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Comment: Earlier story, rejected: (Score 1) 4

by Futurepower(R) (#46774785) Attached to: Microsoft malware attacks taking down XP computers
I posted this story earlier, but it was rejected:

We are seeing 4 kinds of problems with Windows XP today at 2 remote locations:

1) One kind of problem is similar to the one in this April 7, 2014 story about computers in Australia: Pop-ups irritate Windows XP's remaining users. Microsoft Security Essentials on computers in the United States give pop-up messages about the MSE service being stopped.

2) Computers are requiring far longer to start, perhaps 12 to 15 minutes. Then the MSE pop-up appears.

3) Microsoft Security Essentials now calls into question whether XP is genuine. These are all computers that have run without issues for several years. The customer bought licenses when Windows XP was first released.

4) We have seen problems with the Windows XP operating system detecting a key stuck down when no keys were pressed on the keyboard. That is a software problem, not a keyboard hardware problem. It causes the system to be un-responsive because the key being detected is not one actually pressed, but is actually a key combination. Again, that is happening on computers that have been trouble-free for years. That problem began happening after a Windows update.

Microsoft said it would support MSE on Windows XP for another year. See the Microsoft article, Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP. Apparently that support is not happening in the normal way.

+ - WordPress 3.9 brings brand new editor and more features ->

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+ - Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary->

Submitted by just_another_sean
just_another_sean (919159) writes "Coverity Inc., a Synopsys company, released the 2013Coverity Scan Open Source Report.
The report details the analysis of 750 million lines of open source software code through the Coverity Scan service and commercial usage of the Coverity Development Testing Platform, the largest sample size that the report has studied to date.

A few key points:

* Open source code quality surpasses proprietary code quality in C/C++ projects.

* Linux continues to be a benchmark for open source quality.

* C/C++ developers fixed more high-impact defects. Analysis found that developers contributing to open source Java projects are not fixing as many high-impact defects as developers contributing to open source C/C++ projects."

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+ - Problems with Windows XP caused by Microsoft.

Submitted by Futurepower(R)
Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "We are seeing 4 kinds of problems with Windows XP today at 2 remote locations:

1) One kind of problem is similar to the one in this April 7, 2014 story about computers in Australia: Pop-ups irritate Windows XP's remaining users. Microsoft Security Essentials on computers in the United States give pop-up messages about the MSE service being stopped.

2) Computers are requiring far longer to start, perhaps 12 to 15 minutes. Then the MSE pop-up appears.

3) Microsoft Security Essentials now calls into question whether XP is genuine. These are all computers that have run without issues for several years. The customer bought licenses when Windows XP was first released.

4) We have seen problems with the Windows XP operating system detecting a key stuck down when no keys were pressed on the keyboard. That is a software problem, not a keyboard hardware problem. It causes the system to be un-responsive because the key being detected is not one actually pressed, but is actually a key combination. Again, that is happening on computers that have been trouble-free for years. That problem began happening after a Windows update.

Microsoft said it would support MSE on Windows XP for another year. See the Microsoft article, Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP. Apparently that support is not happening in the normal way."

+ - Microsoft malware attacks taking down XP computers 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In an apparent attempt to force Windows XP users to update, Microsoft is now using its Security Essentials program as a malware trojan to make XP machines unusable. It slows the machine down to a crawl, mimicking a virus attack. In other cases, it locks it up completely. The timing couldn't be an accident. Shouldn't this be illegal?

https://plus.google.com/104518..."

+ - Apple Wants Evidence That Steve Jobs Was A 'Bully' Excluded From Trial

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Dan Levine reports at Reuters that four major tech companies are arguing in a court filing that witnesses at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley should not be allowed to offer evidence that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was "a bully." "Plaintiffs' only purpose for offering this testimony would be improper — to cast Mr. Jobs in a bad light," the companies said in the filing, adding that such evidence has no bearing on whether any defendant entered into an illegal conspiracy. "Free-floating character assassination is improper." Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to avoid competing for each other's employees in order to avert a salary war. Tens of thousands of workers stand to benefit if they win the case, which could yield over $9bn in damages. In a joint court filing late last week, the companies told U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California that they were not seeking to bar Jobs' interactions with other witnesses about the no-hire agreements. However, opinions based on other evidence should be barred. All four companies previously settled with the US Department of Justice in 2010 after a DoJ investigation, agreeing not to enter into any future no-hire pacts, but because they settled the case, they argue that any evidence from the DoJ probe should be inadmissible as well. "To admit evidence of the DoJ investigation for any purpose would be unduly prejudicial because the jury might incorrectly assume Defendants have admitted to or been found guilty of antitrust violations.""

+ - Bullied Student Records Bullies, Gets Hit With Felony Charges For Violation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Here comes another story highlighting the danger of schools "outsourcing" their disciplinary problems to law enforcement. As we've stated before, this does nothing more than turn routine misconduct into criminal behavior, which is a great way to derail a student's future.

A Pennsylvania teen, who claimed to have been bullied constantly (and ignored by school administration), made an audio recording of his tormentors using a school-supplied iPad. He brought this to the school's attention, which duly responded by calling the cops to have him arrested for violating Pennsylvania's wiretapping law. (h/t to Techdirt reader btr1701)

Maybe the future holds better outcomes, but for right now, everyone involved had a chance to stop this from reaching this illogical conclusion, but no one — from the administrators to their legal team to local law enforcement to the presiding judge — was interested in reining this in. In the end, it looks as though an innate desire to punish someone was satisfied every step of the way."

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Comment: Bush 3.0? Not quite. (Score 1) 682

by Futurepower(R) (#46764757) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
Wow! Bush 3.0? Will Australia invade Iraq to make money for Bush 3.0 and his family and friends who have investments in oil and weapons companies?

Will Australia imprison 6 times the percentage of its people as the percentage imprisoned in European countries, partly to make money for those who run prisons under contract?

Who has Australia tortured? Who has Australia kidnapped and taken to other countries?

Is Australia holding people in prison without trial?

Is Australia spending taxpayer money to spy on the entire world?

I'm sympathetic about the degradation, but it isn't quite Bush 3.0.

Quote from a book about George W. Bush: "He was arguably the most disliked president in seven decades."

Comment: IRS: No software! All taxes done online. (Score 1) 401

by Futurepower(R) (#46764625) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings
"... the lowest tax bill possible."

We do both corporate and personal taxes. Paying the least amount in taxes is more being involved with all the complicated issues, not in finding "loopholes". The advertising that tax software companies does is misleading.

If the IRS were guided by technically knowledgeable people, all taxes would be done online.

Libraries would have bootable DVD copies of a version of Linux, allowing even people with malware-infected computers to do their taxes securely. Records could be saved on USB drives, or burned to a DVD from a RAM drive. If there were mistakes in the calculation of taxes, fixing the problem would be the responsibility of the IRS.

Buying tax software would then be completely unnecessary. I dislike how the tax software tries to trick people into paying more and into giving information to the tax software companies. I would like to avoid paying the full price for tax software every year, when there are very full changes in the new versions.

There would be no need for the IRS to supply new DVDs each year, because all calculations would be done by IRS computers. The IRS Linux DVDs would have holograms printed on them; any counterfeit DVDs would cause the same kind of prosecution applied to counterfeit money.

I would love to be director in charge of that effort. I love the U.S., feel really bad about the defects in government, and would like to help the government in a way that benefits everyone.

At present the enormous complexity of dealing with taxes tends to discourage people from starting new businesses.

Comment: IRS: No software! All taxes should be done online. (Score 1) 379

by Futurepower(R) (#46764539) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
If the IRS were run by technically knowledgeable people, all taxes would be done online.

Libraries would have bootable DVD copies of a version of Linux, allowing even people with malware-infected computers to do their taxes securely. Records could be saved on USB drives, or burned to a DVD from a RAM drive. If there were mistakes in the calculation of taxes, fixing the problem would be the responsibility of the IRS.

Buying tax software would then be completely unnecessary. I dislike how the tax software tries to trick people into paying more and into giving information to the tax software companies. I would like to avoid paying the full price for tax software every year, when there are very full changes in the new versions.

There would be no need for the IRS to supply new DVDs each year, because all calculations would be done by IRS computers. The IRS Linux DVDs would have holograms printed on them; any counterfeit DVDs would cause the same kind of prosecution applied to counterfeit money.

I would love to be director in charge of that effort. I love the U.S., feel really bad about the defects in government, and would like to help the government in a way that benefits everyone.

At present the enormous complexity of dealing with taxes tends to discourage people from starting new businesses.

+ - Study Finds U.S. is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance', 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that 'When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.'"

+ - Now you can get an Office 365 subscription for $6.99 a month 1

Submitted by DroidJason1
DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "Microsoft has launched Office 365 Personal, a lower-priced subscription option for users who want to use Office on only one PC. You can even use it on the iPad or a tablet. Office 365 Personal is priced at $6.99 a month, or $69.99 for a year. Previously, the company offered a package that costed $10 a month or $100 a year for five PCs."

+ - IRS: give us machine-readable tax formulas

Submitted by johndoe42
johndoe42 (179131) writes "Now that tax day is almost over, it's time to ask the IRS to make it less painful. All of the commercial tax software is awful, overpriced, and incompatible with everything else. Some people have tried to do better: OpenTaxSolver and a rather large Excel spreadsheet are tedious manual translations of the IRS's forms. I'm sure that many programmers would try to make much friendlier tax software if they didn't have to deal with translating all of the IRS instructions. Let's petition the IRS to publish computerized formulas so that this can happen."

+ - Please Put OpenSSL Out of Its Misery->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "Writing for the ACM, Poul-Henning Kamp claims that "OpenSSL must die, for it will never get any better." The reasons being that OpenSSL has become a dumping ground of un-organized contributions. "We need a well-designed API, as simple as possible to make it hard for people to use it incorrectly. And we need multiple independent quality implementations of that API, so that if one turns out to be crap, people can switch to a better one in a matter of hours.""
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+ - What good print media is out there that hasn't already died?

Submitted by guises
guises (2423402) writes "A recent story discussing the cover of Byte Magazine reminded me of just how much we've lost with the death of print media. The Internet isn't what took down Byte, but a lot of other really excellent publications have fallen by the wayside as a result of the shift away from the printed page. We're not quite there yet though, there seem to still be some holdouts, so I'm asking Slashdot: what magazines (or zines, or your newsletter) are still hanging around that are worth subscribing too while I still have the chance?"

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