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Submission + - BIOS/UEFI updates comeing to windows 10 windows update and more (zdnet.com) 1

Joe_Dragon writes: Microsoft updates support policy: New CPUs will require Windows 10

In a change to its longstanding support policy, Microsoft says PCs based on new CPU architectures, including Intel's Skylake chips, will require Windows 10. A list of preferred systems will support older Windows versions on new hardware, but only for 18 months.

"For the listed systems, along with our OEM partners, we will perform special testing to help future proof customers' investments, ensure regular validation of Windows Updates with the intent of reducing potential regressions including security concerns, and ensure all drivers will be on Windows Update with published BIOS/UEFI upgrading tools, which will help unlock the security and power management benefits of Windows 10 once the systems are upgraded."

I think that putting BIOS/UEFI updates in to the windows 10 auto / forced update system is a real bad idea and may even open MS to having to pay the cost to replace an $600-$1000+ laptop and or $100-$300+ MB. If it's update system try to flash at the wrong time or at a very risky time say right when the is a big storm or at a time where the power is not very stable. Even more so with a install updates on shutdown.

And it can lead to an update loop on a laptop with you must be on AC power to install the bios update and then the system reboots and then windows retry's the update again.

Submission + - Secret Service Agents Stake Out the Ugliest Corners of the Internet

HughPickens.com writes: Josephine Wolff writes at The Atlantic that sifting through messages to determine which, threats to President Obama need to be taken seriously is the responsibility of the Secret Service Internet Threat Desk, a group of agents tasked with identifying and assessing online threats to the president and his family. The first part of this mission—finding threats—is in many ways made easier by the Internet: all you have to do is search! Pulling up every tweet which uses the words “Obama” and “assassinate” takes mere seconds, and the Secret Service has tried to make it easier for people to draw threats to its attention by setting up its own Twitter handle, @secretservice, for users to report threatening messages to. The difficulty is trying to figure out which ones should be taken seriously.

The Secret Service categorizes all threats, online and offline alike, into one of three categories. Class 3 threats are considered the most serious, and require agents to interview the individual who issued the threat and any acquaintances to determine whether that person really has the capability to carry out the threat. Class 2 threats are considered to be serious but issued by people incapable of actually follow up on their intentions, either because they are in jail or located at a great distance from the president. And Class 1 threats are those that may seem serious at first, but are determined not to be. The overall number of threats directed at the first family that require investigation has stayed relatively steady at about 10 per day—except for the period when Obama was first elected, when the Secret Service had to follow up on roughly 50 threats per day. “That includes threats on Twitter,” says Ronald Kessler, author of In the President’s Secret Service. “It makes no difference to [the Secret Service] how a threat is communicated. They can’t take that chance of assuming that because it’s on Twitter it’s less serious.”

Comment Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396

Airstrip One.

The previous Tory leader - can't remember his name just now but he was a minister in the coalition government - absolutely loathed the EU to the extent that he apparently asked the Dubya administration if there was some way of joining the Mexico-US-Canada trading block. No.

Comment Re:Who gets to decide what the iPad is? (Score 1) 514

We *all* have attitudes. Jobs is Jobs. Jobs *has* made a significant mark in history, as has Bill Gates (who has his own attitude). Woz was the Apple techie. Jobs was (and is) the salesman much like Gates who essentially co-opted (for lack of a better word) C/PM. Credit where credit is due. Both Gates and Jobs were (and Jobs still is) great salesmen.

Comment Re:I don't think so... (Score 1) 530

Being judged by twelve random people is as close to 'objective' as possible.

Except it's not "random." Attorneys from both sides generally get to throw out people for all sorts of reasons, usually including some peremptory challenges where they don't have to give a reason at all for throwing someone out. If you were doing a poll on public opinion initially with a random sample, but you let Republican and Democratic representatives choose to throw out a significant number of those sampled for any reason they wanted, would you still consider the sample to be "random"? Would you still trust the result of the poll?

I'm immensely glad to have the right to be judged by average people, not because I harbor any romantic notion of them (they tend to be dolts), but because the alternatives are far worse.

First off, they aren't necessarily "average people." In any high profile jury, they are people generally selected by jury consultants to either be likely to agree with a particular side or else be open to suggestion in particular ways. Generally, people who think for themselves, whether smart or stupid, aren't considered. The "average" person has nothing to do with it. These are the people most likely to be swayed by lawyers.

Second, what "alternatives" have you considered? You cite a few examples which obviously have their drawbacks. Does that mean that there couldn't possibly be a theoretical alternative that you haven't considered? For example, what about a hybrid system that incorporated some of the desired characteristics together -- perhaps (for instance) combining some people trained in law with those "average people," even just as advisors. We give appellate courts the power to overturn rulings for all sorts of technical reasons (sometimes they just need an excuse to make a larger political point), but the actual juries of "dolts" (as you put it) have to make their way through the complex legal arguments that are often put before them with little guidance. Judges have to be careful if they are even asked a question of law, since an improper instruction to a jury could be cause for a mistrial. So, without any guidance, and if the juries actually are "dolts," then they likely will vote for whichever side put on a better show, or the side that confused them the least, or something like that. Is that really the best justice?

I don't claim to have a complete answer. But I'm certainly not going to claim that the system we have is better than all possible alternatives.

Comment Dystopian future was what you were looking for (Score 1) 394

So grammar Hitler issues aside, if they would alter their pricing to make it less worthwhile to pirate they could still make buckets of money and make people happy. The CD market went this way right near the end, they finally gave in and lowered prices and offered some great deals... I had never bought so many CD's as I did then. They will fight this too until it is too late.

Comment Re:Listen to the police (Score 1) 385

Evidence: http://www.suntimes.com/news/2127966,CST-NWS-cameras29.article They resist EVERYTHING that could possibly catch them doing something they shouldn't be...you know like sounding like hard-asses when people ask them basic questions such as "what am I being stopped for?" What is their problem with every technology that gets introduced? 911 operators have all their calls recorded, why can't these men and women agree to this? It looks like they're trying to hide things. The recent news reports of off-duty cops beating women, getting in to bar fights etc. isn't exactly helping their case either. Again, my two cents, but based on actually reading the news!

Comment Re:all those platforms are yours... (Score 1) 296

This means that they will work consistently across all platforms.

Yes, this also means its likely that the widget will work wrong across all platforms as the only right way is the native way.

Flash is become the ultimate platform for GUI development.

Considering it more or less requires you to create an app that breaks native OS look and feel, I'd say you are certainly wrong in almost every single possible case.

If you're making flash apps I'm sorry but the reality of it is that its highly unlikely you know how to make a GUI better than the OS designers. Even just copying the native widget is practically impossible from a end developer perspective due to the shear number of variations you have to deal with.

Flash is not intended to be aware of platform issues, it simply ignores them. Anyone worth there salt as a developer can tell you how ignoring the platform specific makes your app asstastic rather rapidly.

Comment Re:This would have worked... (Score 2, Insightful) 368

Barring him from seeing his children was absolutely NOT appropriate. Now, his children have had the trauma of seeing the police come and take their dad away for no reason (as far as they're concerned, after all, he didn't do anything wrong) and being kept from even seeing him after. They will never again feel as secure as they did before the incident.

As for the evidence, they did have cause for concern, but they also had nothing like an intact chain of evidence. They had a hard drive that was in the possession of an anonymous person for an unknown period of time. The fact that an anonymous person had the drive to mail proves that an unauthorized person had access to the computer and the home as well. They had perfect evidence of child porn (it was on there after all) but terrible evidence as to who downloaded it.

It was a difficult situation, but unless they want to be routinely used as a weapon against innocent people, they need to tread very lightly until they have solid evidence. Considering how insecure most people's PCs are and how rampant bots and spyware are, PC based evidence is particularly low quality anyway.

There have been a few incidents of anonymous "tips" about drugs being used in similar ways here in the U.S. The police have a habit of practically destroying a home when they search for drugs, so it is possible to cause someone a terrible trauma and many thousand in damages for the cost of a pay phone call. Innocent people have gotten killed due to false reports here.

Comment Re:Gay rights are civil rights. (Score 1) 348

Homosexuality is a choice, not biology, regardless of what crank science says.

I suppose you characterize evolution as 'crank science' as well, do you?

There have been many studies which show trans and gay people typically have some brain structures/patterns which vary from the 'norm' for their genetic sex and correspond in varying degrees to those of the opposite genetic sex, and strong evidence that this relates to things like the hormonal environment in the womb. Dismissing these as 'crank science' when they are the mainstream view in the relevant fields these days points to either ignorance or bigotry on your part.

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