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Comment: Re:Apocalypse, Really? (Score 1) 293

by PriceChild (#46928569) Attached to: The Upcoming Windows 8.1 Apocalypse
I installed Windows 8 from the oem disk (In MS' packaging) I received when I bought the hardware. It failed the 8.1 update with only a hex code. It took a month of googling to find the solution (and it was so obscure I've forgotten it now... either a registry change and/or modifying disk/partition flags) If a fresh install from ms's own packaging could go so badly I'm not surprised so many people are having issues. Thankfully Update 1 installed without issue.

+ - Groklaw has gone dark->

Submitted by A Pressbutton
A Pressbutton (252219) writes "PJ wrote...
So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments. Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too. I'm sorry I can't overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can't.
This is in response to the ongoing Snowden debacle. Please go to groklaw and read the full article. Her response to the 'if you have nothing to hide...' argument is ' I don't like uninvited strangers looking through my stuff' and that not being watched is a key human freedom.
I would add, if you are a us taxpayer, you are paying for this. A sad day."

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+ - Groklaw Closure->

Submitted by JImbob0i0
JImbob0i0 (1202835) writes "After many years amid fears of forced exposure in light of the recent NSA/PRISM/Lavabits events PJ has closed the doors of Groklaw.

With Microsoft/Motorola, Oracle/Google, SCO/IBM, Apple/Samsung still going on in the background will the legal implications of technology companies fade from view without the light that has been shined on them over the years?

SCO was ridiculed in no small part to researchers at the site.

Oracle was shown to have severe misunderstandings of the Java licenses.

Microsoft was forced out of the background.

When PJ last retired she passed the site over to another but recently she's been managing it herself again. This closure notice appears pretty final however.

What now for legal blogs in the technological world?"

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Comment: wrong way round... (Score 1) 364

by PriceChild (#37022032) Attached to: Finding Fault With the Low, Low Price of Android
Microsoft sold you Windows (the monopoly?) and forced IE on you. Google (or whoever) is selling you an Android phone and then letting you use Google Search (the monopoly?) I don't see how you can compare the two? Even if you still think its unfair, then ah well lets just push an OTA with a "what search engine do you want?" and be done with it. Oh wait... my android already gave me that choice...

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say to Microsoft... (Score 1) 337

by PriceChild (#34012432) Attached to: Windows 8 To Be Released In October 2012

I can fully understand people not wanting to upgrade to Windows 7 due to hardware/driver constraints or program compatibility...but if neither of these things are problems, I say why not? Windows 7 is much more user friendly and easier to navigate (not to mention much more stable and secure, in my experience.)

Price

Comment: Re:What a waste of tax money! (Score 2, Funny) 156

by PriceChild (#32565494) Attached to: Teaching Fifth Graders Engineering

Engineers don't work in factories, troll...

People who work in factories are mostly drones or technicians at best (with an occasional engineer to...

I don't think you wrote what you meant. Let me edit it for you: "Engineers don't work in factories, except for when they do. Thankyou very much for your input to the discussion, here ends my respectful reply."

+ - Judge rejects SCO's motion for a new trial->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A judge has rejected SCO's motion for a new trial in the company's dispute over UNIX intellectual property ownership. The ruling validates a verdict that was issued in April by a jury which determined that Novell, and not SCO, is the rightful owner of the UNIX SVRX copyrights. This means that SCO cannot continue to pursue its litigation against IBM and other Linux users. "There was substantial evidence that Novell made an intentional decision to retain ownership of the copyrights," the Judge wrote in his decision. "The Court finds that the verdict is not clearly, decidedly, or overwhelmingly against the weight of the evidence. Therefore, SCO is not entitled to a new trial.""
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+ - Google Gives Microsoft 5 Days to Fix XP Zero-Day->

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike (1292728) writes "Google engineer Tavis Ormandy published attack code on Thursday that exploits a zero-day vulnerability in Windows XP. Security experts objected to the way he disclosed the bug — just five days after it was reported to Microsoft — and said the move is more evidence of the ongoing, and increasingly public, war between the two giants. Microsoft said it is investigating the vulnerability and would have more information on its next steps later on Thursday. Researchers at French security vendor Vulpen Security confirmed that Ormandy's proof-of-concept works as advertised on Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and SP3 machines running Internet Explorer 7 or IE8. Ormandy said he decided to go public because of its severity, and, 'If I had reported the ... issue without a working exploit, I would have been ignored.' He also slammed the concept of 'responsible disclosure,' a term that Microsoft and others apply to bug reports submitted privately, giving developers time to patch before the information is publicly released. Microsoft took Ormandy to task for giving it less than a week to deal with his report. And Microsoft was not the only one. Robert Hansen, CEO of SecTheory, chastised Google for claiming that the company abides by responsible disclosure when its security researchers do not. 'Their researchers are going off half-cocked,' said Hansen, who deplored Ormandy's quick publication. 'It just doesn't add up.'"
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It's funny.  Laugh.

Scambaiting Gets Comical; Internet Scammers All Dressed Up 178

Posted by timothy
from the made-in-the-shadenfreude dept.
Nurse Nasty writes "Scambaiting is a fun and relaxing full-contact email sport. It's all about baiting Internet and email scammers into exposing themselves and sharing that humiliation with the entire world. Recently I baited four different groups of Internet scammers into being comic book action super-heroes, and then giving them their own 10-page graphic novel. It's a bit of fun and eduction through entertainment." (Warning: The comic contains a bit of naughty language.)

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