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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support 575

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the little-orphan-windows dept.
snydeq (1272828) writes "Microsoft TechNet blog makes clear that Windows 8.1 will not be patched, and that users must get Windows 8.1 Update if they want security patches, InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard reports. 'In what is surely the most customer-antagonistic move of the new Windows regime, Steve Thomas at Microsoft posted a TechNet article on Saturday stating categorically that Microsoft will no longer issue security patches for Windows 8.1, starting in May,' Leonhard writes. 'Never mind that Windows 8.1 customers are still having multiple problems with errors when trying to install the Update. At this point, there are 300 posts on the Microsoft Answers forum thread 'Windows 8.1 Update 1 Failing to Install with errors 0x80070020, 80073712 and 800F081F.' The Answers forum is peppered with similar complaints and a wide range of errors, from 800F0092 to 80070003, for which there are no solutions from Microsoft. Never mind that Microsoft itself yanked Windows 8.1 Update from the corporate WSUS update server chute almost a week ago and still hasn't offered a replacement.'"

Comment: Re:Part of the reason... (Score 1) 101

by phazemstr (#40777073) Attached to: City Council Ordered To Stop CCTV In Taxi Cabs
I do the exact same thing in San Diego, California. An 8 mile trek one way only takes me thirty minutes, and with traffic in a car it can often take twenty anyway. I have found that cycling is more expensive than motorcycling though, it turns out the fuel to feed me is more expensive than gas.
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+ - Win8 Tablet Review: Almost Best Of Both Worlds->

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jfruh
jfruh writes "Sandro Villinger has been using an iPad as his casual-use computer since it first came out, but he used a loaner Samsung Series 7 tablet running a preview version of Windows 8 — and he liked what he saw. While there were definitely quirks — the long wait for the context menu drove him nuts, and the full OS quickly ate up more disk space than anticipated — he also liked a lot about it. The Metro interface really was a joy, he said, and switching between Metro and the standard Windows desktop was ultimately useful in making the tablet a two-way product."
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+ - Microsoft Won't Say If Skype Is Secure Or Not. Time to change?->

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jetcityorange
jetcityorange writes "When asked repeatedly a Microsoft spokesperson refused to confirm or deny that Skype conversations. Microsoft was granted a patent a month after purchasing Skype that covers for “legal intercept” technology designed to be used with VOIP services. Is it time to consider more secure alternatives like Jitsi [https://jitsi.org/] like Tor's Jacob Appelbaum suggests?"
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+ - Jack Daniels Shows How to Write a Cease and Desist Letter-> 2

Submitted by NormalVisual
NormalVisual (565491) writes "When the Jack Daniels distillery recently became aware of a book whose cover they felt substantially infringed their trademark, they didn't go into instant "Terminator mode" — instead, they wrote a very thoughtful, civil letter to the infringing party, and even offered to help defray the costs of coming into compliance. I believe plenty of other companies (and many in the tech world) could use this as an example of how *not* to alienate people and come off looking like a bunch of greedy jerks."
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Comment: Bravo (Score 0) 78

by phazemstr (#40616989) Attached to: Gloves Translate Sign Language Into Auditory Speech
This actually does solve a real world problem and I commend them for accomplishing as much as they did. Often people who communicate via sign language are able to understand what other people are saying but they are at a complete loss in having others understand them. This bridges that specific gap in a way that is convenient for both sides.

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