Category Archives: News

Big Brother Is Watching You

I don’t care if you are a Democrat, or a Republican I don’t see how you can support this secret subpoenas and warrants stuff. Have a look at this.

It is far too easy for law enforcement to target Americans’ emails, text messages and other data hosted by cloud providers, Tom Burt, Microsoft’s VP of customer security and trust, will tell lawmakers, according to selected remarks shared by Microsoft on Tuesday afternoon. “We are not suggesting that secrecy orders should only be obtained through some impossible standard,” Burt is expected to say. “We simply ask that it be a meaningful one. … Without legislative reform, abuses will continue to occur — and they will continue to occur out of sight.”

Vinyl Of The Month Club

This Amazon offering looks interesting, still I am not sure I would interested because of the grab bag nature of the service.

You won’t know what records you’ll receive as part of the $25 plan until they show up at your door, but they’ll be classics from the “Golden Era of Vinyl” — the 1960s and ‘70s — chosen by curators at Amazon Music. You’ll receive vinyls from the likes of Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin and ABBA, so if you’ve been collecting records for a while or your tastes fall outside of the mainstream, this might not be for you.

Windows 11 Info

Lots of newish info on Windows 11. The most interesting thing to me is the ability to run Android apps.

Under the hood, Windows 11 is largely Windows 10, and that’s perhaps for the best. Below is the launch video. Version 11, which shouldn’t exist because 10 was supposed to be the final major version number of Windows – is due be officially released around November or December this year as a free upgrade for “eligible” users. Your PC will need UEFI Secure Boot firmware and a TPM 2.0 security chipset to run it.

Oculus Ad Details

Facebook’s plan to run ads on the Oculus may never get off the ground. Have a look here.

Facebook’s bid to run ads on its virtual reality headsets hit a major snag after the company’s only named developer partner said it was backing out of the plan amid a backlash from gamers. The news comes less than a week after CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s social network revealed last Wednesday that it would start testing ads on Oculus, its virtual reality headset, through a partnership with “Blaston” developer Resolution Games and two other unnamed game developers.

Spaceballs Stuff

Not sure what I think about this. I wonder if the new Tesla Model S Plaid will kill the hot rod industry?

The quickest car we’ve ever tested is a $150K five-seat sedan, not some multimillion-dollar, carbon-fiber-encrusted road missile. It’s remarkably well rounded, exhibiting a combination of comfort, luxury, performance, and efficiency that remained a sci-fi fantasy in 2013 when we named the Model S the MotorTrend Car of the Year. Regardless of how much you care about acceleration numbers and how they’re achieved, perhaps the most important takeaway is that the Model S Plaid is absolutely among the best cars on the market today.

New Cyberpunk 2077 Update

Nice to see CD Projekt Red is still chipping away at all the Cyberpunk 2077 flaws. Obviously the game should never have been released like this but nice to see it isn’t being abandoned.

CD Projekt Red has released another patch for Cyberpunk 2077 that fixes dozens of glitched quests, gameplay bugs, and crashing issues that continue to frustrate players since launch. Patch 1.23 picks up where previous Cyberpunk 2077 patches and hotfixes, but this one is on the smaller side compared to some others. The latest update aims to slowly bring the futuristic open-world to the polished state players expected during its launch in November 2020.

Arm Deal In Doubt

It looks like the Nvidia and Arm deal has hit a rough patch. This should be interesting to see how this plays out.

Nvidia Corp may not be able to meet a March 2022 deadline for closing its $40 billion acquisition of British chip technology firm Arm Ltd due to European regulators’ reluctance to consider the case until after the summer holidays, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Nvidia announced the Arm deal last year, sparking an immediate backlash in the semiconductor industry, where Arm has long been a neutral player licensing key intellectual property to customers who are otherwise intense rivals, including Qualcomm Inc, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, and Apple Inc.

Windows 11 Coming

I saw rumors several weeks ago that Windows 11 was coming but didn’t judge them as credible until now.

Microsoft hasn’t talked publicly about Windows 11 yet, but this is effectively confirmation that the OS is coming. The alternative is that Microsoft intends to leave the PC space altogether and kill Windows. The company may have pivoted to a cloud-first approach to business since Satya Nadella became CEO, but Windows remains an important part of its product stack (and revenue).

Chip Company Overcompensation

This news article asks the pressing question should tech companies really be adding supply output ?

With the pandemic having sent the world into a tech buying frenzy, the chips inside our PC components have all but passed into myth. And as manufacturers scramble to fill the gap in supply, Jon Peddie Research has issued a warning about the dangers of overcompensation. “The risk,” says Peddie, “is that semiconductor suppliers will be lured into over-reaction and believe that suddenly 100s of millions of new users have appeared and the demand will stay high. That’s not only not realistic, it’s also not true—where are they coming from—not this planet?” This may be a pessimistic outlook, but it is grounded in experience.

New Ring Policy Implemented

Ring has thrown privacy advocates a small bone today.

That changes next week when Ring will no longer allow police departments to contact its customers to ask for footage pertinent to active investigations. Instead, police can post “Requests for Assistance” on Ring’s Neighbors app timeline, which gives users a public forum for freely commenting on the requests. A “Tap here to help” button will also let Ring customers in the immediate vicinity of the incident under investigation privately share footage with police. (Ring will share information including your name, home address and email with the police if you use this option.)

CPU s Becoming More Error Prone

This story was news to me. One more example of how I don’t know everything I guess.

Computer chips have advanced to the point that they’re no longer reliable: they’ve become “mercurial,” as Google puts it, and may not perform their calculations in a predictable manner. Not that they were ever completely reliable. CPU errors have been around as long as CPUs themselves. They arise not only from design oversights but also from environmental conditions and from physical system failures that produce faults.

Best Buy Not Selling 3080 Ti Online

It looks like Best Buy is going old-school to combat the filthy bots. Waiting in line launch day reminds me of my youth.

The fix for bots snapping up stock of the latest graphics cards: simply don’t sell them online. At least that appears to be Best Buy’s answer to the ongoing tussle between man and machine for cutting-edge tech; for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti launch, Best Buy will be only selling Founders Edition cards in-store. “Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card will have limited quantities available on Thursday, June 3, at select Best Buy stores only,” the company outlines in a post.

Going Going Gone

Several Need For Speed games prepare to drive off into the sunset soon.

Today, via Reddit (while most the English-speaking world is on a holiday), it’s been announced that Need For Speed: Carbon, Need For Speed: Undercover, Need For Speed: Shift, Shift 2: Unleashed and Need For Speed: The Run will be “retired”. Which I suppose is an apposite word, given they’ll be limping off the tracks as they leave digital storefronts today, and their servers switched off come the end of August.

Pirate Windows In Spain Go To Jail

Person going to jail for six months for pirating Windows 10 in Spain. Interestingly the court seemed to feel the piracy was more severe since it was a business doing it.

But if you are one of those who have ever acquired a pirated license to run Windows 10 and even a package of unlicensed programs such as Microsoft Office, you will be interested to know what just happened the first conviction of the Supreme Court for having pirated Windows, specifically on several computers in a call shop in Madrid.

Amazon Sidewalk Info

No way no how just say no, now if this was opt in then fine.

If you use Alexa, Echo, or any other Amazon device, you have only 10 days to opt out of an experiment that leaves your personal privacy and security hanging in the balance. On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don’t have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don’t have a connection.

Windows 10 Mega-Update

Microsoft looks to make their store more appealing with the latest Windows 10 update. Good luck with that. I have never used the Micro$oft Store and see no reason to start now.

Since Windows 10 launched the company has tried to get people to use the Microsoft Store, which is included with the OS. The problem has been that it’s been a sluggish mess. It’s not hyperbole to say that it is one of the three worst things in Windows 10 (the other two are its jumble of ancient UI elements and its godawful search).

iOS App Rating Flaw

I confess I am not now nor have I ever been a Mac guy, but to each his own. If you are, though this article looks to be of interest.

An iOS app rating flaw lets developers create apps that cannot be opened until the user gives it a five-star review. It’s the latest discovery by FlickType developer Kosta Eleftheriou, whose Twitter bio now describes him as “Professional AppStore critic.” Eleftheriou has indeed made a name for himself identifying high-profile scam apps that made it through app review, some of which have made millions of dollars for their developers…

3D Realms / Apogee History

This is not new and it is a very long read but if you are a fan of the company IMO it is well worth your time.

Those who know me (and have read my blog over the years) know that I spent quite some time working for Scott Miller & George Broussard of Apogee Software (later 3D Realms). Was probably the single most fun job I’ve ever had in my life, and to this day, I still wish the old team was together. I’m not getting into the why of that, just pointing out what happened in the past. I worked there from Dec of 1992 through May of 2009. I’ve talked about that part of my life in more detail elsewhere on this blog. That’s not why I’m writing today. I’m writing about the history of the company.

Logitech Mouse Issues

I must confess I have experienced this problem myself. While I appreciate this guy’s ingenuity but it is sad that it is even necessary at all.

A common complaint with modern Logitech mice are the switches: unintentional double-clicking, dropping items while dragging, or not registering clicks. I’ve gone through at least six Logitech mice (G500, G700s, G903 Lightspeed) in the past few years; they usually last about a year before failing. In this article, I will show how to replace broken switches with high-quality replacements.

Halo Getting Visual Fixes

This is something you don’t see often, a PC port with worse visuals than the console version.

When Halo: Combat Evolved was originally released for PC, it was widely pointed out that, despite performance improvements, the game itself looked like a downgrade from the Xbox original it was based on. 343 Industries is now experimenting with the visual fidelity for Halo’s PC port, trying to emulate the Xbox visuals.

Nightmare Whodunit

If the story in this crazy article keeps you up at night let’s just say you are not alone in that.

After a year of lockdowns, home schooling and a bout of Covid, Kate and Matthew (not their real names) were hoping for better times as 2021 dawned. Instead, one January morning, there came a knock on the door from the police who were investigating a very serious crime, involving images of child abuse being posted online. The couple insisted they had nothing to do with it.

Tinder On The Vaccine Train

Apps like Hinge, Tinder, Match and Bumble are offering special incentives to people who roll up their sleeves, including badges showing vaccination status and free access to premium content. BLK and Chispa will boost profiles of those who are vaccinated, to make them more visible to potential matches. And OKCupid will even let users filter out potential partners based on whether they’ve gotten a vaccine.

No More Internet Explorer

OK let’s see if I remember how to do this, and after over 10,000 previous news posts it would be a shame if I didn’t.

I would be surprised if there is one single person reading this saddened by this announcement.

If you’re one of the 10 people on the planet who absolutely loves Microsoft’s venerable Internet Explorer browser, you’d better spend quality time with it while you can—Microsoft is retiring the browser on June 15, 2022.