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Comment Re:We patched your patch (Score 1) 38

Probably not too far from the truth, here's excerpts from the changelog:

<5.07.0019> 2015-11-11 release
- [Important] Implement some security enhancement
<5.07.0013> 2015-09-29 release
- [Important] Implement some security enhancement for standard user account.
<5.07.0008> 2015-09-10 release
- [Important] Implement some security enhancement to secure the access to directory and exectuable files.
New in 2015-06-24 release
- Fixed some issues.
New in 2015-03-27 release
- Fixed some security issues

Looks like they're trying to give Oracle/Adobe a run for their money...

Comment Re:Wait, they shipped the private key? (Score 1) 65

I found the eDellRoot certificate on my machine (Which I promptly disabled)

And then Dell's software re-enables it, or reinstalls it if you delete it. And if you remove the software that does the reinstall and ever factory-reset your PC, it in turn gets reinstalled. It's like malware, except that it's from a commercial vendor.

Comment Re:Greed rules in Corporate America (Score 1) 118

I don't think the almighty dollar is at fault here. the problem is a government that doesn't let the winner win, but chooses who it wants to win.

Although legislating market winners is a major problem in government, another one that may be occurring here is that when you have multiple competing systems and the "winner" fails spectacularly, the people behind the runners-up will always say that if their system had been chosen, things would have been OK. There's no way to tell whether ThinThread wouldn't have become the billion-dollar boondoggle instead of Trailblazer.

Heck, this is big government IT, it's quite likely that anything would have cratered. When was the last time you saw a headline that said "Large government IT project comes in on time, under budget, and with full functionality"?

Comment Re:What's next? (Score 5, Interesting) 316

Dear Mozilla,

I understand you've been having problems with continuously-dropping market share, going from a high of 50-odd-percent to under ten percent, and heading steadily for zero. I understand that you plan to remove some things to try and reverse this ongoing decline. Could I suggest removing all of:

  • Australis.
  • Copying everything Chrome does.
  • Memory leaks.
  • Pocket.
  • Asa Dotzler.

The rapidly-diminishing community of Firefox users.

Comment Re:Apple Music (Score 1) 461

The fact it's ancient Hebrew kinda sucks,

Aramaic is my native tongue you insensitive clod!

Oh, and could the tradesman who posted earlier about using his iPhone for business please get in touch? I need to find a good carpenter, the last guy promised he'd come and fix my wall and instead he's gadding off to Jerusalem with his wife on a donkey.

Comment Re:Either this is false or they are idiots (Score 1) 202

The headline should really be "terrorists use communications media less likely to be intercepted/monitored". Here's the Terrorist Communications Guide handbook, in pseudocode:

array[] = communications media indexed by likelihood of government monitoring;
qsort( array );
media_to_use = array[ 0 ];

This week it might be a PS4, next week it'll be a TI Speak'n'Spell, whatever works.

Comment Re:Disable Telemtry (Score 4, Informative) 181

Note that Disable Telemetry, at least on the non-business editions, doesn't actually disable telemetry, just some of it. To actually get rid of it all, open Task Scheduler, go to Microsoft > Windows > Application Experience and delete the AITAgent, Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser (that's for Win7/Win8), and ProgramDataUpdater tasks, and then in Customer Experience Improvement Program, delete all entries. That seems to take care of things at the moment but then keep an eye out for further spyware that'll be added in future critical Windows updates.

There's also a list of several dozen phone-home domains you can block at your router floating around, but that only helps if you're sitting behind your own router that you've set up for blocking.

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.