10.19.21

Proof That Windows “11” is a Hoax

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Windows at 5:15 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Windows “11” was supposedly a major new version with a refreshed and sleek design.

Except that, thanks to a bug, we can see that all of the old code from Windows 10’s Exploder Shell is embarrassingly still present.

Some people reported that the Windows 10 taskbar was showing up. Microsoft claims that they fixed the issue, which means it should be hidden with all the rest of the crap you aren’t supposed to see, as of Preview Build 22000.282.

Also landed is a “partial fix” for Windows “11” completely screwing up task scheduling worse than it ever was on Windows 10, on AMD Ryzen platforms.

Microsoft claims that it fixed the cache latency problems, but that the operating system is still prone to scheduling tasks to happen on a core that’s too slow to run them well.

Windows Vista had similar task scheduling problems with AMD’s Phenom series, where it would sometimes schedule a task to run on a core that running at the lowest clock speed.

Windows is a disaster, and the fact that they’re advising people to revert to Windows 10 until the “end of November” if they’re affected by things like this, or a File Explorer bug that makes that unusable due to being slow, or any number of other things that will be “fixed any time now” (except it’s Windows, so it’ll always be rotten trash) really says it all.

Remember Vista? “The Wow starts Now!”.

Well, not now. End of November, latest. 😉 I’m sure Windows “11” will work great at the end of November.

After all, Microsoft had six years with Windows 10 to screw around and break people’s computers with crap updates every single month, and we all know that worked so well at the end because now it’s “11” and we’ve got all this stuff playing out.

But Windows is losing market share rapidly as people give up on it and move to all sorts of other things.

They try to downplay the disaster that’s unfolding on them when they now have close to zero presence in high performance computing, dwindling Web server share, and the consumers are fleeing to anything that doesn’t crash and burn all the time, including Chromebooks, Macs, tablets, GNU/Linux distributions, and phones.

It certainly didn’t help them at all that they had that idiot Monkey Man, Steve Ballmer, at the helm, completely dismissing new markets that Microsoft entered too late and then died in.

The company has had no vision an no coherent strategy in software for years except that they want to pack it full of spyware, ads, and Hollywood DRM while it crashes on you and can’t even figure out which AMD core to schedule a program on, and now they’re basically a big patent troll that’s ruining Samsung and making Samsung phones unbearable shit.

No sane person would use or stick around for more of this. The only people defending Microsoft need it so they can draw a paycheck as a shill or fixing it when it breaks down due to some oddball knowledge of when it fails like this do that, when the customer has a virus, boot it from a (Linux) live USB with an antivirus program and remove it that way, etc.

Bonus: Then they released videos like this back in the day. Although it turned out that Uncle Bill really was slinking away from his desk after about an hour each day, it was to go cheat on his wife and to fly on Jeff Epstein’s plane even though Uncle Bill had like nine planes that he had maintained meticulously, and bags with blood of his type onboard, like some kind of Mexican drug cartel boss.

Good times!

10.16.21

In Picture: After Billions Spent on Marketing, With Vista 11 Hype and Vapourware, No Real Gains for Windows

Posted in Deception, Marketing, Microsoft, Windows at 5:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The hype started this past summer

Windows share
Windows market share as a function of time from 2009 until October 16th (today). Raw data [ODS] available.

Summary: The very latest figures from Web usage show that it’s hardly even a blip on the radar; Windows continues bleeding to death, not only in servers

10.12.21

Citation/Atlas ‘Security’ Exam is a Total Farce, But It’s Still Good for Entertainment Purposes

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 7:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: What are people being taught about so-called ‘security’? Might that explain so many security breaches? (Poor training, wrong assumptions)

OVER the years I saw criticisms of school or classroom indoctrination about copyrights. They’re basically teaching/pushing a bunch of lies to young children in an effort to “educate” them about “copyright law” (sounds reasonable on the surface… until one actually checks what these pupils are being told).

“It’s supposed to sound sophisticated, but the net gain for security is laughable.”For ISO compliance purposes, sometimes I’m required to take and pass some online “training” courses. Some of these are ridiculously bad, so I end up taking screenshots.

This post is about fake security mindset — a concept explained here several times earlier this year. It’s supposed to sound sophisticated, but the net gain for security is laughable. Complexity does not beget security (usually the opposite is true; simplicity is auditable). Basically, it boils down to what’s sometimes known as "security theatre", owing to a ‘fake security’ cargo cult of “phones” or “apps” and “clown computing” (i.e. giving all your access credentials to some other company, along with highly sensitive data).

During my latest “training” I stumbled upon about 40 examples of amusing errors and silliness (it’s all over the place, sometimes with repetition for extra effect or ‘good’ measure), but to keep things more concise and digestable I took screenshots and annotated them a little, just as I did last year with edX [1, 2], in effect shilling for the Linux Foundation in the guise of “training”. Where does one draw the line between courses and marketing, revisionism, and even outright lies?

“Basically, it boils down to what’s sometimes known as “security theatre”, owing to a ‘fake security’ cargo cult of “phones” or “apps” and “clown computing” (i.e. giving all your access credentials to some other company, along with highly sensitive data).”Below I present just a small sample. Almost at random I narrowed it down to just a dozen rather unique examples (there are many more similar instances of these). Surely, a more exhaustive list would take a lot of time to prepare while the clock is running. At the end, one is required to lie or say what they expect you to say in order to pass the test (which I did). To be fair, the questions aren’t as terrible as the supposed ‘training’, as they don’t mention brand names there or promote outrageous fallacies.

Without further ado, let’s begin.

Does that mean what they think it means? Yes! They can! Like, every person? If you already labeled them that, what does that mean? 'Good' ones?

It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s happening here and why it’s shallow. Infantile questions like, ARE CRIMINALS A THREAT? It’s like a colouring book quiz with heroes and villains. They present actual adults with such questions. We’ll come back to it later when it comes to “exam time”.

They don't need to target you, they can target the software you use, e.g. Microsoft Windows

Notice how, just like Microsoft, they’re looking to blame computer users or “criminals” (or some nations like China or Russia). Anything to divert liability away from rogue software companies that write shoddy code, hide the defects, and code back doors for the NSA et al.

Let’s move on.

Apple or Microsoft

Wait, I’m confused.

You mean Microsoft

As if it’s the user’s fault that Microsoft cannot secure its own systems…

Surveillance devices with back doors are some of the least secure ways to maintain access to things

Yes, let’s all use ‘phones’ to manage critical servers… with “apps”.

Back doors of vendors and governments not even mentioned

Missing part?

With back-doored encryption of the aforementioned brands?

No mention of “weakened” (i.e. fake) encryption.

Microsoft promotion (niche player)

Why are they ignoring bigger players like Facebook and Twitter? Brand promoting? Wait, there’s more right after that…

What if I don't use (back-doored) Windows?

It’s 2021 and they still think everyone uses Windows. Guess what… Windows market share is less than a third.

But should I use Windows at all?

Windows again.

OK, questions time. First in the test:

The simplistic children's villain narrative

So let me guess… “criminals” are the threat. Who would have guessed?

Did I learn something from this course? Absolutely nothing. But I got some giggles. Many millions of people are constantly subjected to this kind of propaganda, which sometimes seems more like marketing than actual education.

Firefox 93 Disables Triple DES and Doesn’t Mention NSA Backdoors. Windows 11 Continues Degrading VPNs With It If They Use the Native APIs.

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Windows at 6:23 am by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Summary: Firefox 93 has finally disabled the NSA-backdoored and weak Triple DES encryption when you connect to “secure” websites.

In their blog post, Mozilla imply that all that’s wrong with it is that it’s obsolete and seen better days, however, the US National Security Agency was involved and weakened the entire scheme to the point where they could easily break it, but thought that nobody else could for a while.

Flash forward to today, and Triple DES can be easily attacked using many known weaknesses and, if you know the terrible security track record of the OpenSSL project, they dropped it by default (and you’d have to turn it back on) in 2016.

What’s amusing, is that Microsoft and their pet lap dogs over at the Linux (Destroying) Foundation, which has little to do with Linux anymore and more to do with producing mountains of whitepapers using indecipherable buzzwords, technobabble, and treknobabble that would probably make Laura Callahan blush, got together with other companies and poured money into OpenSSL. Lots of money.

And the result of this money is…….. that we’re still stuck with a bloated train wreck that has a lot of obsolete code and security issues.

Some GNU/Linux distros tried switching to LibreSSL, but that turned out to be an even bigger disaster in some ways because the OpenBSD people consider the Apache 2 license to be “non-Free” because it doesn’t allow patent trolls to give you a program and then sue you for using it, and since OpenSSL is now under that license, it means they can’t just pull code from it, and pretty much all hope of remaining API/ABI compatible or something close to it went out the window.

“Still, just one of the many lingering security problems regarding Triple DES is that the Windows 10 and now, “11” operating systems continue to use it despite it being known for years to be bugdoored by NSA and vulnerable to known attacks and providing weak security, if you use the built-in implementation of IKEv2 to connect to a virtual private network.”And although OpenSSL is a crucial component of every Windows OS out there, anything that goes wrong with it is a “Linux bug” in the media. That’s not an accident. It’s a deliberate red herring.

Still, just one of the many lingering security problems regarding Triple DES is that the Windows 10 and now, “11” operating systems continue to use it despite it being known for years to be bugdoored by NSA and vulnerable to known attacks and providing weak security, if you use the built-in implementation of IKEv2 to connect to a virtual private network. This is one reason why no decent VPN company will touch Windows’ included VPN services and usually bundle OpenVPN or, now, Wireguard.

Microsoft is still out there pretending to give a shit about security, when this is happening. Windows “11” has been a complete disaster of performance-killing bugs, especially for gamers and people who use the AMD Ryzen CPU platform, and that’s assuming folks can even get it to install in the first place.

Internally, Windows rots away and continues its ride into the sunset as a legacy platform, which oddly can now be used by only 15-20% of all PCs out there. Meaning, there’s never been a better time to get away from it.

Yes, that’s right, while the overwhelming majority of PCs out there can install GNU/Linux distributions, Microsoft has deliberately made most of them “incompatible” with a blacklist, or slowed them down with “bugs” so that users go “Welp, time to buy new stuff again!”.

“Microsoft usually sabotages their older products so that people holding out on them or trying to use them on newer computers to forestall having to deal with the latest bloat, bugs, backdoors, and other bullshit give up and throw in the towel.”There’s about to be a fire sale of cheap used computers that will run GNU/Linux fine. Many people fall for this old chestnut every few years and never learn.

Microsoft usually sabotages their older products so that people holding out on them or trying to use them on newer computers to forestall having to deal with the latest bloat, bugs, backdoors, and other bullshit give up and throw in the towel.

They talk about “new silicon” (CPUs) “being designed” for their latest OS, but people were installing Windows 7 on Skylake stuff that came with Windows 10, and the only thing that got in the way was Microsoft disabling Windows Update at a certain point if you did.

This goes way back, I’m told, to at least Windows 95.

Hey, Nathan Lineback would probably know. He was doing just about anything to keep Windows 95 trucking along, including figuring out how to use USB thumb drives on it and getting Seamonkey 2.0 to work. Which is oddly dedicated to a Microsoft OS from decades past (for a guy who otherwise seems to hate everything they’ve done), but oh well.

They are easily one of the most dishonest and disreputable companies on the planet. Why, oh why, do people insist on using this?

10.05.21

Microsoft Edge on “Linux” Puff Pieces and WSL2 Fake “Linux”

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Windows at 7:54 am by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

I’m almost hesitant to even mention that this exists, because it’s a nasty thing that even Windows users wish they could uninstall.

But I’ve noticed a lot of (paid-for) chatter about Microsoft Edge on “Linux”.

Microsoft has been on a tear recently, paying off formerly respectable people and sites that I used to read to trumpet their “Linux” products, which are designed because they are good for Microsoft if you use them, not for you.

I have to say that Edge confuses me, however, because it’s missing the only feature in Windows that makes it worth opening. Soon, the Windows version will be the only way to force Internet Explorer’s engine to open in something and display corporate intranet hellscapes.

Other than that, I do have to struggle at who would want it.

“Microsoft has been on a tear recently, paying off formerly respectable people and sites that I used to read to trumpet their “Linux” products, which are designed because they are good for Microsoft if you use them, not for you.”Much less dare install a DEB or RPM from the company that, when they packaged R, deleted /bin/sh and turned it into a symlink to bash on Debian (which not only isn’t what the operating system is expecting, as dash is the non-interactive shell for scripting in Debian, and Ubuntu, but will probably be replaced later by the OS again anyway!), and then began deleting files without checking the path of what it was deleting. Instead of figuring out what to do, they just stomp things that get in their way and perhaps corrupt the OS. I’d say it was definitely malicious, but it’s how they treat Windows itself.

At the time they did this, a few years ago, I hadn’t had any direct experience with Debian other than the time I installed 6.0 “Stretch” and didn’t like it much (now I’m using 11 Bullseye and think it’s good.), but I was familiar enough with Debian and Ubuntu style packaging to know what Microsoft was doing was not okay, by glancing at the scripts.

Microsoft is incompetent and evil alright, and I don’t know who would trust them enough to give them repository-level access to their computer so they can push random things like this out at you, along with anything else they feel like.

“Microsoft is incompetent and evil alright, and I don’t know who would trust them enough to give them repository-level access to their computer so they can push random things like this out at you, along with anything else they feel like.”In a way, I almost do feel sorry for SJVN because I can only imagine what he’s going through as ZDNet collapses and he’s trying to get those last paychecks in, like many Microsoft shills are now that the company is on its way out but spamming the Web to try to distract, even as they drag his name through the mud hawking broken Microsoft products like WSL2.

Not quite as far gone as ZDNet, OMG Ubuntu! is turning into OMG! MSFT!.

Perhaps germane to the situation we find ourselves in today, consider what happened last time Microsoft “supported” UNIX with a web browser.

I was reading some statements from Steve Ballmer at the time Microsoft was doing Internet Explorer for UNIX.

“Now the kids are all using Chromebooks and Android phones, and they’re both Linux-based.”He was speaking (in the late 1990s) about UNIX as if it was this dead thing that they had already slain and that Windows was the future, but they needed IE on every platform to kill Netscape with.

Now the kids are all using Chromebooks and Android phones, and they’re both Linux-based.

With Chromebooks you can install a complete Debian system in a lightweight container and cut your teeth on that in a consequence-free environment. If something horrible happens in the container, even if it’s your fault, you can wipe the container and start over and it does not matter aside from you have to lose the container. The OS itself is not corrupt.

Lenovo explains that you can do that, or install a GNU/Linux distribution that takes over the entire computer. The upside of this? If you’re doing it on a high end model, I suppose that you can get yourself a real computer, forget Chrome OS entirely, and end up using Coreboot firmware and bypassing the Intel/Microsoft cesspit for the PC, uEFI. While, at the same time, you still have a PC. (It would run x86 software because it has an x86 CPU).

“The IE for UNIX port actually was kind of interesting, in how terrible it was.”I haven’t tried it. Maybe I will someday. I’d like to blow this Popsicle stand entirely. Not just get rid of Windows. This does not fill me with confidence.

The IE for UNIX port actually was kind of interesting, in how terrible it was.

I’m glad that guy on YouTube did that video.

He even loaded Outlook Express, which came for it. Both Internet Exploder and Lookout! Distress! behaved an awful lot like they did on Windows, at the time, apparently.

(I wonder if the UNIX port of Outlook Express also corrupted its mailbox constantly, like the Windows version….)

I thought it would just be like every other UNIX program where they built it for the version of Solaris or HP-UX that they wanted it to run on, statically linked a bunch of libraries, and it ran for a good long time.

In fact, that can be how GNU/Linux ELF binaries with static linking work today.

“I thought it would just be like every other UNIX program where they built it for the version of Solaris or HP-UX that they wanted it to run on, statically linked a bunch of libraries, and it ran for a good long time.”However, IE for UNIX statically linked UNIX ports of Windows operating system bits, and if you patched Solaris a little bit here and there, IE wouldn’t run, and worse, might even cause Solaris itself to crash, as it eventually does in the video.

(In another attempt, it merely aborted, telling him that he had “too many operating system patches” and it wasn’t going to try to run. It has to be just the right amount of patched and not patched. Not patched too much, or too little, you know. Just the exact amount of patched Microsoft was using when they built it. How robust!)

To put that in perspective, Solaris was one of the most reliable operating systems of the time, and Microsoft managed to crash something that could run for months or years without trouble…..with IE.

How is that relevant now? They have a “Linux” web browser. I’m sure it’s absolutely great. 😉

Joey at OMG! MSFT! says so. 😉

We have literally dozens of web browsers for GNU/Linux that are either Free and Open Source, or at least won’t trash the entire OS and open a backdoor for Microsoft, who does disreputable partnerships with the NSA to put backdoors into everything they’ve built since at least Windows 98, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

They helped Donald Trump build the cages, and now they want on your computer after you already got rid of their stinking spyware operating system? Hard pass.

Which brings me to WSL2, Microsoft’s fake Linux product.

Whether it works very well or not (and the performance is much lower than bare metal GNU/Linux, but that’s outside the scope), running production workloads in WSL2 is a bad idea because you’re just exposing yourself to the well known instability and ransomware and other problems inherent to the bad design of the Windows system itself. Why do it?

Plus, if you use Windows the way Lenovo set it up, you’ll probably lose more data to Microsoft’s backdoored Bitlocker “encryption” going haywire all the time than you will to anything else. Why wait for ransomware?

But with Microsoft’s “Spam Spam Spam Spam!” vikings at ZDNet and OMG! MSFT! Joey, and others, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it may work out okay for you if you don’t work your way through the Googlebomb propaganda they’ve set up and remember what kind of crap Microsoft pushes on us.

10.04.21

Windows Vista Service Pack ’11′ Will Have “Virtualization Based Security” Theater That Slows Down Games Almost 30% and Enables Security Vulnerabilities on Intel Tiger Lake CPUs (Probably Others Too)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 2:15 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission from the original

Windows 11 will have “virtualization based security” theater that slows down games almost 30% and enables security vulnerabilities on Intel Tiger Lake CPUs (probably others).

According to PC Gamer, “Microsoft ‘will be enabling VBS on most new PCs over this next year’ and that can tank PC gaming performance by around 25%.”.

“Nothing Microsoft has ever done has slowed them down for long, and I suspect your svchost will still be svchosting malware in short order.”Where VBS is “Virtualization Based Security”. (Not to be confused with Visual Basic Scripting, which was their scripting language, and what the Melissa and I Love You viruses, along with countless others were written in.)

The interesting facts about VBS (the “security” thing, not the virus scripting language) is that it is designed to wall off “critical parts” of the Windows OS so that it’s harder for malware to inject malicious code into them. But I wouldn’t count out those industrious malware authors. Nothing Microsoft has ever done has slowed them down for long, and I suspect your svchost will still be svchosting malware in short order.

What it does do is cripple performance, at least gaming. Could be one reason why my games run so much better in Wine on Debian 11.

I had turned “VBS” on when I had Windows because it’s in Windows 10, and it didn’t mention anything about performance problems.

To get it to even turn on at all required uninstalling a useless incompatible driver meant for Windows 8 that Windows 10 had brought in from the manufacturer of my old WD EasyStore drive.

“So to enable VBS “security”, you have to make your system impossible to secure against a speculative execution attack, and then in exchange for this, you get to slow your video games down 28%. Wow, sign me up!”So it appears that pretty much all an attacker needs to do in order to shut it off is manage to get a driver that’s written for an earlier version of Windows installed somehow, which shouldn’t be difficult, and then at least in Windows 10 it’s gone and you don’t get an alert(?).

Also, buried in the details are that since this thing relies on Microsoft HyperV, it will stop other virtualization software from running correctly.

And if you look in the Event Viewer (sorry, I didn’t take a picture, I should have), you’ll see that Windows lists CVE numbers belonging to Spectre attacks that it isn’t mitigating because they want the “Hypervisor” to perform well and don’t want to get in the way of Intel’s Hyperthreading, which is being used to speed up HyperV, which is running VBS.

So to enable VBS “security”, you have to make your system impossible to secure against a speculative execution attack, and then in exchange for this, you get to slow your video games down 28%. Wow, sign me up!

“While we are not requiring VBS when upgrading to Windows 11,” explains the post, “we believe the security benefits it offers are so important that we wanted the minimum system requirements to ensure that every PC running Windows 11 can meet the same security the DoD relies on. 

Microsoft

It’s amazing what money can buy. Microsoft bought a Pentagon. Former President Trump was about to hand them “JEDI” to put in their Azure Clown, which has caused so many security disasters for other organizations that we don’t have all day for me to list them.

“Microsoft bribes and “lobbying” got the government to ditch them and weaken them so that Windows could get government contracts.”In the 1980s and 1990s, there were these security standards that the US government still used called the Rainbow Books, which pretty much only a UNIX system could provide. Microsoft bribes and “lobbying” got the government to ditch them and weaken them so that Windows could get government contracts.

Then in exchange for bringing Windows in, we got the “smart ship” stuck at port due to a Windows NT crash, worm mess on Windows 2000 and XP (which didn’t even enable the software firewall in the first release and logged everyone in as Administrator or apps broke, and had raw sockets for normal users), Vista LULZ (and their current operating systems are still basically Vista service packs), and everything else that Windows has brought with it but to name a few.

It’s time to bring real standards back to computing.

Microsoft is better at public corruption than they are with security, as you can no doubt see.

09.28.21

[Meme] Windows: Lowest Point Since the Early 1990s (30 Years Ago)

Posted in Microsoft, Windows at 8:07 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

windows-new-low

Summary: With Windows Vista Service Pack ’11′ promised “soon” remember why they’re so desperate to pretend Windows is "exciting" again (to the point of bribing the media just to say it while censoring commenters who disagree)

Vista 11 coming out; It's just Vista 10 with additional restrictions

“Well the initial impression is how much it [Windows 7] looks like Vista. Which I think is…uh…the thing I’m not supposed to say.”

Microsoft Jack (Schofield)

09.17.21

[Meme] Microsoft Loves Linux Bug/Back Doors

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 9:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yesterday: Microsoft Azure and Back/Bug Doors in GNU/Linux: Fool Me Once (Shame on You) / Fool Me Twice (Shame on Me) | Trusting Microsoft With Security is a Clown Show

Dirty Things: I put my GNU/Linux VM in Azure; Wait until she finds out his 'desktop' is WSL...

In the news (when they say “Linux” they actually mean Windows):

New malware uses Windows Subsystem for Linux for stealthy attacks

Theory confirmed: Lumen Black Lotus Labs discovers Linux executable files have been deployed as stealth Windows loaders

Theory confirmed: Lumen Black Lotus Labs discovers Linux executable files have been deployed as stealth Windows loaders

Summary: Microsoft is just cementing its status as little but an NSA stooge

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