Archive for the ‘General News’ Category

Verizon Finally Offers Gigabit FiOS Speeds –

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

This is sort of an odd way to roll out a new service. Apparently, new customers are offered a lower price for gigabit service than existing customers.

After years of ignoring the gigabit speeds of other providers, Verizon has finally buckled and begun offering gigabit connections. Users in our Verizon FiOS forum point out that the launch isn’t technically new; Verizon has quietly and simply renamed the company’s 750 Mbps “Instant Internet” tier — launched last January.

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Canada Protects Net Neutrality as US Prepares to Dismantle It

Friday, April 21st, 2017

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the world reacts to this issue; will net neutrality be dismantled in most countries, or will it be protected?

While the United States is poised to gut its own net neutrality rules sometime in the next month, Canadian regulators just doubled down on protecting it — and have now created some of the toughest net neutrality rules in the world. Canadian regulators had already passed functional net neutrality rules that prohibited blocking and other blatantly anti-competitive behaviors. But the CRTC this week released its full, final guidelines that take things further, effectively prohibiting giant ISPs from using arbitrary usage caps to give their own content an unfair market advantage (aka zero rating).

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New Satellite Broadband Push Could Create Surge in ‘Space Junk’

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

This will inevitably happen sooner or later. Someday, we’ll probably need a solution for hauling off old satellites that are no longer in use or practical.

A new study from the University of Southampton claims that the latest rush to expand broadband access via constellations of lower-orbit satellites could result in a dramatic spike in “catastrophic” space accidents.

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Microsoft Shuts Down CodePlex on December 15th, 2017

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

If you’re a regular user of Microsoft’s CodePlex site, it’s probably a good idea to start researching a few alternatives …

Microsoft announced yesterday that it will shut down its open-source project hosting website CodePlex on December 15, 2017. The company launched CodePlex in 2006 as a place to “share software”. CodePlex enabled anyone to create and share projects. The site offered various tools for that, including a wiki software, source control based on Mercurial, Subversion, Git discussion forums, issues tracking, RSS support, and a lot more.

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First Post Windows 10 Creators Update Build 16170 Released

Monday, April 10th, 2017

From most reports, this first release doesn’t contain anything that users will find particularly amazing. But at least it’s reassuring to know that this version of the Creators Update marks the beginning of the next feature update development phase.

The Windows 10 Creators Update has been available as a manual download and installation since April the 5th, and will be available through Windows Update next Tuesday (April 11th). This apparently does not keep Microsoft from releasing the first build of the next feature update for Windows 10 to the Fast Ring release channel.

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Website Downloader – Download Entire Wayback Machine Site Archives

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

This definitely seems like a very useful capability, but as the article states, the service is presently swamped with requests for downloads. So it might be a good idea to wait until the newness of the service wears off before trying it out yourself.

Website Downloader is a relatively new service that enables you to download individual pages or entire archives of websites on the Wayback Machine site. The Wayback Machine, part of the Internet Archive, is a very useful service. It enables you to browse website snapshots recorded by the site’s crawler.

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Chrome’s JavaScript Popup Handling Changes

Friday, March 31st, 2017

It’s surprising that Chrome has taken so long to implement changes that protect users from malicious pop-up ads; Firefox took care of this problem years ago.

Google implemented a change in Chrome’s JavaScript popup handling behavior recently that restricts JavaScript popups. The change, which landed in Chrome Canary and Dev already, improves the handling of JavaScript alert(), confirm() and prompt() dialogs that pages may throw in the browser. Chrome up until now, and that is still true for Chrome Stable and Beta, handled these JavaScript dialogs per browser-window.

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Where are those Anonymous Firefox Add-On Ratings Coming From?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

I’d wondered about this myself. Apparently, there’s a reasonable explanation, but still, those “no comment” reviews are definitely less helpful than the reviews that have something to say.

If you are a Firefox user and pay attention to user reviews and ratings on the Firefox add-ons website, you may have noticed an increase in anonymous ratings. The ratings are left by anonymous user “random six character string”, and only have a rating but no review itself. This in itself is strange for veteran Firefox users, considering that one of the requirements for leaving reviews was leaving a comment up until now.

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Windows 10 KB4015438 Fixes Crashes and Hangs

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Apparently, last week’s security updates caused a couple of new problems which have now (hopefull,) been fixed.

The new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update) KB4015438 patches two issues introduced by last week’s Patch Day. This raises the version of the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10 to 14393.969. The KB4015438 update seems to fix two issues introduced last week that affected some users of the operating system after devices were updated with last week’s security updates.

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NoScript 5.0 Add-On for Firefox Released

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Although it’s a little bit of a hassle to be busy continuously whitelisting sites that you want to allow, but the ability to block scripts is probably one of the most effective PC security measures available.

NoScript 5.0, a popular script blocker (and more) for Firefox has just been released to the public after two release candidate build releases. The browser add-on is a script blocker first and foremost. It blocks any script from running on sites you visit, unless you whitelist them. The approach makes it one of the best add-ons from a security point of view, but means that you will have to adjust website permissions regularly as sites may fail to load completely or partially due to scripts not being loaded when the site is opened in the Firefox web browser.

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