> Last month, Facebook admitted to storing million of Facebook passwords in plaintext. The Verge Apr 18, 2019 We see students being taught login systems here and a recurring mistake is passwords being stored in databases. It appears that CompSci courses teach bad practices early and as we know it's hard to unlearn what you learn earlier. Further reading seems to indicate these passwords may have collected via logging. "But as Krebs on Security first reported, various errors seem to have caused Facebook’s systems to log some passwords in plain text since as early as 2012." I'm been chided for …

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Let me share how I began to understand Microsoft: A long time back when I went to Microsoft Redmond's campus for a seminar. I had two things I wanted to share since I thought Microsoft would want to look into this. 1. A CD that when put into the PC would cause the PC to lock up. I didn't know why, I just thought it showed a bug. 2. A jpeg file that when copied to the desktop would render that user's account dead. Even in safe mode until the file was deleted. I waited my turn to meet with …

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I like Agile, I really do but a few times it has me walk out on the process as a few think that everyone must "buy in." That's just part of the problems I've run into and kind of glad I'm no longer on such teams. In fact if a company does go "all in" on Agile I may want to short their stock. I think it works until they try to forget what the real goals are. The real goal is to get the product out the door. Some folk love to get wrapped up in the process. The …

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For those very new to this area, please google SIM SWAP and discover a very nasty security issue with all phones we use today. At first glance the new security researcher might think I'm exaggerating. Do your own research and tell me you don't find this to be one of the most foul, nasty exploits I've seen in years. This exploit was recently used to highjack a writer's phone at https://www.zdnet.com/article/sim-swap-horror-story-ive-lost-decades-of-data-and-google-wont-lift-a-finger/ His case is still developing with loss of accounts, tax returns he stored on the Clouds, and a 25,000USD Bitcoin purchase. And we're not talking thousands of dollars in …

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My workaday laptop is now an Acer Predator which while being very nice and all started to boot up with Windows Sticky Keys enabled. Now being a long time Windows user I went to the usual control panel, turned it off but it turned back on if the machine was rebooted or you logged out and back in. The usual Google research was done, registry changes made and still it persisted. As all you needed to do was tap the shift key a few times to turn it off I left it as it was until I had more free …

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It seems everytime I visit the homepage of daniweb.com I get a screen that is modern in design but is missing the mark so much so that others and I are bypassing it and going elsewhere. On top of that it shows duplicates of the same topic (see image) which I've seen it push up 3 or more that lead you to the same discussion. What makes it even more a place I may stop looking at is I can't click on the reply date and get to the answer or new content. Instead I have to either page through …

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Start with https://www.google.com/search?q=google+banned+all+apple+repair+ads and there it is. It appears to be mostly about Apple products and when two juggernauts, dare I write collude even if openly, we all lose. Apple's repair system is OK when your device is under AppleCare but beyond that we see the repair price climb to levels where they essentially tell you to buy a new unit. I've had no qualms about many third party repair companies but Apple seems to have declared war.

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One of the mantras of computing and just about anything data related is "**We only lose what we don't backup**" but some are taking offense that this is still the current state of computing today. Recently some owners call this out as "blaming the user", "you're holding it wrong" or snobby. Everyone I know will try their best to help you get your machine back in working order even if people say such things. They've lost it all and upset that they can't get their stuff back. Last week's example was another smart phone, forgot their password, unlock code and …

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I have it set to Daily Digest yet I get near instant alerts on posts I am watching. Maybe broke, or it's just me.

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First how this happened. The Nissan Leaf from about 2011 to mid 2015 on the SV and SL models included Telematics. Telematics in thse models let the owner use a web site or smart phone app to query battery status, start or stop charging and turn on/off the climate control as well as get performance statistics. After years of warnings from AT&T that the 2G cellular network was going to shut down, AT&T did the shutdown in January 2017. This caused a lot of troubles in the M2M and Telematics space or business. Nissan responded by offering a (discounted?) upgrade …

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> We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating, -Microsoft on its support site for Windows Update. So if you have already downloaded the latest ISO from the Media Creation Tool and not installed it, **DON'T**. Wait for a newer version of the ISO. See the link below: https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/6/17944966/microsoft-windows-10-october-2018-update-documents-deleted-issues-windows-update-paused

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Comparing a discussion with the home page. When I see the Home Page, top and center of each card is the member who did something such as Viewed, Gave Reputation, Endorsed and so on. Now you head to a discussion and who wrote this? Example at https://www.daniweb.com/programming/software-development/code/385622/google-map-control-vb-net The author is nowhere in sight. I could be wrong but I could not find the post's author. Replies are formatted well so you know who replied and when, but something is truly strange with the original post there. Reviews are slightly better like https://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/hardware/mobile-and-wearables/reviews/518478/i-bought-a-galaxy-watch-on-black-friday-here-s-what-i-got-for-my-money but if a post's author is going to …

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Here we go again.

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"Sorry, but there is no valid Member with ID 120589" after clicking the first (?) button in the email. Since I can't tell if there is information I shouldn't share publicly I forwarded the email to Dani.

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I've noted how the home page seems sparse but why is that lone upvote there at all? It's not that interesting and there's no way to dismiss it or fill the page with what I choose. See attached screen. NOPE. The image upload looks broken. I'll try Imgur and it's markdown. No other forum leaves this so barren. I was hoping to see it flourish over time. Or see controls, options to have it be a place to go often. And when there are items besides this, they seem to be random in size and match as to my interests. …

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Example: https://www.daniweb.com/programming/web-development/threads/518292/problem-in-php-showing-undefined-index-and-not-inserted-in-my-datasbase Click on one image and I get two tabs with the same image on both tabs. That's odd.

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I'm at https://www.daniweb.com/articles/latest/unanswered and when I mouse over the poster's gravatar or icon, all pop up with "First Post by" and the menber name. OK, that's all well and good but then I was curious to see all the posts were "First Post by". Even one by me! This is a truly minor bug but may as well log it.

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I looked all over and can't seem to find where to endorse any longer. I see others have on the front page but it's eluding me.

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Just for all those wondering what's going on, I don't know but I did jump on another PC to check and it was logged in. So I logged out and could not log back in. The first hint there was a problem was when I went to login on my Android phone. At first I thought it was just the phone but nope. For now, if you are logged it, you can post and more. But **DON'T LOG OUT.**

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Who would have guessed that would be a keyword a week ago?

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Here's what I see. (image attached, where are inline images?) It seems odd to me to see 3 dated items there. All are same discussion and it's also strange that Dani's endorsement stays no matter what I do. I like you but this is odd to see behavior wise. Maybe you're still tweaking?

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As title suggest, full screen edit happened in one of my replies. Could not exit with escape. Had to abandon the reply. Trying to replicate now.

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The title of the new employee training module alone was a sign that times have changed. This topic never came up in all my years at any job. Here's the boil down of the course. > If there is an active shooter in the area, we suggest you first run (away), hide and if forced fight I shared this with a friend in HR in Canada and they were mildly shocked. This wasn't my training session but my son at his new job.

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I pulled up Opera and it had its VPN enabled. On the sites I clicked on Daniweb but was logged out so no biggy, log in. Then I went to Dazah.com and the matches felt off. Someone was zero miles away so I googled that company and it wasn't in the state. Hmm, more poking around and Dazah had me somewhere in Germany. Nope that's not right. Aha, I had the VPN enabled. No biggy, just turn that off and close the browser, open it back up and check Dazah again. Still in Germany. Fix: Logout and log back in …

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When this news came across I only had to think of MSFT's prior acquisitions to think this may not end well. As the song goes " Should I Stay or Should I Go"?

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Here's the full notice -> https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/fbi-tells-router-users-to-reboot-now-to-kill-malware-infecting-500k-devices/ You can read what happened if you wish but just a r̴e̴b̴o̴o̴t̴ ̴a̴n̴d̴ ̴i̴t̴'̴s̴ ̴g̴a̴m̴e̴ ̴o̴v̴e̴r̴ ̴f̴o̴r̴ ̴t̴h̴i̴s̴ ̴m̴a̴l̴w̴a̴r̴e̴.̴ **Update in new reply.**

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From Stardock's newsletter I read "Handles are killing your PC" and checked in on the apps and handles to discover the stock Killer Network app was way out there at over 906,000 (906 THOUSAND) handles. This was a pretty interesting find and had me off to the maker for latest suite and drivers. Result? The 906,000 number dropped to 900 handles or a thousand fold less. Here's the full text of the message and link. "Handles are killing your PC The handle issue is a pretty big deal, and you may never have even heard of them. Let's fix that. …

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Need to remind a coworker to lock their machine? Press Shift+Alt+Printscreen and answer yes. Most can't fix it. So be kind.

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As PCs age you enounter "The Dead PC" from time to time. Long ago I even owned a PC repair shop and learned a lot from the experience. But fast forward to today. While I know a bit about PC design something of a mystery to me is why folk have been pushing back on a common cheap thing to try on dead machines. Pop in a new CMOS battery. I could go on why this can cause a PC to hang but here if it's the usual CR2032 we buy these in bulk for the office at 25 cents …

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A relative had a pretty beat up qualifying Windows laptop so I took a chance that this deal was still working. Read https://www.cnet.com/how-to/microsoft-windows-10-free-upgrade-offer-assistive-features/ but the new expiry date is now Jan 16, 2018. Direct Link at www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

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The End.