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Weekend tech reading: PowerShell replaces CMD in Win10, Q3 2016 HDD stats, Kaspersky OS announced

By Matthew ยท 9 replies
Nov 20, 2016
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  1. Microsoft replaces Command Prompt with PowerShell in latest Windows 10 build The latest Windows 10 insider build brings a change that puts the Windows PowerShell in the spotlight, as it replaces the super-popular Command Prompt in some essential parts of the operating system. Command Prompt has been around for as long as we can remember, but starting with Windows 10 build 14971, Microsoft is trying to make PowerShell the main command shell in the operating system. Softpedia

    ​​​​Intel's Nervana attacks GPUs Intel rolled out its intentions for a soup-to-nuts offering in artificial intelligence, but at least one of the key dishes is not yet cooked. The PC giant will serve up the full range of planned products it acquired from Nervana Systems. They will take on mainly high-end jobs especially in training neural networks, an area now dominated by Nvidia’s graphics processors. EE Times

    New Chrome extension automatically negotiates with Comcast for rate discounts Trim, a technology company focused on helping consumers cancel and manage subscription services, has added a bit of levity to the sometimes heated realm of interfacing with Comcast service reps. The company has developed an extension to the Google Chrome web browser, which serves as a bot that automatically deals with Comcast reps over the internet, seeking discounts for services. FierceCable

    Demystifying the I-Device NVMe NAND (new storage used by Apple) NVMexpress is the next generation storage technology used in embedded devices. The main idea was to have a memory controller directly on the PCIexpress level, avoiding a lot of overhead. Therefor, the technology is based on PCIe. We could already see on recent Mac Book Air, the details about it in the control panel... Ramtin Amin

    Fiat Chrysler teams up with Amazon to sell cars online Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) (FCHA.MI) said it has teamed up with U.S. internet giant Amazon (AMZN.O) to start selling cars online offering an additional discount. Initially only Italian buyers will be able to purchase their cars with a simple click online and the offers on Amazon.it will be limited to three models - the 500, the Panda and the 500L. Reuters

    Civilization VI fall 2016 update now live A new update is available for Sid Meier's Civilization VI today. The "Fall 2016 Update" will automatically install when starting the Steam client; if it doesn't install automatically, please restart Steam. This update adds DirectX 12 support to Civilization VI, starting with AMD cards and Nvidia Maxwell-series-or-later cards; please make sure your drivers are up-to-date. Support has also been added for Logitech ARX. For more information on each of these, please click their respective link. Steam (GPU driver downloads)

    Hard drive stats for Q3 2016: Less is more In our last report for Q2 2016, we counted 68,813 spinning hard drives in operation. For Q3 2016 we have 67,642 drives, or 1,171 fewer hard drives. Stop, put down that Twitter account, Backblaze is not shrinking. In fact, we're growing very nicely and are approaching 300 petabytes of data under our management. We have fewer drives because over the last quarter we swapped out more than 3,500 2 terabyte (TB) HGST and WDC hard drives for 2,400 8 TB Seagate drives. Backblaze

    Xiaomi Mi Mix review -- This is what the future of smartphones looks like Smartphone design has stagnated. If you're using Apple as a measuring stick for the industry, we're going to have three years of iPhones that use an identical case design. If you're going by Samsung, the company hasn't tweaked its front design since the Galaxy S5 in 2014. Google just produced its first self-branded smartphone hardware ever, and it didn't have anything significant to say when it comes to smartphone design either. Ars Technica

    Finally, our own OS – oh yes! At last -- we've done it! I've anticipated this day for ages – the day when the first commercially available mass market hardware device based our own secure operating system landed on my desk. And here she is, the beaut. This unassuming black box is a protected layer 3 switch powered by Kaspersky OS and designed for networks with extreme requirements for data security... Kaspersky

    iPhones secretly send call history to Apple, security firm says Apple emerged as a guardian of user privacy this year after fighting FBI demands to help crack into San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone. The company has gone to great lengths to secure customer data in recent years, by implementing better encryption for all phones and refusing to undermine that encryption. The Intercept

    Office Depot allegedly diagnosing computers with nonexistent viruses to meet sales goals Retailers upselling customers on services they don’t need is nothing new, but a new report claims that some Office Depot employees are falsely claiming computers are infected with viruses in order to meet sales goals. Consumerist

    An optimistic view of bot driven automation on the future of jobs Are bots and other technologies taking over the world and relegating us humans to third-rate status? Before you get your knickers in a knot, remember this is typically the result of automation. Diginomica

    Hook Turn: How the Aussie game industry turned a corner Coming to Australia from the Northern Hemisphere, one finds familiar commonplaces at odd angles. During my week in the country for Melbourne International Games Week (MIGW) I set out to find what, if anything, made the Australian games industry different from its counterparts. Gamasutra

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  2. mosu

    mosu TS Guru Posts: 465   +77

    Really, no comments from iPhone fans?
  3. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +67

    Whatever shouldn't be done is done. Command prompt replaced by powershell? It is hell. Did you ever use it? Do you have any idea what the commands are? It's like replacing windows with linux.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    Have you tried putting commands from CMD into Powershell to see if they work?
    gingerpower121 likes this.
  5. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,363   +67

    No, I haven't. Sorry if they do work. The commands I looked are cryptic.
  6. gingerpower121

    gingerpower121 TS Member

    The commands are actually quite simple. It's all based on a verb-noun structure. Also some great commands for finding other commands that you don't know yet.
  7. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 633   +604

    Which, if you dont know what they are, is very similar to replacing windows with linux in this regard.

    Unless command prompt commands all work in powershell, this is going to cause a lot of friction in the IT world.

    Upon looking it up, it seems old command line stuff does work in powershell, but the syntax of older commands (ie used in old software) can cause issues. This is going to cause some gnashing of teeth.
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    Just FYI, I knew CMD commands worked in Powershell, I was just wondering if anyone else out there had actually tried them.
    As long as Microsoft change their search so when I search for "cmd" and it instead takes me to Powershell I'm good, I can cope with that.
  9. Daithi

    Daithi TS Booster Posts: 64   +62

    The only problem I can see with replacing the command prompt with powershell is that utterly inane restricted execution policy that's enabled by default and can't be disabled without admin privileges or through a GPO. If they truly want to replace the command prompt they should set it to remotesigned by default at least.
  10. At this time I'm tired of Backblaze HD stats. Without a deeper analysis based on the info, the list they provide is useless and misleading
    wastedkill likes this.

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