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I have one half finished Levono laptop that I was installing at the hack
meeting at CCNY. It is not coming up with X11 on Manjaro with openrc so
I have some work cut out for myself
Want to see the practice questions of my Allgorithms midterm.
On 02/26/2015 12:33 PM, Robert Menes wrote:
> Putting it as simply as possible:
> This is why I never, ever run the preinstalled OS on any computer. I
> just wipe and install a F/OSS operating system, or if need be, a non-OEM
> edition of the OS.
> A lot of the preinstalled components are completely worthless, anyway.
> On Feb 26, 2015 12:22 PM, "Ruben Safir" > > wrote:
> Lenovo may find itself in a courtroom over its Superfish adware fiasco.
> One lawsuit filed in federal court last week charges both Lenovo and
> Superfish with violating wiretap laws and trespassing on personal
> property, Ars Technica reported Monday. In another case, a legal firm
> has launched a class action investigation over potential claims against
> Lenovo's actions.
> The Chinese PC maker has found itself in hot water following last week's
> revelations that many of its PCs include a software program called
> Superfish Visual Discovery. Considered either adware or spyware,
> Superfish tracks your Web searches and browsing activity to place
> additional ads on the sites you visit. But the software also installs
> its own root certificate that leaves affected PCs more vulnerable to
> malware attacks.
> Lenovo has apologized for the problem and has begun work to resolve it.
> "We messed up badly," said Peter Hortensius, Lenovo's chief technology
> officer, said last week.
> The world's biggest computer maker, Lenovo has managed to earn a hefty
> profit and significant presence in the sluggish PC market. The company's
> laptop lineup has garnered generally good reviews. But the fact that
> Lenovo installed such software on its PCs could do a fair amount of
> damage to both its reputation and sales. Legal defense could also cost
> the company.
> The individual suit filed February 19 in U.S. District Court in the
> Southern District of California by blogger Jessica Bennett charges that
> the Superfish software tracked her Internet use, invaded her privacy and
> damaged her computer. Specifically, Bennett said that she was writing a
> blog post on her PC when she noticed ads involving "scantily clad women"
> on her client's website. Later, Bennett said, she was working on a
> different client site when she saw the same set of ads, making her
> realize that it was her own computer that was infected by some type of
> Her lawsuit, which seeks a class action status and jury trial, charges
> Lenovo with the following:
> Defendants' Spyware and popup advertisements decrease productivity
> by requiring that hours be spent figuring out how to get them off of a
> computer, closing advertising windows, and waiting for a slower machine
> to operate. Furthermore, computer users are forced to keep their
> computers running longer (due to the slowed performance) which utilizes
> more electricity, decreases the useful life of a computer, and causes
> increased Internet access charges. The cumulative impact of not only
> multiple ads, but also the threat of future ads and monitoring, impedes
> computer usage.
> Meanwhile, the class action investigation launched by the New York-based
> Rosen Law Firm is looking for consumers who purchased the affected
> Lenovo PCs and want to participate in a class action lawsuit. The firm
> charges that the Superfish adware "exposes the computer user to serious
> security vulnerabilities that could result in the theft of users' login
> and passwords, and other sensitive data that a user transmits online, as
> well as a degraded internet experience caused by it downloading and
> injecting third party ads and pop-up windows."
> Lenovo PC owners can determine if the Superfish software is installed on
> their machines and then remove it by following the steps in this CNET
> article. Lenovo has also published its own instructions on finding and
> removing the software.
> A Lenovo spokesperson told CNET on Tuesday that the company does not
> comment on litigation.
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