Edge-lords crack down on trackers as Microsoft effortlessly kills off PBX phone system, and what

Summary Microsoft's future could be Chromium Edge, Machine Learning and Azure, but this week it could not escape the Windows Ghost.

Edge: The trackers are already there!

The integrated ability to block trackers, those annoying bits of code that invades privacy intended to "create a digital profile" to launch ads aimed at users (and, worse still), was one of the outstanding features announced for the embryonic browser Nu-Edge in the Microsoft developer shindig, Build.

The function has now appeared in versions 77.0.203.0 and higher, enabled through an experimental environment.

As promised (although the team warns that this is a preview and is subject to change), there are three levels available: "Basic", which only blocks trackers that Microsoft considers malicious (such as fingerprints or cryptography ), but allows ads to maintain spooky relevance through them. "Balanced" (the default), which blocks more but will result in "less relevant ads." Finally, there is "Strict," which blocks most crawlers, but "could break … some sites."

While it's still a preview, we found that the function worked as advertised, with a satisfactory number of locked trackers. It is also possible to deactivate it site by site if the system seems a bit more paranoid than desired.

The company has no plans to add ad blocks at this stage.

Naturally, competing Browsers also enjoy similar functionality. Mozilla Firefox has included Content Blocking, which is also aimed at stepping on potentially harmful scripts, since version 67 of the browser. As with Edge, blocking can also make things a little faster.

Dogfooding in style: Microsoft disconnects its PBX

Today is a memorable day at Redmond. After almost 30 years, the company is turning off its traditional telephone system forever.

To be honest, most users are unlikely to realize – the company began moving employees to Lync in 2007 and these days almost all day. Today's communication happens on computers. The system had been maintained to handle services such as fire and fax alarms, but now the time has come.

The provider has spent $ 40 million over the years, keeping the system running and expanding it as Microsoft grew, and it currently costs $ 1 million per year to keep the lights on.

But now those lights will go out for the last time. Microsoft, after all, has a way of killing phones.

There is no word if employees plan to conduct a midnight vigil around a pile of burning phones. The teams would simply be the ticket to organize such a thing.

Maybe not Slack, however, fell on Friday.

There is no escape from the Windows Calculator

From the department "Just because you can …" comes the news that the Microsoft Open Source Windows Calculator has emerged on iOS, Android and the web thanks to the multiplatform platform in Uno.

The Uno platform is geared towards creating native mobile, desktop and Web devices from a single code base, with C # and XAML as your friends. The Uno gang, clearly with too much time on its hands, decided to have a crack when moving the jumped adding machine.

The challenge, of course, was that much of the elder code was written in C ++ while Uno prefers DO #. Other bits were based on the Win32 APIs. However, with a little effort and some regular expression magic to convert the majority of C ++ into something a little more similar to C #, the Calculator was cross-platform.

Android and iOS users can obtain the application in their respective stores (iOS users will need to install TestFlight first) or you can taste the pleasure of the Calculator simply by going to the web version.

Debugging deep learning with TensorWatch

As machine learning models become increasingly complex, understanding why they do what they do. What they do during training is increasingly important. The problem is that, unless one is prepared to go through a large number of records, some conjecture tends to be involved.

To that end, Microsoft has introduced TensorWatch and is open source last week.

TensorWatch is a Python library is compatible with a wide range of display types that can be viewed through a live panel in Jupyter Lab or within the Jupyter Notebook user interface.

Visualizations feed on data streams or other objects, such as files, cloud storage and even other visualizations, giving engineers an idea of ​​what training is really doing.

The Slow Registration Mode has also been added, which causes TensorWatch to observe the variables during training.

Although it is useful for debugging during all phases of model training, there is always a danger that the "infinite" possibilities offered by TensorWatch can overwhelm scientists if they are not used carefully, so they slightly defeat the point of the thing.

Azure loves storage [19659003] The Azure crew had a busy week at the storage front, first making the Premium Files option generally available for those who need high performance and "millisecond latency single digit. " Spin oxidation is eliminated as data is stored in local SSDs, but it is noted that the expensive option is only redundant locally. There is no geographical or zone redundancy for speed demons.

The team also made storage grow automatically for MySQL, MariaDB and PostgreSQL in Azure. If enabled, provisioned storage will automatically increase when necessary without reaching the workload, eliminating the need to set the size of rights when things start or when having a database suddenly read-only (or choke ) when allocated storage runs out.

And now, he lives on stage … Windows XP! Oh, annoying …

Finally, despite Microsoft's best efforts to end the thing, Windows XP recovered once again during this year's Glastonbury Festival.

The unfortunate singer Neneh Cherry was changing course when the veteran OS finally gave up the ghost. Unfortunately, XP was dealing with the projection on the back stage, which means that the audience was reeling from being vaguely surprised to learn that Cherry was still close to the terrifying realization that XP was too.

Twitter was his usual support person.

While Aunt Beeb managed to split the worst of the oopsie from her coverage, they can still be glimpsed in iPlayer. The American Megatrends International home screen that shows the presence of an Intel Pentium E5300 will send a shiver of nostalgic recognition down the spine, even if the chippery arrived some time after Cherry last slowed the successful parade.

Go to the 36:40 mark for some BIOS games. Cherry continued, without being discouraged, while behind-the-scenes technicians struggled to shore up the wobbly hardware.

"7 Seconds": about the time it takes for a Windows XP machine without spaces in the air to be pwned these days? ®

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