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Comment Installed by default? (Score 1) 45

The attack involves the Microsoft Application Verifier, a runtime verification tool for unmanaged code that helps developers quickly find subtle programming errors in their applications. The tool, introduced with Windows XP, is installed by default and enabled on all versions of the operating system.

Since when was Application Verifier installed by default? It was apparently included on Windows XP's CD in /Support/Tools, but wasn't part of the standard installation. I don't recall it being installed on any Windows 7 systems that didn't have Visual Studio installed, either.


Yahoo Notifying Users of Malicious Account Activity as Verizon Deal Progresses (techcrunch.com) 18

Kate Conger, writing for TechCrunch: Yahoo is continuing to issue warnings to users about several security incidents as it moves toward an acquisition by Verizon. Users are receiving notifications today about unauthorized access to their accounts in 2015 and 2016, which occurred due to previously disclosed cookie forging. "As we have previously disclosed, our outside forensic experts have been investigating the creation of forged cookies that could have enabled an intruder to access our users' accounts without a password. The investigation has identified user accounts for which we believe forged cookies were taken or used. Yahoo is in the process of notifying all potentially affected account holders. Yahoo has invalidated the forged cookies so they cannot be used again," a Yahoo spokesperson told TechCrunch.

Comment Why is input lag still a thing? (Score 1) 40

Almost all PC LCD monitors I've used, even going back to the Dell 1701FP from the early 2000s, has had minimal input lag (usually attributed to LCD response time). Why is it that so many LCD and OLED HDTVs have ridiculous amounts (60ms+) of input lag? OLED in particular doesn't even have the LCD response time excuse.

Do the manufacturers think people *like* input lag and intentionally increase it on products marketed as TVs or something?

Comment Re:Touch screen function keys (Score 3, Informative) 304

Lenovo tried this already with the [url='http://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/laptops/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-2014']2014 ThinkPad X1 Carbon[/url]. Granted, the touch strip had fixed indicators instead of a full OLED screen, but it was garbage. (Never mind the other keyboard brain damage like replacing Caps Lock with Home/End and tacking on a Delete key to the right of Backspace.)

Thankfully, they reverted this with the 2015 model.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer (arstechnica.com) 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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