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  • Microsoft re-releases the KB 4287903 Flash zero-day patch

    Posted on June 9th, 2018 at 14:20 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Remember that Flash zero-day patch Microsoft released on June 7? You know, the really out of band patch that fixes the zero-day hole that’s so easy to exploit Adobe’s been stumbling all over itself to get everybody updated?

    Scrolling through the Microsoft Update Catalog this morning, I discovered that Microsoft has re-issued the patch, KB 4287903. No idea why. Neither that KB article, nor the Security Advisory ADV 180014 has been updated.

    Usually that just signifies a metadata change — Microsoft had to change the way the patch gets installed. But there have been problem reports attributed to the patch that — again, reportedly — go away when the patch is uninstalled.

    UPDATE: Joke’s on me. Now the Microsoft Update Catalog says all of the patches were released on June 6. Which, of course, they weren’t.

  • Microsoft to stop contributing to Surface RT, 2, Pro, Pro 2 forums next month

    Posted on June 9th, 2018 at 13:47 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A snarkier person than I would note that they never had much support anyway, but a blog post this morning makes it official:

    Please be advised that effective July 2018, the forum topics for products that reached end of support will no longer receive technical support from Microsoft agents. There will be no proactive reviews, monitoring, answering or answer marking of questions. The forums will still have Microsoft moderation to ensure participants can engage in a safe and positive environment. 

    Support for these products will be discontinued

    • Surface RT
    • Surface 2
    • Surface Pro
    • Surface Pro 2

    Microsoft Community participants are welcome and encouraged to continue to use the forum to ask questions and post answers with each other.

    Of course, we’ll continue to support Surface owners until the bits rot away. And, golly, we didn’t make billions of dollars from the Surface. (To be fair, neither did we take a $900 million dollar write-off.)

    (I still marvel at the phrase “Microsoft Agent.” Not an employee. Not a contractor. Not a volunteer. Not a bot. Could somebody tell me what an Agent is?)

    Funny how Microsoft posted this on a Saturday, eh?

  • Net Neutrality regulations set to expire on Monday

    Posted on June 9th, 2018 at 13:28 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just got an interesting note from @OscarCP:

    Monday, the Net Neutrality regulations of 2015 cease to apply when last year’s decision of the FCC to repeal it finally comes into effect.

    Might it not be a good time now, or as soon as convenient, to give people a reminder of the imminent repeal and alert everyone that the mostly latent legal, legislative and public opinion battles are about to flare up?

    Cascadian started a Topic on this last year, in the “Rants” forum. So far this year it has just a few postings by him and myself discussing the issue; perhaps now it could be a place for more people to go and talk about this.

    I, personally, know one ISP — great guy, very smart — who’s convinced the Net Neutrality regulations were written by Google, and he cheers their demise. He has skin in the game, but he swears that the end of the regulations will be good for consumers. So this isn’t a one-sided situation, and it isn’t just us-versus-them American politics. (Heaven knows I’ve heard enough of that lately.)

    If you have a well-reasoned opinion to share, preferably with pithy observations, please hop over to Cascadian’s topic on the Rants forum, and have at it.