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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

yuhong Re:Play by the rules (139 comments)

Yea, I am thinking that FCPA should probably be repealed.

about a week ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

yuhong Re:It's California Law that is the problem (1109 comments)

Personally I am more interested in suing OKCupid for starting the boycott to compel Mozilla to violate employment laws.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

yuhong Re:So what about server 2012 first release? (387 comments)

Don't forget lack of IE11 too. At least they are willing to support these users for the full 10 years unlike Win8.0, and yes this distinction is artificial too.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

yuhong Re:What about 2012R2??? (387 comments)

I think it will get this too given that it is basically the server version of Win8.1.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC

yuhong Re:Better be for Windows 7 (127 comments)

DirectX11 was back ported to Vista.

Even that was done in a completely different way from the old DX redists, the last of which was released in 2004.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC

yuhong Re:Better be for Windows 7 (127 comments)

MS abandoned the old DX redists after 9.0c released in Aug 2004.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

yuhong Re:Windows 7 (860 comments)

Thank you. I still remember the developer preview from late 2011.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

yuhong Re:Hmm (273 comments)

I think there is the free Word Viewer, and it existed even back in 2000.

about 3 months ago
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HP Brings Back Windows 7 'By Popular Demand' As Buyers Shun Windows 8

yuhong Re:Touch-screen desktop PCs are a fad (513 comments)

I think Win8.1's start button helps here. In fact, Win8.0 release that had no start button did not have this option either in the right-click menu. I personally used Ctrl-Alt-Del most often.

about 3 months ago
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EU Commissioner Renews Call for Serious Fines in Data Privacy Laws

yuhong Re:Why do they want to target Google? (162 comments)

That being said, I do think Vic Gundotra should probably be fired from Google.

about 3 months ago
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EU Commissioner Renews Call for Serious Fines in Data Privacy Laws

yuhong Why do they want to target Google? (162 comments)

Why do they want to target Google? What are the practical problems caused by the data collection?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

yuhong Re:No, this is smart. This is to keep the customer (417 comments)

Two years happens to be how long MS continues support for a previous service pack after a new service pack release. And they do not fix the renderer directly, rather they use https://code.google.com/p/ots/ which validates the fonts before passing them to the kernel.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

yuhong Re:No, this is smart. This is to keep the customer (417 comments)

Yea, what is funny is that nobody seems to pay much attention to Office 2003 end of support even though privilege escalation bugs are not usable without another exploit that executed code in the application in the first place.

about 3 months ago
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James Gosling Grades Oracle's Handling of Sun's Tech

yuhong Re:Should've sold out to soneone else (223 comments)

What is funny is that MS had a Java Virtual Machine in the late 1990s that was infamous for its extensions that led to a Sun lawsuit which eventually led to it being discontinued.

about 3 months ago
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Unencrypted Windows Crash Reports a Blueprint For Attackers

yuhong Re:Next! (103 comments)

Remember that this feature was released back in 2001. To put it in context, it was just after the infamous export restrictions on strong cryptography was lifted.

about 3 months ago
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Could an Erasable Internet Kill Google?

yuhong Re:What's so bad about it... (210 comments)

Personally, as I said before I consider it a workaround not a solution.

about 4 months ago

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MS reduced WinXP custom support prices

yuhong yuhong writes  |  10 hours ago

yuhong (1378501) writes "MS reduced WinXP custom support prices (often by ten-fold) in the week before it ended support (to closer to what NT4/Win2000 custom support used to cost). According to the article: "Sources familiar with Microsoft's position claimed that the company changed its CSA pricing tune after chief operating officer Kevin Turner returned to Redmond at the beginning of the month from a swing through the sales force, where he got an earful about customers with thousands of XP machines and no chance of making the migration deadline. The decision to drop prices was made shortly after that.""
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Windows Vista is seven years old

yuhong yuhong writes  |  about 3 months ago

yuhong (1378501) writes "On January 30, Windows Vista will be seven years old. Why this is important? Because they allow only a minimum of two years after a new version release before the previous version goes into extended support, which lasts for another five years. Rounded up to the nearest quarter, this makes the end of mainstream support for XP April 2009 and the end of extended support April 2014. This is despite the fact that Vista RTM had plenty of problems, and Server 2008 is based on Vista SP1 which fixed many of them."
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My blog post on the MS OS/2 2.0 fiasco

yuhong yuhong writes  |  about a year ago

yuhong writes "I wrote a blog post about the old MS OS/2 2.0 fiasco from the early 1990s, including how it relates to DR-DOS. Why did it take 10 years after Intel introduced the 80386 before 32-bit programming became popular?"
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Flame used MS certificates intended for TS licensing

yuhong yuhong writes  |  about 2 years ago

yuhong writes "From the article:
"What we found is that certificates issued by our Terminal Services licensing certification authority, which are intended to only be used for license server verification, could also be used to sign code as Microsoft. Specifically, when an enterprise customer requests a Terminal Services activation license, the certificate issued by Microsoft in response to the request allows code signing without accessing Microsoft’s internal PKI infrastructure."
Microsoft released an update adding the affected CAs to the Untrusted Certificate Store."

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Windows Vista enters extended support

yuhong yuhong writes  |  about 2 years ago

yuhong writes "On April 10, the second Tuesday of April, Windows Vista will exit Mainstream Support and enter Extended Support. This means that no-charge (free) support will end, no further service packs will be created, nor will future IE versions (such as IE10) be available for Vista. Also, no new non-security hotfixes will be created or be available without an Extended Hotfix Support Agreement (EHSA). This will last for 5 years before support for Vista completely ends in 2017."
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Windows Vista enters extended support

yuhong yuhong writes  |  about 2 years ago

yuhong writes "On April 10, the second Tuesday of April, Windows Vista will exit Mainstream Support and enter Extended Support. This means that no-charge support will end, no further service packs will be created, nor will future IE versions (such as IE10) be available for Vista. Also, no new non-security hotfixes will be created or be available without an Extended Hotfix Support Agreement (EHSA)."
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MS traces Duqu zero-day to font parsing in win32k

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "MS has traced the Duqu zero-day to a vulnerability in font parsing in win32k. Many file formats like HTML, Office, and PDF support embedded fonts, and in NT4 and later fonts are parsed in kernel mode! Other possible attack vectors for example include web pages visited using web browsers that support embedded fonts without the OTS font sanitizer (which recent versions of Firefox and Chrome has adopted)."
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MS's protected mode OSes as of year 1990

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "neozeed has an article which nicely summarizes MS's protected mode OSes as of year 1990. Of note was that OS/2 1.x and Windows 3.x were completely incompatible, and only Xenix took full advantage of the 80386 processor introduced by Intel back in 1985. It shows how something as simple as the move from real to protected mode was seriously screwed up."
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NYT article on how Leo was chosen as CEO of HP

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "NY Times has an article on how Leo Apotheker was chosen as CEO of HP. It shows how the board of directors was too exhausted from the infighting to actually meet Leo Apotheker before choosing him as CEO, among other things."
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Google is gagging user advocates

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "From the article: "So here we have a Googler who is working on identity stuff part-time as a Devil's Advocate (I guess the users are the devil's from Google's perspective, ugh), who has repeatedly helped disseminate information about Google+ identity policy, and who has always taken a balanced view in her public posts, asking for anti-pseudonym resources or suggestions from the community, all while being very clear that she doesn't speak for Google officially silenced and forced not to speak."
From a Google+ post on this: It is "ironic that these anonymity requirements are needed to talk about nymwars".
What is exactly happening at Google that caused this? Is it related to Vic's leadership style, "just agree with me, and I won't have to hurt you"?"

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Shareholder Capitalism Is Dead

yuhong yuhong writes  |  more than 2 years ago

yuhong writes "John T. Landry, a HBS blogger, declares that shareholder capitalism is dead, which means that "executives have far more leeway than rhetoric about "shareholder value" suggests", and "What should executives do with this power? They could take corporate social responsibility more seriously. The new thinking that marries corporate and social goals makes this shift more plausible than ever"."
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