* Posts by Carl D

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Are you a Windows 1 in 10 (1809)? Or a mighty 80 percenter (1803)?

Carl D

Here's a perfect example of why Microsoft's 6 month upgrade cycle is madness:

I just checked the Gigabyte website and notice that new motherboard drivers for Windows 10 version 1809 have just been released for my motherboard (which is only 18 months old).

So, 1809 was supposed to be released in September 2018, actually got released in October, pulled and re-released in November and new motherboard drivers are finally available at the beginning of February 2019.

And, another "new" version of Windows 10 is just around the corner - March or April from what I hear. I'll probably see another new set of motherboard drivers around about July or August. Just before the next new release.

Total insanity.

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Carl D

By the time MS has 1809 (which really should have been 1811 by the time they fixed the file deletion bug in the original release) more or less suitable for general use they will be churning out the next "big" update with it's new associated problems - 1903 or 19H1 or whatever they decide to call it.

This 6 month upgrade madness needs to stop. And, how about they go back to the proper "Patch Tuesday" system with Windows 10. Seems like every day of the week is patch day. I'm sure people have better things to do than sit looking at "Installing Updates - Do Not Turn Off Your Computer" all day.

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

Carl D

Just waiting for the 'official' comment:

"Microsoft is aware of this issue and a fix will be released in a future update"

Just like last year when one of their Windows 7 Meltdown/Spectre patch attempts caused blue screens with any processor that didn't support SSE2.

After 3 months of faffing around with comments like "a fix is on the way" they finally decided to go with "nah, stuff it - we can't be bothered trying to fix it".

Same thing will happen here, I reckon. Anything to kill off Windows 7 and get everyone onto 10.

Why they haven't been heavily fined for all this BS (especially GWX except for a couple of individual cases) is still beyond me...

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

Carl D

>> Which firewall? If you're meaning "Windows Firewall", on Windows itself, you're dreaming.

It'll be one of the first thing they changed so it never blocks telemetry, regardless of the settings you plug into it. <<

- AC.

I'm sure there are a lot of things that Windows Firewall never blocks (even if you think it does).

As an example, the latest versions of CCleaner were showing a 'flyout' ad for a Black Friday special in the bottom right hand corner of the screen a few weeks back.

The recommendation to stop it from a lot of people was to block CCleaner's access to the Internet - I set up Windows Firewall to block CCleaner (and yes, I did have it set up correctly - I rechecked several times) and the ad still appeared.

Using One Click Firewall (based on another recommendation) solved the issue for me. No more CCleaner ads.

Why is my Windows 10 preview build ticking? Microsoft reminds users that previews have timebombs

Carl D

Re: Also in this build...

As I think I've mentioned once or twice before...

... to avoid the installation of Candy Crush, March of Empires, Bubble Witch 3, Disney's Magic Kingdoms etc. make sure your computer is NOT connected to the Internet when installing Windows 10.

And, no matter how many times W10 insists on having an Internet connection during the install (once for W10 Home and TWICE for W10 Professional that I've counted so far) just refuse, wait and stay disconnected from the Internet until the install has finished.

I also turn off and remove all the flipping and flashing tiles which I have no use for, install all of the necessary drivers (from the manufacturers' websites) and adjust all of my privacy settings, etc. before connecting to the Internet.

Of course, disconnecting from the Internet isn't possible if you're doing, say, an 1803 to 1809 upgrade through Windows Update but what I would do in that case is download the new 1809 ISO and put it on a thumb drive or DVD and upgrade from that (with the computer disconnected from the Internet, of course).

Oh, and a "heads up" about a new sneaky trick in W10 1809 Home Edition after a clean install - the option to turn off "Allow downloads from other PC's" in Windows Update is 'greyed out' and not able to be turned off UNTIL you check for Windows Update for the first time. As soon as Windows finds and starts downloading updates the option to switch off "Allow downloads from other PC's" 'magically' becomes available.

OneDrive is broken: Microsoft's cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users

Carl D

My OneDrive has been 'broken' for some time now... it was deleted along with 99% of the other useless bloat that comes with every Windows 10 installation.

It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love

Carl D

Whatever happened to Patch Tuesday?

Was nice while it lasted. Just one day a month to worry about installing Windows Updates (plus a day or two afterwards to deal with all the usual WU issues).

Now, it seems every day of the month is Patch Tuesday. Especially if you're using Windows 10.

Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal

Carl D

My Android phone is never connected to the Internet so I don't have a tracking problem.

I use it for... well, making and receiving phone calls. And taking pictures occasionally plus listening to MP3's when I'm walking to and from work.

Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK

Carl D

Re: It's worse than Christmas...

The Black Friday nonsense has also started here in Australia the past few years.

Same as Halloween (do you get that stupidity in the UK as well?)

Any excuse for the shops to sell more junk that no-one probably really wants or needs.

Does anyone remember when Sales used to be something the shops would have just a few times each year? Now the sales seem to be on 24/7/365 in every shop.

And, Christmas apparently started before the end of September in Australia with all the trees and decorations appearing in shops... Santa's even been in some of the major shopping centres here since before the end of October.

Actually, we seemed to have had a bit of a conflict in some of the shops before October finished - walk in the door and the first thing you saw was the 'horror' of Halloween with all the ghouls, skeletons, bats, etc. and right behind all that was the 'joy' of Christmas with trees, cards, decorations, etc.

No wonder people seemed so confused these days, especially impressionable young kids.

I'll also be waiting for Easter eggs to appear in the shops shortly after Boxing Day - possibly the next day (don't laugh, I've seen it happen).

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

Carl D

Wonder how they intend to inject ads into my Windows 10 email client (I use Thunderbird) when I've removed it and most of the other (cr)apps that come with Windows 10?

I also made sure I have no "advertising ID" and my privacy settings are locked down as much as possible with W10's own settings and the use of third party tools.

And Cortana has been 'neutered' so it behaves just like normal Windows Search.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

Carl D

Fed up with these nonstop security issues

"Fundamental flaws in the encryption system used by popular solid-state drives (SSDs) can be exploited by miscreants to easily decrypt data, once they've got their hands on the equipment. A paper [PDF] drawn up by researchers Carlo Meijer and Bernard van Gastel at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and made public today, …"

And, therein lies the problem.... the "miscreants" would probably never know anything about this let alone exploit it if these issues were never made public to begin with.

And, I'm still waiting for Meltdown and Spectre exploits to appear nearly a year following the big panic epidemic after they were announced. Maybe by the end of the decade? Probably not.

Nowadays, every time I see another (alleged) major security issue splashed all over the Internet I just chuckle and carry on with life.

Microsoft tells volume customers they can stay on Windows 7... for a bit longer... for a fee

Carl D

Re: Or, if your pockets are deep enough...

"Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB is the least obnoxious version"

Actually, I am running a little experiment at the moment. I have Windows 10 Home on my main PC in a dual boot with Windows 7. Windows 10 is installed second so it can be removed if necessary without affecting my Windows 7 install.

When installing Windows 10 Home here's what I did:

1. Made sure there is no Internet connection during the install. Then, after the install is finished, turn off and remove all of the live and other tiles on the Start Menu (I have no use for tiles, thank you). By doing this, I have no Candy Crush, March of Empires, Disney Magic Kingdoms, etc. They don't even appear after running Windows Update. Then I adjusted all of Windows 10's privacy settings, etc. before connecting to the Internet.

2. Removed most of the other 'bloat' (XBox, Skype, OneDrive, etc.). I use the Tools option of CCleaner to do this.

3. After running Windows Update, I use O&O's ShutUp10 to 'tame' W10's privacy and other settings even further than the ones that come with W10. I especially like the way it shuts up Cortana and turns it back into an ordinary search function like in previous Windows versions.

3. Used a little utility called Windows Update Blocker to make sure Microsoft doesn't download and install updates when you're not expecting it. This utility stops Microsoft from switching Windows Update and other related services back on again after you disable them (I just love the way MS 'magically' changes the Windows Update service from Disabled to Manual in W10 when it feels like it - "never mind what the Windows user wants, we'll do what we like"). Malware and virus writers would be proud of the work MS has put into this.

After doing all this, I have a Windows 10 Home Edition that's been running solidly for a few weeks without 90% of the 'bloat' and no forced updates (so far, at least). But, I'm sure it won't last. Pity MS doesn't put as much effort into the quality of their updates these days as they seem to do into finding ways to stop W10 users (especially Home Edition) running the operating system the way the USER wants.

Carl D

Considering the quality of the so called support customers have been receiving from Microsoft over the past few years (especially since the beginning of this year) with it's seemingly endless parade of faulty patches - a lot of which I am sure was deliberate, especially for Windows 7, I think we'd be better off without any form of extended "support", thank you.

I think Microsoft should start paying us for the "privilege" of using their "support", not the other way around.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

Carl D

Re: Windows 10 is a dog

>> And no, Microsoft, I don't want effing Candy Crush in my start menu. Grow up.<<

I've found that if you install Windows 10 (both Home and Professional) without an Internet connection you don't get Candy Crush and all of the other 'rubbish'.

If you make another user account after the install of W10 then make sure you're disconnected from the Internet when you sign into the new account for the first time or that account will get Candy Crush, etc. even if the main Administrator account didn't get it.

I'm not sure if running something like O&O's ShutUp10 before connecting to the Internet has something to do with it as well but that's how I've done it and so far no sign of Candy Crush and it's ilk returning. The next major update to W10 may be a different matter, of course.

That'll learn ya! Data watchdog spanks two Brit phone botherers

Carl D

I have the Telstra Call Guardian 301 cordless phone/answering machine here in Australia. Don't know if anything similar is available in the UK?

Never get any telemarketer/scammer phone calls because once you have the names and numbers of all family and friends, etc. programmed into the phone (they get straight through without being "screened") all other callers get a recorded message saying they must say their name after the beep then press the # key. When they do this the phone rings and tells you who is calling and you can then choose to accept or refuse/block the call before you talk to the caller.

The telemarketers and scammers with their robodiallers can't/won't announce themselves and press # so they get disconnected without you even knowing they've tried to call unless you check the missed calls log later. If you want to go "full nuclear" with blocking you can select the option to totally block all calls from anyone not on the phone's contact list. In this case the blocked callers get a recorded message saying their call is not being accepted.

Perfect for elderly friends and relatives who are the ones most vulnerable to phone call scammers (I have an 88 year old relative living with me).

My previous phone had the option to block calls showing as Private or Unavailable which would only work for Unavailable calls with no caller ID but these days the scammers are all using "fake" caller ID's which show up as Unavailable so the phone would still ring and you had to manually block the number (which was practically useless because the scammers would just change to another fake caller ID so you would be manually blocking numbers for eternity).

Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

Carl D

Re: Dickman

When you 'upgraded' to Windows 10, your key was also converted. After a short grace period during which you could revert back to Win7 that change became permanent and it will no longer be possible to activate a Windows 7 install with it.

So you have to either resort to cracking the Win7 install to make it work, which depending on your local laws may or may not be illegal, it's also definitely a violation of the EULA but that's not worth the paper it's written on anyways.

Or you have to buy a new Win7 license, which of course Microsoft no longer supplies.

Since when?

I've never had a problem activating Windows 7 when reinstalling it after trying Windows 10 using the W7 keys for the 'upgrade'... on my main PC or my laptop.

And, I've done it quite a few times since the release of Windows 10 three years ago (I'm a sucker for punishment sometimes but I think I've finally learned my lesson - no more trying out W10).

Microsoft pulls the plug on Windows 7, 8.1 support forums

Carl D

Re: I concur with those above!

"Like the good old days of being told to reinstall Windows at every turn."

Isn't that the standard advice for Windows 10 problems these days?

Microsoft patches problematic OS to deal with SSD woes

Carl D

"So now fixing a previous fuckup counts as good news for Windows 10!? Bit like the captain saying the plane is crashing but the good news is we'll be landing early..."

Signed in just to give that an upvote.

Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

Carl D

Re: Stand in the far queue Winshit 10

"After the last Update I am now getting a popup telling me that I have Unsupported Hardware and your system will miss important security updates."

Easy enough to get around. Couple of ways actually. Easiest for me was to use the Simplix Pack which conveniently doesn't include the checking update that blocks Windows Update for new processors. Also doesn't include all the telemetry updates.

I've been running a "Windows 7 Unsupported" 7th generation Kaby Lake on Windows 7 for nearly a year now. The Gigabyte motherboard I'm using has Windows 7 drivers and even has newer ones on their website.

I can go to Windows Update and see the "Windows is up to date" message. I guess Microsoft decided not to push too hard with this seeing as I'm sure they've been sailing close to class action lawsuit territory after their borderline illegal GWX campaign (which is STILL ongoing, in my opinion).

The Sun will blow up into a huge, glowing bubble of gas during its death

Carl D

>>The one with the SPF 1000 sunscreen in the pocket.<<

First thing that came to mind for me:

"Anybody not wearing two million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2BlUN-h8-I

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

Carl D

Anyone else besides me still wondering why Windows 10 seems to be getting progressively worse nearly 3 years after it's general release despite all the telemetry Microsoft collects from insiders and millions of unpaid beta testers?

For goodness sake Microsoft, stop adding more useless "features" to Windows 10 and start working on making a stable operating system that doesn't introduce radical changes every 6 months like you used to have with Windows XP and Windows 7.

A nice big "Telemetry Off" button (that really works) would be good as well.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

Carl D

"The Windows 10 April Update has begun seeping out from beneath the Redmond bathroom door"

Yes, and it looks like a lot of people are already getting it even though they don't want it yet.

https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/many-reports-of-win10-1709-users-getting-pushed-onto-1803/

I've already got the popcorn out... I'm sure we'll be seeing another "Oops, sorry, we made another mistake" announcement from MS shortly (gets a bit boring after a few years of hearing the same thing over and over).

Firefox to feature sponsored content as of next week

Carl D

Re: Not buying it - This is a badly timed Slippery Slope

"It'll be interesting to see if Firefox stays bundled with Linux installs..."

One of the first things I do these days after a Linux Mint install is remove Firefox and install Pale Moon.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

Carl D

Yep, and my 12 year old HP laptop used to run Windows 7 perfectly (and XP before it).

Couldn't be something Microsoft is doing to sabotage Windows 7 by any chance? Nah, not our old buddy MS... such a pillar of virtue with outstanding performances like GWX, the eternal wait while scanning for Windows updates in Windows 7, followed by 8.1, changing the "X" to mean "go ahead and install Windows 10", blocking Windows Update for new processors with 7 and 8.1 and so on...

Oh, and I'm running Windows 7 on Kaby Lake and it is fully up to date with Windows Updates - the Simplix author is kind enough to remove the processor blocking update(s) from his packs. Such a considerate gentleman he is.

Carl D

Re: "again with MInt, no slowdown for my PC"

Really? Do I make IT dangerous?

Funny how in the 16 years that I've been using the Internet I have NEVER had a single virus or malware issue.

The main thing that makes IT dangerous these days is MIcrosoft and their "Swiss cheese" bug and security issue riddled excuse for operating systems.

Carl D

"I also hate to point it out but the "rarely gets used" looks to be a valid reason."

Oh, but the PC does get used. Quite a lot. 95 percent of the time it runs Linux Mint.

Carl D

"How did you post on an internet forum with an air gapped pc?"

I have a dual boot with my main PC - Windows 7 and Linux Mint 18.3

Windows 7 does not have Internet access (Network Adapter disabled in Control Panel). Everything online is done with Linux Mint.

I also have a 12 year old HP laptop which is also running MInt 18.3 perfectly (posting with it right now). Last time I tried installing Windows 7 on it all I had were blue screens every 30 minutes or so after I updated it to April patch level. Funny about that.

If I'm running my "No Internet Access Allowed" Windows 7 on my main PC I can go online with my laptop or Samsung tablet - or even my phone.

Carl D

"Additionally, letting any OS get out of date, especially Windows by that margin is relatively stupid.

Not something I'd brag about personally."

Why?

My Windows 7 has never had Internet access since I installed it. I have the activation file saved from when I used to use 7 online and I updated to December 2017 using the Simplix Pack which I downloaded last December (I trust the author of this pack more than I trust Microsoft these days).

And, either by incompetence or design (I suspect design) every update from Microsoft for Windows 7 since the start of this Meltdown/Spectre BS at the beginning of the year has been a complete clusterf... (and they STILL can't get it right).

With Linux Mint I have full protection against Meltdown and Spectre (despite the fact that there STILL isn't any malware related to these in the wild). And, again with MInt, no slowdown for my PC like there is with the Windows 7 patches (I also suspect this is by design).

Keeping Windows 7 away from the Internet also ensures MS cannot mess with it with things like "accidentally" turning Windows Update on against the users' wishes (oops, sorry - we did it again *chuckle*).

Carl D

Sitting back here with popcorn in hand waiting for my 6 monthly Windows 10 "entertainment extravaganza" to begin again.

Posted from Linux Mint (in a dual boot with an air gapped - no Internet access allowed - Windows 7 which is updated as far as December 2017 and very rarely gets used these days).

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

Carl D

Wish I could set up "Lenny" here and let the scammers talk to him.

https://toao.net/595-lenny

Be sure to have a look at some of the calls on his YouTube channel (link provided on site).

Hilarious stuff. Especially the ducks (about 6 minutes in - if the scammers/telemarketers stay on the line long enough. lol).

Carl D

I think I had another one of these scammers try to call me a few hours ago (I'm in Perth, West Australia). I only answer the call when I recognize the number (all family and friends, work, etc. are programmed into the phone so I can see straight away when they call).

Phone rings, the caller ID shows a number with "Unavailable" (which means you cannot call the number back), call goes to answering machine, after the answering machine greeting finishes there was 5 - 10 seconds of silence then a female voice says "Hello.... hello" then a few more seconds of silence then the call disconnects. Another number added to my ever increasing blocked list.

Had the same thing last week but from a different number. My phone is set to block all calls with no caller ID but the problem is, these idiots are able to generate a seemingly infinite list of "fake" numbers to call with and because they have a caller ID (even if is fake) the calls get past the 'no caller ID block' and go to the answering machine so blocking them becomes an increasingly difficult if not impossible task. At least they eventually give up once they realize all they are going to get to talk to is the answering machine.

Exposed: Lazy Android mobe makers couldn't care less about security

Carl D

Looks like my Samsung Galaxy S5 has joined the long list of "Abandondroid" products.

No security updates for over a year now. Too bad - I will continue to use it until it dies (Hardly ever use it online anyway since it has a Vodafone prepaid SIM card in it).

I also still have (and use) a Samsung Tab 3 10.1 inch tablet that hasn't seen a security update for 4 years now. I don't keep anything important on it and I usually do a factory restore about once a month to keep any security issues at bay.

nbn™ CEO pleads with staff to control costs in ‘seeya later’ letter

Carl D

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-04/nbn-co-boss-bill-morrow-resigns/9617210

"The National Broadband Network project was a complete train wreck that we inherited from the Labor Party and it was really the biggest turnaround, I would think, in Australian history."

"Bill is a great leader. He's turned the project around. It is now about two-thirds finished and it's well on track to be completed by 2020."

- Malcolm Turnbull.

What planet is Malcolm living on? Here on Earth, Malcolm and the Liberal Party have made a complete mess of the NBN. Roll on the next Federal election...

Mad March Meltdown! Microsoft's patch for a patch for a patch may need another patch

Carl D

I've said it before... easy solution to MS's incompetence (or another deliberate attempt to sabotage W7) is to dual boot Windows 7 and Linux (Mint 18.3 in my case).

Windows 7 is patched up to December 2017 (with Simplix Pack) and kept offline.

All online activities are done with Linux Mint.

No Meltdown/Spectre BS or MS incompetence (or sabotage) to worry about when I'm using Windows 7. If I need to go online while using W7 I have my trusty 12 year old HP laptop - also running Mint - or I just use my tablet or smartphone.

OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

Carl D

Well, at least I'm not alone

https://doublepulsar.com/on-amd-flaws-from-cts-labs-f167ea00e4e8

"You may have seen media reports about flaws in AMD chipsets. AMD are currently reviewing the report, as they were given less than a day notice of vulnerabilities that CTS Labs claim put lives at risk (via their website, AMDflaws.com). This is a highly unusual and reckless disclosure of security flaws."

and...

"I would encourage security researchers not to disclose vulnerabilities like this. If you have vulnerabilities that you truly think are serious and truly want to provide information so people can protect themselves, work to get them resolved and work with the cyber security community around mitigations.

The only real public exploit here at the moment is a press exploit. This situation should not be happening."

Yep, absolutely correct.

Carl D

Not sure what the downvotes are all about for my last post?

I thought it would be obvious by now that we are all being played for suckers with these never ending security issues. I know of a group of people (using Windows 7) who have not updated for nearly a year now and they have had ZERO security issues with their computers. And, yes... they do use them online (unlike myself, who has taken the wise step of keeping Windows 7 offline for good now and using Linux Mint for everything I do online).

I'm convinced that the world would never hear about things like Meltdown, Spectre, etc. if these so called security companies kept their mouths shut instead the constant "Ooohh... look what I've found" boasting that we see constantly these days. Reminds me of a juvenile dick measuring contest. Of course, their big fat pay cheques no doubt have a lot to do with it as well.

I'll bet the average hacker wannabe/script kiddie would never discover the majority of these so called security vulnerabilities in a million years.

Carl D

*Yawn*

Meltdown... Spectre... and now this.

The only question I'm asking is have these chip 'flaws' surpassed Y2K yet as the biggest non event in computing history?

Gotta keep that good old 'security company' money making gravy train rolling along... I'm sure MS love it too as it enables them to maintain control of peoples' computers with the never ending updates.

Perhaps we might have a more peaceful, 'security flaw' free computing experience if these security companies went out of business.

nbn™ scoreboard: our new way to look at Australia's national broadband network

Carl D

Re: NBN cabinet installed in next street to us!

>> NBN cabinet installed in next street to us! I suspect it's empty, but WHOOOOO it sure looks nice and shiny.<<

FTTN cabinet? Just wait until it gets covered in graffiti like a lot of the ones I've seen lately.

They've been like that for several months now so it doesn't look like nbn are in a rush to do anything about it.

Microsoft whips out tool so you can measure Windows 10's data-slurping creepiness

Carl D

I believe I've mentioned this once or twice before - if all of this telemetry that Microsoft is collecting from Windows 10 users is supposed to be used for making Windows 10 better then why is it still a pile of unstable garbage nearly 3 years after it's release?

In fact, it seems to be getting worse with each new version.

One only needs to look at Windows 7 for the answer. Why would Microsoft want to 'retrofit' telemetry to Windows 7 when they have no intention of adding any new features and haven't done so for several years now? In fact, after their disgraceful behaviour with the GWX campaign, it is pretty clear they've been trying to kill off Windows 7 completely.

One could even be forgiven for thinking that this Meltdown/Spectre fiasco is yet another ploy to get rid of Windows 7 (Windows 10 is allegedly the only OS that won't suffer slowdowns with the patches for Meltdown/Spectre. How convenient for MS).

Looks to me like the telemetry is more about targeting ads and just being generally 'nosy' with the excuse that because everyone else does it these days then why can't we?

Carl D

"The application is dubbed Diagnostic Data Viewer, and is free from the Windows Store."

Wow, we might finally see some user activity amongst the tumbleweeds blowing around in the Windows Store.

But, not from me... they couldn't pay me enough to install Windows 10 these days.

Don't just grab your CPU bug updates – there's a nasty hole in Office, too

Carl D

Re: don't forget to patch your Android devices

Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for patches for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 inch tablet bought in late 2013 or early 2014.

Hasn't had any updates available for it since late 2014 (KitKat 4.4.2) but I'm sure Samsung will make an exception due to the (alleged) severity of these CPU security issues. Yeah... right.

Lucky I only use it for web browsing occasionally these days (at least on the sites where I don't get the "couldn't establish a secure connection" message due to the outdated included browser).

Tried Firefox a few times but it always liked to crash with monotonous regularity.

And, I like to do a factory reset every month or two to try and stay safe.

Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

Carl D

Never heard of it

And... I've never even heard of Mr. Robot until now. Doesn't appear to be on Australian free to air television at the moment.

Looks like the sort of program that will probably end up on Foxtel (pay TV) which I don't have.

Speaking of free to air TV... all I can say is it is fortunate we don't have to pay TV licence fees here in Australia any more (abolished in 1974) otherwise there would probably be a nationwide riot when you see the amount of absolute rubbish (plus the almost non stop ads) we get on free commercial TV these days.

Carl D

" I knew there was a reason I stuck to the ESR."

I knew there was a reason why I dumped Firefox for Pale Moon a couple of months back (after using Firefox for about 12 years).

Firefox 57: Good news? It's nippy. Bad news? It'll also trash your add-ons

Carl D

Moved to Pale Moon a couple of months ago and haven't looked back... got tired of Firefox with their rapid release schedule and Add-ons shenanigans (after using Firefox for nearly 13 years).

Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

Carl D

No problems here

I don't have any issues with scam/spam callers on my landline.

All of my calls are screened with the answering machine, family and friends know that they need to announce themselves after hearing the recorded greeting then we pick up the phone.

All other calls are ignored and most of the time all I hear is "beep beep beep" when the call immediately disconnects after the answering machine greeting finishes playing.

Then, when I check the number it usually says "Out of area" or "Withheld" which is a sure sign that it is a scammer or telemarketer (despite us being on the Australian Do Not Call register).

I'm thinking about getting one of those Panasonic cordless phone/answering machines that can be set to block any call without a valid number - the phone rings once then immediately disconnects the call.

It's 2017... And Windows PCs can be pwned via DNS, webpages, Office docs, fonts – and some TPM keys are fscked too

Carl D

The NeverEnding Story Continues...

I was watching George Pal’s 1960 movie of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine the other day and I couldn’t help but wonder if we’ll still be patching Windows security issues in the year 802,701 A.D.?

Not as far fetched as it may seem, in my opinion.

nbn™ adds premises to FTTC, HFC, slims down FTTN build

Carl D

What's with all the NBN ads on TV the past couple of weeks? And the glossy NBN brochure that came in the mail last week (the same one that was in our West Australian newspaper a few days earlier)?

How much is all this costing? Unbelievable!

I guess the Federal government is in "damage control" mode regarding the NBN at the moment considering the mess that Malcolm Turnbull has made of it.

And, anyone who doesn't believe it is a total mess only has to read through the NBN section of the Whirlpool forums for starters to see how bad it is.

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum/142

Fortunately (for me) I live in the last street in my Perth suburb (Rivervale) to get fibre to the premises 2 years ago. Funny thing - well, not really - is that we're in a complex of 4 duplexes which run from one street across to the next. The 6 units in 3 of the duplexes (including mine) at one end got fibre to the premises and the 2 units in the last duplex at the other end are getting fibre to the node which is only just being activated now, 2 years after we got our FTTP.

And, our duplex is actually closer to the street that is getting fibre to the node but because our street address is the street with fibre to the premises, that's what we got. Thank goodness.

Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

Carl D

Really?

"they made Intel 6th Generation the last generation if I was to stick with Windows 7"

-Anonymous Coward.

Not for me they haven't.

Running Windows 7 on a 7th Generation Kaby Lake i5 processor with all drivers installed (despite the Gigabyte motherboard driver disc claiming that the drivers were only for 6th but not 7th Generation).

Been running fine for a month and a half now. And, I have all of the Windows 7 security updates installed as well despite MS's attempt to block updates for 7th Generation back in April (lucky I didn't hold my breath waiting for the lawsuits regarding that... same as lawsuits about the GWX fiasco. Doesn't look like anyone on the entire planet has the balls to take MS to court apart from the lady who got $10,000 last year).

Oh, and it looks like Firefox 55 will be the last version I'll ever use if things like NoScript, Self Destructing Cookies and uBlock Origin won't work from version 57 onwards.

70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

Carl D

So... why, after over 2 years of massive data slurping by MS, is Windows 10 still no better than an early beta version (and that's me being polite)?

Looks to me like the data slurping is more about pushing ads rather than improving the operating system.

I'll just stick with my Windows 7/Linux Mint dual boot thanks. That's Windows 7 minus all the telemetry BS, of course. And, fully up to date with Windows security updates using a Kaby Lake 7th generation processor despite MS's lame attempt to block updates for 7th generation back in April.

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