Daily Archives: April 17, 2017

Microsoft starts forcing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to update to Windows 10

Users who stick with the older software will knowingly expose themselves to cybercriminals

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Microsoft has started blocking Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates for computers running certain new chipsets.

The company announced plans last January to block next-generation Intel, AMD and Qualcomm processors from system updates on older versions of Windows, but didn’t reveal when support would be cut.

The process appears to have just kicked off.

Instead of the normal download screen, users attempting to update their systems are facing an error message reading, “Your PC uses a processor that is designed for the latest version of Windows.

“Because the processor is not supported together with the Windows version that you are currently using, your system will miss important security updates.”

Microsoft has tried to justify the move by saying that the processors offer new capabilities that makes compatibility with older systems difficult, but it’s also being seen as yet another aggressive technique designed to migrate more customers to Windows 10.

Changes to Microsoft’s policy have also created plenty of confusion.

Skylake processors were included in the original policy announcement, but Microsoft has back-pedalled now says that some devices running the chipset will continue to receive Windows 7 and 8.1 updates, while others won’t.

Machines running Ryzen, Kaby Lake and other new processors will have to upgrade to Windows 10.

Microsoft has released a Windows lifecycle fact sheet to clarify the situation.

“Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information,” it reads.

In other words, users need to upgrade to Windows 10 or knowingly expose themselves to cybercriminals.

According to NetMarketShare, almost half of all computer users are still on Windows 7, which came out in 2009.

Earlier this month, Microsoft cut support for Window Vista, widely considered the worst version of the operating system ever made.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/windows-7-update-microsoft-81-download-windows-10-software-a7684256.html

UNITED AIRLINES TWITTER MEMES MONDAY APRIL 17, 2017

How United Airlines treats their customers lately

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My Dad has to fly United. He’s ready.

 

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Bride and groom are dragged off United Airlines flight by ‘US Marshal’ after moving to an empty row to let sleeping passenger nap in their seats

 

 

Adding insult to injury: United did NOT take passenger’s bags off his plane after he was dragged off –

 

 

Russia Bans United Airlines From Russian Airspace

 

 

 

UK Attorney General tries to block bid to prosecute Tony Blair over Iraq War

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Attorney General launched legal bid to throw out attempt to haul Blair to court

  • Tory MP Jeremy Wright, the government’s top law officer, launched intervention
  • Judge ruled last year ex-Prime Minister had immunity from criminal prosecution

 

Britain’s top law officer has intervened to try to stop an attempt to haul Tony Blair to court over the Iraq War.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright has formally asked for the bid to prosecute Mr Blair to be rejected.

The private case is being brought by General Abdul-Wahid Shannan ar-Ribat, former chief of staff of the Iraqi army.

He wants the former Labour prime minister to be convicted of the crime of ‘aggression’ for taking part, alongside the US, in the invasion of his country under the false pretext that Saddam Hussein’s regime harboured weapons of mass destruction.

Mr Ribat, who is now living in exile, also wants then foreign secretary Jack Straw and Lord Goldsmith, the attorney general at the time, to be tried in a British court.

A judge ruled last November that Mr Blair had ‘immunity’ from criminal prosecution over the 2003 conflict and that any case could ‘involve details being disclosed under the Official Secrets Act.’

Mr Ribat is now seeking a judicial review of district judge Michael Snow’s decision.

But Attorney General Mr Wright, a Tory MP, has formally asked to join future hearings and for the bid to prosecute to be rejected.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4416852/Attorney-General-court-block-Tony-Blair-prosecution.html#ixzz4eWOwPxFe