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Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

BUL2294 Re:Pass (75 comments)

Save money on Verizon or save money on things marketers want you to buy? What's the difference--if you're still saving $$$?

Imagine a brave new world where you walk into a Whole Foods and the "VZWAds" app pops-up a coupon for $0.50 off a $4.99 gallon of "365" brand milk, $0.30 off some couscous, and $1 off the pre-made food bar (minimum $15 purchase) for lunch? You needed milk, have no idea how to cook couscous, and you were getting hungry for lunch--but $15 worth of pre-made food is a lot, even at Whole Foods... After using that coupon, and scarfing down your huge lunch, you get another popup that gives you $0.50 off a Starbucks "mocho-choco-latte-cremo-supremo" venti-sized drink--but, HURRY, only if you buy one within the next 30 minutes at the Starbucks right next to Whole Foods! You've never had that type of drink, but the discounted price makes it worth trying! Then, the cloud concludes that you're probably low on cat food, since you last bought 36 cans a few weeks ago, so the app pops up yet another $0.50 coupon, this time for cat food at PetSmart! And all of these places are in the same strip mall...

Just thing of the possibilities!

4 days ago

A New Form of Online Tracking: Canvas Fingerprinting

BUL2294 Re:Why does this work (194 comments)

I agree--I just don't see how this is the case. Sure, one person's Cleartype settings would be different from another's, so are we saying that the exact subpixel rendering is calculated? The article also mentions fonts installed... So, if I add a font, or a font like Arial Unicode gets updated (e.g. install a new version of MS-Office), my CANVAS fingerprint is now different/broken?

The claim of 90% accuracy for PCs is shockingly, quite high... But if tablets & mobile devices have problems with this and PCs don't, something don't smell right. So, is this trick working on a somehow poor implementation of CANVAS--that somehow creates different images on different PCs--but the same image on the same PC? What about a PC running Firefox vs. the same PC running Firefox in a VM (same OS or different OS)?

about a week ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

BUL2294 While I welcome any increase in bandwidth... (234 comments)

Uploading is still a fraction of what downloading is... Most home consumers, even those with IoT devices or heavy P2P users, are still net consumers of online information. (Think Netflix, Windows Updates, VPN, remote desktop, etc.) I see it as a gift I didn't care to receive but one that I wouldn't pass up. So, I have to ask, what's the point?

A more valuable gift would be continue the lack of symmetry, and bump existing download & upload speeds by some percentage. Until Netflix becomes P2P, most people wouldn't see much of a benefit from this... (e.g. Netflix streaming still sucks but my uploads to YouTube are 40% faster!)

about a week ago

Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

BUL2294 Re:Fantastic! Open sourcing will make pwning easie (136 comments)

Closed source doesn't do much to slow down 'sploit writers. Moreover, opening the source code gives nerds a fighting chance to update abandoned devices. Don't believe me? Look at Cyanogenmod.

Really? There's enough encryption, licensing, hardware, etc., that prevents most users from rooting their Android & iOS devices. I have an Android phone and I am a nerd. But I'm still afraid to put Cyanogenmod (or another distro) on my phone for fear that it'd be an expensive one-way trip. Manufacturers have come a long way since the simple hardware that Rockbox could be used on... (Notice how Rockbox hasn't added any devices lately--and that the project is receiving less submissions...)

And just because something has been open sourced & the code has been dumped onto Sourceforge or GitHub doesn't mean someone's actively working on the project. And most manufacturers would not cede control of the code, even for 5-10 year old devices, lest that code be used by a competitor--or worse, by someone filing a lawsuit for a defective product...

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

BUL2294 Fantastic! Open sourcing will make pwning easier! (136 comments)

Everything about the IoT is a bad idea, especially when it comes to security on old devices. Now there's a consortium to open-source some of the code? Even better--for those who want to cause harm.

Right now, most household appliances (refrigerators, stoves, thermostats, home automation, home security, etc.) are devices that are closed off. So, even though my stove may have a security hole, I might not be able to exploit it without using a JTAG. Ultimately, there's no easy way to exploit them unless you have physical access to the internals of the appliance. But the IoT changes that--and not for the better. To add, many of the devices you'd want to connect to the IoT have lifespans of decades. So, unless we get government action saying that "if you want to make an IoT device, you have to provide security support for 20+ years", we'll end up with pwned thermostats that we can't change, the fridge that now sends spam & doesn't have enough available processing power to turn on the compressor, or that my TV now shows popup ads for hookers, offshore pharmacies selling Viagra, and other ads in front of the kids & I can't shut it off. And all the better when the pwned IoT fridge wants to talk to my non-pwned IoT Smart TV. On top of that, it won't help that the Linux kernel (or Apache, PHP, MySQL, drivers, etc.) it's running on is 20 years old & nobody--except malware authors--has looked at that version for over a decade...

What an obvious clusterfuck waiting to happen... I'm just waiting for a group of early Smart TVs to get bricked because some malware does something to them--and the manufacturer says "not our problem--it's old!" Then people might realize what a Pandora's Box this is...

about three weeks ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

BUL2294 Generally, no timers at RLC intersections... (579 comments)

One thing to note (and this is evil), often the red-light camera (RLC) intersections DON'T have the countdown timers.*** In Chicago, the RLC capital of the USA--with over 200 RLC intersections in the city alone, the vast majority don't have pedestrian countdown timers. In this city, revenue generation trumps pedestrian safety...

***As a driver, in my estimation, less than 10% of Chicago's RLC intersections have pedestrian countdown timers. To add, even in non-RLC intersections, the blinking "DON'T WALK" is shorter in the city than in the suburbs (old people won't make it across if they start to cross right before blinking DON'T WALK), except if the intersection has state-owned property abutting the intersection (e.g. a state university like UIC).

about a month ago

Western Energy Companies Under Sabotage Threat

BUL2294 Re:No airgap? (86 comments)

Yes, but now you'd need someone on-site, at the machine in question or on another PC within the airgapped network, to do their evil deeds. Doesn't matter if I know the password of the machine with the "NOC list" (from "Mission Impossible 1"); if the airgapped PC is physically thousands of miles away and/or I can't get into the site with the airgapped network, then what's the point??? I'm willing to bet some of the passwords on PCs within an airgapped network are "password", "12345", blank, "00000", etc.

And if you're really paranoid or anal, keyboards are cheap to replace -- or randomly cycle different brands/models/styles of keyboards between a set of PCs at random intervals...

about a month ago

Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

BUL2294 Re:And here I'm hoping... (681 comments)

which describes every version from Windows 95 until XP 64-bit edition - can run 16-bit apps.

Wrong. Every 32 bit version of Windows, including the 16/32-bit hybrid Win9x versions, and including Windows 8.1 Update 1, can run 16-bit apps. XP 64-bit cannot run 16-bit applications. That being said, there's a LOT of old code out there, still being used by businesses, that's 16-bit, some weird 16/32-bit mix, or pure 32-bit originally intended for Win9x that has problems. These could be mission-critical applications from some company that went out of business 20 years ago, nobody has the source code to anymore, and nobody has come up with an alternative. For these people, Dosbox isn't an option as it would require 1) a license Windows 3.1x or Win9x; 2) Dosbox 0.74 officially doesn't support running any version of Windows on it--and there are serious limitations for applications that you would run on it (e.g. no SHARE.EXE or VSHARE.386 capabilities).

In addition, there are a LOT of 32-bit applications, mostly written in the Win9x era, that will not run on Win XP/2003/Vista/7/8.x 64-bit or may need cajoling. Specific examples include certain .NET applications (e.g. 32-bit applications that are compiled with the setting to run on the target hardware--which has problems if you use certain data types on 64-bit) and Visual FoxPro. So now we have to run them on their 32-bit equivalents. And even then, that's not a guarantee, even with Compatibility Modes.

Now, I'm all for Win9 being 64-bit only, but improve compatibility for business users with 16 & 32 bit applications--even if that means running a VM within a VM (e.g. NTVDM under WoW on a 64-bit OS). Yes, we can all argue that MS at some point has to let the past be in the past, but there are valid reasons why companies generally load 32-bit OSes on their PCs...

about a month ago

Don't Want Google In Your House? Here Are a Few Home-Tech Startups To Watch

BUL2294 Re:For Starters... (88 comments)

Not necessarily true. Just because you're the 23-year old "CEO" of a small firm employing 25 people making one product or service, doesn't mean you're capable of scaling up if things take off. Sure, it may be fun & games at 25 people, but if you suddenly balloon to 1000 employees, you'll need someone who knows how to navigate all of the following in the business world: shareholders, investors, salespeople, legal headaches, red tape, patent trolls, new products, multi-year plans, security breaches, logistics, accounting, etc. Those situations likely call for such a firm getting acquired--and they should be acquired.

Any firm that experiences exponential growth, especially related to the Internet or IoT, should be acquired...

about a month ago

Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

BUL2294 Re: Just unplug your server from the internet... (387 comments)

Who do you "call" with most cloud vendors? After all, sounds like whoever was doing the DDOS to extort Code Spaces could have also "called" Amazon to do any number of things, as whoever it was had the passwords, other accounts, etc.

Unless you're one of Amazon EC3's largest customers (e.g. Netflix), you're one of thousands of low-paying customers with rudimentary authentication. Amazon should have an "oh shit" master key that relies on old-school technology, like a RSA number keyfob that the client's president keeps in a locked drawer. That would be the nuclear option. But if something like that were available, it might have cost the client an extra $10/month...

about a month ago

Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

BUL2294 Re:DirecTV is a major problem, potential solution. (394 comments)

DirecTV has no VOD unless you have your box connected to the Internet (where it streams from that source).

Firmware & software updates are relatively small, can be sent anytime & queued for processing later--I have no objections to the box waking from sleep by itself in the middle of the night to apply an update that was received earlier in the day. (After all, the updates are sent constantly--e.g. for boxes that were off because of vacations, power failures, etc.)

I don't care if my guide is updated perfectly in the middle of the night during a window that I choose--I'd rather the box be using 1 watt in sleep mode during this time.

about a month and a half ago

Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

BUL2294 DirecTV is a major problem, potential solution... (394 comments)

Currently, DirecTV has 6 models of STBs (set top boxes): three HD DVR, one HD non-DVR, one SD DVR, one SD non-DVR. Sending firmware upgrades to all of 6 device types adding a user-set deep-sleep mode would be amazing, the immediate effects of which would be massive nationwide! Generally, I don't have anything recording in the middle of the night--or it's a one-off repeat that I don't care about. Offer 4 simple options: 1) deep sleep & not record during user-specified times (e.g. 1am-7am and 11am-4pm); 2) not-so-deep-sleep and wake to record during specified times (e.g. wakes 10 minutes before a recording time); 3) sleep based on x-hours of inactivity; 4) no power management (e.g. for insomniacs).

Currently, my DirecTV HD-DVR (non-Genie) box offers a "lower power" mode that I can't adjust, that it goes into after 4 hours of inactivity. But I have no control over how the time is defined, etc. And it pointlessly reminds me that it went into low-power mode & I have to click out of it--something users may choose to disable just to not get that pointless annoyance...

Let's not forget that these devices are "computers" with power savings in the processors, motherboards, OSes (Linux?), hard drives, etc., that DirecTV, Comcast, and others chose not to enable. Let's face it, DirecTV, you're ~20% of the problem (based on US market share), now become part of the solution...

Oh, and one last thing... How the fuck do some of your boxes have the "Energy Star" logo??? Is it because the boxes themselves are efficient & you choose not to implement those efficiencies?

about a month and a half ago

Has the Ethanol Threat Manifested In the US?

BUL2294 Get 10% less fuel economy with E10... (432 comments)

I firmly believe that E10 is a total scam. Anecdotally, doing pure highway driving, I get 8-10% less fuel economy with E10 than E0 (pure gasoline), so what's the point? This has been consistently the case with the last 3 cars I've owned (V8 RWD, turbo I4 AWD, regular I4 FWD). Losing 10% fuel economy for the privilege (more accurately, the forced subsidy of corn growers in many states) of driving E10 makes no sense to me. Just water down my gasoline by 10%--same effect but water is cheaper than ethanol...

about 2 months ago

Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

BUL2294 Re:Hardware as a service (221 comments)

And with the IoT, companies will have to accept a 20+ year lifespan on their products, including security updates. Sadly, it will take some very nasty malware infections (e.g. your Nest thermostat is sending out phishing requests) and chaos before governments around the world come up with such an agreement & international laws on the matter...

about 2 months ago

Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

BUL2294 Re:Why I Prefer Dumb Displays (221 comments)

Right up until they put something in the TV which says "I haven't connected to the internet in a while, I'm stopping working until I do". Kinda like Microsoft was talking about with the XBone.

True, that's likely coming down the road. But there are a LOT of people who's access to broadband is still at work or the local library--assuming they even bother. The reason M$ decided against this, at this time, is because there are a LOT of places in the US (let alone the world) that still don't have broadband, or have crazy restrictions like 2GB/month that you'd associate with cellular networks (e.g. Alaska, Canadian Territories).

And to whom would the phone companies send the bill? No way they're giving something free access to the cellular network ... and no way I'd pay for it.

Well, to start off, the smart TV manufacturer would consider buying a bulk contract with AT&T, Verizon, or other nationwide cellular company--your viewing habits are worth that much to them! Of course, in due time, the newest "Smart TV Enhanced" firmware will require you to pay a monthly fee for said "new services & features", especially on your "old smart TV"...

about 2 months ago

Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

BUL2294 Re:What is this "LG" you speak of? (221 comments)

What, you mean the "Goldstar" part of LG? If you remember any Goldstar computer products from the late-80s to mid-90s, they were absolute crap. How they ever surpassed Samsung & Sony is beyond me, especially given the "Lucky" part of "LG" is a chemical company that even makes toothpaste & laundry detergents! ("Lucky Goldstar" became "LG" in 1995...)

about 2 months ago

Declining LG's New Ad-friendly Privacy Policy Removes Features From Smart TVs

BUL2294 Re:Why I Prefer Dumb Displays (221 comments)

Nothing says that even after "dumb TVs" are no longer available, that you can't turn a "smart TV" into a dumb one. It's called not giving access to your WiFi (or Ethernet) network. Done, problem solved... Even then, there are plenty of households without their own WiFi and plenty of others who don't even have broadband Internet (whether due to local unavailability or eschewing technology), so having such a disconnected TV refuse to even show video over HDMI would be untenable.

Of course, it's only a matter of time before a TV manufacturer puts in a SIM card into a TV and broadcasts over cellular... On the other hand, such additional traffic (pings, heartbeats, phoning home with customer spying info), from millions more devices on mobile networks may not be practical for quite a while.

about 2 months ago

Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Get Lawyers Fees In Patent Cases

BUL2294 Re:400 years for one murder (51 comments)

So, let's say society changes and a future court rules that "life" sentences are "cruel & unusual punishment" (as described by the US Constitution). You'd have chaos as all the lifers who only got life suddenly are released. A defined time, including "effectively life" (e.g. a 150 year sentence for a 71-y/o Bernie Madoff) now would need to be considered on a case-by-case basis--or at least the Supremes would have to come up with some sort of mathematical formula for "effectively life", which they generally don't like to do...

about 3 months ago

Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

BUL2294 Re:Where do you draw the line? (650 comments)

Those are the downgrade rights offered by Win 7/8 Pro to XP Pro (and even 2000 Pro). My post was about new PCs of the time, where the only OS available was XP as it was the only reasonable choice on that hardware. Remember that since Vista was such a dog on Atom hardware (only consumers of Atom at the time were netbooks) & given Microsoft's uncertain future for Windows 7 at the time (Microsoft was hoping it would pay off), XP Home was the only sane choice on 2009-2010 era netbooks. In fact, Windows 7 Starter was a stripped-down Windows 7 requiring lower hardware...

about 4 months ago



Experian breach exposed 200 million Americans' personal data over a year ago

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  3 days ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "CNN Money is reporting that, prior to the Target breach that exposed information on 110 million customers, and prior to Experian gaining Target's "identity theft protection" business from that breach, Experian was involved a serious breach, to which nobody admits the scope of. Their subsidiary, Court Ventures, unwittingly sold access to a database to a Vietnamese fraudster named Hieu Minh Ngo. This database contained information on some 200 million Americans, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birthdays, work history, driver's license numbers, email addresses, and banking information. "Criminals tapped that database 3.1 million times, investigators said. Surprised you haven't heard this? It's because Experian is staying quiet about it. It's been more than a year since Experian was notified of the leak. Yet the company still won't say how many Americans were affected. CNNMoney asked Experian to detail the scope of the breach. The company refused. "As we've said consistently, it is an unfortunate and isolated issue," Experian spokesman Gerry Tschopp said.""

Declining LG's new ad-friendly Privacy Policy removes features from Smart TVs

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  about 2 months ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "Techdirt and Consumerist posted articles about a user in the UK who, after a firmware update to his 2-year old LG Smart TV, declined their new Privacy Policy, only to find that most Internet-connected features (e.g. BBC iPlayer, Skype) of the TV now no longer work. From the Techdirt article...

Does a manufacturer have the right to "brick" certain integral services just because the end user doesn't feel comfortable sharing a bunch of info with LG and other, unnamed third parties? LG certainly feels it has the right to do this. In fact, it makes no secret of this in its long Privacy Policy — a document that spends more time discussing the lack thereof, rather than privacy itself. The opening paragraph makes this perfectly clear.

To add, even declining the policy still results in non-specified information being sent to LG.

LG's policy of spying on the viewing habits of customers, along with sending filenames of videos stored on USB devices connected to TVs, was previously discussed on Slashdot."


Comcast turning Chicago homes into Xfinity hotspots...

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  about 5 months ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "The Chicago Tribune is reporting that, over the next few months in Chicago, Comcast is turning on a feature that turns customer networks into public Wi-Fi hotspots. After a firmware upgrade is installed, "visitors will use their own Xfinity credentials to sign on, and will not need the homeowner's permission or password to tap into their Wi-Fi signal. The homegrown network will also be available to non-subscribers free for several hours each month, or on a pay-per-use basis. Any outside usage should not affect the speed or security of the home subscriber's private network. [...] Home internet subscribers will automatically participate in the network's growing infrastructure, although a small number have chosen to opt out in other test markets." The article specifically mentions that this capability is opt-out, so Comcast is relying on home users' property, electricity, and lack of tech-savvy to increase their network footprint..."

95% of ATMs worldwide are still using Windows XP...

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  about 6 months ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "With the April lifecycle deadline looming for Windows XP, BusinessWeek has indicated that 95% of the world's ATM machines are still running Windows XP and banks are already purchasing extended support agreements from Microsoft as they will not meet the deadline. (The article indicates that some of the affected ATMs are running XP Embedded, which has a support lifecycle until January, 2016). 'Microsoft is selling custom tech support agreements that extend the life of Windows XP, although the cost can soar quickly—multiplying by a factor of five in the second year, says Korala. JPMorgan is buying a one-year extension and will start converting its machines to Windows 7 in July; about 3,000 of its 19,000 ATMs need enhancements before the process can begin...'"

Public Citizen sues for $75,000 over $3500 fine...

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  about 7 months ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "Public Citizen has followed through on their threat to sue over their decision to "fine" Utah resident John Palmer $3500 over a negative review posted by his wife, Jennifer Palmer. The review, posted to in 2009 when the $20 order was not received & the couple had difficulties in getting a refund, was made 3 years before a "non-disparagement" clause was added to KlearGear's Terms of Sale and Use, to which all customers agree to before purchasing from them. In 2012, KlearGear informed credit reporting agencies of the $3500 "debt", sent a debt collection agency against the Palmers, and validated the "debt" to credit reporting agencies (adding a $50 dispute charge) when John Palmer attempted to dispute it. Since then, the Palmers have had difficulties obtaining credit, which included going 3 weeks without heat while trying to obtain a new furnace. KlearGear has publicly stated on KUTV and CNN that the fine was valid and would stand. Now, on behalf of the Palmers, Public Citizen is suing KlearGear 'after ignored a Nov. 25 demand letter sent by Public Citizen on behalf of the Palmers requesting that contact the relevant credit agencies immediately and inform them that the debt it had reported concerning John was in error. The letter also asked for compensation of $75,000 and permanent removal of the “non-disparagement clause” from its website’s terms of use. // Today’s complaint seeks punitive damages as well as damages for the economic, emotional and other harms that the Palmers suffered as a result of’s actions.'"

AVG 8.0 Free thinks ZoneAlarm 7.0 is a trojan...

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "AVG Free 8.0's latest update sees ZoneAlarm 7.0 as trojan horse "Agent_r.CX". It's also being discussed here, here, here, and here (with less than stellar help from the AVG free forum moderators)... This destroyed my ZoneAlarm installation--I was unable to go out to the Internet until I uninstalled ZoneAlarm, so now I have to choose between running Windows without antivirus or a firewall...

Once this is resolved, if you are looking for an older version of ZoneAlarm (i.e. for Windows 2000, which is not supported by ZoneAlarm 8.0), the link to v7.0.483.000 can be found here..."

Court ruling allows remote DVRs...

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "USA Today is reporting that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has overturned a lower court ruling, therefore allowing Cablevision to offer remote-storage DVRs. The motion picture industry was fighting this (no surprise), arguing that cable companies would be guilty of copyright infringement... As a result, most existing non-DVR cable boxes would be able to function as DVRs — probably as an extension of existing On-Demand capabilities.

This is huge since 1) recordings would be unaffected by cable or power outages; 2) recordings wouldn't be lost over a fried/replaced DVR box; 3) cable companies could offer customers the ability to login & adjust their recordings remotely over the Internet; 4) cable companies might even be able to offer Slingbox-like online viewing capabilities. Unfortunately, there's no indication of where the additional bandwidth to support this would come from..."

Y2K-like problem for old gas pumps...

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "The Chicago Tribune has an interesting low-tech article about how many older mechanical gasoline pumps are incapable of going above $3.999/gallon. A large number of these pumps are in rural areas and the owners cannot afford to refit or replace the pumps. To add insult to injury, companies that offer the replacement mechanics have backlogs approaching several months, while the $4/gallon threshold is imminent or has already been crossed. But leave it to state government bureaucracies to come up with creative solutions — North Dakota will allow the station owner to cut the per-gallon price in half then double the final price (quick, multiply $37.87 by 2!) and Minnesota will allow the station to hide the total price (yeah, that won't cause problems)..."

Windows XP SP3 is now RTM

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "Windows XP SP3 has been released to manufacturing, according to a post on Microsoft Technet. According to the post by Chris Keroack, Release Manager for Windows XP Service Pack 3, general availability will be made available on Windows Update to all on April 29th. Given that XP-SP2 is almost 4 years old, it's about freakin' time! Am I the only one who thinks that Microsoft is trying to save money by putting out fewer service packs? — XP will only go to SP3, Windows 2000 went to SP4, NT 4.0 went to SP6..."

UK Government to schools: No Vista or Office 2007

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "InfoWorld reports that the UK Government has recommended against upgrading software in schools to Vista and Office 2007, especially if it's done in a piecemeal fashion. Two-thirds of the cost of the upgrade (£175 million / $350 million), would go straight to Microsoft, while the rest would go towards deployment, testing, and hardware costs. They also recommended against going to Office 2007 and its OOXML format, and slammed M$ for their poor implementation of ODF in Office 2007. The recommendation can be found here."

Toshiba has Vista-specific BIOSes for some models

BUL2294 BUL2294 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BUL2294 (1081735) writes "Toshiba has started providing Vista-specific BIOS firmware upgrades that cause problems with Windows XP. Frankly, I think this is very wrong because now a machine is tied to a specific operating system ONLY. According to the article, if you run the Vista v5.00 BIOS with XP, Fn+F1 thru Fn+F9 stop working... What, that couldn't be fixed with a keyboard driver???

For certain models, Toshiba has both XP and Vista BIOSes, but how long before PC manufacturers like Toshiba only put out Vista-specific BIOSes??? Frankly, I have no idea if M$ has a hand in this but would it really surprise anyone? This might explain some peoples' difficulties in getting XP to run on a PC bought with Vista (beyond the basic lack of drivers)...

And what about anyone wanting to run Linux? What about someone who needs to dual-boot between Vista and XP?

Anyway, Toshiba's support document ID# is 98082330. There's no direct link to this support article because the site uses session IDs, but you can get there by going to ome.jsp then click on the 4th article in the "support updates" section called "Fn key combinations may stop working with BIOS version 5.00 or higher, and Windows XP".

(I can also send you a PDF copy of the support article if Slashdot wants to host it... My real e-mail address is in my profile but please don't post it should you post the article...)"


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