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Windows Insomnia
Jan 19, 2018 - 9:18 PM - by Corona688
A surprising number of Windows computers are prone to waking from Sleep Mode without being told to. Windows being Windows, there's a huge and growing list of ways that can happen. I haven't seen all these reasons in one place, and think I've worked through nearly all of them in fixing this stupid computer and perhaps found a new one, so for future googlers, here goes:
  1. Your ethernet card. This is the most common issue by far. If your computer sleeps fine when you unplug it, that's what it is. Things to fix:
    • In ethernet adaptor properties, under "Power" tab, uncheck "Allow this device to wake the computer".
    • In ethernet adaptor properties, under "Advanced" tab, under "Wake on Magic Packet", select "Disabled".
    • In ethernet adaptor properties, under "Wake on Pattern Match", select "Disabled".
    You must to disable all three because some network drivers or bioses don't respect the "allow this device" setting. More on that later.
  2. Your mouse. Is your mouse or trackpad prone to creeping around on its own? That can wake your computer. Find your mouse in device manager, power tab, uncheck "allow this device to wake your computer".
  3. Windows Update. It might be scheduled to wake up your computer at 3am to install updates. Check its settings.
  4. Windows Task Scheduler. Sometimes Windows Update leaves the wake-up task around when it shouldn't be. Sometimes other programs have left updaters or loggers of their own. A piece of malware might have left something here too.
  5. Power Options. You can stop task scheduler from waking up your computer globally, under Power options, Advanced settings, Sleep -> Allow Wake Timers.

There's a lot more it could be. Almost any other device could wake it. The powercfg utility may take some of the trial-and-error out of finding... [Read More]
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Jan 03, 2018 - 8:43 AM - by ceptimus
This looks like a big one. All Intel processors from the last ten years or so are affected. Microsoft, Apple and Linux are all pushing out security updates over the next few days to work around the flaw. This will result in a performance hit of a few percent up to as much as thirty percent depending on the application. AMD processors aren't affected.

My understanding is that the flaw allows applications to probe kernel memory in a round-about way and this allows data from different processes to be read by other applications. In principle this could allow some code running in a browser to read passwords and similar being used by other programs running at the same time. Linus has christened the Linux kernel update with the acronym FUCKWIT. He's obviously not amused.
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