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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox


For some time now Firefox, the once mighty web browser, has been bleeding market share and – perhaps more importantly – developer mind share.

Between bundling unwanted features such as Pocket, proffering popcorn-worthy CEO dramas atop Mozilla, being led by a seemingly clueless management, and the fact that that Chrome feels faster, more stable and less bloated, Firefox long ago started to feel like a project in need of euthanising.

In fact, Firefox feels a bit like it has come full circle. The browser that started as a fork of the bloated, poorly managed Netscape project has become the very same thing itself. That sort of symmetry makes Firefox feel a bit dead.

It's tempting to dance on Firefox's grave, but that doesn't help the web. Firefox and yes, Mozilla.org, were a huge part of making the web the standards-friendly, accessible thing that it is today.

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Palace defends footage of Queen's Nazi salute


Buckingham Palace says it is "disappointing" The Sun newspaper has released a film showing the Queen and Queen mother giving Nazi salutes around 1933.

The Queen, who was then aged six or seven, is shown at Balmoral raising her arm in a Nazi salute as she played alongside her sister Margaret, the Queen mother and her uncle Prince Edward.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "It is disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from Her Majesty's personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner."

I understand that they don't like this coming out
The Sun's managing editor

The film lasts about 17 seconds, and shows the Queen Mother making a Nazi salute, then the Queen glancing towards her and mimicking the gesture.

Revisionist BS about the Ku Klux Klan

Lawlessness among ex-slaves and troublesome whites was the rule of the day. No relief was given by the carpetbag and scalawag government or by the Union troops. The result was the emergence of secret societies claiming to bring law and order to the county. One of these groups was the Ku Klux Klan, an organization that sometimes took vigilante justice to extremes but was sometimes the only control the county knew over those outside the law.

from: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/07/16/florida_kkk_courthouse_mural_controversial_finally.html , in a GD thread. The artist of the Baker County, Florida courthouse mural depicting the "heroic" Klan said that. I have NEVER run into that piece of revisionist bullshit in all my reading about the Reconstruction era.

Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10


With the global launch of Windows 10 less than two weeks away, Microsoft's lawyers and business managers are finishing the pieces of the puzzle that don't involve code.

Earlier this week, Microsoft published its license terms for Windows 10. Today, the company updated its support lifecycle policy for the new OS. In the process, they've cleared up the confusion over a phrase that defines the new Windows 10 servicing model.

Here's the tl;dr:

• For Windows 10, Microsoft will continue its traditional 10-year support lifecycle. The five-year mainstream support phase begins with the release of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015, and a second five-year extended support phase begins in 2020 and extends until October 2025. (That's a few months later than July 29, 2025, because of the way Microsoft calculates support dates.)

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If you are very careful and really know what you're doing, XP is fine

Notice what I said. XP is wide open to viruses and other bad stuff invading. YES, you can use it, but you have to be very very careful and know what you're doing.

Windows 7 will be around for years. If you can afford to buy an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) DVD disk for $99.99 plus shipping, you'll be good to go for quite a while. Here is a link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832416805

Windows 7 will have extended support from Microsoft until January 14, 2020. Windows 8 (not that hard to learn and about as pricey) is even longer. Windows 10 (which comes out for free July 29th for some people) will be supported for a long time, although you will have to pay for it at some point.

Bottom line: Don't use XP any more. You're really running big risks, unless you 1) run it in a virtual sandbox or 2) have antivirus/antimalware somehow modified to protect it.

This link lists antivirus products that protected XP in 2014. That was a year ago. Some probably still do, but check very carefully on their website.

If you have questions, please ask.

Windows 10 is now RTM, in build 10240


It's stable with no BSOD's so far. It does everything I need. Some on the forums are having trouble, but I'm not. There is a driver issue with WoW but I'm sure that will be fixed pretty soon with Nvidia's cooperation. There is already a security update for the x64 edition, and probably the x86 version as well.

Best of all, it's truly free, for now. I expect if my hardware changes dramatically (i.e, motherboard and/or CPU), that I'll have to pay. I've seen figures on the net of up to 4 years before one is expected to pay, but no one seems to have a rock solid answer so far.

Live video: President Obama visits El Reno federal prison, eta: video was cancelled........


video at link, starts soon

President Obama is kicking ass and taking names in this presser

He is confident. He is addressing any conceivable concern about the Iran deal.

I'm glad to see him doing this. God knows, the RW and the Republican Party will trot anything out
to defeat this deal.

Hacking Team spyware rootkit: Even a new HARD DRIVE wouldn't get rid of it


Hacking Team RCS spyware came pre-loaded with an UEFI (‬Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) ‪BIOS rootkit to hide itself on infected systems, it has emerged following the recent hacking of the controversial surveillance firm.‬

The stealth infection tactic, which has been revealed through leaked emails arising from last week's hack, meant that the Remote Control System (RCS) agent stayed on compromised machines even if users formatted their drives - or even swapped disks. Although designed primarily for the Insyde BIOS (a popular laptop BIOS) it might also work on AMI BIOS as well, according to security firm Trend Micro.

A PowerPoint from the leaked Hacking Team emails implies that initial infection seems to require physical access to targeted systems. Other techniques may be possible, according to Trend Micro, based on a preliminary analysis of the leaked presentation as well as an examination of a help tool for the users of ‪Hacking Team‬'s BIOS rootkit and other leaked data.

"A Hacking Team slideshow presentation claims that successful infection requires physical access to the target system; however, we can’t rule out the possibility of remote installation," writes Philippe Lin, a senior engineer at Trend Micro. "An example attack scenario would be: The intruder gets access to the target computer, reboots into UEFI shell, dumps the BIOS, installs the BIOS rootkit, re-flashes the BIOS, and then reboots the target system."

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President Obama Holds a Press Conference (links)


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