PewDiePie printer hackers strike again

Found on BBC News on Sunday, 16 December 2018
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It is the latest in a series of such attacks, but this time they say they have the power to destroy the machines.

Over recent months, the Indian music label and movie studio T-Series has come close to overtaking his lead, which has led some PewDiePie fans to mount stunts to attract new subscribers.

Intentions may be good, but it should be embarrassing for the kid to mix this with a PR stunt for some ridiculous YT moneymaker.

The Commodore Amiga Was A Computer Ahead Of Its Time

Found on Gizmodo on Saturday, 15 December 2018
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Despite being ahead of its time when it was unveiled in 1985, the Commodore Amiga didn't survive past 1996.

The Amiga had enough support from consumers to sell over the years, with the stripped-back Amiga 500 doing particularly well. Video games did well on the platform, thanks to its technical edge.

It was superior. However, Commodore borked it completely and sunk the ship.

“We’re sorry,” Facebook says, again—new photo bug affects millions

Found on Ars Technica on Friday, 14 December 2018
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The company announced Friday morning that a photo API bug might have resulted in millions of people having their private photos become improperly accessible by up to 1,500 apps for a period of 12 days in September 2018.

The online blog post noted that up to 6.8 million people may have been affected.

People need to realize that Facebook itself is the bug and a massive problem. It's entire business orbits around making your data accessible to as many investors as possible.

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

Found on The Register on Thursday, 13 December 2018
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First noted in an increasingly shouty thread over on Reddit, the issue is related to Activity History, which is needed to make the much-vaunted and little-used Timeline feature work in Windows 10.

Deliberate slurpage, or a case of poor QA and one team not talking to the other aside, it isn't a great look for Microsoft and users are muttering about potential legal action. Privacy lawyers will certainly be taking a close look – after all, the gang at Redmond are already under scrutiny for harvesting data and telemetry from lucky users of Windows 10.

They just have to make a few big expensive example lawsuits to teach companies that personal data is personal and not something you just harvest left and right.

IBM Embraces Knative to Drive Serverless Standardization

Found on eWEEK on Wednesday, 12 December 2018
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Serverless computing, also often referred to as functions-as-a-service, enables organizations to execute functions without the need to first provision a long-running persistent server.

There have been multiple efforts in recent years to enable serverless models, often using containers as the core element.

"Serverless" just sounds like another buzzword.

Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Found on Ars Technica on Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings.

Notepad is also going to support a convention that's literally decades old: when the currently loaded file has been modified, an asterisk will be shown in the title bar.

Too bad, for a short moment there was hope that it would support more than one undo step.

'Outdated' IT and old computers found in Welsh schools

Found on BBC News on Monday, 10 December 2018
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It added many schools are using old computers and are struggling to afford the latest equipment.

Current qualifications are outdated, with some a decade behind the latest digital developments such as smart phones, iPads and smart watches.

While technology should be taught at schools, it should be done so without locking students down to products from a single supplier, like iPads.

Microsoft can't even get a software patch right on its flagship Surface device

Found on The Inquirer on Sunday, 09 December 2018
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Microsoft has rolled back an update which was found to bork its hardware flagship, the Surface Book 2.

The official advice is to uninstall it, but we're hearing reports that doing so could actually brick your beloved premium device altogether, so be careful. A system restore might be an alternative, but we're neither recommending it, nor promising anything.

To have an crippling bug make its way on to your flagship, not to mention most expensive laptop isn't just a fail, it's irresponsible.

So, with the past update failures that haunted Windows users, fanboys didn't get tired to point out that Microsoft could not possibly test all the imaginable hardware combinations (even though some of the bugs happened with very common products); now it's their own hardware line where testing also fails. It's going to be hard to find an excuse for it this time.

The curious tale of ICANN, Verisign, claims of subterfuge, and the $135m .Web dot-word

Found on Ther Register on Saturday, 08 December 2018
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More than two years ago, the internet infrastructure industry was agape when an unknown company paid $135m for the rights to sell .web internet addresses: the sum paid was three times the previous record paid for a new dot-word, and seven times the average auction price for a top-level domain.

Unsurprisingly, the other bidders were furious, and the US government was suspicious too: several months later Verisign's CEO told financial analysts on an earnings conference call that the biz was being investigated by the US Department of Justice over the deal.

It's ridiculous how investors believe that tons of TLD's will work out. The vast majority is only known from scams and malware campaings, so people prefer to stick the classic ones.

Australia data encryption laws explained

Found on BBC News on Friday, 07 December 2018
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Australia has passed controversial laws designed to compel technology companies to grant police and security agencies access to encrypted messages.

Under Australia's legislation, police can force companies to create a technical function that would give them access to encrypted messages without the user's knowledge.

However, cyber-security experts say it's not possible to create a "back door" decryption that would safely target just one person.

That's a great approach, knowing that criminals and terrorists would of course only use encrypted communication software developed in Australia, with servers located there too. That's one of those "we have no idea what we are doing, but we do it!" approaches.