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Comment Not Hard to Fix (Score 1) 407

As someone who has been deploying Windows 8.1 for a while, it's pretty easy to remove apps you don't want from your system images. You can even do it on a running system:

Get-ProvisionedAppxPackage -Online | where-object {$_.DisplayName -eq "Microsoft.WindowsStore"} | Remove-ProvisionedAppxPackage -Online

Comment Poor Update Process (Score 2) 71

I received an email encouraging me to update my 2015 Kindle not long ago. I tried to check for updates on the device but found nothing. Two weeks later, Amazon sent me a similar message again. After another update check, I still found nothing. I wasn't able to get the device to upgrade until I manually copied the firmware file to the device.

Comment Been using Nightly for a while. (Score 3, Interesting) 181

My daily web browser is Nightly. A few days ago when they enabled e10s by default I found out about the change because my browser crashed on startup. The only way I could get it working again was to start Nightly in Safe Mode and disable e10s. Multiprocess in Nightly is varying states of very broken for most addons. For me the key ones are HTTPSEverywhere, Adblock Plus, and Reddit Enhancement Suite. None of these addons are functional with e10s enabled currently.

Comment We have implemented DMARC + DKIM + SPF (Score 1) 139

In my org (a high school) we were having issues with spambots using our organization's address in the From: field for spam campaigns. The turning point for us was when a malware payload came with a From: field of the assistant principal addressed to many of our employees. The mail was not from one of our mail servers, but the From field trick some of our users into opening it. With DMARC + DKIM and a strict policy we have eliminated this problem.

We did have some minor implementation headaches. Our admissions team's spam mailing vendor was non-compliant with DKIM and would not work with us to set up authenticated mail. We resolved our issue with them by making the admissions guys send mail from a more permissive subdomain so that we could implement the strict protections on our primary domain.

All that said, the implementation was not incredibly difficult. We use Google Apps for our mailing, and a SMTP server on-campus to allow our applications to send mail. Google DKIM+DMARC is easy, and there are plenty of guides on implementing DKIM in Postfix. Overall I think the change has been worth it. I'm a little frightened at all of the abuse reports I see now that otherwise would have gone out in our domain's name.

Comment Re:Last Sentence (Score 5, Informative) 322

This is a close call, but I conclude that Feldman's act of production, which would necessarily require his using a password of some type to decrypt the storage device, would be tantamount to telling the government something it does not already know with "reasonably particularity"

I'm guessing this is the trick. The government doesn't know there is evidence on the storage device. It sounds like they are making the argument that compelling a password for discovery purposes is a violation, but providing one to give them what they know you have is not. At least, that's what it seems like they are saying to me.


Submission + - Intel Demos Next Gen Haswell GT-3 Graphics and Clover Trail Power Consumption (

MojoKid writes: "Representatives from Intel at CES were touting the low power characteristics of their current Clover Trail Atom processors that are featured in a number of Windows 8 tablets. Intel apparently is on a mission to rebut the notion that ARM-based processors are more power efficient. In one demo, Intel wired up a number of sensors to the batteries on a quartet of tablets to monitor power consumption in real-time. Two of the tablets (a Samsung ATIV and Dell XPS 10) were built around Qualcomm Krait-based SoCs, one (a Microsoft Surface RT) featured NVIDIA’s Tegra 3, and there was an Acer W510 built on Intel’s Clover Trail Atom. The demo showed the Tegra 3 Surface RT tablet clearly consuming the most the power, with the Clover Trail and Krait-based systems much more tightly grouped. The Clover Trail-based tablet was consuming the least power within the particular Youtube HD video workload shown. In another demo, Intel had a blind taste test of sorts, with two systems set up side by side, running Dirt 3 in DX11 mode at the same image quality settings. One system featured an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650, while the other was powered by an Intel Haswell-based Core processor with integrated GT-3 graphics. Haswell’s GT-3 graphics engine reportedly offers 2X the performance of Ivy Bridge HD 4000 graphics, along with additional features. In the demo, both machines easily produced smooth frame rates and shared nearly indistinguishable image quality."

Submission + - NIH neuroscientists: Junior Seau had brain disease caused by hits to the head (

McGruber writes: ABC News/ESPN broke the story that a team of scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) analyzed the brain tissue of renowned NFL linebacker Junior Seau and have concluded that the football player suffered a debilitating brain disease likely caused by two decades worth of hits to the head.

In May 2012, Seau, 43 — football's monster in the middle, a perennial all-star and defensive icon in the 1990s whose passionate hits made him a dominant figure in the NFL — shot himself in the chest at his home in Oceanside, Calif., leaving behind four children and many unanswered questions.

As slashdot earlier reported (, more than 30 NFL players have in recent years been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition once known as "punch drunk" because it affected boxers who had taken multiple blows to the head. Last year, 4,000 retired players joined a class-action lawsuit against the league over its alleged failure to protect players from brain injuries.

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