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Comment Removing Microsoft's spyware. (Score 1) 415

Remove these patches. Disable the "recommended"patches in Windows update. Run another update, and if any of these return, set them to ignore.

KB 3035583 (primary nagware for Windows 10)

KB 2952664
KB 2976978
KB 2990214 (Windows 10 upgrade)
KB 3021917 (Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program)
KB 3022345
KB 3035583
KB 3044374 (Windows 10 upgrade)
KB 3068708 (update for CEIP and telemetry)
KB 3075249 (telemetry)
KB 3080149 (update for CEIP and telemetry)

Comment Re:Remove KB 2952664 and what else? (Score 2) 394

Where should we put this?

What would happen if we put this on the main wiki for Windows 7?

KB 2952664 (telemetry)
KB 2990114 (telemetry)
KB 3021917 (Customer Experience Improvement Program)
KB 3022345 (telemetry)
KB 3035583 (nagware for Windows 10)
KB 3068708 (telemetry)
KB 3075249 (telemetry)
KB 3080149 (CEIP and telemetry)

Comment Remove KB 2952664 and what else? (Score 5, Informative) 394

It appears these updates are usage trackers:

KB 2952664
KB 3022345

This is the core Windows 10 update nagware:

KB 3035583

These updates should be permanently removed and ignored on well-run systems.

What other updates should be removed and banned from Windows 7/8 in the interest of privacy?

Comment KB3033929 (Score 2) 203

This is hardly the first time such phenomena has occurred.

KB3033929 would kindly patch, fail, backout, and repeat for any users arrogant enough to overwrite the bootloader for multiple operating systems.

I disabled automatic update, which is a luxury that I would have to forego on the dark day that I upgrade to Windows 10.

That day will be a long time coming.

Comment Spend $7/month instead of $50 (Score 1) 155

It looks like Verizon's cheapest service option for Android is the $20 connection fee, plus $30 for the 1GB service.

Tracfone will give you Android on exactly the same towers for $20 for for a 3-month plan, no connection fee.

The Tracfone subsidiaries (PagePlus, StraightTalk, Net10) will also give you Verizon service at several different price points.

You can bring your 4G Verizon phone and avoid a new hardware purchase. If you bring it to Tracfone, you'll get triple the face value of your refills.

You can also get discounts on your refills at PinCheap.

Comment mitigation (Score 1) 54

On a stock, non-rooted phone you can disable MMS to provide some degree of protection from this particular exploit.

Although unconfirmed, there are several stagefright booleans in /system/build.prop on some phones. Setting them to false might provide some additional protection. Root and a reasonable text editor will be required (i.e., busybox vi), and you should be able to recover from a boot loop before attempting this modification.

Comment Rooting is under-rated (Score 3, Insightful) 120

When the critical Samsung keyboard exploit hit the news, I was able to do this (and you were not):

mount -o remount,rw /system
cd /system/app
mv SamsungIME.apk SamsungIME.banished
scp cyanogen:/tmp/LatinIME.apk .
mount -o remount,ro /system

I have no intention of relinquishing my ability to repair this vendor-inflicted brain damage because of your foolish misconceptions.

Comment immutable (Score 2) 203

You might try creating it as a directory first - you're trying to sabotage whatever script is running that restores these files, and the simplest sabotage is the best.

Here is the description of the immutable flag from the chattr man page:

A file with the 'i' attribute cannot be modified: it cannot be deleted or renamed, no link can be created to this file and no data can be written to the file. Only the superuser or a process possessing the CAP_LINUX_IMMUTABLE capability can set or clear this attribute.

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