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posted by martyb on Monday May 19 2014, @11:51AM   Printer-friendly
from the updates-got-you-down? dept.

Woody Leonhard of Infoworld summarizes the current state of Microsoft KB 2919355, the ambiguously-titled 'Windows 8.1 Update' (not to be confused with the update _to_ Windows 8.1).

In short: Microsoft has frozen two discussion threads on KB2919355 issues (after 103 and 116 pages of comments), and updated the Knowledge Base article with workarounds for seven major errors... some of which don't work.

In last week's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft changed their deadline for this Update until June (formerly they were requiring all Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 systems worldwide to have installed the Update in order to receive new patches).

Meanwhile, if you run a WSUS server, you may notice that the package for KB291355 (last reissued for the third time on 6 May) was apparently silently reissued over the weekend with a new release date of '15 May 2014', but there's no indication of any software updates in the KB article. The article revision number, however, now stands at '21.0'. Yes, twenty-one revisions. With no changelog.

Anyone else with interesting stories about your deployment issues with this Update?

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Thexalon on Monday May 19 2014, @02:00PM

    by Thexalon (636) on Monday May 19 2014, @02:00PM (#45210)

    Of course we know how to do subtraction:

    # echo "2014 1999 - p" | dc

    The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
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       Funny=1, Total=1
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    Total Score:   3  
  • (Score: 3, Informative) by zocalo on Monday May 19 2014, @03:29PM

    by zocalo (302) on Monday May 19 2014, @03:29PM (#45249)
    Well, some of us do, anyway:

    # expr 2014 - 1999
    UNIX? They're not even circumcised! Savages!
    • (Score: 1) by http on Monday May 19 2014, @05:43PM

      by http (1920) on Monday May 19 2014, @05:43PM (#45303)

      ...and a root shell was the closest thing you had handy?

      I browse at -1 when I have mod points. It's unsettling.
      • (Score: 2) by jimshatt on Monday May 19 2014, @08:42PM

        by jimshatt (978) on Monday May 19 2014, @08:42PM (#45363) Journal
        Only because VLM started in a root shell. It's common courtesy to leave it open so the next user can do some arithmetic.
  • (Score: 1) by GmanTerry on Tuesday May 20 2014, @07:12PM

    by GmanTerry (829) on Tuesday May 20 2014, @07:12PM (#45700)

    Works on my Mac too:
    Last login: Wed Apr 23 21:56:55 on console
    major-lap-tops-macbook-pro-3:~ MajorLapTop1$ echo "2014 1999 - p" | dc

    Since when is "public safety" the root password to the Constitution?