By default, Windows 7’s UAC setting is set to “Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer” and “Don’t notify me when I make changes to Windows settings”. How it distinguishes between a (third party) program and Windows settings is with a security certificate. The applications/applets which manage Windows settings are signed with a special Microsoft Windows 7 certificate. As such, control panel items are signed with this certificate so they don’t prompt UAC if you change any system settings.
The Achilles’ heel of this system is that changing UAC is also considered a “change to Windows settings”, coupled with the new default UAC security level, would not prompt you if changed. Even to disable UAC entirely.
Whoops. This one is a bit of a showstopper. I’m very happy with the re-imagined User Access Control in Windows 7 (I believe it’s pretty much what it should have been in Vista) but this definitely needs fixed. I agree completely with Long Zheng’s proposed solution:
Microsoft can implement without sacrificing any of the benefits the new UAC model provides, and that is to force a UAC prompt in Secure Desktop mode whenever UAC is changed, regardless of its current state. This is not a fool-proof solution (users can still inadvertently click “yes”) but a simple one.
First Bus has apologised to residents of a Falkirk village after wrongly labelling it Skinflints on timetables.
The error was made for buses travelling to Skinflats, near Grangemouth, which has a population of about 350.
I was brought up about three miles from there. OK, it’s a depressing place — flat as a pancake on a river estuary, housing stock pretty much all from the 1930s. But the people are fine!
I have been waiting for this to happen for twelve years, ever since my first multiple-thousand-seat Windows desktop rollout — Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) can be added to domains without physically being connected to that domain over a network
This is done with a new command — djoin.exe — added into these products. It’s used (on an existing machine in the domain) to generate a block of information in a file, that can be used on another machine to automatically join the domain without being connected at that time.
This is fantastically useful for anyone performing big corporate rollouts – where it’s not always possible to build the machines in situ. Any consultancy working on a build-and-customise desktop project for a client is going to absolutely love this.
Custom trailer for the game put together by a YouTube user set to “Gold in the Air of Summer” by Kings of Convenience
Flower is the sort of game that appeals to me. It’s beautiful. It’s simple. And it’s the antithesis of adrenaline-pumping must-fight must-win games —
Joystiq writes: “The premise is simple. You are a gust of wind inside a flower’s dream and you must carry petals to other flowers in order to progress to the end of the level. There’s no time limit, no hazards, no points system and, really, no way to fail.”
Tory leader David Cameron has vowed to publish any secret files that may exist on UFOs if he becomes prime minister.
Of course, when he doesn’t (because there are none) or if there are redactions (for obvious reasons) or even if they say that there are no sightings that don’t have at least a plausible scientific explanation, he’ll be accused of a cover-up.
Is there nothing this man won’t promise in order to get elected?