Nasty Adobe Bug Deleted $250,000-Worth of Man's Files, Lawsuit Claims

Found on Gizmodo on Wednesday, 14 November 2018
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The lawsuit was filed in a California district court last week by Dave Cooper. He alleges that an update to Premiere Pro came with a flaw in the way it handles file management that resulted in the deletion of 500 hours of video clips that he claims were worth around $250,000.

After spending three days trying to recover the data, he admitted that all was lost, the lawsuit says.

That's why you make backups. His data can't have possibly been worth that much if he was obviously not interested at all in taking some precaution to data loss.

Firefox debuts experimental price-tracking feature for consumers

Found on Venturebeat on Monday, 12 November 2018
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Called Price Wise, the new feature allows Firefox users to manually add individual products to their watch list, see at a glance whether prices have fallen or risen, and click through to purchase if it’s the former.

When a price drops, a notification is automatically sent to your browser, and you can click regardless of what web page you are currently on.

Mozilla really should just concentrate on what is really required in a browser. Everything else is only a candidate for an addon.

Microsoft Launches Free AV1 Video Codec for Windows 10

Found on Softpedia on Saturday, 10 November 2018
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Oddly enough, the codec can only be installed on devices running Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which is no longer up for grabs after Microsoft pulled it last month. The October update came with several major bugs, including an issue that could have caused the removal of user files stored in libraries.

Microsoft says that while the codec should run smoothly on all Windows 10 devices, there’s a chance small performance issues may be spotted when playing AV1 videos. However, this is something that Microsoft promises to improve in the coming updates for the codec.

If they keep the most current Windows release as the minimum requirement, it will be a pretty useless release.

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

Found on The Register on Friday, 09 November 2018
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“We’re 5-10 years behind the rest of the world,” said one, only half-joking. Enterprise was built in 2003 and most of the IT infrastructure aboard her dates back to then, with new OSes and mission software installed and patched as required.

“All USB ports are locked down,” added PO Parry. The usual network policies to stop people from doing IT-related things they shouldn’t are all enforced here; almost nobody has access to the ship’s CD/DVD-RW drives, while the different networks aboard do not talk to each other and personnel are ordered not to try to move data from, say, the DII network to the maritime survey equipment network.

Maybe they should just let a few really good hackers on board to give it a test.

Windows 10 Pro suddenly downgrading to Windows 10 Home for a growing number of users

Found on Betanews on Thursday, 08 November 2018
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The Windows 10 shit show continues with yet more problems with Microsoft’s newest operating system rearing their ugly heads.

Now a growing number of users are complaining on Reddit that their Windows 10 Pro installations are suddenly reverting to Windows 10 Home.

The issue appears to be related to users running Windows 10 Pro after having upgraded from a Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate or Windows 8.1 Pro installation.

It just keeps going on and on.

Police decrypt 258,000 messages after breaking pricey IronChat crypto app

Found on Ars Technica on Wednesday, 07 November 2018
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Tuesday’s statement didn’t say how investigators were able to decrypt the IronChat communications. While police said they were able to discover the server used to send the encrypted messages and eventually take it offline, that alone shouldn’t be enough to read communications that are truly end-to-end encrypted.

An article published by Dutch public broadcaster NOS said a version of the IronChat app it investigated suffered a variety of potentially serious weaknesses. Key among them: warning messages that notified users when their contacts’ encryption keys had changed were easy to overlook because they were provided in a font much smaller than the rest of the conversation.

Probably someone without any clue came up with the great idea to outsource the development of a so-called secure app to a $5 developer. If a security product has not gone through a full audit, it cannot be considered secure or reliable.

Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition

Found on The Register on Tuesday, 06 November 2018
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It isn't just Microsoft that has QA issues – so does Apple. The Cupertino giant withdrew a watchOS update that bricked the Apple Watch 4 last week, and has now rushed out a replacement containing things that don't work yet which Apple probably didn't want you to see.

Now in favor of MS you might argue that they cannot possibly test all hard- and software combinations, but here there is no such excuse.

File-Sharing Software on State Election Servers Could Expose Them to Intruders

Found on ProPublica on Sunday, 04 November 2018
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The insecure service run by Wisconsin could be reached from internet addresses based in Russia, which has become notorious for seeking to influence U.S. elections. Kentucky’s was accessible from other Eastern European countries.

The service, known as FTP, provides public access to files — sometimes anonymously and without encryption.

Kentucky left its password-free service running and said ProPublica didn’t understand its approach to security.

It sounds more like Kentucky does not understand the basic approach to security.

Linus Torvalds Shows His New Polite Side While Pointing Out Bad Kernel Code

Found on Phoronix on Saturday, 03 November 2018
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Today he took issue with the HID pull request and its introduction of the BigBen game controller driver that was introduced: the developer enabled this new driver by default. Linus Torvalds has always frowned upon random new drivers being enabled by default in the kernel configuration driver. Today he still voiced his opinion over this driver's default "Y" build configuration, but did so in a more professional manner than he has done in the past.

So far it looks like Linus' brief retreat is paying off with still addressing code quality issues -- and not blatantly accepting new code into the kernel as some feared -- but in doing so in a professional manner compared to his past manner of exclaiming himself over capitalized sentences and profanity that at time put him at odds with some in the Linux kernel community.

Not sure if a "softer" Linus is better; at least in the past it was very obvious when he considered something wrong.

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software

Found on The Register on Tuesday, 30 October 2018
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Pitched as a productivity tool, Nuance's Dragon software is aimed at everyone from journalists and home users to medical professionals as a way to accurately transcribe spoken words into printed text.

For some users, however, the software is much more than a convenience. Hughes explains that, for him and others whose conditions leave them unable to type with a keyboard, voice dictation software is a line to the outside world.

"Nuance is constantly evaluating its product portfolio to see how we can best meet the needs of our customers and business. After much consideration, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the Dragon Professional Individual for Mac line-up," the statement reads.

Difficult decision? Some beancounters probably calculated that supporting it does not generate enough revenue.