* Posts by Fuzz

959 posts • joined 25 Jul 2007

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Surprising nobody, lawyers line up to sue the crap out of Equifax

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Re: Insider trading?

"To be honest I doubt it is possible to get 300k miles on one."

Not sure about the Mk1 but certainly the 3 and 4 it's tricky to tell just how far it's gone without a study of the MOT history since the odometer only goes to 99999 then resets back to 0. I don't think Ford expected people to be driving 300K miles.

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LG teases us with svelte V30 but refuses to say if it's coming to Blighty

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30"

"I can run Satnav for 10 hours solid and still have 30" battery left).."

Is that 30 inches or 30 seconds?

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British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

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ADSL2+

ADSL2+ is still available. I think all ADSL is now provided using ADSL2+ even if it's limited to 8Mbps. The reason the up to 24Mbps connections dissappeared is that it was only achievable in very specific circumstances. You had to be practically sitting in the exchange to get that speed.

Also marketing, most people can get 40 or 80 on VDSL now so there's no need to try and market your ADSL as 24Mbps anymore because you can offer a faster service on VDSL.

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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vmware

The latest versions of 6.0 and 6.5 don't require flash they have an all html5 client.

I prefer to use the fat client for anything that still works.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

snipping tool is what you need for taking screenshots. It's there on all supported versions of windows. It has built in tools for drawing on the screenshots. The newest versions added delayed activation so you can capture tooltips or menus in your screenshots, and lasso selection for ... not sure I've never wanted a badly hand drawn circular snapshot.

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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

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Re: Email != Webmail

Outlook anywhere is in 2010, not sure about 2007. No MAPI (MAPI) is a programming interface. I'm guessing you mean RPC over HTTPS. It doesn't use that either though. Outlook anywhere doesn't support any kind of 2FA (as far as I know). Outlook anywhere is very convenient, but it's not particularly secure as it's only protected by a password. If you're using Outlook you should use a VPN.

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Re: Email != Webmail

"MAPI/RPC is the protocol used by older Outlook clients"

RPC is the protocol, MAPI is a programming interface. Outlook shouldn't be connecting directly to exchange over the Internet, there should be a VPN involved.

"a certificate is NOT 2FA, it's too easy to proxy."

Not sure I follow you. The server holds the public key, client holds the private key. This key pair is unique to the user/client combination. If the device is lost/compromised the key is revoked. How does a proxy affect this?

The point here is that you can force some form of 2FA for all email users. If you say you can't because you need to support xyz crappy outdated client then you don't have a secure system. Security vs usability is always a balancing act. If you're the government you should probably be tipping the scales towards security

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Re: Email != Webmail

I access my gmail over imap and I have 2FA enabled. You don't access email over SMTP. MAPI is a programming interface. EAS can be secured using certificates thereby making the device the something you have.

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Not only missing 2FA

Sounds like missing 2FA and no lockouts for incorrect attempts. It's quite hard to brute force passwords if you're only allowed 3 attempts. Or 1 attempt every 15 minutes.

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Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

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dodgeball.com

dodgeball.com (the service bought by Google and turned into Latitude) was doing the location based interaction stuff in 2000

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Re: Tiling application windows

Haven't got a 1703 system here but on Windows 1611 it's still possible.

Shift+right click the application on the taskbar and show side by side/stacked

You can also use Windows+Left or Windows+Right or drag the windows to the edge of the screen to snap a window to half a screen. Windows 10 now also then lets you choose which open window to snap to the other half.

I think this monitor would be good if it wasn't 1. too expensive, 2. lacking vertical resolution.

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First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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If you're writing a document like this why would you be copying the screenshots from your production DB? You should be going through the dev process step by step so the screenshots should be from your dev environment.

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M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

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M60

I can understand the M6, most of it goes through unpopulated countryside. The M60 is only 80%? I would've expected over 90%. All of the provider coverage maps show 100%. This implies that you can only get a 4G signal 80% of the time when you're in a 4G area.

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Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update

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Re: Desktop Bridge

Wow, did you miss the point of what I was saying much?

Desktop bridge lets you take w32 apps and deploy them through the store. It doesn't turn them into UWP apps. It's just a way for Microsoft to try and skim their 30% off of more windows apps. If anything desktop bridge makes things worse there is now almost no incentive to create UWP apps.

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UWP

If Microsoft wanted UWP to take off then they should've released it as a runtime for Windows 7. Nobody is going to bother writing any UWP apps whilst they still have to build an equivalent win32 app for 7.

e.g. Spotify, there is a Windows Phone app but it's terrible. Spotify could build a UWP that would work across xbox, desktop, tablet and phone but the market share for platforms other than desktop is so small that there's no point when they need to still build a win32 app. Same with Kindle, BBC iplayer etc.

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Samsung's Chromebook Pro: Overpriced vanilla PC with a stylus. 'Wow'

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ipads

ipads are easy to lock down as long as you have them enroled in DEP. That way it doesn't matter what the kids do to them the restrictions can't be removed. Even if they hook the device up to a computer and use iTunes to wipe it. It boots back up connects to your MDM and sets itself back up again.

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How Lexmark's patent fight to crush an ink reseller will affect us all

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This sounded slightly mad to me too. If Lexmark want to sell cheap cartridges in return for receiving the empties back then they should ship or sell the new cartridges once they receive the returns. Trying to tie customers to some sort of contract by writing something on the pack isn't going to stand up.

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Re: We're still printing?

"Personally I "enjoy" printing out pictures of my kids. I say "enjoy" because it comes at a price."

The cost of maintaining a printer for this kind of printing isn't worth it. I just use one of the myriad of online print services. They're using proper Fujifilm printers so you get an actual photograph which won't fade like an inkjet print. The cost isn't any higher than printing at home, once you've factored in replacing dried up cartridges that you haven't used for a couple of months and the multiple prints you have to do because you set the wrong colour profile or you loaded 7x5 paper when you wanted 6x4 etc.

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FM now stands for 'fleeting mortality' in Norway

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Re: Considering that most digital radio is utter crap in quality...

FM = Full audio bandwidth with no compression (except as found on the source media).

Pretty sure FM is only 30Hz-15KHz

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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brought back

Microsoft aren't bringing back anything here.

What they're doing is adding the start screen tile folders from Windows Phone that have been on Windows phone since 8.1

Folders on the start menu for shortcuts already exist. I think they came back in 1607 or maybe even 1511.

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Re: no way to get away with it anyway

Doesn't even need a takedown request. You just adjust your robots.txt and it's gone.

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Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?

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Re: Bigger jumps in Version numbers

According to winver.exe Windows 10 had version number 10.0, the Windows 10 update had version number 1511, the anniversary update has version number 1607. Those are pretty big leaps.

I think in the background though the current version number is 10.0.14393.576

The release version of 7-zip went from 9 to 15 but that's still not as big a jump as Linux flash.

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Everything you need to know about HP's three-in-one x3 deals

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Office 365

To use the UWP office apps to edit documents on a screen larger than 8" requires an office 365 subscription. Is that the case with this too?

If so then I can't see the benefit. Any windows laptop has access to the office apps and you can use your 365 license across your iPad, android phone, desktop and laptop.

Also, docking with the laptop part is via miracast or USB cable, this doesn't sound like much of a "dock" to me. I was expecting some kind of slot that the phone fitted in to. You can buy a decent laptop and a Lumia 950XL for the same price as this package and it will do more stuff, including allowing you to use your phone from your laptop (if for some weird reason that is something you want to do).

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

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Re: And nothing about desktops

"3. All the video output was Thunderbolt. Stuff that, we had very nice monitors on display port."

The video carried by thunderbolt is display port. It even uses the same connectors.

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This is not a drill: Hackers pop stock Nexus 6P in five minutes

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Re: Yawn

It's not mentioned in the reg article but the Trend blog clearly states the devices will be fully patched.

http://blog.trendmicro.com/presenting-mobile-pwn2own-2016/

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Here's how much HP's 3-in-1 PC replacement will cost you

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Price

Who is going to pay £700 for a Windows 10 phone? Microsoft can't sell them for £350.

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Netflix reminds password re-users to run a reset

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Re: Ban sites from using email addresses as a username

This wouldn't fix anything. A compromised database will almost certainly include the email address alongside the username and anybody who is reusing passwords across sites will also be reusing usernames.

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Premier League Sky card crims ordered to cough up nearly £1m

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Re: very confused

I think all DVB encryption systems are card based. The original idea being that you bought a DVB receiver with a CAM slot. Then you bought a CAM for the particular encryption system your provider was using which would accept the card from your provider. The system Sky uses ties the card to the box so each card can only be used in that box and the encryption is customised so only a Sky box can be used rather than any DVB-S receiver with a CAM. Not sure why the card is used rather than embedding the technology for the card into the box itself.

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

Fuzz

Re: Dual-SIM ?

Most mass market phones are Dual SIM outside of Europe/USA. Within Europe/USA the network operators don't like them getting sold so the manufacturers build models without for those markets.

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Fuzz

Re: Dual-SIM ?

I think both Slots generally support 3G for voice and SMS, in some phones only slot 1 can be used for data but a lot can use either slot for data. This is certainly the case for Lumia phones and I'd imagine Androids will be the same.

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Re: no micro-sd, no removable battery

"I don't need to pay for it again to some streaming provider."

Totally agree, or indeed need to pay the phone manufacturer £100 for some flash which I can buy for £20.

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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Re: When?

"And all USB C devices are USB3. I have yet to see a blue USB C tab."

Not all USB-C devices are USB 3, they could be 2.0, 3.0 or 3.1

I'm with you on the blue USB-A plugs/sockets though. My surface pro 2 has a solitary USB 3 port coloured black. I have a Lenovo with red and yellow USB 3 ports.

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Re: No need for dongles?

"If I understand correctly, the dongles you can currently buy for USB (various flavours) to HDMI are effectively graphics cards in a cable and need a driver."

Not for USB-C they're not. I think they're using the display port over USB-C with a DP to HDMI adapter.

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Re: No need for dongles?

I don't get this either.

I can already buy a USB-C to HDMI dongle. I didn't realise that I couldn't buy an HDMI to USB-C cable I hadn't considered that it would be a different thing.

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Still got a floppy drive? Here's a solution for when 1.44MB isn't enough

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FAT

Floppy disks on DOS/Windows etc. used FAT12. You're going to need FAT32 to format a 32GB flash card. How do the ancient systems this device is intended for cope with that?

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Chinese CA hands guy base certificates for GitHub, Florida uni

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Re: You can't trust anybody

Any CA can issue a certificate for any CN. I can issue you a certificate for github if you want. Difference is if I issue you a certificate nobody will trust it. The problem is that there are too many trusted CAs in browsers and they clearly aren't audited correctly.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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"competitive TDP."

Competitive as in similar to but ultimately worse than Intel.

My current i7 is one of the 65W ones, it stays cool most of the time without needing the fan spinning. Current AMD chips that get anywhere near it on speed are over 100W.

The old competitive AMD forced Intel to develop decent processors and release them quickly. Now my processor is 3 generations old and I don't see anything from benchmarks that would encourage me to upgrade. Hopefully something new from AMD will shake up the CPU market.

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Watt the USB-C logo?

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Re: 45 watts !!!

USB-C can go up to 100W using 20V, if it's done right it should replace everything. Media streamers plugged into TVs getting power from the TV whilst sending video over the DP connection the other way. Phone running out of charge, plug it into a another phone or a tablet to get some power. Your laptop charger can charge your phone with the same cable. Your PC powers your monitor over cable used for video which also carries USB for the USB hub.

At the moment it's just a mess I have some HP tablets at work, they will only charge using the provided USB-C charger, everything else is unsupported.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Payment and iris recognition

Microsoft have payment services with iris recognition in the anniversary update. It's US only at the moment so I have no idea how well it works or what level of acceptance there is but Samsung aren't the only ones with this feature.

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Next stop

Next thing will be Microsoft removing the downgrade rights for professional so you can't install 7 under a Pro OEM license.

Then the re-imaging rights will go, then the ability to use a KMS server. Then it will be no AD login apart from to azure and so the process will continue until eventually Pro will be Home edition with RDP.

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Fuzz

You have missed the point by such a long way here.

GP is a way for businesses to centrally manage settings in Windows and other software. Some of the settings handled by GP can be set in the gui. Most require obscure undocumented registry entries.

The particular settings that are being talked about here have no corresponding setting within windows. The app promo is the thing that creates tiles on the start menu for any new user asking them to install candy crush.

The pro version of windows has always fully supported GP. This allowed businesses to use the pro OEM license of the windows that came with the PCs they purchased. Now Microsoft is turning Pro into a weird stripped down OS to try and force companies to purchase enterprise.

What they're going to find is that the centralised management provided by AD is the single most important feature of Windows in a business and there are going to be a lot of business who are already paying for server licenses and CALs to allow them to use AD that aren't going to fancy also paying for licenses for the OS.

Note that Enterprise Windows isn't a license you buy instead of Professional, you already have to have an OEM pro license on the computer so you have to buy Windows twice just so that your users aren't asked to download Candy Crush every time they log into a PC.

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Microsoft blames dying Surface Pro 3 batteries on software bug

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HP Spectre X2

For me the X2 has one big issue. It has a single USB-C connector which is used for charging, video output and USB 3.1. Thing is the charging part is non-standard this means that you can only charge the device using the HP charger. If you want HDMI output you can't do that and charge at the same time unless you buy the HP dock which is £200. If you try and use a standard USB-C to HDMI/USB-A/USB-C adaptor it stops working as soon as you connect the charger.

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Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct

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Re: Excellent article

The Falkirk wheel is a boat lift, it moves boats between two canals on different levels. The Barton aqueduct is a different thing, it swings open to let boats that past that are too tall to pass under.

Boat lifts are much more common, there is the Anderton boat lift (mentioned in this article) which is an older example of the same thing.

Interesting article, I knew the Barton aqueduct was the only working example in the UK. I didn't realise that it was the only one ever in the world.

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Re: Stop making me feel old

I don't think DAT was ever 8 track certainly the only DAT tapes/drives I ever saw were stereo.

There was ADAT which used a full size S-VHS tape to record 8 channels of digital audio. You could chain loads together to get more tracks. The optical interface they used for the digital audio signal lived on long after the tapes were forgotten about.

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

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Re: Smart Meters - no thanks

"Come to think of it smart metering only applies to electrical supplies"

No smart metering is for gas and electrical supplies (but only gas of the piped variety).

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Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards

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Re: urrrr.

You can't use these in an S6 either. You can't use them in anything yet. The S6 uses the same format internally for the embedded flash but doesn't have a slot for one of these cards.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

Fuzz

Re: 10Mbps is easy

This is a switch to ADSL2+ which supports speeds up to 24Mbps. I'd imagine that openreach are no longer offering products based on ADSL. As you live quite close to your exchange you get a decent boost on speed. For people further from the exchange the benefit of ADSL2+ is very small and won't take people over the magical 10Mbps boundary.

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Buggy vote-counting software borks Australian election

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Re: Counting votes under STV can be laborious.

I presume that the voting boxes and the names of the candidates are still lined up though? This would be a simple task for OCR. The text to read is from a known list so the hard part is recognising all possible ways that a person can write numbers. I reckon that even allowing for mistakes it would still be more accurate than extrapolating the results from a sample.

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These big-name laptops are infested with security bugs – study

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Re: It's the MS Signature Editions that are truely scary.

I think the vulnerabilities are in the OEM driver update software rather than the drivers themselves. It's a shame that the MS signature editions still contain these crummy bits of software. Driver packs for computers should be a zip containing the raw driver files with the inf and no stupid installer. Then just let Windows find the drivers.

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