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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 251

K Edward Lynch:   Is it worth upgrading to a mesh routing system over adding an access point?

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Sue Nethercott:   Are there any decent browsers apart from Firefox which are not based on Microsoft’s?

News Item:   Amazon to buy MGM for $8 billion in major boost to Prime Video library

News Item:   New USB-C Type 2.1 standard offers up to 240 W power delivery

News Item:   Linux GUI in Windows 10 Insider build

News Item:   Charter charges more money for slower Internet on streets with no competition

News Item:   Twitter Decries India Intimidation, Will Press for Changes

News Item:   Irish cyber-attack: Hackers bail out Irish health service for free

News Item:   The FBI will feed hacked passwords directly into Have I BeenPwned

News Item:   Ransomware gangs’ slow decryptors prompt victims to seek alternatives

News Item:   U.K. police expecting to bust pot farm stumble onto cryptocurrency mine instead

News Item:   Hard cheese: Stilton snap shared via EncroChat leads to drug dealer’s downfall


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 250

Art Work

Lisa Toth:   What are non-fungible tokens?

Art Work

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News Item:   Verizon forces users onto pricier plans to get $50-per-month gov’t subsidy

News Item:   U.S. Treasury calls for stricter cryptocurrency compliance with IRS

News Item:   American insurance giant CNA reportedly pays $40m to ransomware crooks

News Item:   Cloudflare launches campaign to ‘end the madness’ of CAPTCHAs

News Item:   TSMC is considering a 3 nm foundry in Arizona

News Item:   Taiwan’s TSMC claims breakthrough on 1nm chips

News Item:   Windows 10 20H2 now in broad deployment, available to everyone

News Item:   Try This One Weird Trick Russian Hackers Hate


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 249


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Sue Nethercott   When I fired the computer up after an update on Friday, the browsers were doing a lot worse, and I had to switch to my slow old portable for work. So I spent yesterday transferring stuff to it as a backup. Today I had a go at your instructions.  The troubleshooter found nothing.

Scannow gave the message:  “Windows resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.”

Sue Nethercott   Britain is no longer part of the EU, and still keep asking me if I’ll accept cookies under the GDPR? And why don’t many of them use a cookie to remember that I have already said OK?

News Item:   Disney Patents Blockchain-Based Movie Distribution System to Stop Pirates

News Item:   Ransomware victim Colonial Pipeline paid $5m to get oil pumping again, restored from backups anyway

News Item:   Amazon says it blocked billions of counterfeit products in 2020

News Item:   Amazon Wins Case Against EU Regulators Over Luxembourg Taxes

News Item:   Ransomware crooks post cops’ psych evaluations after talks with DC police stall

News Item:   Ireland’s Health Services hit with $20 million ransomware demand

News Item:   Darkside ransomware gang says it lost control of its servers & money a day after Biden threat

News Item:   Neural implant lets paralyzed person type by imagining writing

News Item:   Indian government says 5G doesn’t cause COVID-19.

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 248

K Edward Lynch:   Live streaming filled cache for 1 minute. How does internet traffic slow down data stream to that extent?

News Item:   FTC report blasts manufacturers for restricting product repairs

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News Item:   96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5, analytics find

News Item:   Microsoft Shelves Windows 10X, It is not Shipping in 2021

News Item:   The Fortnite Trial Is Exposing Details About the Biggest iPhone Hack on Record


News Item:   Google will make you use two-step verification to login

News Item:   GitHub is blocking Google’s new third-party cookie tracking

News Item:   Google frustrates Roku by adding YouTube TV to the main YouTube app

News Item:   In 1st Big Test, Oversight Board Says Facebook, Not Trump, Is The Problem

News Item:   Your Car Is Spying on You

News Item:   Mushrooms on Mars?

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 247

Quantum Computer

K Edward Lynch   Tell us why the quantum computer is a big deal.

Quantum Computer

Craig Ladd   LastPass Sentry Alert – Hello, [email address]: Here’s your data compromise report. If you didn’t request this report, your email may be associated with a site in someone else’s LastPass vault. We send a report when your email is associated with a website that may have been involved in a security breach. We suggest changing your password for each listed site.

Sue Nethercott   After a recent power cut, Microsoft Chrome stopped working. Either pages take minutes to load, do not load at all, or I keep getting the message, “Page not responding”.  I tried resetting it and then reinstalling it without success. Then I installed Microsoft Edge and it was the same.  Microsoft Chrome remembers lots of things (autofill, passwords, cookie preferences etc), will translate pages for me without needing an add-in, and I need 2 browsers to keep my different roles separate. How do I get it to work again?

News Item:   Flu Has Disappeared Worldwide during the COVID Pandemic

News Item:   Florida plans to fine social media for banning politicians

News Item:   Verizon tries to sell Yahoo and AOL

News Item:   Apple charged over ‘anti-competitive’ app policies

News Item:   Telecom goes to war with New York over low-income broadband law

News Item:   YouTube TV removed from Roku channel store amid Google contract dispute

News Item:   Vivaldi update unleashes the ‘Cookie Crumbler’ to simply block any services asking for consent

News Item:   Experian API Exposed Credit Scores of Most Americans

News Item:   China to report first population drop in five decades

News Item:   Identifying people through lack of cell phone use

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