All of OS X El Capitan’s New Features in Two Minutes

OS X El Capitan is here, and while you’re waiting for that download to complete, you might as well get an overview of its new features. Let’s take a look at all the new stuff and a few of the things that’ve changed since OS X Yosemite.

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Nerves Rattled By Highly Suspicious Windows Update Delivered Worldwide

An anonymous reader writes: If you’re using Windows 7 you might want to be careful about which updates you install. Users on Windows forums are worried about a new “important” update that looks a little suspect. Ars reports: “‘Clearly there’s something that’s delivered into the [Windows Update] queue that’s trusted,’ Kenneth White, a Washington DC-based security researcher, told Ars after contacting some of the Windows users who received the suspicious update. ‘For someone to compromise the Windows Update server, that’s a pretty serious vector. I don’t raise the alarm very often but this has just enough characteristics of something pretty serious that I think it’s worth looking at.'” UPDATE: Microsoft says there’s nothing to worry about, the company “incorrectly published a test update.”


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OS X El Capitan launches Wednesday

Apple today reminded Mac owners that they can download OS X 10.11, aka El Capitan, free of charge starting tomorrow.

If the Cupertino, Calif., company follows past practice, it will add El Capitan to the Mac App Store around 10 a.m. PT.

The upgrade will run on the same Macs that now run last year’s Yosemite, 2013’s Mavericks, 2012’s Mountain Lion and 2011’s Lion, according to Apple’s system requirements. That means more than nine of out 10 Macs which were online in August should be able to install El Capitan.

This year’s version of OS X will be the third that Apple has handed out for free, a zero-dollars pricing it introduced with Mavericks. That, in turn, should trigger an immediate surge in its user share, an estimate of the percentage of all Macs running the operating system. The last two editions, Yosemite and Mavericks, accumulated user shares of 37% and 32%, respectively, by the end of their first full month of availability.

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Evernote cuts 47 employees and shuts down 3 offices


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Posted by Chris O’Neill on 29 Sep 2015

I joined Evernote as CEO two months ago because I saw the rare opportunity to help transform a product I rely on into a world class business. Since starting, I’ve gotten to know the amazing people here and have met many of our loyal users. This team has achieved three incredible feats: they’ve created one of the most important productivity tools in history, established one of the strongest personal success brands, and built a real revenue-driven business. My goal is to dramatically increase the impact of this solid foundation.

Evernote’s strength is in its core: notes, sync, and search. That’s where we’re going to focus. Achieving that focus means making some difficult decisions. Today we let go of 47 people from the Evernote team and announced the closure of three of our global offices. We are grateful for the immense contributions of each and every affected person.

I believe that a smaller, more focused team today will set us up for growth and expansion tomorrow. Here are two things that you can expect from us over the next several months: we will launch major foundational product improvements around the core features that you care about most, and we will pull back on initiatives that fail to support our mission.

The health of our business is just as important as the quality of our product. Here our fundamentals are stronger than they’ve ever been. There are millions of people with premium accounts and more than 20,000 companies working more productively with Evernote Business. Our paid subscription growth is very strong and almost entirely organic; the number of new paid subscribers is 40% higher than this time last year. Making these tough changes from a position of strength puts us on a path to long-term success.

This is an important moment in the life of our company. I want to thank all the Evernoters, past and present, for creating a product that is such a positive force in the lives of individuals and teams around the world. This company and this product are truly special, and I intend to keep it that way. I look forward to sharing more specific details with you in the months ahead. In the meantime, please send your thoughts to me directly at ceochris@evernote.com.

– Chris


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Windows 7 Update appears to be compromised?

These details of “Important” update, which I received this morning – 4:30 AM MT.  Copied to Notepad:

(appears to be a language pack?  4.3 MB)

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Download size: 4.3 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Important

qQMphgyOoFUxFLfNprOUQpHS

More information: 
https://hckSLpGtvi.PguhWDz.fuVOl.gov
https://jNt.JFnFA.Jigf.xnzMQAFnZ.edu

Help and Support: 
https://IIKaR.ktBDARxd.plepVV.PGetGeG.lfIYQIHCN.mil

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Did NOT install.  After my MSE definitions updated, I repeated Windows Update.  The above ‘important’ update did not reappear???

Did MS servers get compromised?

Thank you


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Two HN Announcements

The HN community feels like it owns HN, and we like it that way. HN has become an important institution in the tech community, and though it was initially developed for YC founders it’s clearly evolved into much more than that.

We’ve always felt that the best way for HN to benefit YC is simply for it to maximally benefit the community, which mostly means keeping the story and discussion quality as high as possible. We read it ourselves, so we want that as much as anyone.

In that spirit, we have a couple of announcements to make: an organizational one from Sam, and a moderation one from Dan.

Making HN autonomous within YC (Sam)

We’re going to factor out Hacker News into its own autonomous unit of YC. It has de facto been like that, but it feels like a good idea to make it official. Going forward, HN will no longer formally be part of the investment branch of YC, but will be its own separate thing.

Everyone at YC knows that it’s vital for HN to have full editorial independence, and we have absolute trust in Dan’s decision-making in product, engineering, and moderation. Dan will report directly to me, though I don’t plan to be very involved–other than as an enthusiastic user (who would, however, prefer that it be easier to read on a phone) and someone who’s always happy to bounce around ideas. We’re also setting it up so that Dan will have the option of reporting directly to the YC Board of Overseers instead if he ever decides to.

Dan is an incredibly talented person that really understands the art and science of HN; I’m excited to see what he has planned for the future.

Modnesty I: More Community Moderation (Dan)

HN’s approach to moderation has always been three-pronged: software automation where possible, human intervention where necessary, and as much community moderation as users can provide. Our long-term vision for HN is to have the site be as self-regulating as possible, and we’ve been working on a project code-named Modnesty (for ‘moderation amnesty’) to develop new ways to do that. Today we’re releasing the first experiment from this project. The idea is to let the community make the final call on decisions made by HN moderators and software.

Currently, when an account is banned, a software filter trips, or enough users flag a post, the post goes [dead], meaning only users with ‘showdead’ turned on in their profile can see it. The trouble is that some posts end up [dead] when they shouldn’t be. Banned accounts sometimes post good comments, software filters sometimes have false positives, and users sometimes flag things unfairly.

Today’s new feature lets users rescue [dead] posts on a case by case basis. Beside the ‘flag’ link, you’ll see a ‘vouch’ link to click when a post should not be [dead]. When enough users vouch for a post, the software will unkill it. Think of vouches as the inverse of flags: a flag says that a post shouldn’t be on HN; a vouch says it should.

We’ll review all vouched posts to make sure that they don’t violate the HN guidelines. If we notice abusive vouches, we’ll take away vouching rights (again, by analogy with flagging), so please vouch responsibly! Only rescue civil, substantive contributions to the site.

You need a little karma (currently 30) to see flag links, and the same threshold applies here. If you don’t have 30 karma but would like to participate, email hn@ycombinator.com and we’ll try to help.

I called this feature an experiment above. We’d like everyone to understand that when we say ‘experiment’, we really mean it. It’s important to us to be able to roll out new ideas and drop the ones that turn out lame. HN’s simplicity is its core design value, and we shudder at the thought of only adding features and never removing them. The freedom to retract bad experiments (like we did recently [1]) enables us to try more things, which benefits HN most in the long run. So if Modnesty turns out to have unintended bad consequences–which I hope won’t happen, especially since we’ve been testing it for a while–we’ll withdraw it. As always, whether it turns out bad or good is mostly a function of your feedback, so please be generous with it!

1. See my edit of https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10223645.


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Microsoft reshuffles into 3 businesses for financial reporting

Microsoft today changed how it will report its financial performance, reducing the number of operating divisions to three, in an effort to align with CEO Satya Nadella’s emphasis on the cloud and productivity platforms, and opportunities to reap revenue from customers after they’ve moved to Windows 10.

The three operating segments — Intelligent Cloud, Productivity and Business Processes and More Personal Computing — replace six earlier divisions, which were roughly organized on a consumer versus commercial basis.

Microsoft’s previous financial reporting had been in place for just two years. Then-CEO Steve Ballmer reconfigured both the company and its financial reporting.

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Raspbian, the Raspberry Pi OS, Updated with Interface and Performance Improvements

Raspbian, the de facto operating system on the Raspberry Pi, got a big update today. The update’s based on the most recent version of Debian, called “Jessie,” and brings along a bunch of minor interface tweaks and performance improvements.

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