• rc primak

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    • Well, one thing this topic prompted me to do was update the BIOS on my PowerSpec B685 tower PC. It has an ASUS motherboard, so I went for the ASUS BIOS update, per instructions received from the PowerSpec Support Chat people. (They are good at providing useful support options, including taking the PC in to the Micro Center and paying them to safely perform the BIOS flash.) What I got was an ASUS branded AMI BIOS, and some extra software from Intel and ASUS. Some of which is actually useful for system monitoring and updating drivers and the BIOS. So some good has come of all this discussion, even if we still are no closer to getting BIOS updates to deal with the two security issues covered in Brian’s excellent article.

      The BIOS Update is from January, 2023, so it may cover the vulnerabilities discovered by the security people mentioned in the article. Or maybe not.

      The driver updates do make the system perform much closer to expectations for a 12th-Gen Intel tower PC than the off the shelf PowerSpec drivers. And MUCH better than with the generic Microsoft Windows 11 drivers!

      -- rc primak

    • in reply to: My encounter with Verizon #2545384

      6 Things A VPN Hides and Protects And What it Doesn’t
      https://www.cyberghostvpn.com/en_US/privacyhub/what-does-vpn-hide/

      Does a VPN change your MAC address?
      No, it doesn’t. Your MAC address is assigned by the hardware manufacturer — and connecting to a VPN will not change it.
      https://nordvpn.com/blog/mac-address/

      So no, you can’t hide your device ID from anyone by using a VPN. This is a more specific identifier than the Device Name.

      I will not answer about Microsoft Product Keys due to possible legal/licensing issues involved.

      -- rc primak

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    • in reply to: My encounter with Verizon #2545383

      Comcast uses a range of 10.0.0.x, etc.

      -- rc primak

    • in reply to: My encounter with Verizon #2545379

      Effectively, the ONT is a modem.

      -- rc primak

    • As I suspected. (psst– you misspelled TPM)

      -- rc primak

    • OK, so I ID’ed my TPM chip and it’s TPM 2.0 Sub-Version 1.38 (vulnerable). It’s also an Intel NUC-11 (Panther Canyon). Intel says not vulnerable. Recently there was a BIOS update, but not for this vulnerability, AFAIK. No current BIOS update, but a Realtek Audio Driv Gen Intel processor) er update.

      The BIOS Update was applied at the end of January, 2023, and was dated as from Dec. 28, 2022.

      My PowerSpec 685B (12th Gen Intel processor) has the same identical TPM module, except its manufacturer version is slightly higher. (600.18.0.0, vs. the NUC-11 at 600.7.0.0).  Same TPM sub-version date, Dec. 18, 2019. I don’t know where I would get a BIOS update for this PC as its motherboard is an ASUS model, but the Micro Center does not supply driver or BIOS updates for any of its PCs.

      Intel’s rapid response to this security issue is astounding (end sarcasm).

      So now what do I do?

      -- rc primak

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    • in reply to: My encounter with Verizon #2543306

      So your use of the term “coax side” only refers to your in-house wiring, not to the Verizon FiOS interface wiring?

      I was wondering, as there were people posting in this thread who were confusing FiOS with Cable, and claiming you can get third-party FiOS modems. Which is not true. Only routers to replace the one in the Verizon box.

      -- rc primak

    • in reply to: My encounter with Verizon #2543305

      I chastised several people already in this thread for calling routers modems. FiOS has no third-party modems. It only uses the Verizon modems. But you don’t have to use their router. You can switch that off and use your own router. Not modem — router.

      -- rc primak

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    • in reply to: My encounter with Verizon #2543300

      Your final few hundred feet may be a coax cable, but Verison FiOS is not Cable. It is fiber optic. And as such it does not have a “coax side” technically. It has a fiber optic side.

      -- rc primak

    • in reply to: My encounter with Verizon #2543298

      Again, these are routers, not modems. Let’s keep our terms straight, please.

      Yes, you can disable the router portion of the Verizon FiOS gateway (combination modem and router). The posts in this thread seem all to be about routers, not modems.

      -- rc primak

    • in reply to: My encounter with Verizon #2543294

      FiOS does not have cable modems. The FiOS technology is fundamentally incompatible with the Cable technology. No company makes third-party FiOS modems. That is why Verizon does not allow customers to have their own modems — there aren’t any available. There also are no “Cable Cards” for FiOS. So you can’t use your own recorder with this type of service.

      We need to make sure when we are talking about routers that we use only this term. What is being discussed in this part of this thread are not modems, but routers.

      You can use your own router with Verizon FiOS, but you must use their modem. Let’s please keep our terms straight here.

      -- rc primak

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    • in reply to: How to participate in the forums #2543271

      As long as the link is always highlighted, and as long as it’s the only link in the separator box I’ll find it. It does take a bit of observation or experience with the Newsletter to realize the function of the separator and the location of the link, but once learned, this becomes second-nature.

      As long as the word “forums” is in the link I’m good. In my web mail service (Yahoo) the link stands out well as blue against the yellow background. And blue as opposed to normal text in black.

      I usually log in at least a couple of times a month at the forums just to keep in practice. I often post, but not always, even after logging in.

      I support any changes which help more readers find the forum topics.

      -- rc primak

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    • in reply to: Can chatbots write code? Yes, but should you use it? #2542258

      There are levels of computer languages, from natural language, down through interpreted code, to machine code and hex code. Most present-day command-line computer coding is done using interpreters or compilers, not direct machine language or hex. At least one interpretation step is involved here.

      Moving a level or two upward, we get the commands and skills of personal assistants and smart speakers, like Siri and Alexa. These assistants have rule sets built on top of interpreted code languages. Two (maybe more) steps in these cases.

      So it isn’t too big a leap for AI to allow us to code and specify code using our natural languages. But like any coding operation, we need to be able to debug and test the results.

      Intellectual Property rights when AI collects, recombines and rearranges code written by humans are a different issue. Who actually owns computer code? In Linux, the code is owned by a community, not by individuals. You make money not by owning code, but by providing services and support (and sometimes by selling optional value-added updates, as Canonical does with Ubuntu Pro). Closed-source code is owned, and patent trolls can sit on code and charge royalties for copying and reusing it. So how AI coding fits into this landscape is complicated and evolving.

      -- rc primak

    • in reply to: Being legal, supported, and secure #2541412

      Just because new licenses are no longer being sold, this does not mean the activation server has been shut down. Your Windows 10 license(s) should activate for the duration of Microsoft support for the product. In the case of Windows 10 that is until at least Oct. 14, 2025, maybe longer. But at least until then.

      -- rc primak

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    • in reply to: Can chatbots write code? Yes, but should you use it? #2541405

      Well, the AI code can’t be any buggier than MS Updates, first round each month!

      -- rc primak

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