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    • in reply to: Apple Card is Here #1960748

      OscarCP
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      Earlier.metallica.credit.card_

      Reading the article Nathan has kindly given us the link above, reminded me about other, earlier metallic card. With a protective skin like the one described there and with an appropriately placed and shaped small opening in it, this might look something like the Apple card with its protective skin on.

       

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    • in reply to: Worth considering: 0patch for Win7 after January 2020 #1960157

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      I am beginning to get the feeling that there is going to be more talk than expected about Windows 7 here, at Woody’s, after next January’s EOL.

      I think it was just me (maybe someone else as well?) that commented in an earlier tread, some time ago, that the fact of millions of home and small business (no “Enterprise”) PCs still running Windows 7 after EOL and most likely to continue doing so for quite some time into the future, might interest some enterprising people in starting the possibly quite lucrative business of providing support after MS ended giving it.

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    • in reply to: Microsoft: The Unstoppable Killer Robots #1960099

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      Geo, Unfortunately, I believe the rise and rise and rise of such machines is, indeed, inevitable. The reason, same as with developing, making and keeping huge numbers of nukes from now till Armageddon: it is cheaper, both financially and politically, to either prevent (Cold-War era’s MAD) or fight wars that way. Also easier. Both attributes that make it also easier to start wars, because of Why Not?

      The one thing I don’t expect to happen nearly as quickly is the development of practical working models of Terminators. The good ones, that is.

      In the meantime, a revamping or addition to the Laws of War mentioned by the president of MS in the interview reported in that article could, indeed, be of some use. Although, as we have seen in recent wars, governments and their militaries have violated them and are still doing that with considerable impunity, while there is no much reason to assume that won’t happen again, including when their use of killer robots is involved.

       

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    • in reply to: Worth considering: 0patch for Win7 after January 2020 #1959487

      OscarCP
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      Copying what I see as a key portion of the article, at least as far as we Win 7 addicts are concerned, I think these paragraphs clear up the issue of what the patches are for (not discounting the possibility that there might be also patches for some of the applications that run on windows)

      After Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020, 0Patch platform will continue to ship vulnerability fixes to its agents.

      “Each Patch Tuesday we’ll review Microsoft’s security advisories to determine which of the vulnerabilities they have fixed for supported Windows versions might apply to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 and present a high-enough risk to warrant micropatching.”

      High-risk problems eligible for micropatching are defined here and include those that are easy to exploit, are already used in attacks, flaws leading to a realistic remote code execution scenario, or those that have a patch that cannot be applied immediately.

      If the vulnerable code is present in the unsupported Windows versions, the 0Patch team starts work triggering the vulnerability and porting the patch.

      If tests are successful, all Windows machines will receive the micropatch within 60 minutes, 0patch co-founder Mitja Kolsek says in a blog post today.

      It is unclear how fast the code will ship to end of support (EoS) products after Microsoft rolls out the official updates. 

      Kolsek told BleepingComputer that shipping time depends on the difficulty of re-implementing the official patch on supported binaries and how soon they can get proof-of-concept (PoC) code to test the glitch.”

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    • in reply to: Worth considering: 0patch for Win7 after January 2020 #1959312

      OscarCP
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      According to the BleepingComputer article: “Micropatches will normally be available to paying customers (Pro – $25/agent/year – and Enterprise license holders).

      Does this means that if one has Windows 7 Pro and pays $25 a year, then one will get those patches — and whatever is needed to install them, such as the SSU that AJNorth suspects that will be necessary to install first?

      If that interpretation is correct, that would be good news for many small-business owners that use PCs with Win 7 Pro for their office work and the archiving of their important data, right?

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    • in reply to: Upgrade Options for High Sierra #1960763

      OscarCP
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      Thank you, DrBonzo: that Web page has exactly what I needed to know, and I have saved it already in my Mac against the day when I may need to look it up to remind myself of how things work with Apple system’s updates (as long as Apple does not change its policy on them).

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    • in reply to: Upgrade Options for High Sierra #1960730

      OscarCP
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      Nathan, This is really interesting, in my case particularly for this reason:

      I believe that it is not possible to install a recent version of macOS on a machine declared, already being five years since its model was first sent to market, as “obsolete” by Apple. If that is correct, that would make impossible to go from Mountain Lion to Mojave with a machine that is, I’d imagine, at least as old as Mountain Lion. So, assuming I am right (and that is what I really want to know) then I would wonder how can one install Mojave on an old, “obsolete” machine still running that old version of the system.

      So: what am I missing here?

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    • OscarCP
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      I am all for a “paper trail” where the votes, as they are entered by the voters in whatever serves as “ballot box”, are registered mechanically or electronically, to be kept as secure from meddling as possible, either on paper or in a text file that can be looked at on a computer screen, to be revised and counted later, and even recounted, if necessary, by those officially designated to do so. But only for the purpose of finding out how many votes each of the contending candidates has received. And with absolutely no additional information that may allow someone in possession of it to find out who voted for whom. The moment that he or she has voted, the voter must “disappear” from the picture (except for an entry in a ledger that this person has voted, to confirm officially this has been done, particularly where the vote is obligatory, and also to avoid the same person voting more than once) and only the vote itself must remain available for later counting.

      I agree with Wavy: giving a voter written proof of having voted that includes for whom they voted is a really bad idea that compromises the integrity of the electoral process instead of benefiting it as, I’d like to imagine, was the intention of those who came up with and implemented this notion in the case he is describing.

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    • OscarCP
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      Bluetrix: “I’m sure they saw the error of their ways and now do everything above board. Uh-huh.

      Come on! Some people never make mistakes: they say so themselves, or imply it with their actions, so it has to be true!

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    • OscarCP
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      If “locked down” means the same as “never connected to the Internet, unless necessary to get updates such as those under consideration here”, then why is MS mentioning “Azure” to reassure the electoral authorities responsible for the use of computers to conduct and tally the elections that it will be very safe to use those computers for… whatever?

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    • in reply to: Worth considering: 0patch for Win7 after January 2020 #1960113

      OscarCP
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      A MAK key/license from Microsoft? And, if so, as it might seem to be the case you are considering in your reply, the way it is written, will that also be a requirement for the third-party updates under discussion here? My understanding is that those are for everyone that cares to pay $25 a year and has a compatible (Win 7) computer.

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    • in reply to: One of the main problems #1959374

      OscarCP
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      You don’t know what you haven’t missed!

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    • in reply to: One of the main problems #1959370

      OscarCP
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      Charlie: “if you are attempting to disrupt the present timeline in a major way in the past, things go against you in a big way!

      That is a premise in Bob Forward’s “Timemaster” that was mentioned earlier. Although the consequences were not really that dire, but more as if the hidden hand of some fundamental principle protecting against causality violations (something like Steve Hawkin’s “cosmic censor”) popped up and gently changed the course of events in a way that looked perfectly natural, so it was always as if some a great coincidence had prevented the possible violation.

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    • in reply to: Worth considering: 0patch for Win7 after January 2020 #1959346

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      OK, but what does it mean “$25 per agent per year?” Can I, for example, owner of one PC located in my “Home Office “, in a spare room in my apartment, running Win 7 Pro, be such an “agent” and can get those patches for one year without any further qualifications than being able to click on  the “Buy Now” button and paying those $25?

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    • in reply to: One of the main problems #1959262

      OscarCP
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      Charlie: Great idea! Really sorry for having  given such unnecessary coinage advice to a well-seasoned time-traveler such as yourself!

      But, please, take your time to make quite sure that you go to the White Coffee Pot and not to the White Castle. Just saying.

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