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yuhong (1378501) writes "I'd like user feedback on exactly which Firefox Australis features would you like to be able to turn on/off. Each choice adds complexity to the code which creates maintenance overhead, which is why this feedback is important." top
yuhong (1378501) writes "Thanks to the change in default macro security setting in Office 2007, macro viruses are making a comeback. Usually the documents uses social engineering tactics to convince the user to enable macros. Most of these macro "viruses" do not spread in the old sense. Instead they contain downloaders that downloads an EXE from another website and execute it." Link to Original Source top
yuhong (1378501) writes ""Microsoft's SQL Server business has hit the $5 billion mark in terms of annual revenue and is growing like gangbusters, according to CEO Satya Nadella. " What Satya did not mention is where this revenue comes from. According to an article from CRN, "Licensing experts believe this stunning figure is primarily due to the company raising prices last summer for many of its enterprise products [such as SQL Server]."" Link to Original Source top
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."" Link to Original Source top
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." top
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?" Link to Original Source top
Flame used MS certificates intended for TS licensing
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." Link to Original Source top
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)." Link to Original Source top
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." Link to Original Source top
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." Link to Original Source top
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"?" Link to Original Source