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Two computers came in today with similar issues.  Both dealt with the touchpad.  In both cases it had just stopped working.  Both of these computers were Toshiba laptops.  One was a windows 7 machine that had been upgraded to windows 10 and the other was a windows 8.1.  On the Windows 10 install the issue was two-fold.  In both machines in the bios settings the internal touch device was disabled.  On the Windows 8.1 this solved the problem.  On the Windows 10 install I had to also turn off the EDT touchpad software.

Why is this unusual?  Both units were brought in on the same day, both were Toshiba laptops.  Both had the bios setting for the internal pointing device off.  With that bios setting the touchpad should never have worked, even if the software drivers/control software for the device tried to turn it off.  Essentially, nothing should override the bios settings.  And no windows update should alter the bios settings.

Both of the devices were from different manufacturers.  One was from EDT and the other was from Synaptic.

So, if you have Toshiba laptop and you have a similar problem where your touchpad just stopped working in the past several days, it is likely due to this.
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How to root and unroot the OnHub from Google.
 
It’s always nice to get down to the root directory of a device, especially if the device in question is one that you own. It’s no huge surprise that a Google product allows access to the root directory but the OnHub requires locating the hidden “developer…
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For years we have been graced by cheap consumer electronics that are able to be upgraded through unofficial means. Your Nintendo DS is able to run unsigned code, your old XBox was a capable server for its time, your Android smartphone can be made better…
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I want to have kids with all of you. You guys wanna raise a family together?
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US Supreme Court declines to hear Google's appeal vs. Oracle on the question of whether APIs can be copyrighted leaving a big question as to whether languages can be copyrighted.  That'd be like saying that a spoken language can be copyrighted instead of the works created in that language.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150629/09271731488/supreme-court-wont-hear-oracle-v-google-case-leaving-apis-copyrightable-innovation-risk.shtml
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According to the blog post the crackers got the email addresses, the salted hashes, and the security questions.  The use of salted hashes is great because it greatly increases the chance that few if any of the master passwords will be cracked.  However, it doesn't bode well for the email addresses as people tend to use the same security questions and often, with research, the answers to the security questions can be determined without great effort.

https://blog.lastpass.com/2015/06/lastpass-security-notice.html/
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This is cool.  I just implemented it in accordance with their instructions.  It'll be nice to silence many of these callers.
 
Just One Click Away: Implement the FCC RoboCall BlackList on Every Asterisk Server

Today on Nerd Vittles: http://nerd.bz/nerdvittles

#asterisk   #freepbx   #robocalls   #GPL   #voip  
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If you know who she is you'll know why I posted this.
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I like.
 
Beware of Linux users, never occupy their parking lot...:)
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Do something, anything this 4th to defend your constitutional rights.
 
Now that they let go of and declared war on sysadmins; It's just a matter of time until NSA themselves will get hacked and the data they are collecting on everyone will be compromised.
At least NSA agents don't have to work too hard to pull up private info on pretty much anyone
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I mean seriously. We all know what H-1B visas are.  Clearly Disney was breaking the law.  You can't lay off workers and replace them with cheaper foreign workers on those visas.


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/us/in-turnabout-disney-cancels-tech-worker-layoffs.html
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