It’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S.A Expect the news to be slow as folks have other things to attend to. Please be safe and patient out there.
Don’t forget that Uber, Lyft, and taxis are available if you’ve had too much holiday cheer.
Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet [$50.00 off (33%)]
Samsung 256GB microSD card to go with it [$40.00 off (47%)]
My aim is to watch stuff while on the treadmill or bike at the gym and maybe web surf while watching TV. There may be an article or two to follow.
As Insurers Offer Discounts For Fitness Trackers, Wearers Should Step With Caution
“But just how much fitness trackers contribute — if at all — to better health and lower health care spending isn’t yet known. Among the studies that cast doubt on their effectiveness is one published in 2016 by the University of Pittsburgh. That research found young adults who used fitness trackers in the study lost less weight than those in a control group who self-reported their exercise and diet…
Boyd is cautious but confident that some of the ongoing studies will show positive benefits for patient health. But he urges taking care before trading data for dollars. It’s important to know the type of information your tracker is revealing about your health, he says, and to know exactly how it will be used. Your incentives could offer a clue ”
Every breath you take
Every move you make
Every bond you break
Every step you take
I’ll be watching you
Every single day
Every word you say
Every game you play
Every night you stay
I’ll be watching you
Oh can’t you see
You belong to me
My poor heart aches
With every step you take
Every move you make
Every vow you break
Every smile you fake
Every claim you stake
I’ll be watching you
– The Police
[H]ard At Work
Kyle and crew have had several great articles this week
First they came out with: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FAILS After Gaming for 2 Hours
“After gaming for a few hours this evening, playing Hunt: Showndown, I was met with a hard-lock, while the game was on its end-of-mission screen…Is there something rotten in RTX land? You are damn right there is, and we are all just coming to grips with it now.”
Several days later: NVIDIA on the Cause of RTX 2080 Series Card Failures
“NVIDIA has announced that the culprit behind some of the defective early boards for the NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition was limited test escapes…it would seem that NVIDIA is actually owning up to putting bad RTX 2000 series cards into the market…Only this morning, we have seen an EVGA 2080 Ti XC literally burst into flames, and of course one of the two RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition cards we purchased directly from NVIDIA has failed with what looks to be a RAM issue.”
They pitted the current top CPUs against each other: Intel Core i9-9980XE vs AMD Ryzen Threadripper
“The 9980XE seems to overall fall in between the 2950X and 2970WX performance-wise. From that perspective, you are paying about $679 to $1079 more for the 9980XE, than the competitive Threadripper processor…The Core i9-990XE in in no way a “bad” CPU for content creators, or for gamers for that matter. The 9980XE simply seems to be overpriced for the performance value it brings to the table now that AMD and its Threadripper are on the scene in the HEDT market.”
They finished out the week with: XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy OC+ Video Card Review
“Say bye-bye to the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, because it just isn’t relevant anymore.”
Stuff I bookmarked recently. Some off topic, some not:
Mozilla – Shop Safe This Holiday Season (*privacy not included)
“Teddy bears that connect to the internet. Smart speakers that listen to commands. Great gifts—unless they spy on you. We created this guide to help you buy safe, secure products this holiday season.”
Sounds like the makings of a horror movie.
Microsoft Is Putting Ads on the Mail App in Windows 10
“Mail App in Windows 10“, LMAO
“Using Google Maps data from 2017’s holiday season, we’re providing insight into the places people visit around the holidays, when to visit them, and the best times to get on (or stay off) the road in 2018.”
I’m not traveling for Thanksgiving and will be avoiding any area anywhere near a shopping mall Friday. Oh, and to all the retail stores opening on Thanksgiving evening, you suck.
Security boffins uncover seven more Spectre and Meltdown attacks
The article covers this research paper. The conclusion reads:
“Our systematization uncovered 7 (new) transient execution attacks (Spectre and Meltdown variants) which have been overlooked and have not been investigated so far. We demonstrated all these variants in practical proof-of-concept attacks and evaluated their applicability to Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. We also systematically evaluated all defenses discovering that some transient execution attacks are not successfully mitigated by the rolled out patches and others are not mitigated because they have been overlooked. Hence, we need to think about future defenses carefully and plan to mitigate attacks and variants that are yet unknown.”
It’s worth noting that AFAIK there are no Spectre / Meltdown attacks in the wild ATM.
Scientists say humans will be having lots of sex in self-driving cars
Kinda obvious IMHO. Apparently Millennials won’t be though.
Antares rocket launch moved to Saturday on Virginia’s Eastern Shore
“Most of the rockets launched from Wallops are sub-orbital, which means they don’t get high enough to enter Earth orbit. This one will not only go into orbit, but it will eventually dock with and resupply the International Space Station! These Antares rockets are the biggest to launch from the Wallops Island Facility and are easily seen (if the sky is clear) from Richmond and all over the east coast.”
If I can get my lazy a** up at about 3:45 I’m gonna drive to the end of my block and try and watch it.
Wallops Mission Status Center. There is also a tracking map there.
U.S. Secret Service Warns ID Thieves are Abusing USPS’s Mail Scanning Service
“A year ago, KrebsOnSecurity warned that “Informed Delivery,” a new offering from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that lets residents view scanned images of all incoming mail, was likely to be abused by identity thieves and other fraudsters unless the USPS beefed up security around the program and made it easier for people to opt out. This week, the U.S. Secret Service issued an internal alert warning that many of its field offices have reported crooks are indeed using Informed Delivery to commit various identity theft and credit card fraud schemes.”
Hacker Breaks Down 26 Hacking Scenes From Movies & TV | WIRED
Not quite hacker related but the one tech related Hollywood BS that sets me off is “can you enhance that” when talking about pics or video.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! NO. NO you fracking can’t!
This blog post by Microsoft VP Michael Fortin has gotten Geeks Irish up. The entire post is delusional and tone-deaf. It spends half the time telling us we think Win10 is great and the other half telling us what a great job Microsoft is doing.
Geeks and Windows Experts have savaged Microsoft for the fiasco that is Win10 and this latest post just made things worse. Some recent comments from the Windows Expert / Geek world:
“You can’t trust anything these people tell you. They literally have no idea what they’re doing.”
“The past four months have shown, repeatedly, that you’d have to be crazy — or ignorant of the past — to continue applying Windows patches as soon as they’re released.”
“We want Microsoft to understand the problem, take it seriously, and make some real changes…We’d be happier if Microsoft would stop breaking things.”
“Customers who are running an officially released version of Windows should not have to sign up as beta testers to get critical fixes…And don’t get me started on the Microsoft Answers forum, where overwhelmed volunteer moderators routinely paste boilerplate replies to customers reporting genuine issues. Good luck finding actual help there. Mainstream customers running a released version of Windows shouldn’t have to spend hours hunting down information about issues and updates.“
Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 have updates.
Build 1809 –
November 13, 2018—KB4464455 (OS Build 17763.107)
November 13, 2018—KB4467708 (OS Build 17763.134)
Build 1803 – November 13, 2018—KB4467702 (OS Build 17134.407)
Build 1709 – November 13, 2018—KB4467686 (OS Build 16299.785)
Build 1703 – November 13, 2018—KB4467696 (OS Build 15063.1446)
Additionally Windows 8.1 & 10 have Flash updates.
– Minor bug fixes
– Small UI improvements
Download (I use portable)
Wise Disk Cleaner 10.1.3.759
– Improved Metro Cache and WinSxs backup cleaning.
– Fixed some issues from the users’ feedback.
– Updated various translations.
– GUI and usability improvements.
Download (I use portable) | Release Announcement
Social media use increases depression and loneliness, study finds
“Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram may not be great for personal well-being. The first experimental study examining use of multiple platforms shows a causal link between time spent on these social media and increased depression and loneliness.”
Windows-as-a-service fail: Microsoft keeps customers in the dark
“If Microsoft wants to treat Windows 10 as a service, it has a responsibility to its customers to provide accurate information about problems with that service. Over the last month, the company has failed miserably in that regard.”
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Sunday, November 11th is Veterans Day. The “observed” day is Monday, November 12th.
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