News From The Web
It’s been kinda boring out there in tech news land. Here are a few interesting articles I’ve found in the last couple of days.
Facebook’s next project: American inequality
“Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is quietly cracking open his company’s vast trove of user data for a study on economic inequality in the U.S. — the latest sign of his efforts to reckon with divisions in American society that the social network is accused of making worse.”
There is no question we have severe economic inequality in America and around the world. But IMHO, invading peoples privacy isn’t the way to go about solving it.
The Case Against Google
“Google has succeeded where Genghis Khan, communism and Esperanto all failed: It dominates the globe.”
A very long article that basically makes the point that Google is acting just like Microsoft did in the 90’s. Bonus points for comparing Google to and managing to link Genghis Khan, communism and Esperanto. Impressive!
Man Sues Microsoft Seeking New Copy of Windows 7 After Forced Windows 10 Upgrade
Go get’em bro!
Google begins replacing Android Pay and Google Wallet with new app
“Google Pay — Google’s new unified payments service, which combines Google Wallet and Android Pay — is finally rolling out today with a new app for Android devices.”
Drinking alcohol key to living past 90
“When it comes to making it into your 90s, booze actually beats exercise, according to a long-term study.”
50 year old 5 time Olympic swimmer Dara Torres ab workout.
Patch Tuesday, Part 1
Let’s try this again shall we?
Today is patch Tuesday. My advice from last Patch Tuesday holds,
“Unless you are a masochist you shouldn’t be updating any Windows machine today.“
I’ll post more info this afternoon.
Over at AskWoody they are MS-DEFCON 2
“Last month’s Patch Tuesday (and Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) should prove, once again, that knowledgeable Windows users need to turn off Automatic Update.”
More from Woody here:
Get Windows Update locked down in preparation for this month’s problems
“If February turns out half as bad as January, you’ll thank your lucky stars if you take a few minutes now and make sure Windows Update is turned off. Temporarily, of course.”
New AMD Drivers
Listed as “Optional”, AMD has released the Radeon Adrenalin Edition 18.2.2 drivers.
Support for Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age and a couple of minor fixes. Download
Adobe Reader Updated
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 2018.11.20035. Download and Release Notes
GET OFF OF FACEBOOK
A Facebook employee asked a reporter to turn off his phone so Facebook couldn’t track its location — and it reveals a bigger problem within the company
“Whether Facebook actually does track its employees this way doesn’t matter. The fact an employee would think such an option was on the table is telling of the culture at the company.”
Facebook is illegally collecting user data, court rules
“A German court today ruled Facebook was collecting data illegally from its users…Facebook hides default settings that are not privacy-friendly in its privacy center and does not provide sufficient information about it when users register…This does not meet the requirement for informed consent.”
Wired – Inside Facebook’s Hellish Two Years—and Mark Zuckerberg’s Struggle to Fix it All
“Facebook has essentially told media to kiss off,” Franklin Foer wrote in The Atlantic. “Facebook will be back primarily in the business of making us feel terrible about the inferiority of our vacations, the relative mediocrity of our children, teasing us into sharing more of our private selves.””Facebook will start to boost certain publishers—ones whose content is “trustworthy, informative, and local.”
Less-cool Facebook losing youth at fast pace: survey
“With mom, dad and grandma signing up in increasing numbers, Facebook is losing younger users in the United States at a faster pace than previously estimated”
They stopped actually using Facebook with their friends a longtime ago. When you were 16 would you hang out where your parents were?
Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook’s Vampiric VPN Service
“Facebook is not a privacy company; it’s Big Brother on PCP. It does not want to anonymize and protect you; it wants to drain you of your privacy, sucking up every bit of personal data. You should resist the urge to let it, at every turn.”
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Yellow Jacket 12/3 Heavy-Duty Contractor Extension Cord with Lighted Ends, 50-Feet
$30 . That is 30% off. Killer deal. I just bought one. EXPIRED
Thursday Random Stuff…
Meltdown and Spectre News
Yeah I know, daily stuff. I know some of you are sick of it but it is bigger than a big deal so hear we go…
Intel has the nads to release some benchmarks showing performance hits varying from +1 to -21%. (pdf) None of us are going to know what the heck hits us until we get some fracking firmware updates.
On my end, Gigabyte has been silent on the entire issue. I emailed both the Press and Tech Support teams with no reply. Questions on this topic have gone unanswered in their forums.
Dell on the other hand has been a pleasant surprise. They have a dedicated support page for this issue that even list when your model will get an update. My Alienware 15 R2 is scheduled to get an update on the 14th.
Lawsuits: I am now officially a part of a class action suit (well, after I sign the retainer). More news may follow. Or not.
CEO: No new word on Intel’s CEO that many think should be fired or worse.
Excellent read: iVerge – How the industry-breaking Spectre bug stayed secret for seven months
Linux: Spectre & Meltdown Checker “A simple shell script to tell if your Linux installation is vulnerable” I repeat myself, at the risk of being cruel, if you’ve got Intel you’re vulnerable. Apologies to Paul Simon.
Browsers: Online browser checker. “If the result is VULNERABLE, it is definitely true. However, if the result is NOT VULNERABLE, it doesn’t mean your browser is absolutely not vulnerable because there might be other unknown attacking methods. ”
VMware Workstation Player: 14.1.1 released “This update of VMware Workstation Player exposes hardware support for branch target injection mitigation to VMware guests.”
Why Are You Still On Social Media?
I’m constantly amazed at the utter gall displayed by the higher-ups at these social media companies. The gist of this article is that if you don’t think like they do you are “shitty people” and they will “shadow ban” you. I don’t care what your political views are, no freedom loving person can find this behavior acceptable. The only way to change this is not to buy the Bravo Sierra that they will try to “fix” things. The fix is to remove their power over you. The fix is to GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA.
The Beginning Of The End
Facebook developing ‘Portal’ gadget which will let it put microphones and cameras in people’s homes
Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer: 116.9 MPH
I don’t think I could even stay in the batters box.
Break The Internet
All 535 members of Congress, and how much money they got from ISPs
More than 100 Million Americans Can Only Get Internet Service from Companies That Have Violated Net Neutrality
PSA: The Net Neutrality vote is this week; Are you prepared?
Netflix Is In The Power Position Now In The War For Net Neutrality
The FCC plans to repeal net neutrality this week — and it could ruin the internet
Monday Morning News
Classic Shell Finished
Classic Shell forum: Classic Shell no longer in development. Source code released
Basically Win10s constant changes breaks stuff and it just takes too much free time to keep it going.
That sucks. Hopefully someone picks up the flag and keeps charging forward.
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Weekend Random Stuff…
Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Central Virginia so I rode a section of the Virginia Capital Trail on my new bike.
I finished the day off with a delicious Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Cru and an Ardent Company Man (German-style pils). It was a good day.
I remember this issue being discussed several years ago but I just saw this article and thought I would pass it along.
Five Maps That Will Change How You See the World
Here is an article from 2014: Why every world map you’re looking at is WRONG: Africa, China and India are distorted despite access to accurate satellite data
Apparently the original report was wrong, Vulkan’s Multi-GPU Support Isn’t Only For Windows 10. Good news!
‘Windows 10 destroyed our data!’ Microsoft hauled into US court.
Judge TweakHound’s decision, I’m ruling for the plaintiffs and awarding $10,000 in actual damages and $10,000,000,000 in punitive damages.
Just Plain Wrong
Senate Puts ISP Profits Over Your Privacy
No justification for this.
IoT Security Wrong
“96% of security professionals responding to a new survey expecting an increase in IoT breaches this year”
Thanks to Ed for the link!
Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident
Star Wars Never Wrong
Bob Iger Reveals ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Details, Talks Plans After ‘Episode IX’
“You’ll also discover how he got his name.”
This is why I don’t like Apple, never have liked Apple, never will like Apple:
iVerge: Apple says it took ‘courage’ to remove the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Yes, really
Apple is removing the headphone jack from the iPhone. When rationalizing it Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing chief said,
“The reason to move on: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us,”
Bro, even iVerge is calling you out.
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New Metallica Album Coming
One of my favorite bands is releasing a new album.
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Random Tuesday Stuff…
My post on DiagTrack was picked up by a number of places including Forbes, Betanews, and Softpedia.
Paul Thurrott seems to be rather upset about “articles like this”. I’m honored!
I wonder what he thinks about this?!
I should note, again, that I did not make this discovery alone. I had help from a reader.
CCleaner Monthly Update
***Pay attention during install. May attempt to install unwanted programs.
FYI – I use the portable version.
Release Notes v5.12.5431 (24 Nov 2015)
– Improved Firefox 42 Cache cleaning.
– Improved Google Chrome Download History cleaning.
– Improved Skip UAC on Windows 10.
– Improved detection and cleaning of portable browsers.
– Optimized cleaning rules loading routine.
– Improved localization and language support.
– Minor GUI Improvements.
– Minor bug fixes.
Aw man, I want one.
Star Trek Communicator prototype was a final frontier too far for Google
George Lucas is done with Star Wars. He gave us episodes 4,5, and 6 but he also gave us episodes 1,2, and 3, and, Jar Jar Binks. Still, that’s too bad.