christhedj writes: Microsoft, having learned nothing from Apple and the U2 album have started downloading Windows 10 as part of Patch Tuesday for Windows 7 and 8 users. For people on a 32GB flash drive tablet, that's a big chunk of space taken up with something that they didn't ask for. Microsoft admits to doing this, but users are not happy. Way to look needy, Microsoft.
girlmad writes: Three of the technology industry's heavyweights have been out in force recently to decry the current state of the IT industry, warning that the right to encryption is doomed and that there's far too much snooping and surveillance going on.
girlmad writes: Secret Cinema, the darling of quirky movie experiences, has seen exactly how frightening a bunch of angry hipsters can be after it cancelled the opening night of its latest show, Back to the Future. The short notice and lack of explanation from the 'immersive cinema experience' company led to a huge backlash on social media, with angry fans taking to Twitter and Facebook to share their frustrations at the handling of the whole thing. Cue much blaming of the Libyans and flux capacitor breakdowns.
girlmad writes: Google has scored a major win on the back of Microsoft’s Windows XP support cut-off. The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has begun moving all its employees over to Samsung Chromebooks and Chromeboxes ahead of the 8 April deadline. The council was previously running 3,500 Windows XP desktops and 800 XP laptops, and is currently in the process of retiring these in favour of around 2,000 Chromebooks and 300 Chromeboxes. It estimates the savings at around £400,000, no small change.
coondoggie writes: The FBI said a man admitted he ripped off more than $1 million worth of iPhones and iPads from Verizon Wireless using an elaborate scheme that involved misappropriating corporate purchasing accounts and bribing Federal Express drivers.
Sockatume writes: Would you like to see a half-million-dollar TV show in which four teams of indie developers and Youtube personalities compete to create amazing videogames? Tough luck, because GAME_JAM from Maker Studios has spectacularly imploded. Although a lot could go wrong with this kind of show, the blame isn't being levelled at game developer egos or project mismanagement but the heroic efforts of one Matti Leshem, a branding consultant brought in for Pepsi. After imposing Mountain Dew branding rules that even banned coffee from the set, his efforts to build a gender divide amongst the teams culminated in the competitors downing their tools and the projection collapsing. Accounts from Adriel Wallick, Zoe Quinn, and Robin Arnott are also available.
souperfly writes: The Inquirer.net has a list of 21 sites that the RIAA is looking to get shutdown by ISPs this week. The list includes sites filestube, Bomb-Mp3, Mp3skull, Bitsnoop, Extratorrent, Torrenthound, Torrentreactor and Monova, and at least one ISP — Virgin Media in the UK — has confirmed the number of targetted sites.
Before it was thought that only six sites were lined up for a chop.
TinTops writes: Businesses still running XP should switch to Windows 8 as soon as possible, as Microsoft details its own findings into the relative security of its operating systems:
"If you look at the infection rate on Windows systems you can see older versions are infected more than newer machines. Windows XP is six-times more likely to be infected than Windows 8, even though it has the same malware encounter rate," said Mike Reavey, GM of Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, at the RSA Conference in Amsterdam.
He added: "The downward rate is a sign of secure development practices," he said. "In pretty much every service in Microsoft we have people devoted purely on security, focused on what's going on in the marketplace and what's needed to secure it."
llebeel writes: 3D printing's ubiquity is being aided by the open source nature of the technology alongside a community of designers, developers and enthusiasts that are taking advantage of 3D printer design blueprints available online, and constructing homemade machines.
We visited New York last week, and met with one of the city's 3D printing community's members; full-time architect Gordon Laplante, who has not only built his own machine, but used it to print out parts to build a much bigger version, all in the comfort of his living room.
llebeel writes: The INQUIRER: A New York City start-up named Robokeg has showed off a Raspberry Pi and NFC-powered beer keg prototype.
Made up of "three lazy hackers", Robokeg demoed the gadget at the New York Tech Meetup (NYTM) event on Tuesday, offering up some hands-free beer service via a Raspberry Pi PC, which acts as the brain of the machine with 3D-printed parts covering the brawn.
Robokeg said it could one day act as a vending machine at festivals when you don't have your wallet, or in clubs to reduce queue times at the bar. Watch for it at your local pub.
girlmad writes: Judge Birss, who gained renown as the man who forced Apple to run adverts saying Samsung didn't copy the iPad, is back under the spotlight, claiming that we need to take the fight to patent trolls. But he's also warning that the courts might run out of capacity soon to handle the growing number of patent cases.
illiteratehack writes: Icewarp, a company that has sold messaging software to the US Navy and the British Army, claims that getting existing Microsoft Exchange customers over to Linux is easy once it demonstrates the same features can be had without the need to licensing both the operating system and the messaging server. Given feature parity on Linux, just how long can firms justify paying Microsoft's licensing fees?
DavidGilbert99 writes: The job of a chief security officer has never been tougher. As well as an exponential increase in threats from cyber-criminals, hacktivists and nation-state cyber-espionage, the higher media profile cyber-security is getting these days means everyone knows about it and this puts even greater pressure on CSOs. The problem is, the biggest threat is right under their noses. According to a survey of UK organisations across the government, banking, finance and defence sectors, the majority of security breaches come from employees, ex-employees and trusted partners — and yet 69% of those surveyed said protecting sensitive data from outside threats their main focus.
illiteratehack writes: Six London police have been fired for writing abusive messages on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook in the last three years. A further 30-odd have been disciplined too new data has revealed.
DW100 writes: Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle have taken it upon themselves to moan to the European Commission about Google’s Android dominance, which they say is an underhand bid to control the entire mobile market. The firms are part of the FairSearch group, which has just filed a complaint that Google is using Android as a ‘Trojan Horse’ to take control of the mobile market and all the related advertising revenue. Microsoft would of course know all about this, being at the end of several similar anti-competitive complaints in the past.