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Old 18th Jul 2017, 16:39
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You could always just install a firewall which blocks all the traffic to the MS addresses that the telemetry uses...
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 17:03
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Originally Posted by VP959 View Post
I was reading up a bit on Windows 10 recently, as unless I can get AutoCad to run under Linux (the version I own doesn't at the moment, under Wine) then I'm going to have to look at running Windows 10 at some point in the future.
All of my computers (2 desk-side, 2 laptops) have Linux installed for normal use, one dual boots into Win 8.1 for those programs I need that Wine cannot handle. The Win 8.1 installation is permanently in "airplane mode" and never connects to the internet. Linux can read from and write to the NTFS partition so I down- and up-load in Linux and Windows will see the files when I boot into it.

A secondary benefit is that if that laptop is lost or stolen and turned on it automatically boots into Win 8.1 and there is nothing personal or interesting kept there. The second laptop, which also had 8.1 originally installed, complains that the disk is corrupt if the right keys are not pressed during initial boot.

A friend who also needs Autocad is considering going this route after a lot of swearing at the time W10 takes to do its updates -- which include overwriting a specific USB driver that some RC kit needs (thanks DJI).

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Old 18th Jul 2017, 17:43
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I've blocked all the Microsoft related addresses at the router, but it seems that they add new ones from time to time, so short of checking using something like Wireshark to pick up the new addresses and blocking them, that solution is a bit limited.

I run Linux on most machines, and only have one Windows machine now. One solution might be to just switch that machine over to Linux and run Win 7 in a VM, with no outside connectivity, just to run AutoCad. I've not tried running AutoCad in a VM, but can't see any obvious reason why it shouldn't work. Luckily I have a full version of Win 7 Pro, so can carry on using that in a VM on any future machine.

As an aside, I'm impressed with the way Linux has come on in recent years. I've been running Linux Mint for around three years now, starting with a laptop that is mainly just used for web browsing, and it's impressive. Fast to start up, rock solidly reliable, and doesn't do the dreadful Windows thing of needing you to stop work and reboot every time it decides to do an update. For those who just want to browse the web, use email and do regular stuff, like manage ebooks, music, write the odd letter it works very well. LibreOffice is pretty good, but Calc is not a great spreadsheet programme, IMHO. The good news is that Excel runs just fine under Wine, as do all the other Microsoft Office programmes, so those who prefer to use them can do so, very easily.
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 23:43
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I confess I haven't used Windows at all for three years now, since I bought my Macbook. The Mac is far from perfect - their software quality is pretty dubious and it reboots every couple of weeks - but compared to everything I hear about W10 it is a good tradeoff. I've yet to find anything I care about that runs on W but not on Mac (there was some software I had for a dashcam that wouldn't, so I bought a new dashcam). The Jepp updater was a holdout that required a physical W machine (didn't work on a VM under Linux) but it works on the Mac.

I went through a Linux-for-everything phase (with Ubuntu), but it really isn't ready for prime time (and seems to get worse as time goes on). LibreOffice is OK for occasional personal use, but hopeless for business use. For example no PPT file ever shows correctly on it. Linux is still for geeks - the hoops you have to jump through for every version migration for example.

I use Linux extensively for work - our product runs on it and we do all our development work on it. It is excellent for that. But not for "personal computing".
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Old 18th Jul 2017, 23:59
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Originally Posted by atakacs View Post
But I don't see the truly efficient encryption legal for much longer.
Without secure encryption, the Internet is dead.

This whole 'give us the keys!' thing is just another example of why big government has no place in the modern world. Retarded politicians are trying to tell IQ 160+ programmers and mathematicians what they can do with tech they develop in their bedroom.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 00:15
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I don't see why a government needs to intervene. For many years, there have been parental control add ons, and there have been "safe haven" ISPs that concerned parents can subscribe to, to keep Billy or Becky from watching inappropriate material.

Maybe any government interested in making a difference should support parents, instead of cooking up a perfectly worthless scheme.

And no, I'm not just poking at the Brits or the UK. I'm poking at everyone.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 00:35
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What has been developing in an ad-hoc way, but may become policy based, is a multi-tiered offering or approach to encryption. It will likely be a 3 or possibly 4 layered system, providing a sort of ersatz encapsulation methodology. The outer ring will be for retail, or PtP networking, useful for the great unwashed in the form of some kind of PGP, or other easily deployable, and routinely not hard to crack mechanism. Then an inner layer of the onion will perform more complex, and more secure methods, of double keying(pub and private), and some phase shifting kind of stuff, which is used in business and industry. Both of these will be hackable, or will be back-doored by the govt so that no truly encrypted media will remain off limits to a federal attack.

Then the next layer would likely be a much more secure method, and approach with virtual or 'ghost' time-dependent and latency dependent encryption. This kind of encryption is already under development where the data at rest is never actually at rest. It is always under manipulation from the encryption engine so that an entire file, or media structure is constantly in flux. Data in flight is a much harder nut to crank, but that would also be highly secured using ever changing algorithms and a bizarre function called a 'meta-random' traffic generator. This level of encryption would be off-limits to any non-FIPS user, and penalty for use might be pretty high. Used by the fedguv, and many or most fed contractors; defense, econ, financial, etc. Then there might even be a deeper method which is only for the fedguv, and all the layers(think onion) above it would be accessible from the layer below, but not vice-versa.

There is one large(maybe more?) contractor right now(you would know the name) which has several labs that have absolutely no electronic data traffic out. They allow some limited data/media traffic inbound, but the lab is in a faraday cage, and the only systems in there are not connected to any wired, wireless, or other media converged method. Everything and anything that leaves the room is in the form of paper, and comes out of a [email protected] printer, or a large scale graphics plotter. In those labs, encryption is actually not only unneeded, but is prohibited. Everything is in cleartext, and they have a special exemption from the electronic record keeping act allowing the records(if any) to be kept only on paper.

Yes, it would be possible to use photographic methods by humans who get access to the output from the lab, but so far - pretty sure they are 100% secure. Nasty place to go as well, no sense of humor(or humour) at all.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 03:27
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Not to deviate too much into political territory, I smell the DUP's influence behind this cobbled together policy. It's a very puritanical party and this might have been one of their demands for proping up the Conservatives. Anyway back to the much more informative tech chat.
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Old 19th Jul 2017, 07:18
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Not to deviate too much into political territory, I smell the DUP's influence behind this cobbled together policy. It's a very puritanical party and this might have been one of their demands for proping up the Conservatives. Anyway back to the much more informative tech chat.
The bill was passed before the election, when the government thought they were going to increase their majority, so I doubt the DUP would have had any say in it.
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