* Posts by WatAWorld

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Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time

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Although 97% of desktop computer users prefer non-Apple OSs

Although 97% of desktop computer users prefer non-Apple OSs, and 99% actually shell out mony rather than accept Linux's free product, MS would do well to remember that selling apps is easier when potential customers don't have to worry about security.

Apple and Linux are dismal examples of marketing.

Linux can't even give its product away. Apple sells less than one copy for every 20 copies MS sells.

However, there is little money in trying to beat zero sales.

Set the bar higher.

If you really want to rack up app sales, then deliver a better product. Deliver a product people can trust on the OS people want. Apple and Linux can't. MS can. But to do that MS has to improve security.

Yesterday I deleted 12 apps from my Chrome and Firefox browsers and 6 from my Calibre e-reader because vulnerabilities discovered in Firefox allows apps to take advantage of security accesses granted other apps.

MS needs better security than Mozilla and Google.

To get intelligent people to buy and use apps on computers customers care about (need security on), MS needs to ensure security.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Hardware marketers have only themselves to blame

Hardware marketers (and their marketing and chattering fanboys) have only themselves to blame for slow sales of PC, laptops, and over the next few years, tablets and phones.

What in the world caused you guys to think that a giveaway of an operating system designed for existing computers would boost PC sales? You were always dreaming in technical based on the fabrications of your own imaginations.

It wasn't MS, it was yourselves and your peers in hardware and industry news who deluded you.

A new version of Windows designed to run on existing hardware is no more likely to boost hardware sales than a new version of Linux or OS X.

If you want to boost hardware sales you have to give us new hardware that does stuff old hardware won't.

Virtual reality, now that will likely boost hardware sales.

It is not of Linux and Microsoft to sell hardware. It is your job. Nobody is going to do that for you.

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Apple stuns world with Donald Trump iPhone

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Apple start your xerox machines might have been appropriate

Apple start your xerox machines might have been appropriate.

It has been a long time since Apple lead smart phone technology, except in innovative new case colors.

Sizes? Samsung lead and Apple followed. Except now.

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Feds raid 'extortionist' IT security biz Tiversa, CEO put on leave

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I'm wondering how the FBI made its selection

I'm wondering how the FBI made its selection.

I mean, the IT security industry seems mostly to be extortion. Find one of the inevitable vulnerabilities and extort money from either the vendor or the vendor's clients.

Security vulnerabilities are inevitable in complex software, witness how easy it is to find vulnerabilities to OS X, iOS, Android and Linus.

Security vulnerabilities can no more be totally avoided that someone can create a vandal proof 'main battle tank'.

Vehicles, including main battle tanks, depend on police and guard services to protect them from vandalism.

There is no way to prevent bricks though windows, keyed door, and knives through tires. Useful visual operating systems are simply too complex to be bullet proof.

It is like bank vaults. It is impossible to build a burglar proof bank fault. What insurance companies require is that your vulnerable 18" steel reinforced bank vault be connected to an alarm system that can summon police from a station no more than 15 minutes away. (Thermic lances take 15 minutes to penetrate steel reinforced concrete.)

Security lies in having police forces to interrupt criminals before they can succeed in completing their crimes.

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Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party

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Re: Another ...

Yes, and all those gaming industry salespeople trying to pretend that a discussion of the uncontested journalistic misconduct of "complete and total lack of impartiality and lack of full disclosure of conflict of interest" is a discussion of "equal pay for equal work".

Salespeople should refrain from pretending to be journalists.

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Re: @John

"Or the child could get my looks and her brains" after which the whole audience had to laugh it out ;)

That is a rip-off of George Bernard Shaw:

http://shawquotations.blogspot.ca/2015/04/a-child-with-your-brains-and-my-looks.html

"This definition, of course, must have borrowed from the anecdote alluded to in Hesketh Pearson’s Bernard Shaw: His Life and Personality (p. 310-311) when “a strange lady giving an address in Zürich wrote him a proposal, thus: “You have the greatest brain in the world, and I have the most beautiful body; so we ought to produce the most perfect child.” Shaw asked: “What if the child inherits my body and your brains?”"

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Only a totalitarian would expect to be pandered too all the time.

"As an ex-pat Brit in Canada, I still find it quite embarrassing"

@skelband, I'm an expat Brit in Canada too. I'm

"also" a libertarian.

Let us face it, different companies try to appeal to different clienteles.

It is the antithesis of libertarianism to assume that all companies are trying to appeal to a single group of consumers.

Large companies have ads and events that appeal to (suck in) one set of consumers, while ignoring another.

Imagine running ad advertisement in Arabic in Israel. Or Muslims in France. You're going to turn off people outside the target demographic.

That is how the real word is. You do one ad to target women consumers. And other ads to target men consumers.

Only a totalitarian would expect to be pandered too all the time.

Yeah, sometimes companies are going to sponsor TV programs and advertising that pander to someone other than the "14 to 23 year-0old female" demographic group. Now you know how it feels to the rest of humanity 95% of the time.

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Re: Not great but ...

Yes "John Bailey". I assume you agree it is a pretty banal observation, since you don't present counter-evidence.

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Re: Sex is a marketing way to sell stuff? What a news!

@"David Webb" who posted:

"@Big John - I was going to try and list all the possible different genders that are available, other than Male/Female. I then checked how many keystrokes on average there is MTBF and yeah, screw it."

As a transphasic 'female of center' masculinist transient asexual species-neutral polyphobe, I resent your attempt to simplify the reality of the meta universes regarding alternate realities of esoteric hypertrophic sexuality.

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Re: Sex is a marketing way to sell stuff? What a news!

Exactly !!! Look at women's clothing and perfume advertising?. Does it not exploit sex?

The issue here is the neo-fascists of the ultra-right wing "third wave feminists" (who are not feminists at all).

These ultra-right wing feminists (and other members of the ultra-right wing "regressive left") are bent upon enforcing their interpretations of what is tolerable and what is acceptable.

And they totally ignore the fact that they're words are "triggering" those of us who've lived through WWII and the Cold War.

They're totally ignoring the fact that -- by their own standards -- they are re-traumatizing those who suffered at the hand of conformist totalitarians, after they were imprisoned in concentration camps in Europe and in Asia.

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Re: "You just didn't like the entertainment"

"On the other hand, the sort of people who view sexual exploitation as "entertainment" tend to be permanently single."

No. They tend to be the wives of sports superstars who've been sued for half their assets by people whose claim to that money is their gender.

Make no mistake, women are not so hugely different from men as you think.

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Re: the usual suspects complain

When I game I often take on female characters, which I have no doubt means your statistics claim I'm female.

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Is The Reg really going to join the ultra-right wing extremists?

Is The Reg really going to join the ultra-right wing extremists of the regressive "left"?

Is The Reg really going to advocate for ignoring what the customer base is?

Is The Reg really going to advocate against companies supporting "campaigns against breast cancer" that ignore all other forms of cancer?

Is The Reg really going to become a fascist newspaper that argues for the totalitarianism of (not feminism) but "third wave feminism".

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European Patent Office extends olive branch to furious trade unions

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Obviously gross mis-management

Obviously gross mismanagement.

Any company that allowed something like this to go on for so long would have faced a series of successful lawsuits followed by a shareholder revolt.

Any democratic institution that allowed something like this to go on for so long would have been voted out of office by citizens.

That is the problem with the EU, it is anti-democratic, it is an oligarchic bureaucratic autocracy.

The UK is but one of many EU countries whose intelligent citizens generally realize that the EU is destroying democracy and must either be vastly restrained or left.

Only those who stand against democracy support a stronger EU.

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US Congressman calls WIPO 'the FIFA of UN agencies' at hearing

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I would be upset that the USA is taking it upon itself to police a UN agency.

But the sad fact is that UN agencies and the UN itself have proven to be utterly and completely unable to police themselves.

It isn't just the WIPO.

To me the most galling are (A) the UN agencies dealing with famines and poverty, whose officials stay in 5 star hotels, and (B) the abuse of the archaic 'old boys network' idea of diplomatic immunity to permit drunk driving and sexual assaults. (A) is more common than (B).

In Europe there seems to be a thirst for increasingly undemocratic bureaucratic imperialism (literally imperialism in its strict sense).

It is great that at least one nation is stepping up to the plate and taking action to reign in the unelected bureaucrats that would destroy our democracies.

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Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators

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Re: Useless

You might not mean it, but the phrasing gives the impression you'll only consider actions that solve all your problems.

Life is not so easy. Removing FlashPlayer doesn't fix java vulnerabilities and vice versa. You didn't need me to tell you that. Often separate problems require separate solutions.

That single solutions don't fix everything doesn't make them useless.

In reply to, "Years ago I thought it might be wise to block IPs in the Tor exit node blacklists. That's useless against all the attacks coming directly from pwned Wordpress sites nowadays, however."

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In Canada on very cold days many of those who work or play outdoors wear ski masks.

I live in Canada and on very cold days many of those who work or play outdoors wear ski masks.

However we have the common sense not to walk into a bank wearing a ski mask.

Of course a person can forget, and that is unfortunate. But Canada is not other countries and mostly you simply take the ski mask off and you can do business.

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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It seems Linux lacks a feature these so-called power users are finding they need.

""Linux is actively being used by power users who can not or do not want to use Windows because of a lack of features, and now, those (paying) users who used Skype for both Business and Private purposes are dropped by Skype."

It seems Linux lacks a feature these so-called power users are finding they need.

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Ransomware scum infect Tinseltown hospital, demand $3.6m

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Re: Bastards

(Although why critical equipment is accessible from the internet God only knows)

That is a little like saying, "It is the banks fault for being robbed, they have a front door onto main street."

Or perhaps, "It is your own fault your car got keyed, you parked it in a parking lot."

However, yeah, our industry is so morally bankrupt you do have a point. Even personal injury lawyers, the world's second lowest life forms, don't shove innocent victims under buses the way some in our industry do.

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It was a random attack? Random attacks don't ask for $3.6 million ransom.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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Re: Sigh.....

Did your mom use Windows 7? How long ago? Do you think she remembers how it works?

That is the thing, Windows 8 and 8.1 were UI mistakes. There was a learning curve.

There is almost no learning curve going from 7 to 10, but that does not help people going from 8 or 8.1 to 10.

I never used either flavour of 8, but people did say 7 was easier to use. If 7 was easier to use, then 10 is easier to use.

But if the problem was that 8 required learning, then someone who has only ever used 8 have a learning curve to adapt to Windows 7 or 10.

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Re: Is the End Nigh?

Now that is a really good question.

I think there is a good chance they'll extend the 1 year free upgrade. Already Windows 10 is on 1/3 as many computers as Windows 7. It dwarfs Windows 8 use. And it has passed Windows 8.1 use.

If MS thinks that extending the free upgrade will reduce its maintenance expenses, I think they'll extend it.

I think at least they're likely to extend it for Windows 8 and 8.1 where there is a good chance of reducing the user base to less than 1% of internet connected computers.

But that is just my speculation.

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Re: Breaches No. 1 rule of upgrading.

Rule One was never upgrade an existing OS.

Rule Two was to turn off your antivirus when installing any new software, especially a video driver.

Rule Three was to re-boot your computer every day whether you had installed anything or not.

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Friends of Windows 10 upgraded so we don't get the upgrade notices.

Frankly, Apple and Linux are far more sleezy than MS in the way they treat staff and customers. Someone at MS does 1/10 of the sleeziness and it is front page news, where Linux gets divided support and Apple gets a by.

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I will tell you why MS is pushing so hard for Windows 10.

I will tell you why MS is pushing so hard for Windows 10, since apparently it is not obvious.

Windows 7 is insecure, as is all complex software, and the insecurities are too widely known.

Removing the known insecurities from Windows 7 was difficult and expensive, and what was created in doing so was Windows 10.

Maintaining 4 OSs, adapting them to new hardware, fixing the inevitable vulnerabilities as they are discovered, and so on is much more effort than maintaining one OS.

The big complaint with Windows 8 and to an extent 8.1 was simply that the UI was different from Windows 7. That complaint has been fully addressed, so that customers can switch over and so that MS can save money by not having so many OSes to maintain.

It is true that by giving us a free operating system that is so much more efficient and multi-threading than Windows 7 it will decrease hardware sales -- hardware people shouldn't be happy -- but money saved on hardware is money available for spending on software. Part of the money I saved by not needing to buy a new computer I used to upgrade from Office 2010 to Office 365.

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Re: Time to disable Windows update on my parent's PCs

Why not just update it? There is almost nothing for your parents to learn that is new. All the old stuff is still there, except Windows Media Player. That's replaced.

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Re: Sigh - Not again

I've got a 6 year-old computer, core i7 960, SSD, nVidia card.

It upgraded flawlessly and easily to Windows 10.

And there is essentially zero learning curve going from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on the same desktop.

The UI is the same.

On desktops, Metro is hidden away and I'd need to dig in the settings before I'd know it even existed.

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I upgraded back in November, and Windows 10 is working great.

I upgraded back in November, and Windows 10 is working great. UI is almost exactly the same as Windows 10.

Biggest change is speed, it make much better use of multi-core CPUs.

Second biggest change is even fewer system problems.

Those who don't want to upgrade because it is Microsoft doing this instead of Apple, maybe switch to Apple or Linux.

You can't control Microsoft -- but you can control yourself !!! If you think Apple or Linux is better, switch.

Yeah, exactly, more adopt Windows than leave it.

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

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Privacy versus Anonymity

Internet anonymity is almost akin to wearing a burka or a ski mask.

Privacy does not require anonymity. Privacy the public not knowing. Anonymity is nobody knowing.

Privacy is something people historically have had going back centuries. Anonymity that few people used to have until most of the population moved to large cities. Even then we lived in communities where everyone knew us. Only transients had anonymity.

Replacing anonymity with privacy would mean less desire to monitor us because there would be less criminal activity on the internet.

Replacing anonymity with privacy would mean less cyber crime because cyber criminals could be more easily tracked and arrested by police.

It is the blanket monitoring of everyone by the NSA, GCHQ, etc. that I most hate.

I think I would give up my internet anonymity in exchange for privacy of a sort where a judicial order would be required to lift my internet aliases to reveal my legal name.

Just think fewer DDoS attacks, fewer viruses, fewer trojans, and less phishing emails -- not zero DDoS attacks, viruses, trojans and phishing emails, fewer. And improved odds of the culprits being found and prosecuted.

That is my current thinking. But again, the sort of privacy where a judicial order would be required to breach my anonymity. Anything easier just leaves us all open to Doxing and dirty tricks by bureaucrats.

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How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013

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It definitely is a sweet heart deal

Google definitely has a sweet heart deal. It has gotten off dirt cheap and I expect the only strong clause in the agreement is the clause preventing any future government going back to collect the correct amount of tax.

If companies deserve to pay as little tax as Google, then reduce the tax rate for all companies.

Why should individuals and other companies be paying taxes to support the technology, legal system, science, and education that Google takes huge advantage of.

It is like the UK's unique tax exemptions for your "non-doms". No sensible country provides government services for next to nothing, and the only senseless country that does is the UK.

Taxation needs to be fair or people and companies will start evading taxes. We'll become like Greece.

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Corporate tax is paid for by overpaid employees and shareholders, only overpaid employees.

Corporate tax is paid for by overpaid employees (CEOs, VPs, marketing types) and shareholders.

The Proof:

Imagine Google was taxed fairly.

Whose income would go down?

Workers paid fair-market wages? No, because they'd leave and find other jobs.

Workers paid excessive wages? Yes, if they leave they'll be paid less, so they are willing to stay on at lower wages until their wages reach fair-market levels.

Shareholders? Shareholders are stuck with the balance, what cannot be recovered by reducing wages that exceed fair-market levels comes from shareholders.

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Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court

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leads me to believe the story has greater errors and omissions than just the date.

@Cynic, from what I read here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_record#United_Kingdom

what you suggest is how it currently is -- except on enhanced disclosures.

a) Unless the position you are applying for requires an enhanced disclosure your conviction is not disclosed once it is spent.

b) Allegations and not guilty verdicts aren't disclosed either.

"Enhanced disclosures are typically used to screen applicants for positions such as police officer, social worker, teacher which involve contact with vulnerable groups and children."

Which leads me to believe the story has greater errors and omissions than just the messed-up dates.

Possibly she was applying for jobs like police officer, social worker, or teacher. But then I'd expect that the managers for such jobs, and their HR department managers, would have the experience on their own to ignore irrelevant old stuff.

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Re: It's a start

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_record#United_Kingdom

"These [ACPO criminal records] records are not publicly accessible and cannot be viewed without the subject's consent, although in some cases an employer might make such consent a condition of employment, especially if the employee is to work with children or other vulnerable people.

The child sex offenders disclosure scheme allows parents and guardians to ask the police if someone with access to a child has a record for child sexual offences.[94]

Information supplied depends on the level of disclosure required. Low-level disclosures only reveal unspent convictions (convictions which have not yet been expunged under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974), while enhanced disclosures normally include all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings.

An enhanced criminal record certificate may contain relevant information that need not relate solely to criminal matters.[95]

Arrests that do not lead to an official finding of guilt, i.e. a conviction or the acceptance of a caution, are not considered part of a person's criminal record and are not typically disclosed as part of the process.

However, an enhanced disclosure may include such additional information, which is supplied at the Chief Police Officer's discretion.

Enhanced disclosures are typically used to screen applicants for positions such as police officer, social worker, teacher which involve contact with vulnerable groups and children."

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@Cynic,

From Wikipedia:

"Under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, the Act as it applies in England and Wales was updated to provide new rehabilitation periods – with most convictions becoming spent in a shorter amount of time.[3] For adults, the rehabilitation period is one year for community orders, two years for custodial sentences of six months or less, four years for custodial sentences of over six months and up to and including 30 months, and seven years for custodial sentences of over 30 months and up to and including 48 months. Custodial sentences of over four years will never become spent and must continue to be disclosed when necessary. The rehabilitation period starts after the offender has completed his/her sentence, this includes time on license. "

That makes so much sense !

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Re: It's a start

My understanding is that in Canada unproven allegations and not guilty verdicts do not go on the version criminal record disclosed to anyone but police officers, prosecutors, defending lawyers, and court officials.

So a potential employer would never see it.

That is how it should be.

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Conceal minor offenses after 10 years

For minor convictions the record should automatically be concealed from records disclosed to employers (landlords, etc.) after 5 years -- provided there is are no further convictions.

Both burglary and embezzlement should exclude employment in certain occupations, and they are neither sexual nor violent offences. Probably burglaries and embezzlements should be concealed from records after 10 years -- provided there is are no further convictions.

Canada currently has a system somewhat like that, except that the concealment (formerly mis-named 'pardon') has to be paid for, your lawyer's fees plus a $400 application fee. (Lawyers want the $400 fee reduced to $100, probably so they increase their bills by $300.)

So far as I know Canada's system works fine.

But for juveniles, I don't agree that what happens before age 18 should disappear from your the records available to employers at age 18. That is how it is in Canada, do something at 17-1/2 and nobody can know about it. I think what you do up to age 16 should be kept secret. But what you do between age 16 and 18 should hang around at least until age 21, age 25 if it is sexual or violent.

For adults there should be a process to provide earlier record concealment, where a junior judge would look at a person's work history and lifestyle, and if _remarkable_ changes had occurred be able to issue an earlier concealment order, as little as half the time. (A wealthy person who can afford a great lawyers continuing to be wealthy is not be a remarkable change. Likewise being poor and eligible for free legal aid and continuing to be poor and eligible for free legal aid is not a remarkable change.)

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Samsung sued over 'lackadaisical' Android security updates

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Lack of security updates for Android is the big opening for Microsoft

Lack of security updates for Android is the big opening for Microsoft to grab cellphone market share in non-luxury cellphones.

(Of course Apple has the luxury 'snob goods' cell market sewn up.)

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Re: Move along, nothing to see

So only 3 years of support? Thank you for warning me.

Mind you, what is the average service life of a cell phone? Turns out in both the USA and Canada it is 18 months.

https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/oca-bc.nsf/eng/ca02267.html

http://www.informinc.org/pages/media/the-secret-life-series/the-secret-life-of-cell-phones/faq-secret-life-of-cell-phones.html

Still, you have a good point. If 18 months is average, some are lasting over 3 years. And even though a cellphone does not have the longevity of a desktop computer, there should be security updates for it for 4 to 5 years.

(And as cellphone technology plateaus, that average of 18 months will extend somewhat.)

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Excellent and long overdue

Excellent and long overdue. I'm surprised US lawyers haven't already started a class action suit along these lines.

Of course here the cell companies would need to be sued as well, because they are a second roadblock to updates. Any suit would need to name both the phone maker and the cell company as respondents.

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GCHQ spies quashed this phone encryption because it was too good against snoopers

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So GCHQ wants to help the terrorists and Russians?

By helping prevent good encryption for individuals and businesses GCHQ has helped organized crime, terrorists and enemy nations.

Weak encryption and backdoors help terrorists and enemy nations access the building plans, work schedules and standard operating procedures of civilian facilities that can then be subjected to terrorist attacks.

Weak encryption helps organized crime and rogue nations steal money from our investment accounts.

Weak encryption allows organized crime, terrorists and enemy nations to acquire blackmail material with which to pressure us, our legislators and our government employees.

Weak encryption and backdoors enable the companies and agencies of those competitor nations, to steal our trade and financial secrets.

GCHQ and the NSA need weak encryption to keep us safe?

No weak encryption makes us vulnerable to organized crime, terrorists and (enemy) spy agencies, and their theft of our assets and their blackmail of us, our elected representatives, and our government employees.

How will future elected represent us when our spy agencies have dossiers on them going back decades to their childhood? Our country will become a Chekist state.

Any politician who supports weak encryption is supporting the enemies of our nation and the democratic principals of our freedom.

Any government agency asking for weak encryption is asking to make us vulnerable to our enemies and to turn our nation into a Chekist state.

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Waving Microsoft's Windows 10 stick won't help Intel's Gen 6 core

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Re: Innovation?

The lowest cost hardware solution is usually to keep the old hardware.

That doesn't help hardware vendors sell hardware products.

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The mainframe returns.

You know the original VM operating system was an IBM operating system that ran on mainframes. Each user had their own virtual mainframe.

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Re: Unless we get "incremental updates...

Exactly. Windows 10 on desktops comes up with the desktop by default.

On desktops you have to dig inside the settings to turn the Metro interface on.

As you've seen, Windows 10 looks exactly like Windows 7 for regular users, even technical users. The only noticeable differences are what the Start button brings up (icon-like tiles instead of actual icons) and the selection of themes is still quite limited (only 2-D -- too plain and too white on a large screen).

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Re: There has been a dearth of PC innovation, 'tis true

Intel chips run a variety of OSs.

It is consumers' choices, OEMs' choices, retailer's choices, that so many Intel chips run Windows.

Expecting Intel to sell your favorite OS option for you is as silly as a hardware company expecting Microsoft to sell its hardware.

If Linus Torvalds isn't doing a good job of fronting and selling Linux, replace him. Make him VP of technology or something.

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Re: Bassackwards

But they do pick the computer along with the OS.

They could choose Linux or Mac OS. They choose not to choose it.

So retailers choose not to offer much Linux.

Retailers do offer Mac OS, but people don't choose it, usually due to the very high purchase price.

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Re: Let me get this straight...?

"Let's pretend that we are in fact talking about security that is entirely chip-based. How does it get updated when it inevitably is popped? "

You're wondering if this hardware feature will help hardware companies sell hardware?

It probably will. (It will certainly sell more hardware than hoping some software company will sell it for them.)

Other person's question: Will it be hacker-proof?

No, but it will automatically secure your desktop when you walk away from it at your office. It sounds like it will secure at least as effectively as manually locking the screen or signing off. Similar with laptops.

It also won't protect against nuclear attack.

It is just an extra layer of security to automatically lock or shutdown your computer when you wander away from it.

Of course it can be hacked. Any non-trivial software and hardware can be hacked. I think it is silly when people in our industry and the tech press keep expecting otherwise when they've already been provided with so much 'proof it is thus' by so many vendors and so many open source projects.

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As well as technical need and prestige, there is the aspect of tax laws, that vary year-to-year and country-to-country.

If your country changes the minimum depreciation period for hardware it affects what the beancounters will suggest for replacements.

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Laziness of sales and marketing VPs

It is not Microsoft's job to sell other companies' computers.

As far as not supporting old operating systems on new computers, Apple has always had that police and nobody complained.

If hardware makers don't like MS, they can always use Linux or create their own OS (like Apple and Google did).

It is just laziness on the parts of VPs of sales and VPs of marketing at hardware vendors. They aren't getting results selling their products, so they've turned to selling CEOs and shareholders on their lame excuses.

Companies wanting to run old operating system version for decades to come? They can do what SCADA companies have always done, which is to buy still produced and still widely available older CPUs and chipsets.

One thing I will agree with, MS has been far too aggressive in pushing Windows 10. The nag screens and upgrade prompts should appear not more than once a week. Instead I've seen them appearing almost daily on some computers.

I made the step from Windows 7 to 10 on my home computer and it has been great. No issues, other than the currently available screens are too plain and flat. It is fast too. And the optimizations they're still making so it will run on phones are making it run even faster.

Windows 10 is terrific and I urge everyone to upgrade their personal 'at home' computers to it asap.

But yeah, MS should not be so aggressively pushing Windows 10.

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GCHQ summer schools to pay teenage hackers £250 a week

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Dieter, you've nailed it

Training kids in hacking and turning them loose on the world.

Push up the rate of cybercrime to Russian levels and justify widespread total surveillance of us all.

The UK is well on the path to Chekism.

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