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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

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 246

USB error

Mary F.   All the Inbox emails in my yahoo account somehow got deleted. I’ve had this email account for over five years. Can you offer any help or suggestions?

USB error

Thank you Jerry Crocker

Jerry Crocker   New Notice:  “Power surge on the USB port needs more power than the port can supply.  Windows Explorer”

News Item:   Ransomware gang wants to short the stock price of their victims

News Item:   A ransomware gang made $260,000 in 5 days using the 7zip utility

News Item:   Apple Must Face Lawsuit for Telling Consumers They Can “Buy” Movies, TV Shows

News Item:   Daily Mail owner sues Google over search results

News Item:   TikTok sued for billions over use of children’s data

News Item:    The FBI Takes a Drastic Step to Fight China’s Hacking Spree

News Item:   Bank of England to consider digital money plan

News Item:   Argentine version of Google falls into “wrong” hands leading to search engine’s temporary collapse

Q&A with CIPCUG Session 245

No questions (again!)

News Item:  U.S. House committee approves blueprint for Big Tech crackdown

News Item:  Yellen calls for global minimum corporate tax rate in first major address as Treasury secretary

News Item:  New Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral in Arabic

News Item:  Have I Been Pwned adds search for leaked Facebook phone numbers

News Item:  Facebook axes 16,000 groups for trading fake reviews after UK intervenes

News Item:  Cracked copies of Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop steal your session cookies, browser history

News Item:  Google backs new security standard for smartphone VPN app

News Item:  Missing California hiker found after photo reveals location

News Item:  A Tesla Helped Police Track Down a Hate Crime Suspect Accused of Burning Down a Black Church


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 244

No Questions:

News Item:   Amazon Explored Opening Home Goods, Electronics Discount Stores

News Item:   Pets’ names used as passwords by millions

News Item:   FBI arrests man for plan to kill “70% of Internet” in AWS bomb attack

News Item:   Drought in Taiwan Pits Chip Makers Against Farmers

News Item:   Fintech is an ‘enormous competitive’ threat to banks

News Item:   Facebook hopes tiny labels on posts will stop users confusing satire with reality

News Item:   Court rules grocery store’s inaccessible website isn’t an ADA violation

News Item:   Supreme Court rules API copying is fair use

News Item:   Neuralink posts video of a monkey playing Pong with its mind


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 243

Fred Krueger:   There seem to be a lot of financial advisers trying to sell fear. They all write adviser letters and want you to sign up for a price. From what you said recently, I am guessing that everyone that is receiving some sort of remuneration for advice is required to be registered or licensed by or with the SEC. Is that correct?

Tony Pizza:   Sometimes after a startup, if I use my browser or Word, things hang up and I see “Not Responsive”. After a minute it goes away, but may repeat. Then everything works OK. My PC only has 4 GB ram, but once it gets past the delays, it works fine even with multiple apps and web pages open. What’s it doing, I don’t see any major use on Task Manager? Defender? Update?

Auto Accident

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News Item:   US pedestrian deaths rose sharply in the first half of 2020

News Item:   TSMC cancels chip price cuts and promises $100bn investment surge

News Item:   A billion for every chip-maker who ‘makes in India,’ sources say

News Item:   Myanmar orders wireless internet shutdown until further notice: telecoms sources

News Item:   Microsoft shuts down Cortana on iOS and Android

News Item:   Intel accused of wiretapping because it uses analytics to track keystrokes, mouse movements on its websit

News Item:   Supreme Court’s pro-Facebook ruling could unleash “flood” of robocalls

News Item:   RAM is already expensive, but prices will continue to rise in the coming months

News Item:   Samsung’s 512GB DDR5 module is a showcase for the future of RAM


Q&A with CIPCUG Session 242

Jerry Crocker:   Has anyone tried Vertical Tabs?

News Item:   Fab fires and drought threaten to make chip shortages worse

News Item:   GameStop (the stock) and GameStop (the retailer) continue to be worlds apart

News Item:   Robinhood aims to allow users to buy into IPOs

News Item:   Congress questioned Big Tech CEOs for 5 hours without getting any good answers

News Item:   Europe is starting to freak out about the launch dominance of SpaceX

News Item:   Venezuela calls Facebook suspension of Maduro ‘digital totalitarianism’

News Item:   A new Android spyware masquerades as a ‘system update’

News Item:   Determining Key Shape from Sound

News Item:   Windows 95 Easter egg discovered after being hidden for 25 years



Q&A with CIPCUG Session 241

Lisa Toth   I am having a problem with someone who appears to have created a list of people in the area code 805 and the

first 3 numbers of phone numbers beginning with 717. I get texts as part of this group. Today I’ve gotten more than 20 of these texts in a few minutes.  I cannot block the numbers.  I am stymied.  How do I stop this?

News Item:   Windows 10 21H1 is almost here, released to enterprise for testing

News Item:   Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger have recovered from a major outage

News Item:   FCC fines two Texas telemarketers $225 million for making 1 billion robocalls

News Item:   Twitter asks: when should we cut off rule-breaking world leaders?

News Item:   Google’s privacy push draws U.S. antitrust scrutiny

News Item:   Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

News Item:   Biden administration to launch cyber attacks on Russia as feud with Putin escalates

News Item:   What is Going on With the AstraZeneca/Oxford Vaccine?


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Q&A with CIPCUG Session 240

Lisa Toth:   What are NFTs and who’s cashing in on them?

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News Item:   Smart Speakers Like the Nest and Echo Could One Day Be Contactless Heart Monitors

News Item:   SpaceX plans to beam its Starlink internet to vehicles, not just homes

News Item:   Chinese state hackers target Linux systems with new malware

News Item:   Europol ‘unlocks’ encrypted Sky ECC chat service to make arrests

News Item:   Myanmar’s first satellite held by Japan on space station after coup

News Item:   Russia, after Twitter slowdown, accuses U.S. of using IT to engage in unfair competition

News Item:   Big Tech is facing regulatory threats from Australia to Arizona

News Item:   Scientists unlock mysteries of world’s oldest ‘computer’


Dr. Bunny

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