The problem is that we’re confusing automated persuasion with automated targeting. Laughable lies about Brexit, Mexican rapists, and creeping Sharia law didn’t convince otherwise sensible people that up was down and the sky was green.
Rather, the sophisticated targeting systems available through Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other Big Tech ad platforms made it easy to find the racist, xenophobic, fearful, angry people who wanted to believe that foreigners were destroying their country while being bankrolled by George Soros.
In a stunning victory for nonprofits and NGOs around the world working in the public interest, ICANN today roundly rejected Ethos Capital’s plan to transform the .ORG domain registry into a heavily indebted for-profit entity.
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Microsoft must be getting desperate, they pushed out an Office update that sneakily installs a special program to automatically try installing Teams every time any user logs in. They even went so far as to name the program “Teams Machine-Wide Installer” so that it is nearly impossible to find and uninstall (all other Microsoft software has a name starting with Microsoft which is easy to find in the remove list). Thanks to the reddit users who pointed out the name.
Yesterday I encountered the error in the post title when moving my StarTech 4 Port USB to Serial Adapter from a 10 year old PC (that finally died) to my current engineering workstation. I’d never experienced that particular error before so I Googled it and read about a dozen articles with suggestions for fixing it and none of them helped.
Being an engineer of electronic instruments I realized I needed to step back, assume nobody posting on the internet really has a full grasp of how USB works, and think about the system and how to methodically troubleshoot the problem. I soon realized that I’d skipped what should always be the first tests, cables. I have the USB/Serial box mounted at the test bench and it’s connected via a long USB cable and extension back to my workstation. To make a long story short, I learned that this device is less tolerant of using excessively long (out of spec long) USB cables than other USB 2.0 devices I use. For convenience I was using an existing run that made the total distance 8 meters. Swapping the 4.5 meter extension cable for a 2 meter extension cable fixed the problem.
BTW – looking back on this problem where I wasted at least an hour of my time I noticed there was a clue on the product page. The Accessories tab lists one single item, 15 ft USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable.
Microsoft Windows’ backwards compatibility with ancient hardware is usually nice to have but sometimes it detects other serial devices as a serial mouse. This happens whether the device is connected to a real TIA-232 port or a Universal Serial Bus (USB) to TIA-232 adapter. Some USB connected devices, e.g. GPS receivers, have USB to TIA-232 convertors built right into the device.
- Tap the Windows key to begin a start menu search
- Start typing regedit and when the menu entry for Registry Editor App appears
- Right click the menu entry and choose Run as administrator
- When the, Do you want this app to make changes to your device?, prompt appears choose the Yes button
- Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\sermouse
- Since Windows 10 updates will sometimes change this value back to the default, bookmark this entry so you can get back to it easily in the future.
- Change the value of the Start key from 3 to 4
- Close Registry Editor and reboot the PC
If you want to retain the capability of using a serial mouse and just disable it for on one port see here.
This morning I read an update of a How-To Geek article on the Windows 1903 update. It said that Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra posted that everyone can get 1903 now. Clicking the link I saw that three days ago the VP of Gaming @ Microsoft posted this:
Mike Ybarra (Verified account)
If you want Windows 10’s latest update, 1903, as of today all users can go to Windows Update and get it. Variable refresh rate and exciting news at e3 – you’ll want to have this! #XboxE3
Since Mike is Corporate Vice President – Gaming for Microsoft I thought this must be true. I checked the two Win10 PC’s in my home office (one Win10 Pro and the other Win10 Home) and the update is NOT yet available. Microsoft really needs to prevent it’s VP’s of other divisions from spreading misinformation about Windows 10 updates. It is not helpful and perpetuates the impression that Microsoft can’t be relied on for accurate information.
There’s a very common misconception about the version names for the Android operating system. Most people believe they are named for desserts but that does not fit the existing naming pattern.
Android versions are named for confections. Confections may be served as dessert but plain fruits and other non-confections can also be served as dessert. No version of Android has ever been named for a non-confection dessert.
Noticed this message in Chrome today and it made no sense since the PC I’m on is not managed by my organization. Google search found me this recent article, Chrome Saying It’s Managed by Your Organization May Indicate Malware.
Looking around it was clear the only managing being done is disabled password saving in Chrome. That’s something I always turn on anyway since I’ve been using LastPass Premium for many years now. In fact it seems like a nice registry setting so that I, or a Chrome update, can’t turn password saving back on without an extra step.
In my initial search there was result from the LastPass forum about somebody having problems because they had both Chrome and LastPass trying to handle passwords. That’s when I realized that the registry keys where probably set by LastPass to prevent any conflict when I installed the binary version this morning.
It’s because they are not competent in even the simplest of technical issues, here’s a prime example.
U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner and staff introduce an IoT bill and where do they post the text, a walled garden pay service that requires registration to get a copy. Thankfully the bill will eventually put on the official US government sites including congess.gov where citizens can get a copy without paying¹ a commercial service. When senators and their staff can’t even do the simplests of tasks, posting a document for citizens for free, how can anyone trust they are competent in any tech area. I suppose I should at least give them credit for not being even worse, they could have posted it to Facebook or some other extreme privacy violating money grubbing corporate site.
¹ Forced sign up, even without direct cash payment, is still paying with your private personal data.