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 on: Today at 04:01:19 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Some people may be surprised that we are already talking about 6G. However, it takes about 10 years to develop a new generation communication network thus the earlier R&D starts, the better. Technically, 5G is still in its infancy and many regions of the world do not have this network. However, nobody wants to be left behind in 6G development. Recently, the Japanese government has stated its readiness to fund 6G research and development in the country. China is clearly ahead in the development of 5G. However, with the US and other regions working hard, it will be a tight race for 5G successor.

For the 6G network, the race to the finish line is already on. At a recent conference by the Chinese Council Information Office, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology talked about 6G. According to him, China is not anxious regarding 6G. His statement reads

“For China, it is necessary to be down-to-earth. The application of 5G is just starting and much work remains to be done. 5G work must be done well, but we must start work on its successor. However, whether it is 5G or 6G, this work is global. At present, our research progress is similar to 5G. We are still in the exploration stage…”.

China has an organization for network standards – Including 6G

He added “We have now expanded (IMT-2020) to IMT-2030. This organization is mainly based on the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology. It organizes all aspects of the world to work together on next-generation standards research. It has three standards in the 3G era, two global standards in the 4G era, global unified standards in the 5G era. The benefits of global unified standards are self-evident. We must cherish hard-won achievements. In the 6G era, no matter what, we must also work to promote global standards. In the process, we must adhere to open cooperation. We will never close our doors to study China’s standards ourselves”.


 on: Today at 03:10:50 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Over the New Year, Microsoft exposed nearly 250 million Customer Service and Support (CSS) records on the web. The records contained logs of conversations between Microsoft support agents and customers from all over the world, spanning a 14-year period from 2005 to December 2019. All of the data was left accessible to anyone with a web browser, with no password or other authentication needed.

The Comparitech security research team led by Bob Diachenko uncovered five Elasticsearch servers, each of which contained an apparently identical set of the 250 million records. Diachenko immediately notified Microsoft upon discovering the exposed data, and Microsoft took swift action to secure it.

Timeline of the exposure

In total, the data was exposed for about two days before we alerted Microsoft and the records were secured.

   ■  December 28, 2019 – The databases were indexed by search engine BinaryEdge

   ■ December 29, 2019 – Diachenko discovered the databases and immediately notified Microsoft.

   ■ December 30-31, 2019 – Microsoft secured the servers and data. Diachenko and Microsoft continued the
      investigation and remediation process.

   ■ Jan 21, 2020 – Microsoft disclosed additional details about the exposure as a result of the investigation.

“I immediately reported this to Microsoft and within 24 hours all servers were secured,” Diachenko said. “I applaud the MS support team for responsiveness and quick turnaround on this despite New Year’s Eve.”

We do not know if any other unauthorized parties accessed the database during that time.

What data was exposed?

Diachenko explains that most of the personally identifiable information—email aliases, contact numbers, and payment information—were redacted. However, many records contained plain text data, including but not limited to:

   ■ Customer email addresses

   ■ IP addresses

   ■ Locations

   ■ Descriptions of CSS claims and cases

   ■ Microsoft support agent emails

   ■ Case numbers, resolutions, and remarks

   ■ Internal notes marked as “confidential”

Dangers of exposed data to Microsoft customers

Even though most personally identifiable information was redacted from the records, the dangers of this exposure should not be underestimated. The data could be valuable to tech support scammers, in particular.

Tech support scams entail a scammer contacting users and pretending to be a Microsoft support representative. These types of scams are quite prevalent, and even when scammers don’t have any personal information about their targets, they often impersonate Microsoft staff. Microsoft Windows is, after all, the most popular operating system in the world.

With detailed logs and case information in hand, scammers stand a better chance of succeeding against their targets. If scammers obtained the data before it was secured, they could exploit it by impersonating a real Microsoft employee and referring to a real case number. From there, they could phish for sensitive information or hijack user devices.

Microsoft customers and Windows users should be on the lookout for such scams via phone and email. Remember that Microsoft never proactively reaches out to users to solve their tech problems—users must approach Microsoft for help first. Microsoft employees will not ask for your password or request that you install remote desktop applications like TeamViewer. These are common tactics among tech scammers.

Past Microsoft breaches and exposures

This isn’t Microsoft’s first data security incident.

In 2013, hackers broke into the company’s secret database for tracking bugs in its software. That breach didn’t include any user information and was never officially disclosed to the public, but Reuters confirmed the incident with five former employees.

Between January and March 2019, hackers compromised the account of a Microsoft support agent. The company said there was a possibility that the hacker accessed the contents of some Outlook users’ accounts.

How and why we discovered this exposure

Comparitech collaborates with security researcher Bob Diachenko to find exposed databases on the web. Diachenko’s extensive cybersecurity experience allows us to quickly and responsibly disclose data breaches and exposures to responsible parties.

Once Diachenko discovers improperly secured data, he immediately takes steps to identify and notify the owner. Once the data has been secured, Comparitech publishes a report like this one.

We investigate the contents of the database to determine what information was exposed and to whom it belongs. Our goal is to mitigate harm to end-users by limiting access to the data and raising awareness among those who might be impacted.


 on: Today at 02:16:48 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
The final update for the Windows 7 operating system has broken some of the desktop wallpaper functionality and caused user's backgrounds to become a blank black screen.

On January 14th, 2020, Windows 7 reached its End of Life, which means there will be no more bug fixes or free security updates past that date.

On the same day, Microsoft released the last free Monthly Rollup, KB4534310, which includes the final quality updates and free security updates for Windows 7 users.

This update, though, came with a new bug that has caused the desktop wallpaper in Windows 7 for some users to not stick and to show a blank black screen instead.

Broken 'Stretched' Wallpaper in Windows 7
According to many reports on Reddit and in the Microsoft Forums, users have found that after installing the Windows 7 KB4534310 and restarting the computer, their desktop wallpaper would no longer be shown.

After experimenting, users were able to determine that the issue is caused by the 'Stretch' setting when configuring the desktop background.

Wallpaper Stretch mode
It appears that this setting is no longer honored after installing the KB4534310 update and any configured wallpapers that use it, will just show a blank black screen.

BleepingComputer was able to reproduce this bug and when using any other picture position, the wallpaper properly shows. Once you configure it to use 'Stretch' and reboot, the wallpaper will be black.

In our tests, the WallpaperStyle Registry value is properly set to '2' to represent the 'Stretch' option and the 'Wallpaper' value points to the right image.

BleepingComputer has reached out to Microsoft and asked if they would resolve this bug even though Windows 7 has reached EoL, but we have not heard back as of yet.

How to fix the black Windows 7 wallpaper

If you are affected by this wallpaper bug, you currently have two options:

• Uninstall the KB4534310 security update, which we strongly do not recommend as it contains important security updates; or

• Take a screenshot of the 'Stretch' mode before a reboot and then use that screenshot as your wallpaper.

To use option 2, please perform the following steps:

1. When the wallpaper is showing a blank black screen, go into the Wallpaper settings and set the Picture position to Fill and then back to Stretch. This will cause the Stretch mode to stick and your wallpaper to look normal until you reboot.

2. Click on the Save Changes button.

3. Close all windows and right-click on the desktop and select View and uncheck Show Desktop icons and Show Desktop Gadgets.

4. Take a screenshot of your desktop and save it to a folder.

5. Go back into the Wallpaper settings and select this saved screenshot as your wallpaper.  For the position setting, select Center and then click on Save Changes.

Your desktop wallpaper will be back and look like it would as if you had selected the 'Stretch' setting.

The only issue with this method is that if you change your screen resolution, the image will not fit the entire screen and you will need to perform these steps again.


 on: January 21, 2020, 06:45:25 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
A micropatch implementing Microsoft's workaround for the actively exploited zero-day remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability impacting Internet Explorer is now available via the 0patch platform until an official fix will be released.

Microsoft's advisory says that the company is aware of "limited targeted attacks" targeting the flaw tracked as CVE-2020-0674.

The vulnerability, reported by Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group and Ella Yu from Qihoo 360, "could corrupt memory in such a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user" according to Microsoft.

If the user is logged on with administrative permissions on a compromised device, attackers can take full control of the system allowing for program installation and data manipulation, or the possibility to create accounts with full user rights.

While no patch for this security issue has been provided so far, Redmond is working on a fix that could be pushed out as an out-of-band security update before next month's Patch Tuesday, just as it happened when a very similar Internet Explorer RCE zero-day was fixed in September 2019.

Implementing the workaround without the side effects

The critical CVE-2020-0674 flaw is present in jscript.dll and impacts Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11 on multiple versions of Windows including Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows Server.

While Microsoft provided a set of mitigation measures as a workaround for this issue, the company also said that implementing them "might result in reduced functionality for components or features that rely on jscript.dll."

As 0patch found, the mitigation provided by Redmond also comes with several other negative side effects including:

• Windows Media Player is reported to break on playing MP4 files.

• The sfc (Resource Checker), a tool that scans the integrity of all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions, chokes on jscript.dll with altered permissions.

• Printing to "Microsoft Print to PDF" is reported to break.

• Proxy automatic configuration scripts (PAC scripts) may not work.

0patch created and released a micropatch for Internet Explorer 11, the latest version of the web browser, ready to be applied on fully-patched devices running of Windows 7, Windows 10 v1709/v1803/v1809, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2019.

Applying it on these systems will also protect Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users that haven't enrolled in the Extended Security Updates program in the event that Microsoft won't be releasing security fixes for their platform.

"Our micropatch works like a switch that disables or enables the use of vulnerable jscript.dll by Internet Explorer's browser component in various applications (IE, Outlook, Word,...)," 0patch co-founder Mitja Kolsek explained.

"If you're a 0patch user, you already have this micropatch downloaded to all your online computers with 0patch Agent, and - depending on your settings - already automatically applied to all processes using the Internet Explorer 11 engine for rendering content.

This includes Internet Explorer (obviously), Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and a variety of other applications."

Windows Media Player (WMP) is the exception, with 0patch deciding against providing a micropatch for the app as it displays a security warning when a potential attacker would want to use it as an attack vector to display a remote website.

A video of the micropatch in action on a vulnerable device is embedded below.

"Our micropatch is designed to avoid negative side effects of Microsoft's workaround [..]," Kolsek added.

"It can also be easily reverted (un-applied) with a switch of a button without leaving any traces, while the workaround changes the ownership on jscript.dll."

The micropatch can be downloaded and applied after creating a 0patch account, downloading the 0patch Agent, and registering the agent on the device.

More information on what happens if you apply the micropatch and Microsoft's future patch on the same devices, as well as details on how to deploy it on your organization's network, can be found at the end of 0Patch's blog post on the CVE-2020-0674 micropatch.


 on: January 21, 2020, 03:46:57 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt

The first benchmarks of Intel's 10th Generation mobility processors including the flagship Core i9-10980HK have leaked out. The leaks come from various sources with performance benchmarks & the specific laptop configurations for the fastest chip in the mobility segment which will be released to tackle AMD's Ryzen 4000 'Renoir' lineup.

Intel Core i9-10980HK Flagship & Several Other 10th Gen Mobility CPU Benchmarks Leak Out - 8 Cores & 16 Threads With 5 GHz+ Boost

At CES 2020, Intel announced that they will be introducing the new 10th Gen Comet Lake-H series lineup. Featuring several SKUs in the Core i9, Core i7 & Core i5 family, the new processors will be configured with 45W TDPs and would feature even higher clocks than before. Intel teased that we would get to see 5.0 GHz+ clocks on a Core i7 and even higher clocks on a Core i9 chip.

Of course, actual clocks would entirely depend on the cooling and thermal design of the gaming notebooks in which these processors will end up. Intel would also feature their Thermal Velocity Boost technology on the higher-end SKUs, offering even higher boost spikes with unconstrained cooling performance. Intel didn't detail any specific SKUs for the lineup but it looks like they have started showing up in various databases along with their performance metrics.

Intel Core i9-10980HK 8 Core / 16 Thread CPU

The first chip to talk about is the flagship Core i9-10980HK which boasts 8 cores and 16 threads. The Core i9-10980HK comes with a 45W TDP and features a base clock of 3.10 GHz which is much higher than the 2.40 GHz base clock of the Core i9-9980HK. The boost clock for this chip is said to exceed 5.0 GHz but in the benchmark, it is reported at 5.00 GHz which could be the more sustained boost frequency. The chip will feature 16 MB of L3 cache, a UHD 630 graphics chip and will support DDR4 memory.

TUM_APISAK spotted three different benchmarks of the Core i9-10980HK in Geekbench 4 which report an average single-core score of around 5500 points and a multi-core score of around 31,600 points. This exceeds the performance of a desktop-grade AMD Ryzen 5 3600X by 3000 points in the multi-core tests but falls short by around 4000-5000 points when compared to the desktop-grade Ryzen 7 3700X. However, when compared to the Core 7-9700K, the chip is on par with the desktop Core i7 SKU in multi-core but lags behind in single-core. Compared to its predecessor, the Core i9-9980HK, we are looking at a 14% better multi-core and 5% better single-core performance. The tests can be seen below:

According to _ROGAME, the Intel Core i9-10980HK will be configured with the latest NVIDIA mobile GPUs that are part of their GeForce RTX SUPER mobility lineup. A 17" gaming laptop showcased 15 percent better performance than a 9980HK + RTX 2070 notebook configuration. The unreleased laptop also featured 14 Gbps GDDR6 memory for the NVIIDA GPU and a boost clock of 1365 MHz. We will be covering the RTX 20 SUPER mobility lineup details in a seperate post shortly so do stay tuned for that.

In addition to the Core i9-10980HK, we also have performance results for the Core i7-10750H and the Core i5-10300H. The Core i7-10750H is detailed be Expreview, featuring 6 cores and 12 threads with a base clock of 2.60 GHz. In Geekbench 5, this chip scored 1258 points in the single-core and 6065 points in the multi-core benchmark test. Once again, compared to its predecessor, the Core i7-9750H, the Core i7-10750H showcases 7% better single-core and 5% better multi-core test performance improvement. It is also reported that the Core i7-10750H delivers up to 14.7% better performance in the 3DMark benchmark over the Ryzen 7 4800U.

Now, this is not an apple to apple comparison since Ryzen 7 4800U is a 15W-25W chip while the Core i7-10750H is a 45W part so a better comparison would be this versus the Ryzen 7 4800H but we don't have 3DMark Timespy scores for the Ryzen 7 4800H. The only scores we have for that are in 3DMark Firestrike where the chip is on par with the Core i9-9880H. And finally, we have an entry for the Core i5-10300H which has a reported base clock of 2.50 GHz and an all-core boost of 4.30 GHz. There's also the Core i9-10880H processor which would feature a base clock of around 2.80 GHz across its 8 cores and 16 threads.

The more important thing to consider looking at all of these benchmarks is that they are just about in the range of AMD's Ryzen 4000 U series processors which means that the H series Renoir lineup is definitely going to hit Intel hard in the high-end mobility space this time around.


 on: January 21, 2020, 01:04:00 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
The next big update ’20H1′ for Windows 10 has been finalized, as we already know, but Microsoft is planning to test the update for another few months before rolling it out to the general public.

In November 2019, Microsoft said that Windows 10 20H1 will be known as version 2004 when it is released to consumers. Windows 10 version 2004 is much bigger than Windows 10’s November 2019 update and it also comes with several nifty improvements.

In this article, we’ve discussed all the new features and major improvements of Windows 10 20H1.

What’s new in Windows 10 20H1 (version 2004)

With the 20H1 update, Microsoft is addressing the rough areas of the operating system. The update adds a Cloud Reset feature and it also includes a new algorithm to reduce the disk usage of Windows Search service.

It feels like a very smooth update with a collection of useful improvements.

New Cortana experience

Though Microsoft may plan to remove Cortana from Microsoft Launcher and also pull its mobile apps, Windows 10’s next major update doubles down on the digital assistant with a drastically improved conversational experience.

Microsoft’s new Cortana experience will be maintained by a Windows Store app. In other words, Cortana is no longer tied to Windows 10 releases and it can be finally updated from the app store.

Cortana’s new design lets you interact with the digital assistant with both texts and voice. It comes with new speech and language models – making it faster than ever before.

Cortana also allows users to open apps, manage your reminders, manage Microsoft To-Do, Alarms, and it also works with the traditional “Hey Cortana” functionality.

Lastly, Cortana allows you to switch between the light and dark-screen modes. As we noted above, Cortana will be managed by a Windows Store app, so you can expect more improvements in the coming months.

Reinstalling Windows is now easier than ever

The 20H1 update introduces Cloud Download for reinstalling Windows 10, a big upgrade for the “Reset This PC” feature, which has been around since Windows 8.

With this feature, you can reset your PC like you just booted it for the first time. Or you can also use it to clean Windows system, restore settings, uninstall apps, and fix a problem that you’re experiencing.

Microsoft keeps making ‘Reset this PC’ feature better and better. Cloud Download is the latest addition.

When you click ‘Reset this PC’ option in the Settings app, Windows 10 creates a fresh copy of Windows by assembling files, but it can take more than 45 minutes and it may not always fix a corrupted OS.

If you have a fast internet connection and at least 3GB of bandwidth, you can use the Cloud Download feature to reinstall Windows 10 directly from Microsoft’s cloud rather than assembling the local copies of files.

Microsoft says Cloud Download is a more reliable way of reinstalling Windows and you can do it in a few clicks.

In Windows 10 20H1, the feature can be accessed from Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Get Started.

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2

Windows 10 v2004 includes a new version of Windows Subsystem for Linux that supports  ELF64 Linux binaries on Windows.

WSL 2 introduces real Linux kernel and it provides the same user experience as WSL 1 with advanced controls including a much faster file system performance.

Windows Search Experience

Windows Search uses Windows Search Indexer to display accurate search results. Windows Search Indexer, which runs in the background and crawls your files to create an index of your files, will be getting a big boost in the next major update.

Microsoft’s May 2019 Update fixed the unreliable Windows Search experience with ‘an Enhanced’ indexer option, but users were still experiencing system performance issues.

Microsoft says Windows 10’s 20H1 update includes a new algorithm that is capable of detecting peak disk and CPU usage time so it can stop the indexer.

For example, the indexer is stopped when power saving mode is on, or when CPU is more than 80% and when disk usage is hitting 70%. When the indexer is stopped, Windows Search stops using your disk and CPU, and it results in significantly improved system stability.

Microsoft also plans to make Windows Search faster by excluding the common developer folders or files found in certain programs.

Task Manager

Windows Task Manager is getting two new features in this release. It can now display your PC’s disk type—SSD or HDD, so you can see what disk is in your laptop or computer.

Another feature is being introduced to let you monitor your GPU temperature. If you have a dedicated graphics card, you can see the GPU temperature in Task Manager’s performance tab.

Disk Cleanup

Starting with 20H1, Disk Cleanup and Storage Sense will finally not clean your Downloads folder.

Microsoft is removing Downloads folder from both the Disk Cleanup tool and Windows 10 Storage Settings app. The option is being removed after some users said they accidentally deleted all the files in your Downloads folder.

Control Over Restarting Apps

When you boot your PC and sign-in, Windows 10 reopens many apps automatically. In this release, there’s a new option within the Settings app to disable the behavior more easily.

You will find a new option to disable the feature in Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. Apps such as Google Chrome and Spotify will not open automatically when you start Windows 10.

The feature now includes both UWP apps (Microsoft Store apps) and traditional desktop apps.


The update will ship with other improvements as well including greater control over Windows Update and Microsoft Store bandwidth usage.

According to Microsoft’s typical release schedule, Windows 10’s 20H1 (version 2004) update will begin rolling out to mainstream users in April or May.


 on: January 21, 2020, 12:31:55 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
As announced, Microsoft has launched Microsoft Edge based on Chromium for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and macOS and is available for download. In the coming weeks, Windows Update installs Chromium Edge for everyone. It is a well-known fact that installing Chromium Edge will replace Legacy Edge, but Microsoft documented still there is a way to access old Edge after installing new Edge via Group Policy Editor.

But the said: “Microsoft EdgeUpdate” option is still not available in Group Policy Editor under Administrative Templates as of January 21, 2020, on Windows 10 version 1909 build 18363.592. Hence “the side by side Microsoft Edge experience” may not be possible on Windows 10, but wait! Via a registry hack, you can able to access or run Legacy and Chromium Edge side by side, here is how that can be done.

Registry hack to run Microsoft’s Chromium and Legacy Edge side by side on Windows 10

1. If you’ve already Edge Stable installed, uninstall it. For that, open Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features, select Microsoft Edge and click Uninstall.

2. Now open registry editor by running “regedit” in Run dialog without quotes

3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft or paste ” Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft” without quotes in the address bar.

Note: You can enable the address bar in the View menu.

4. Right-click on Microsoft key and create a new key named EdgeUpdate

Ensure EdgeUpdate is selected in the left pane, right-click on the right pane and create a new D-Word 32-bit value and name it as “Allowsxs” and give its value as 0.

5. Exit Registry Editor.

Now Install Stable Edge, after its installation is complete, you’ll notice Microsoft Edge Legacy added to Start menu and if you search for Edge, Edge Legacy will also be displayed along with Chromium Edge builds installed on your machine, pin the former to the taskbar and start enjoying both Edge versions.

Note: With the above method, you can notice in screenshot Old and new Edge are running together, but Legacy Edge is also crashing upon its launch sometimes.


 on: January 20, 2020, 10:18:44 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
Launched way back in 2017, Windows 10 in S Mode is a lightweight operating system with a focus on security and performance. Some Windows 10 devices including Microsoft’s Surface Laptop come with “Windows 10 in S Mode”. But users can leave S Mode and install the full version of Windows for free.

Back in 2017, Microsoft said Windows 10 in S Mode is the right kind of operating system for students and low-end devices. It was launched to provide users with better security than any other version of Windows 10, but Windows 10 in S mode only allows apps to be installed from the Windows Store.

Users can get out of S Mode by searching for “switch out of S Mode” in Windows Store, but Surface Laptop owners are reporting that the switch out of the S mode button isn’t working.

The Microsoft Store page isn’t loading with a generic error message, blocking users from installing the full version of Windows 10 with Win32 apps support.

“I started a Brand new laptop for the very first time yesterday, updated all the stuff and got stuck at the same point, switching out of S mode and never getting the install button after clicking on get,” a user wrote in a post on Microsoft’s community forum.

“The “Get” button isn’t working for any apps. There appears to be a workaround for apps that have a “add to cart” button, but unfortunately, the switch out of s mode does not have that,” another user confirmed the bug.

A support representative told me that Microsoft is aware of the issue and a fix is rolling out to consumers.

Users have also confirmed that the bug has been resolved, but some are still experiencing issues. As Microsoft has already deployed the fix, Windows 10’s Switch out of S mode will start working again in a couple of days.

 on: January 20, 2020, 08:57:17 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt

Folding devices offer the most flexibility but foldable phones such as the Galaxy Fold has triggered questions about durability. In contrast, the dual-screen Surface Neo and Surface Duo can be more durable due to the hinge mechanism and two separate displays, rather than a single flexible screen.

In both Surface Neo and Surface Duo, Microsoft has used a hinge mechanism that supports a 360-degree wraparound and it allows applications such as ebook to run on one side of the Surface Neo in “laptop mode”. The hinge also allows applications to run in “tent mode” form factor of the Neo.

A Microsoft patent application for “ADJUSTABLE CLOSURE MAGNET FOR HINGED DEVICE WITH ASSISTED OPEN” was filed with WIPO last year. The patent details parts of the particular mechanism and it includes a diagram of the new hinge technology, which could be used in Surface Neo or Duo.

In the filing, the Redmond firm noted that the device includes a first magnet and second magnet positioned within the housing. The housing has a top end and Microsoft says one adjustment mechanism moves the second magnet in at least one translational direction

“The movement of the second magnet relative to the top end of the housing adjusts the position or orientation of the second magnet relative to the first magnet to alter a magnetic force between the first magnet and the second magnet when the first magnet is positioned proximate the top end of the housing,” the patent reads.


 on: January 20, 2020, 05:03:28 PM 
Started by javajolt - Last post by javajolt
The translation into English referred to Mr. Xi as 'Mr. Sh*thole' six separate times

Facebook has been forced to apologize after translating the name of Chinese President Xi Jinping to “Mr. Sh*thole” for some users.

The error occurred on the official Facebook page of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in a post that recounted her meeting with Mr. Xi during his state visit to Myanmar.

Originally written in Burmese, Facebook’s translation into English referred to Mr. Xi as “Mr. Sh*thole” six separate times.

“Mr. Sh*thole, President of China, arrives at 4 pm,” the translation stated.

“Consultant Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is friendly. And the president of China, Mr. Sh*thole, signed a guest record of the house of representatives.”

“We are aware of an issue regarding Burmese to English translations on Facebook, and we’re doing everything we can to fix this as quickly as possible,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Independent when first contacted about the error.

“This issue is not a reflection of the way our products should work and we sincerely apologize for the offense this has caused.”

The social network relies on human and automated moderators to fix incorrect content, as well as reports from its users. ​The issue was fixed after several hours and the spokesperson said Facebook is carrying out an investigation into the incident.

"We are working to identify the cause to ensure that it doesn’t happen again," they said.

Facebook, which is banned in China, has previously apologized for errors with its automatic-translation service.

In one instance in 2017, the feature erroneously translated “good morning” into “attack them” on a post written by a Palestinian construction worker.

The man was arrested by Israeli police after they suspected he was planning a vehicle attack using a bulldozer. He was released after the mistake was realized.


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