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  1. It's been nearly 12 years since Sony first unveiled the PlayStation 3 to the masses. The original console was surprisingly heavy and very bulky, which resulted in it being called the "phat" PS3. It also included the ability to install an alternative operating system (Linux or Unix-based) alongside the main PS3 software. That was nice of Sony, but ultimately became a decision they would regret. When the Slim model of the PS3 appeared, the so-called OtherOS functionality had been removed as part of a firmware update due to security concerns. That in turn resulted in a class action lawsuit which dragged on until a settlement was reached in 2016. As Polygon reports, the settlement allowed phat PS3 owners to claim $55, but the amount was increased to $65. You may be surprised to hear claims can still be filed for this $65 pay out, but time is about to run out on the offer. If you own a phat PS3, you have until April 15 to submit the claim form. As part of the claim, you must state the PS3 was purchased from an "authorized retailer," although how will they check? You are also required to provide your PSN username, PS3 serial number, and claim you know Linux could be installed or removal of the feature meant the PS3 lost value in your eyes. If you intend to claim, keep in mind this offer is limited to 20GB, 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB models. Read full article @ https://www.pcmag.com/news/359916/phat-ps3-owners-have-until-april-15-to-claim-65
  2. Right now, the fall 2018 edition of Windows 10 will open links within email via Microsoft Edge—and boy, are some people mad. Windows 10 Build 17623, part of the “Skip Ahead” track that will debut in the “Redstone 5” release in the fall, will begin testing a change that will make Edge the default browser for reading email links, Microsoft said Friday. The decision isn’t final, and Microsoft hasn’t even released the current version of “Redstone 4,” informally known as the Spring Creators Update. Heck, since the Skip Ahead track is a closed beta, the vast majority of Windows users won’t even be affected for months. Under the new rules, it doesn’t matter which browser you have selected as the default; if you use the basic Mail app within Windows, any link you click will open up Edge. Outlook will apparently open links using the default browser, as before. But any change to the established order of things riles up a certain segment of the Windows 10 community, who want their PC pristine, unchanged, and theirs. To be fair, Microsoft has tried this before, assigning Edge and Bing as the default apps to open up Cortana search links. And at just under 4 percent market share, it’s fair to say that the market has spoken, and against Edge. Still, woe betide the poor person who has to read the Windows feedback on this one. Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Edge debacle probably overshadowed more meaningful additions within Insider Build 17623: Support for HEIF, the High Efficiency Image File Format: a new image format which helps improve quality, compression, and capabilities compared to earlier formats like JPEG, GIF, and PNG. Safe removal of external GPUs: Like the USB drives of old, Windows can now un-mount an external GPU, shutting down applications which many be running on it. Read full article @ https://www.pcworld.com/article/3263783/windows/microsoft-tries-forcing-mail-users-to-open-links-in-edge-and-people-are-freaking-out.html
  3. Researchers say they've discovered critical security flaws in AMD chips that could allow attackers to access sensitive data from highly guarded processors across millions of devices. Particularly worrisome is the fact that the alleged vulnerabilities lie in what's designed to be the secure part of the processors -- typically where your device stores sensitive data like passwords and encryption keys. It's also where your processor makes sure nothing malicious is running when you start your computer. The majority of these reported vulnerabilities would require administrative access to work, meaning an attacker would first need to have control of your machine through some type of malware. But even with the need for administrative access, putting the malware on the secure processor itself creates a higher potential for damage than a normal attack would. CTS-Labs, a security company based in Israel, announced Tuesday that its researchers had found 13 critical security vulnerabilities that would let attackers access data stored on AMD's Ryzen and EPYC processors, as well as install malware on them. Ryzen chips power desktop and laptop computers, while EPYC processors are found in servers. "At AMD, security is a top priority and we are continually working to ensure the safety of our users as new risks arise," an AMD spokesman said. "We are investigating this report, which we just received, to understand the methodology and merit of the findings." Read full article @ https://www.cnet.com/news/amd-has-a-spectre-meltdown-like-security-flaw-of-its-own/
  4. Microsoft said Tuesday that it has expanded its ongoing efforts to patch the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in two directions: by providing patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, and archiving microcode patches for Intel's Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Coffee Lake chips. To address Meltdown and Spectre, PC owners need patches for both the operating system and the processor on their device. To date, Microsoft's efforts to patch the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities have focused on providing the most recent updates for Windows 10, its most modern operating system. On Tuesday, it began adding support for both Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1 via Windows Update and its archived patch catalog, though there's a catch: only 32-bit versions are currently included.  Microsoft also said it has begun archiving microcode patches that support Intel's Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake chips, all members of Intel's line of Core microprocessors. Microsoft had begun archiving some of Intel's Skylake microcode patches for Spectre and Meltdown and earlier this month. What this means for you: Microsoft's latest efforts simply make available Meltdown and Spectre patches to more PC users. Sure, the majority of Windows 7 and 8.1 users probably run 64-bit versions of Windows. But Microsoft's step-by-step approach to increasing support for Spectre and Meltdown patches also means that you can probably expect support for more of Intel's processors, as well as 64-bit versions of Windows 7/8.1, within the coming weeks. As always, the best way to protect yourself against Spectre, Meltdown, and other vulnerabilities is to patch your PCs. Read full article @ https://www.pcworld.com/article/3262969/windows/microsoft-expands-spectre-meltdown-patches-windows-7-81-intel-skylake-coffee-lake-kaby-lake.html
  5. Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows Joe Belfiore confirmed this week on Twitter that the company is indeed discontinuing Windows 10 S— the latest version of its flagship operating system, released in mid-2017. On Wednesday, he posted a blog entry elaborating on his comments. The blog entry confirms earlier reporting by Microsoft blogger Brad Sams, indicating that all versions of Windows 10 would be getting an "S Mode," optionally giving users the same benefits, but also the same tradeoffs, as Windows 10 S. "Starting with the next update to Windows 10, coming soon, customers can choose to buy a new Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro PC with S mode enabled, and commercial customers will be able to deploy Windows 10 Enterprise with S mode enabled," Belfiore writes in the blog. The big idea with Windows 10 S is that it brings higher performance and better battery life to any PC. The tradeoff, however, is that it only lets you install apps from the built-in Microsoft Store. That means no Google Chrome, Steam, or any other app you'd grab from the internet. It was intended to power low-cost, high-security laptops for education, as a maneuver to chip away at the dominance of Google's Chromebooks in American classrooms. So "S Mode" would let you toggle those features on and off, for better or for worse. This has precedent: The existing version of Windows 10 S lets you switch over to the more traditional Windows 10 Pro, in a painless process that takes mere minutes. Indeed, "S Mode" has been available to Windows 10 business users since late 2017. Read full article @ https://news.google.com/news/headlines/section/topic/TECHNOLOGY?ned=us&hl=en&gl=US
  6. Amazon Prime is a great service for anyone who regularly does their shopping online, but at $11 a month or $99 per year (if you’re willing to drop that much all at once), it can be an expensive extra. Amazon already offers a few discounts for Prime, such as ones to students and those receiving government assistance in the form of EBT benefits, but today it’s adding a new one. If you receive Medicaid benefits, you can now get Prime at a discounted rate as well. Like the discount for EBT recipients, this Medicaid discount brings the monthly cost of Prime down to $5.99 per month. This isn’t a pared back version of Prime, either, as you’ll get all of the extras those paying full price for their subscription do. That means access to Prime Video, Prime Music, and even Prime Now should you live in an area where it’s available. While a Prime subscription might seem unnecessary to some, it could actually be a big help to those receiving Medicaid. Not only does Amazon typically offer prices at or below those of brick and mortar retail stores, but online shopping might be the only viable option for those grappling with disabilities. When you consider the included subscriptions to Amazon Video and Music, this could also help those receiving government assistance save money in other areas, which is never a bad thing. Of course, the discount on Prime is no big deal for Amazon. In cases like this, we can look at Prime as something of a loss leader for the company, with the idea being that a subscription to Prime encourages users to do more of their shopping through Amazon. In the end, selling discounted Prime subscriptions to low-income families and students could very well be a big win for Amazon.
  7. Spotify is cracking down on subscribers who are using “unauthorized” apps to enjoy paid features at freemium prices. First reported by TorrentFreak, Spotify is sending users the following email about “abnormal activity.” It’s not clear which apps are being targeted, but TorrentFreak points out that there are numerous versions of Spotify that enable non-paying users to bypass certain annoyances, like shuffle-only play and limits on the number of tracks you’re allowed to skip. The day after Spotify announced it was going public, it sent GitHub a takedown notice for a modded version of the Spotify app called “Dogfood.” The notice also requested the removal of several projects that forked Dogfood’s code. Some users who received the email from Spotify told TorrentFreak they were still able to use their account to listen through a modified app, while others said the email was accurate and they were locked out of the app. Spotify’s email may seem friendly, but if you’re one of its recipients and your app still works, you might want to think twice about continuing to use it or you might find yourself with a terminated account. Gizmodo has reached out to Spotify to clarify whether its email meant that subscribers’ accounts have been disabled until they log in to the authentic app, or if Spotify is claiming to have disabled a modified app itself. A spokesperson replied that “the users in question were accessing Spotify through an unauthorized app, so we have disabled access through such apps.” Read full article @ https://gizmodo.com/spotify-is-blocking-subscribers-who-used-hacked-apps-to-1823528380
  8. This release includes improvements, changes and fixes to a number of features, including: Added support for IRCv3 STS secure connection feature. Fixed SSL connect behaviour that prevented a retry connect attempt for non-critical SSL errors. Updated code signing certificate. Added support for IRCv3 batch feature. Fixed online timer bug that caused mIRC to freeze once a minute the more connected status windows were open. Extended ^K color support for indexes 16 to 98. Updated libraries to OpenSSL 1.0.2n. Fixed font dialog not displaying sample text correctly for certain fonts. Added "Hide away reminders" option that hides repeat away messages for ten minutes. Fixed /timer -h bug that prevented a subsequent /timer -h request from using the multimedia timer. Changed script editor file monitor to ignore daylight savings offset and to check file size changes. Changed CAP cap-notify support for NEW/DEL so that mIRC no longer disconnects/reconnects for most CAP features unless necessary. Changed mouse wheel scrolling to scroll by page if this option is enabled for your mouse in Windows. Added $fromeditbox identifier that returns $true/$false if command or identifier called directly from an editbox. Fixed $msfile() gpf when too many files are selected. Fixed regular expression bug relating to \K escape sequence. Added /ignore support for highlight, speech, and tips. In total, there have been around 70 changes since the last release. For a more detailed list of recent changes, please see the whatsnew.txt file. As always, the latest version of mIRC can be downloaded from the download page. Read full article @ https://www.mirc.com/news.html
  9. A new system that securely checks whether your passwords have been made public in known data breaches has been integrated into the widely used password manager, 1Password. This new tool lets customers find out if their passwords have been leaked without ever transmitting full credentials to a server. Security researcher Troy Hunt this week announced his new version of "Pwned Passwords," a search tool and list of more than 500 million passwords that have been leaked in data breaches. Users can access it online and developers can connect applications to it via an API. Within a day, the company AgileBits had integrated Hunt's new tool into the 1Password password manager. AgileBits' announcement describes how it works: Customers with 1Password.com accounts can already use the tool in a Web browser. You'll need to input "Shift-Control-Option-C (or Shift+Ctrl+Alt+C on Windows) to unlock the proof of concept." After that, a "Check Password" button will appear next to your passwords. Read full article @ https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/02/new-tool-safely-checks-your-passwords-against-a-half-billion-pwned-passwords/
  10. E-Roomlister

    the find is for searching whatever category you have listed.. you could use find to locate %#Regulars\bComputing\bChat by typing in the word regulars or computing you wouldn't include %# or \b in searching
  11. Buzzen Profiles

    you are probably not using CLIENTMODE CD1 in your sockopen connect where you auth.. u must use CLIENTMODE CD1.. but if you use CLIENTMODE CD1 you will need to edit your raw 422 in your connection to fix it for mirc nicklist
  12. Buzzen Profiles

    in your connection you can get the sex of ppl in the room when you join using raw 353. I tokenize my sockread for my connection so you can use if ($2 == 353) { You will see something like this :Buzz_IRCwxSrvPanther01 353 err0rstotle = %#ChanName :UMPN,err0rstotle UMPN,Eyecu UUNN,'^Bot_Info for err0rstotle you have UMPN .. second character is the sex M for male.. You can get the part you need from there to store in your table.. next you want to get the sex for ppl that join after you. i do that in my connection too when $2 == JOIN.. return on join would look like :femaleuser !1.1c0d8bc.8bbb60568c4e89df0365d6c3ca21dc2e@BuzzenPassport JOIN UFPN :%#ChanName the second character is F for female If the sex isn't set it will be letter U for unknown P is set if the user has a Photo
  13. Amazon Prime is getting more expensive for monthly subscribers. Amazon today raised the price of Prime from $10.99 a month to $12.99. The price of a yearly subscription is still $99, so no change there. Meanwhile, Prime Student now costs $6.49 a month, up from $5.49. The price of an annual Prime Student subscription is remaining the same at $49. Prime offers free, two-day shipping on Amazon.com purchases; unlimited access to Prime Video, Prime Music, and Prime Reading; unlimited photo storage via Prime Photos; discounts on games; early access to Amazon's Lightning Deals; and special discounts at Whole Foods. The online retail giant is likely trying to push users to its annual Prime plan, which has always been a better deal for those planning to stick with the service for a while. Now, a monthly subscription makes even less sense financially. If you're on the monthly plan and wind up sticking with Prime for a year, you'll pay almost $156. Amazon is notifying affected Prime subscribers about this change via email. Related "Prime provides a unique combination of shipping, shopping, and entertainment benefits, and we continue to invest in making Prime even more valuable for our members," Amazon wrote in the message. The company went on to say that it now offers 100 million items with two-day Prime shipping, and same- and one-day deliveries in more than 8,000 cities and towns. Read full article @ https://www.pcmag.com/news/358633/amazon-prime-subscription-increases-to-12-99-a-month
  14. YouTube has announced changes to its monetization program, telling content creators with small channels that they'll no longer be able to monetize unless they can grow their subscriber base to above 1,000 subscribers, with 4,000 hours of view time in the past 12 months. This is a new benchmark, the previous being a set 10,000 lifetime views in order to join the YouTube Partner Program and begin monetizing content. This has thrown the YouTube community into a tizzy, with accusations of favoritism flying. Partly this is YouTube's fault, of course. In a blog post, the company states that this is a new measure to ensure that content is up to YouTube's community standards, and many have pointed out that very large channels are often just as much to blame for questionable content as their smaller, if more numerous, counterparts. Look no further than Logan Paul's 'suicide forest' video for a pretty stellar example of this kind of abuse. Or much of Logan Paul's other content, for that matter. But I simply cannot find a spark to light my own inner outrage torch, or any reason to jump on this anti-YouTube bandwagon, pitchfork at the ready. There are many wonderful reasons to shake your fist at YouTube, from its misfiring algorithms to Content ID to the very existence of Logan Paul, but this is not one of them. Let's break the issue down: I have a very small YouTube channel (just under 4,000 subscribers) that I consider more of a hobby at this point than a serious attempt at making money. In fact, I make so little money from it that I barely even notice. If I had just a quarter of the subscribers (or less) than I have now I imagine income would be negligible at best. It's not unreasonable to suggest that prior to making money off one's videos, a content creator should have a more substantial subscriber base, if only because this hardly affects these channels to begin with. Perhaps someday I will decide I want to make more money on YouTube, at which point I will want to work harder at it and grow the channel into something that can sustain itself. That won't be easy, but YouTube's new rules aren't the issue. The issue is growing a sizable enough subscriber base to make actual money in the first place. That means numbers exponentially higher than 1,000 subs and 4,000 viewing hours in a year. Nor does this policy prevent small channels from growing. In fact, I'd suggest that when you're just starting out you avoid monetizing videos entirely. You won't make any real money off of ads anyways, and having ad-free content will ingratiate you with potential viewers. This way, you can grow your channel and your popularity and eventually get on the Partner Program. Many content creators with Patreon followings, such as Jim Sterling, hbomberguy and Colin Moriarty, don't need to monetize their videos to begin with. And finally, it's important to remind everyone that there was already a benchmark to begin with: 10,000 channel views. If you think about it, that penalizes even smaller channels. But thinking about it in terms of "penalty" or "favoritism" is wrong to begin with. This is a benchmark content creators need to pass in order to be taken seriously enough to begin making money off their content. Besides, this ensures that content creators are still making videos. Rather than a one-time 10,000 view benchmark, channels need to continue to hold a subscriber base and regularly get views in order to remain in the Partner Program, which just makes sense. Ultimately, YouTube needs to do better in so many ways it's hard to list them all. The company needs to: Improve its system of demonetizing videos that don't adhere to community guidelines. The current automated system paints with a broad (if irregular) brush. More human beings need to be involved in this process. Content ID, copyright strikes, and so forth are all too easily abused. Meanwhile, actual plagiarism and content theft occurs all the time that isn't caught in the Content ID net. Videos like Logan Paul's 'suicide forest' should never make it to the #1 Trending spot to begin with, and YouTube needs to react more swiftly to obvious abuses like this especially from its biggest stars. Even many top YouTubers complain that YouTube is terrible in its communication with content creators. YouTube needs to find ways to better communicate with all content creators, large and small. And the list goes on. Read full article @ https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2018/01/18/youtube-is-demonetizing-small-channels-and-why-thats-a-good-thing/#2a791d1253d8
  15. Several of Google's hardware devices, including the popular Chromecast video streaming dongle and the new top-of-the-line smart speaker, appear to suffer from a glitch that can temporarily freeze a consumer's home wireless network. Numerous owners of the devices have recently reported experiencing WiFi network issues, and several tech blogs say Google is to blame. On Tuesday, a maker of networking products by the name of TP-Link wrote in a blog post that its routers have been affected by Google devices that use the Google "casting" feature. The company said a glitch caused a WiFi network to become temporarily unresponsive or disconnect from other devices that were connected to the network. WiFi routers from other companies, including Linksys, Asus, Netgear, and Synology are also reportedly affected. It's not clear whether the problem stems from a flaw in Google's hardware, or whether it's the result of a broader software issue. But the news represents the latest blow to Google's efforts to enter the hardware market, where it has limited experience and competes against longtime gadget makers like Samsung and Apple. In October, Google was forced to disable a button on the Home Mini smart speaker before the product even shipped due to a privacy problem. Google "casting" devices come out of sleep mode and cause disruptions According to TP-Link's blog post on the WiFi issue, the problems began in October 2017. The company explained that under normal circumstances, Google's casting devices are designed to wake from a sleep state every so often to communicate with a WiFi router with small bits of data, called "packets." The problem is that some of Google's devices were malfunctioning and wouldn't rise out sleep mode for longer periods of time. When they did awake from their slumber, they flooded a WiFi router with huge amounts of data packets at a "very high speed," which would overwhelm certain routers and cause the disruptions. The amount of data that would be sent to a WiFi router depended on how long a Google casting device was in sleep mode. Read full article @ http://www.businessinsider.com/google-casting-devices-causing-problems-home-wifi-networks-2018-1