at about the time the failures happened. He was questioned when he came in the next night to find out if he might have been moving or operating any of the system machinery in the bay during his rounds. He denied doing anything of the sort. Later that night however he was noticed plugging his Hoover into one of the 60Hz utility outlets conveniently located on the base of a Cray-1 power supply 'bench' in an adjacent checkout bay. The outlets were handy for plugging in test equipment during checkout activities but an ECO (engineering change order) was issued soon afterward removing them.
What Microsoft and even Samsung fails to understand is, Apple is a OS/Apps vendor who happens to design the hardware which those apps will run on.
They aren't understanding what is wrong to begin with. Steve Jobs did understand what was wrong at Apple and fixed it.
Coming from Symbian scene, that is exactly what Nokia did too. Nokia was selling well and their trolltech/Linux strategy was working, as last resort they had Android compatibility card to play.
I think it all happened because developers and advanced users didn't see OS vendor commitment. Why waste money and time on a platform with no future?
For example, I use Android while I hate Google and their little spy games& tactics. I am a potential customer and all I see is a company shipping phones without a front camera.
It will mean the entire "future of windows" vision has failed. CEO will be fired along with tens of thousands of people. They will become a services/software company.
IBM did this in 90s and they did it so successfully that people think it is easy. It isn't.
As Microsoft Windows phone can't compete, Google and Apple happily share the whole market and do whatever they want.
You have only 2 choices, actually you don't really have a choice. Certain people will only buy Android, others will only buy Apple based on their usage patterns.
Thee fight will become serious once Google Play Services gets mentioned.
You can't discriminate any particular group, it is like free speech, you know some people should really shut up but you better fight for their right to speech.
Open source is being used for both good and evil since the beginning.
SFP will probably bring it back ;-)
Google has legal right to keep and analyse every single mail that comes in or out. Also being an American company it can create major international problem for hackers.
NSA probably runs a cooler Linux (SELinux) too, why doesn't Linus get email@example.com next time? They probably have better anti spam filters.
That carries the issue to the level of absurdity.
I am sure it is about the lack of frameworks they use. It should be easy to port to GNUStep but other frameworks doesn't exist on Linux/Win.
If they were serious, it would take 2 hours to stop bundling third party software (McAfee ad) and switch to OS native installer (MSI).
I bet NSA people are doing urgent meetings with Adobe right now.
Remember, even Obama has Flash installed and vulnerable.
They hunted down non active projects to infect them with adware. As GIMP guys left them years ago...
Windows have DirectX 12 which is said to provide performance increase on same old hardware just by being there, most mature OpenGL drivers provided by vendors and Microsoft's good developer support.
I used Apple as my only system for everything before bootcamp&Intel thing happened, I know couple of things about its OpenGL support. It is always behind the curve, Apple has horrible developer support compared to Microsoft. Ask any die-hard Apple gamer who runs same game on both OS X and Windows and you will be surprised about the performance difference.
This "protype sold to consumers" type thing requires perfect performance by host operating system. Especially Graphics performance. Think it like a game.
I am not saying anything about Linux but I bet Steam will change things in future, I thought I better target Apple since they make money selling software&hardware.
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