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Update: JROD over at Ace of Spades pointed me to this version with NIN.





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1 There's a special level of Hell for employers that contact people who are on holiday/vacation for some work related problem.
I hope they're adding 2 days onto your holiday for the one day they had to call you in.

Posted by: Grumpy and Recalcitrant at Saturday, December 18 2021 06:36 PM (nRMeC)

2 The end result of that would just be me working seven days a week while piling up infinite annual leave.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, December 19 2021 12:45 PM (PiXy!)

3 Now hold on a minute, and let's think this out.  All you have to do is make sure you can cash your leave in, and then quit when you have enough money to retire.

Posted by: Rick C at Sunday, December 19 2021 01:36 PM (Z0GF0)

4 For some reason, Princeton appears to see what the University of Minnesota did with Linux and decided that rather than being an example of what not to do, Minnesota's study was something that should be replicated in other fields.

For some reason, the copy of Firefox I was using that I have been careful not to update...Decided to update for me.   I hope Brave (Or if anyone else has another browser in mind.) does not do that, because this is the final nudge I need to jettison Firefox completely.

Posted by: cxt217 at Sunday, December 19 2021 02:17 PM (MuaLM)

5
All you have to do is make sure you can cash your leave in, and then quit when you have enough money to retire.
The impossibility of me ever actually taking leave combined with my employer being good about things like cashing out accrued leave is why I can suddenly build my dream computer lab.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, December 19 2021 05:53 PM (PiXy!)

6 Dear cxt217,

The only way that I know to completely prevent brave/firefox/chromium from updating is to run a gentoo chroot with version locks in your package.mask (and very likely your package.unmask as well).  As far as I know, there's no way to prevent automatic updates in windows, and it's very difficult to prevent inadvertant updates in most linux distros.
FreeBSD can also manage the trick, but it's not as easy to run as a service under windows.  And the graphics and wireless support aren't "up-to-date" enough, really to run FreeBSD on your laptop, unless your laptop is pretty old.

Posted by: normal at Sunday, December 19 2021 11:06 PM (obo9H)

7 Normal - I bought an old desktop(WIN7) to run some old games I enjoy, that was apparently used in some business.  No games, and locked down very tight.  I get pop-up messages asking me to enable MS updates. I ignore them and only pull down the updates that I want.
Don't know if it because it's an older Windows system or not, but apparently it USED to be possible to shut down auto-updates. Makes me wonder what business used to use this one.

Posted by: Frank at Monday, December 20 2021 09:46 AM (rglbH)

8 "it USED to be possible to shut down auto-updates"
It did.  And Microsoft got tired of being constantly yelled at because of all the people who never updated their systems and got malware, and they looked at Android and Apple phones auto-updating and just said "that's for us."
They were gonna get endless hate either way, but this causes fewer security problems.

Posted by: Rick C at Monday, December 20 2021 10:55 AM (Z0GF0)

9 Pale Moon and Vivaldi seem to be possible to prevent from updating.

MS operating system, with windows 10 it is possible to pause updates for 35 days.

Hate to say it, but I've shifted a lot of my "doesn't work in pale moon, and need it for business" websites to Edge.

Posted by: PatBuckman at Monday, December 20 2021 11:41 AM (r9O5h)

10 Linux Mint allows you to turn off automatic updates, including for third party repos registered in Apt and for flatpak.  So not updating browsers wouldn't be that hard.  To prevent accidental updates, you could blacklist a browser version until you are ready to update, though you would have to do this for every version.  They did add in nag notices, but after significant pushback gave a decent amount of granularity in setting their frequency and ability to limit to which ones go out.

Posted by: StargazerA5 at Thursday, December 23 2021 01:29 AM (iXREa)

11 I was trying to refer to just the browser updates.  Most of them automatically check and update unless you change a setting or two hidden deep within the bowels of the menus.  Brave in particular, runs a background service on windows that updates even if you don't open brave.  I'm not aware of any setting that will stop it either.

You can always compile vimb yourself, if you like to have fun!  Or use lynx.

Posted by: normal at Thursday, December 23 2021 04:16 AM (LADmw)

12 "Brave in particular, runs a background service on windows that updates even if you don't open brave. I'm not aware of any setting that will stop it either."
Delete the task from Scheduled Tasks?  I usually do that periodically.  Chrome doesn't need to check for updates every frickin' hour.

Posted by: Rick C at Thursday, December 23 2021 07:51 AM (oPg+d)

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