Geekly Update - 30 June 2021

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How badly botched is Microsoft’s rollout of the new Windows 11 operating system? Will dancing robots be replacing a popular Korean pop group? Can hackers wipe your hard drive clean via the Internet? And is Santa getting Internet service at the North Pole this year? Get answers in today's Geekly Update... it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Microsoft has botched a few product announcements, but the Windows 11 rollout, which is still rolling along a rather bumpy road, seems to be the worst. Is Win 11 a truly new operating system, or a coat of spray paint and glitter on Windows 10? There’s conflicting information (which changes daily) about which computers will be compatible. Latest estimates are that only 38% of the 1.5 billion PCs currently running Windows will be able to upgrade. See my article What’s New in Windows 11, and Will Windows 11 Run on Your Computer?

Malicious hackers exploited flaws in the Western Digital “My Book Live” data storage devices to remotely wipe all data stored on them. Security experts advise that if you have a My Book device, you should disconnect it from the internet ASAP.

A flying car has completed a test flight between airports. The AirCar took off from the runway of the airport at Nitra (Slovakia), landed in Bratislava, whereupon Prof Stefan Klein drove it off the runway and into town. The AirCar has a range of about 600 miles and can fly at 105 mph.

If you thought the moon was made of green cheese, that might just be the smell of lunar methane. One company is working on a rocket that can mine water from the moon. Convective heat from the rocket engine will extract water, oxygen and methane from below the lunar surface.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the Starlink satellite internet service will be available worldwide in August, except at the North and South Poles. The company expects to attract 500,000 customers within a year. The service costs $99 a month, and requires satellite dish equipment that costs $499.

Will we see a huge drop in robocalls starting July 1st? The FCC set a June 30 deadline for implementing Stir/Shaken, the call verification system that's designed to keep phone scammers from hiding their numbers.

The Mayo Clinic has announced Galleri, a new multi-cancer early cancer detection test that requires just a simple blood draw. Cancer screening tests used currently screen for just one cancer at a time, and can detect only five cancers. Galleri can detect about 50 cancer types with one blood sample, and can even identify where in the body the cancer is located.

An article in Nature Astronomy puts the kibosh on the possibility of life on Venus. But don’t give up the hope of spending your summer vacation elsewhere in our solar system. The paper says “conditions are biologically permissive” for life in Jupiter’s clouds.

Perspicacious AskBob readers will remember that car maker Hyundai Motors was in talks to purchase robot maker Boston Dynamics. The deal is done, and Hyundai has put up two celebratory videos which shows robo-dog Spot and the Atlas robots dancing along with Korean pop group BTS.

Microsoft digitally signed Netfilter, a third-party driver for Windows. A driver that's "signed" is supposed to indicate that it's safe to use, and vetted by a trustworthy entity. But somehow this one, which contained malicious rootkit malware that connects to command and control servers in China, was able to slip through Microsoft's Windows Hardware Compatibility Program.

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Most recent comments on "Geekly Update - 30 June 2021"

Posted by:

30 Jun 2021

Until they clear up the TPM requirement I doubt the switch for many will not happen since I don't think most non-business users will have TPM installed.

Posted by:

30 Jun 2021

Louie nailed it with his TPM comment. Also, see Bob’s article from day or two ago regarding Win 11.

Posted by:

30 Jun 2021

I read the highlighted article on the new machine requirements for Windows 11.All I can say is I am glad I am not using Microsoft software anymore.

I have been running Linux mint and Ubuntu since 2008 and have been happy with their performance.For most of the applications I use,I have done well with Linux.

If it is true what they are saying about the move to Windows 11,I bet when users try to upgrade to Windows 11,they will have problems and will just keep using Windows 10. As long as it works,you will end up with machines running an obsolete OS,much like what is going on with Windows XP.Disaster awaits!!

Posted by:

John Turner
30 Jun 2021

Well if my current PC/laptop will not support the new OS, then I will not be buying a new computer/laptop anytime soon, this will kill new sales. I think I will wait until support for Windows 10 stops in 2025.

Posted by:

30 Jun 2021

Here comes all the naysayers promoting Linux

Posted by:

30 Jun 2021

Seems to me that the requirement for Secure Boot, UEFI and TPM 2.0 is more relevant for business users with their need to connect to domains and run business-critical applications.

Maybe MS will see sense and implement a lower hardware requirement for machines that will run Windows 11 Home, leaving the more demanding spec for Windows 11 Pro.

After all, how many users migrate from the Home edition to Pro?

Posted by:

Robert Quance
30 Jun 2021

I suspect that Microsoft will see many hacked Windows 11 installs since most people do not have TPM and if they do they do not have a way or a clue how to turn it on. Personally, I have a high-end gaming computer that does not have TPM and I have no plan on getting TPM just so I can run a Windows version that looks a lot like Apple's desktop display.

Posted by:

John S
30 Jun 2021

I have seen a number of articles about Microsoft signing a driver containing a rootkit. What I have NOT seen is a single mention of dealing with it.I have searched my machines for that file without finding it, but is that enough?

The articles claim it isn't known to have affected enterprise accounts, and was only aimed at gaming computers, as if that didn't affect millions of users.

Posted by:

Wild Bill
01 Jul 2021

Regarding Win11, I suspect that Microsoft's goal is at least two-pronged. One aspect is bringing security control in-house for enhanced security. Another aspect would be to simplify their compatibility issues by dropping the need to account for multiple older hardware and driver scenarios. Nice for them, harsh for a lot of folks not running brand new systems.

Posted by:

Robert T Deloyd
01 Jul 2021

Yes Marc, and I am going to become one of them Linux users and get myself away from all this crap OS these companies are pushing on us!
I just need an OS that works and not all the bells and whistles... I need to get work done. If I need a program to run something I'll download it.

Posted by:

01 Jul 2021

Yes, Marc, I'm one of those naysayers.
Like Mr Deloyd, I am using Linux (Mint) for most of my day-to-day computer use. I have a variety of machines, from an old laptop that came with XP through a laptop with Win 10 to which I have yet to add Linux - if I can only get into the UEFI. Why should I be beholden to Microsoft's ideas of what hardware I should use? I moved away from Apple hardware years ago because of their controlling attitude towards software and hardware. I didn't ask for Microsoft's operating system, but it's almost impossible to buy a new computer without that or MacOS, and I'm certainly not buying any new hardware to 'comply' with Microsoft's ideas of 'security'. If they were serious about security they'd have rewritten Windows years ago to make it secure, but maybe that's too much like hard work. I have to keep at least one machine using Windows because there are certain applications for my hobby that will only run under Windows, but for everything else, I use Linux. Happily.

Posted by:

01 Jul 2021

The Robocalls haven't slowed down any for me.

(Responding within the Vivaldi browser running on Q4OS/Linux.)

Posted by:

02 Jul 2021

If anything the robocalls increased today at my house.

Posted by:

04 Jul 2021

I'm a T-Mobile customer, and they have been stopping 99.9 percent of spam calls for well over a year. Have no idea how they accomplish it's, but it's a near-perfect system. T-mobile forces all questionable callers directly to voicemail and then marks the spam calls as spam. My phone doesn't even ring when this happens. They also provide a (free) transcription of all spam calls. They also block 100% of my spam texts and put them in a folder where I can review them if I wish. I don't want to make this sound like a T-Mobile advertisement, but they are 5-Star+++!! I've been a T-Mobile customer in the US for 10 years and before that was a T-Mobile customer for nearly as long in the UK. I've never had even a single problem with either the company or their services.

Posted by:

07 Jul 2021

" Hey Marc, may I quote you (re: "Here comes all the naysayers promoting Linux")?

Posted by:

07 Jul 2021

Hi Bob...whats the deal with YouTube covering the videos? about 1/4 of the video is covered with non applicable material..and it does partially block the video I want to watch..
are they wanting paid subscribers???
thanks as always..i must have gotten your emails and bought your "sold" packages of information from you for at least 12 years..enjoyed it all!!
thanks for your response!!!

Ken McInnes

Posted by:

12 Jul 2021

I have a gaming computer that I bought over a year ago. It has Windows 10 on it. I feel like it would be hooking up something connecting to a thousand places on the Net for no good reason. I began using a Mac about 6 months before buying the "nice" gaming desktop. My Mac just works. I install Sophos antivirus on the Mac one or two times per year and run a full scan offline and it finds no issues. I run Malwarebytes anti-adware for Mac a couple times per year and it finds a couple supposedly suspicious cookies. If I feel like allowing all updates on the Mac, I do. If not, I don't. I have Libre Office for documents instead of "Office". I turn on my computer and in 30 seconds or faster am communicating with a place in a different country for work stuff. I understand the benefits and liabilities of each computer and operating system. Unlike the predictive writer earlier, I look forward to the Linux advocates. I've used Linux (actually, I'm willing to bet any amount all of us has including the Android phone, many digital TV boxes and TVs, inside many devices and websites, power grids and stations, satellites, all Apple devices either Linux or Unix based) on my personal computers before and generally have a live distro on USB someplace. However, it's just unique enough that I tend to go back to the premade cookie cutter OSs such as Mac OS or a version of Windows. I get inspiration and work with it again at times when I read about Microsoft issues or the excitement of others using an incredible and often community based Linux OS on a personal or server computer. Thank you to all who do this!

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