DICHOTOMY/SODOMY | Redonkulas.com

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Newsflash to all you feminists and SJWs out there! There are differences between the sexes! And if you continue to ignore them or to create 72 bullshit genders, you’re slamming one home in your own poop hole. So those are your choices: Dichotomy or Sodomy!

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Microsoft Paint Deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update After 32 Years of Service

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The end of an era

One of the most recognizable features of Microsoft’s Windows OS is undoubtedly MS Paint. This simplistic image editing and drawing software came preloaded with all Windows installation, and its basic nature and widespread availability made it the go-to tool for simple edits on images. Whether it be resizing canvasses or highlighting certain areas for your school presentation, MS Paint was there and served without fail.

The upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update marks the end of the development road for Microsoft Paint, as Microsoft has added Paint to the list of features that are no longer in active development. Such features are deemed “Deprecated” and might be removed in future releases. Contrary to what several tech blogs are headlining, MS Paint is not removed just yet as it will likely continue on in future updates. The change here is that it will no longer be under development and can be removed in future releases without any need for further communication from Microsoft’s end. Microsoft has not revealed when exactly this removal will take place, but the end for Paint is just around the corner now.

Paint made its first appearance in the very first version of Windows in 1985. The focus for this image editing app was never to be the best in its job, it was simply to be there. It wasn’t even until Windows 98 that Paint could save in .jpeg. Microsoft did improve Paint in recent years, but it still could not compete against other “simple” offerings such as Paint.NET and on a grander scale, Adobe Photoshop.

For me, Paint will always occupy a special place in my heart. Paint was always there on every computer, and this reliability and accessibility was what the 7 year old me appreciated when boredom struck. The simplistic nature of Paint meant that a 90’s child who could use a mouse could go on to create mountains and clouds and rivers, with the sun peeking out from the edge and stick men working in their fields… and then proceed to destroy it all with zigzag lines and mismatched color splotches when he got bored. Paint was also there when one had to crop images to fit into powerpoint presentations as a 13 year old, or when one needed to draw devil horns over a friend’s birthday photo. And Paint was also there when 23 year old me wanted to make a feature image for use in an article announcing Paint’s deprecation.

Paint is “succeeded” by Paint 3D, an app that features 3D image manipulation tools as well as 2D image editing. But the difference in functionality and ease-of-use is apparent from the very start. Paint 3D also loses out on Paint’s strongest point of availability, as Paint 3D currently puts in minimum requirements which many users would not be able to meet. The limited availability then affects the familiarity with the software and ends up making the learning curve much steeper than it should ordinarily be.

My HP Pavilion AB549TX laptop with Windows v14393 cannot install and use Paint 3D

The final release date of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is still unknown. We hope Microsoft chooses to let Paint remain as part of Windows despite its deprecation. Just for old times’ sake!

What are your thoughts on Paint’s deprecation? Do you have any Paint memories to share? Share it with us in the comments below!

Source: Microsoft Support

Seccomp to Make Android O More Secure by Blocking System Calls

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The kernel in our smartphones and tablets has a lot of responsibilities when it comes to how our devices function on a day to day basis. To this end, the kernel is doing a lot in an attempt to help to keep our devices secure as well. It’s because of the widespread access that we’re seeing an increase in exploits specifically targeting the kernel. While Google has done its best to isolate and deprivilege processes, Android O will be using a Linux feature called seccomp to increase this protection.

The Android software on our smartphones, tablets and smartwatches communicate with the kernel itself with what is referred to as system calls. There are a number of these system calls that are in place which allow userspace processes (such as our applications) to directly interact with the kernel. This can be anything from simply opening a file in a file manager or sending a Binder message in the background. Since these system calls are used so much, they’ve become a common way for attackers to target the kernel for an exploit.

Google hopes to alleviate some of this with the introduction of seccomp in the upcoming update to Android O. Seccomp is a Linux feature that allows the OS to make a number of system calls completely inaccessible to application software. This increases security since instead of us isolating and deprivileging processes, a lot of these system calls won’t even be accessible. Therefore, harmful applications will be unable to take advantage of these security holes, resulting in more secure handsets.

So the upcoming Android O update will include a single seccomp filter that has been installed into zygote (this is the process that all Android applications are derived). This allows for the new implementation of seccomp to not have a negative impact on existing applications while still adding some additional protection to our devices. Specifically, this filter will block certain syscalls (like swapon/swapoff for example), that have been used in a number of security attacks. In total, the filter blocks 17 of 271 syscalls in arm64 and 70 of 364 in arm.

Source: Android Developers Blog