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Now hold on.
I'm not saying the U.S. is the greatest with phone contracts, but at least once our "Contract Period" is up, (which by the way is only so someone can get a $800 phone for $1), we are free. In Germany you have to sign a contract for 2 years whether you get a $800 phone or not. If you bring your own you're still locked into a 2 year contract (of which you are on the hook to them for the whole total of 24 months worth of bills). If you want to cancel your "contract" you owe them money for services you haven't used yet. Add crazy sauce to that, and you get the fact that unless you send "in writing" a request to cancel it 90 days prior to its end, you will get auto-renewed for 12 more months. If you try to cancel that auto-renewed contract a month in, you will have to pay for 11 months of future monthly payments.
I've never understood why anyone would agree to a multi-year auto-renewing contract with no monetary benefits, but the Germans do it all the time. So, at least the U.S. is better then someone.
Re: [Obama] promptly passed the buck and said it was up to Congress to get it done.
"Yes but considering Obama's predilection for executive actions in so many other instances "
"By the end of 2004, George W. Bush had issued 108 signing statements containing 505 constitutional challenges. As of January 30, 2008, he had signed 157 signing statements challenging over 1,100 provisions of federal law.
Obama has issued 28 signing statements as of June 17, 2014."
So, um, no, you're wrong, he does not do what you just said he does. Now you have no reason to say that anymore. So you and every other person like you that regurgitates FOX's "opinion shows" can put it to rest, you have the facts, so stop. Every, damn, day.
Re: If the developer is stressed
"If the developer is stressed
They're probably reading some rather hairy code"
THEIR MANAGER HAS WIRED THEM TO FREAKING LIE DETECTOR WHILE THEY CODE!
"Microsoft, our code only contains bugs written by the most confident programmers."
Re: I'm surprised...
Not correct, in this case if you like the internet the way it is now, you must let the FCC regulate it.
The problem is that the FCC has always regulated it, and only recently the ISPs have sued to not be regulated. They say that all this time, the FCC was wrong to be regulating them, and that because they shouldn't be regulating them now, that they can do what ever they want, hence, the throttling of certain types of content (bittorrent, Netflix, really anything that they don't like)
We all want them regulated as a type 2 Telecommunications provider, so that we can CONTINUE to have the internet be free. If not, only large corps will have fast speeds, well, those and the ultra rich.
They have a HUGE mis-information campaign going to confuse this issue, this is way you are thinking the way you are. Unless, you like being at the mercy of a company's bottom line, rather than everyone being treated fairly.
Well if you make it a habit of purposely changing or deleting the contents of random binary files in your OS all the time, then yes, I suppose you would eventually lock yourself out.
But on a realistic note, everyone else in the world might benefit.
Google could modify the OS to create a randomly named file in a random location, then any program that attempts to modify it gets blocked. Like honeypot of last resort. Or how about the filesystem alerts the user if a single program is making LOTS of file changes across multiple folders and halts its operations until the user offers input.
Will there be false-positives, sure, will it miss overly clever programs, sure, but how is doing nothing still acceptable in 2014. "Hey, should Candy Crush be scanning all your user files? It's up to 450 rifled through so far. Just thought I would let you know." How is that not something the OS should have been doing all along?
What's the worst that could happen?
Does anyone remember J. Edgar Hoover? Do you remember all that he did with only the craptastic tech he had available in the 20's to the 70's? He was the top FBI man for 50 years right up until the day he died because presidents were afraid to fire him for fear of reprisal. Now imagine what it would have been like if he had access to the internet history of everyone in the U.S., email, web searches, sites visited, transcribed voice calls, and online purchases. Not just for 2014, but all the way back to 2001, and continuing on until the day you die.
I don't worry about the good-guys maybe doing bad things so much as I worry about the bad-guys doing what they will do. Someone could sit behind a desk and control everyone in the United States if they had uncontrolled access to that information, and if someone can, someone will.
So.. They are going to release IIS as a standalone app?
So.. They are going to release IIS as a standalone app? And I can install it on top of Linux? No? Then I don't think so.
Have you seen Server 2012? Who in their right mind (beside a project manager, or CEO, or other low-information plod) would want to run a touchscreen OS as their server.
This isn't Minority Report, this is real life.
Re: Is it not ethically and maybe legally questionable to provide this reg hack?
More like you buy a car, and after the warranty is up you find out when it breaks that the hood/bonnet is welded shut. Then El Reg posts instructions for making the car work a little longer, and someone screams from their Range-Rover about how that is unethical.
People have all kinds of reasons for why they still want to run XP (financial, gaming, PoS, ATMs), and as long as they aren't selling it for money, who cares? Is Microsoft losing money? The product is EOL and hasn't been sold for years.
People need to worry less about whether or not someone is being unethical to a company and more about the fact that a company by definition is an un-ethical, un-dying, non-punishable entity that usually will sell-out or kill its own customers for one more penny.
Re: No longer really useful
Well, for one thing, drivers. Back in the day you could search for a driver with:
VEN_39FD&DEV_2933 xp driver
and it would net some fake results, but have some valid links and a few of those pointing to the .inf file from the driver package. This same link nowadays will net only garbage. And garbage of the worst caliber, such as download managers, and system scanners, and the like.
Sometimes all I get back from a Google search is garbage, and it has gotten worse in the last year or two.
This could be easily solved if Google would allow me to combine multiple search results. So If I put "Policy Server" in one search windows and "Policy Server dolphin rape-cave" in the other, and said that anything found in both is not to be returned. Hell, they could let me store spam search results as a favorite, and always search against it. Problem solved.
Get Windows 8.1 for Free?
No, Remind me later. (or preferably not)
Fool me once, shame on you, have me install your crappy "upgrade" once, and then after I update my firmware, have my OS go insane until I format and reload my OS again?
I know exactly why China doesn't want Windows 8, I know all too well.
Re: Nice idea, but...
For that matter, how do we know that it's not really a Decepticon masquerading as a Router/Switch. Or that the plastic isn't some sort of Lazarus plastic that records all the ambient sound in a room.
Maybe the whole thing has been made from entangled particles, and the NSA has its twin installed in their switch-room at their moon base.
There are lots of things to be worried about, this doesn't seem to be one of them. It seems unlikely that the NSA would have the schematics, personnel, replacements, and machines to pull off your proposed chip-change idea. I'm not saying they they can't do it, just that I don't think they are at that level of caring just yet. They have plenty of America's data to keep them gainfully employed for a while.
Re: So how are they 'tampering'? (I bet it's nanobots, aliens, or ghosts)
All your points were mine exactly.
I remember watching some senate hearing last month about some commented-out boilerplate DOD banner being "discovered" in the html source-code for the ACA webpage and the ensuing nonsense that followed, I realized that all the fact-based and logical arguments in the world don't matter at all.
No amount of rational explanations will make frightened morons stop being either.
If you're serious, an 800FS, if it's for playing around a 5-bay job.
They have Beyond RAID (RAID6), and will automatically expand as you swap out the drives for larger ones. You simply throw some cheap 1TB in there for now, and replace them with larger drives as those prices come down or as the older ones fail. Because it is RAID6, you would have to loose 2 whole drives before you start losing data. Access that storage through its SMB shares.
Born in Mississippi? Inventor of the Opti-grab?
I'd buy one if it had a retina laser projection system, but it doesn't, so it is lame. It "projects" a 1/2 inch screen onto a tiny piece of plastic at half brightness. So much future, such wow.
I have a sneaking suspicion that at some point the plot of the movie "The Jerk (1979)" is going to become a reality for Google.
Rule of thumb.
As a general rule most organic creatures should do the exact opposite of whatever Glenn Beck or Michele Bachman endorse.
Let's get rid of the Shuttles...
Let's get rid of the Shuttles they said.. What could go wrong they said... Russia is our friend now.
It's ok, we didn't need a space program, all that matters is whether or not the stock market goes up, and how much money you make as an individual. The only point to doing anything is to make money. How would people know that you are the most superest duperest guy around if you don't have lots of money. Who cares about exploring our place in the universe, give me a sweet 100ft yacht any day. Who cares about the scientific advancements we gain from pushing the envelope on what's possible, my banker says he's just developed a derivative instrument based on the packaging of home loans that just spits out money. It's great to be rich, and I'm going to live forever.
Why do we care, clearly no one else does either.
Re: Do you like Facebook, Netflix, or Google?
So do we get to decide what kind and how much traffic is "significant" or will that number be pulled from Comcast's ass at will? Also Facebook pushes massive amounts of data, so does Skydrive, so does any popular site. Letting the ISPs pick and choose the tech winners is a bad idea, no matter how fair you think it sounds.
Re: Do you like Facebook, Netflix, or Google?
Your store analogy isn't quite right.
Not having net neutrality is like more like Comcast owning the street in front of the store, and charging one business more money because they do more business.
That is even more accurate when you realize that the QOS that they are selling those "premium" customers comes from somewhere, and that somewhere is "non-premium" users, aka us.
The last mile is exactly like a road, there is only so much room, and when the ISPs can just keep slicing the current lines to more and more "lanes" and then put up stop lights for each lane, why would they ever need to upgrade those lines. They want to keep their resource scarce because like anything else in life, the more scarce a resource, the more you can charge for it. Add the fact that most customers have only one provider "choice" and you see how the whole model is going to suck for anyone without a lot of money.
They need to stop over-selling their capacity, and spend more of their profits on upgrading their existing product to meet demand, and not just paying lawyers to change the laws so they don't need to.
I'd rather just make the lines public and raise my taxes to upgrade and maintain them rather then let a cabal of ISPs turn it into a class system.
Do you like Facebook, Netflix, or Google?
Do you like Facebook, Netflix, or Google? Did you like them 15 years ago? No, because they didn't exist in their present form then, they are only here because the free nature of the Internet allowed them to experiment and develop a user base. Can you imagine if Google was threatened with their data being throttling back when they were in a garage and making no money? How does a 3-day old Netflix pay "protection money" to Comcast?
If Net Neutrality goes away, say goodbye to any future startups. The only way a new startup can flourish in that type of environment is by "partnering" with one of the established big boys , which is probably not the first time this has been realized by the big boys.
I'm guessing Comcast (and all the others) would have a lot more money for upgrading their pipes if they stopped buying out all of their competitors.
Re: I still say this is ripe for abuse.
Abuse? Can you imagine what would happen if a zero-day exploit allowed ALL cell phones in the US to be killed all at the same time? Most people don't keep a land-line anymore, and there are hardly any pay-phones left.
In one day we could be sent back to 1912 as far as our ability to connect, get business done, or call for help. But no California, tell us how it will reduce cell phone theft, what could go wrong?
Re: "It's got what plants crave!"
Pretty much shows why IQ tests are designed to have 49% of the population in double digits.
It all comes down to education and as long as we as a people don't focus on education, we will suffer the consequences from ignorant people doing stupid things. (like allowing a mumps or measles outbreak in a wealthy country in 2014)
Re: Let's see...
Didn't he make Woz sob years later when Woz found out the Steve screwed him out of some money 30 years early? (by lying about how much they were going to get paid)
It seems to me that whatever opinion of Steve Jobs the public might have had, that the reality was probably 4 times worse (I mean, he screwed over the guy that was solely responsible for him becoming rich). Should the jury being made aware of the "lack" of character Jobs had when deciding whether or not he was threatening the Palm CEO, yes, I believe they should.
Sounds like he was a world-class douche when he was alive.
In reality I have no idea whether or not he did it, but how hard would it be for some anonymous hacker to drive around until they find an access-point they can crack in 5 minutes (WPS exploit), crack it, execute the heartbleed exploit, and because the hacker also now has access to the unsuspecting person's local NAT, just put some "evidence" in a shared folder somewhere. The real perpetrator would get away scot-free, and the police would just stop looking.
Sinfofsky, he's that bastard that basically broke Microsoft. He broke every design he touched and the fact that his ego wouldn't allow him to think he could ever do anything wrong caused the GUI nightmares were are all still dealing with.
So, we can expect Java-like sadness.
Everything runs so much better when it's not written to run on specific hardware. I like to run Windows programs with Wine on my Linux OS running in Hyper-V on my Windows OS because of the wonderful speed increases virtualizing brings. Assembly language is slow. Java is great and faster than natively compiled code (plus it works better and uses less memory).
//end of alternate bizaro universe rant
So I expect that any "Hello world" program written for their unified system with end up being 200mb once the dependent libraries are compiled in. Would you expect anything less from the company that brought us "Touchscreen Server 2012"?
Re: Bad choice
Requires? No. But from what I've seen, it appears they have conflicting styles mixed together. It's like someone was pointing a gun at the interface designer to make them try to design it for a 4" tablet, and they just couldn't do it. Being forced to look at a crappy touchscreen interface is just as bad as requiring a touchscreen.
It. Is. a. poor. design. Do you honestly think that it is better this way? If not, then why defend something not better.
Re: The beginning of the end of Microsoft.
Why couldn't they have just left the GUI alone and improved the things we use, like the DHCP server role, the NPS server role. Or allowed new types of objects in AD or allow different views (organizational vs geographic), not just the same ones from 95. I mean really why can't they make it so that when you setup a DHCP server, that you can setup a backup, and have the databases sync, and have the failover be automatic? No, let's put tiles on the desktop. Why not have the NPS server be able to query the DHCP server, and if there is a reservation for a MAC in there, allow it access (a DHCP reservation based MAB). No, let's get rid of the start menu. The only thing NPS is good for is pawning off authentication to a real RADIUS server. Look how long it took them to put a "Convert to reservation" feature in the DHCP server. I can tell you, 10 years. 10 years we had to script that stupid task.
The end is near, and good riddance.
The beginning of the end of Microsoft.
As you can see by the interface for the supposed professional operating system, that the end is near for Microsoft.
Who has a touch screen on their KVMs, do they even make those? (they usually have sucky tiny trackballs for space)
If you can manage a server with a touch screen then you are probably are doing something wrong or not doing something you should be.
I mean really, how many good decisions could a company be making behind the scenes if they are releasing an OS designed to run at enterprise levels with the interface made for children and the elderly.
Let me make it perfectly clear Microsoft, I don't log into a server to check my mail, look at the news, or because I want to know what the weather outside is. I'm also pretty sure that anything I search for on the server shouldn't be sent to Bing either (whole NDA and the like).
I'm serious, who here is recommending Server 2012 to their company? (you don't get to answer if there are only 5 total people in your "company")
Translation: Coming soon, no side-loading.
They're keeping us safe, from ourselves.
I only read this as brick number 1 in their soon to be coming "Walled Garden". So if you like the Apple App store you'll love this.
Soon we'll all need to be "hackers" if we want to install a 3rd party non-approved Minesweeper game.
I have to routinely create scripts and move all manor of files, and I feel the same way.
My "problems" are when you create a new file on a remote share, that after about 1 second, Windows8 will re-sort my newly created file still currently named "New Text Document.txt" to the N's mid-rename. That is frustrating with 9 existing documents, but it is infuriating when there are 3,000.
The second I refer to as the "Let's select everything between here and there", you can reproduce it by enabling Windows to display not only Hidden files, but also extensions. Then take any file, and rename the whole thing (extension too), now click outside of the file with a singular left click, and wallah, not only does Explorer select every thing between the file you were renaming, but it will hold the left-click button down for you. Fun. Even more fun when it selects whole bunches of files and lets you potentially move/delete/rename them accidentally at this point.
Re: Genius Idea
I contend that a 3.5 gigabyte download EVERY time for EVERY computer because they won't release a damn ISO makes their upgrade less than free, and the neighbors I share bandwidth with on my block would agree.
Nope, XFCE (minus that damn Whisker menu) is the only one for me.
Otherwise known as "Application Launcher".
GNOME, MATE, CINNAMON, UNITY, so many to choose from, but all I really want is the one with a damn "Start" menu. Which one of those is that, oh, that's right none of those. Call me when one of those major players releases one for a hierarchical menu junky like me. I haven't liked any Linux distro since the elusive Linux Mint 12 (XFCE). (which oddly appears to not have officially existed, except it did)
Re: Prior Art
Not only prior art, but brutally freaking obvious in design. They don't own the patent for the screen, camera, or app running, yet using all three at once somehow grants them a patentable design? Can I patent a system for walking while using an umbrella?
WTF patent office? Not only should they not get a patent, but they should receive a fine for attempting it, and the mouth-breather that gave them the patent should be fired.
Re: Is Windows 8 fundamentally broken? Yes.
I would like someone to show me how not to have Windows 8 File Manager (Explorer) highlight EVERYTHING with a blue box from where I was renaming a file, diagonally to where I clicked outside the file being renamed. They fixed it in Windows 7 (after 3 years), they fixed it in Windows 8.1, but forgot about Windows 8? FYI, XP never did this.
Re: Is Windows 8 fundamentally broken?
Good luck mapping a Linux share with different credentials without a policy manager to allow the NTLM version the Linux box might be using under 8. (There is no gpedit.msc anymore [only in Pro]).
I don't need to "adapt" to an OS, it should be intuitive.
They have also dumbed down the interface so far down that it cripples most power users. Sure grandma can see what temperature it is outside easily, but I can't get the damn file manager to stop trying to re-sort my details view on the mapped share long enough to rename the new file I just created, "Sure Windows I'll wait for you to finish, and then go look for where you've sorted it to, I'm guessing it will be somewhere under "N" again.
Re: This issue occurs because ..(Windows 8.x sucks)
I can tell you what I experienced last week, I had 8.1 Pro, I updated my firmware, and then my machine started blue screening or completely freezing up (even in safe mode). In the end I had to format, and reload 8 again (no 8.1 for me anymore), and the freeze ups and BSOD went away.
To add insult to injury I had a 17 gb partition, and 9 gigs of that was free, I tried to use my custom 5 gb restore image I had made after the initial load and after the updates to 8.1 Pro, and all the stupid wizard would tell me was that I didn't have enough space to complete the restore. It NEVER told me how much I needed to free up to be able to properly apply my restore, so after 3 attempts to free up more space, I just started over. (never-mind the fact that you cannot simply point to a .WIM restore image on a 2nd partition, it HAS to be on a network share or removable media, period.)
Had it been a hardware issue related to the firmware update, the fresh install wouldn't have fixed it.
I am avoiding the update to 8.1 as it caused a lot of compatibility issues the first time around (especially things that want to interact with video).
Re: if it was owned by Toyota
The owner "Big Tex" would simply be called Jeff Smith again, and instead of Jeff taking all the risk and keeping all of the profits, Toyota would be taking the risk, keeping the lion's share of any profits and Jeff would make salary.
I completely agree, The only thing New Jersey loses with Telsa selling directly to the customers is that the "Big Tex"s of the state might feel the pinch (from them not being able to pinch us all in a barrel anymore).
"professional petroleum transfer engineer"
FYI, those are still REQUIRED in Oregon to pump your gas, you are not allow to do it yourself.
USB plugs are in superposition
"More like you try to put it in one way, doesn't go, flip it 180 degrees, try again, nope still doesn't work, flip it 180 degrees again and (finally!) it goes in."
That is because both the normal USB and the microUSB plug exist in a state of "Superposition" and the end must be physically observed at in order to "set" just what state the plug will be. That is why it always works on the 3rd try.
Little know fact: USB plugs in the 3rd position will try to plug into Ethernet ports by default.
Re: Let's see- Smirnoff, Wolfenstein?
I agree, why couldn't the lower energy neutrinos have come from space? I think what you said in your last sentence would go along way to eliminating the possibility that they are just space-borne lower energy odd neutrinos. Hell, why can't we make a small-scale neutrino detector, make it space-borne, and send it out Voyager style.
Afterthought, couldn't you build a neutrino "shield" below a neutrino detector by generating huge amounts of neutrinos from side by side mounted high energy lasers. Basically increasing the likelihood that any neutrino that may have passed through the other side of the Earth would collide with the perpendicular "wall" of neutrinos under the detector, and then better proving that it didn't simply originate from space? If that would indeed work, couldn't you build "shields" completely around a detector and shoot neutrinos from a moving source on the opposite side of the Earth through the Earth directly at the detector, and allow only neutrinos from that direction into the detector, kind of like a neutrino x-ray machine for mapping the different densities inside of the Earth.
I may have watched too much SyFy channel and a little too much to drink last night.
Re: I always thought it was some sort of search aggregator
That's exactly what I've always thought.
It seemingly has everything. Need a "Werewolf themed kidney dialysis machine", Alibaba will comeback saying they have 12 from three vendors. I got in the habit of adding -alibaba to every search I made.
Re: from experience...
"Further, there are no Start Menu replacements"
Right, and the first thing most people do when buying a new car is buy one that runs on diesel, then drive it off the lot straight to an aftermarket shop and buy a non-diesel engine to put in it? This is not an excuse. If it was a good design, this wouldn't be necessary.
"and certainly can't be configured to behave in exactly the same way as WinXP at all under any circumstances"
Um, It can't.
Name one, ok, Find. Search and Find are not the same, and Search breaks workflow like nothing I've ever seen before (yes we can buy Agent Ransack, but why need to).
Name a second. Wifi. Go ahead and set the priority of 3 different Access Points under W8. You can't. (without a 3rd party app)
A third. Mapped drives work like crap (refreshing and twitching worse than a teenager with Restless Leg Syndrome). Lack of policy tools. Lack of built-in VMs. W8.1 has no ISO loading vector. The list goes on and on. But all of that pales in comparison to users being forced into fullscreen Office suites and calculators.
It was a marketing push, to try to push loyal users into an Apple-styled walled-garden, and a lot of us don't like being pushed.
Re: How about ....
I'm 40 too, surprise, and I almost stroke out every time I have to use Windows 8 (mostly because I have used XP and W7 for so long that I realize when W8 is performing badly at comparable tasks).
And yes I too have installed Cdroms by modifying config.sys and autoexec.bat and fought to find a free IRQ for my SoundBlaster, but "we" are not the people working at police stations are we?
Re: I'm wondering...
"Support is what the supplying company - red hat, et al - do when the patches don't work."
No, that's the IT department. Much like they hired "Microsoft Certified Professionals" to do their current IT work, they will either re-train or through attrition hire new "*nix Certified Professionals". Simply backing up the client's data and re-imaging will solve 100% of client issues, and that can be done by a trained monkey. Servers are another thing, but that's why you hire *nix server techs.
Only good can come from this, and because the hardware won't be swapped out every few years just to work with MS's newest bloatware OS, the money can be saved there too.
Re: from experience...
When I think of old people (in their 50s) the first thing that comes to my mind is how much they love change, and not just a little, but the kind where you are removing everything they have ever used and replacing it with something completely new. Yep, old people love that. //sarcasm
The "from experience" part was meant to be a joke I'm thinking, because what they're going to do is make all their "experience" in operating a computer, worthless overnight.
Re: How about ....
How about just switching to Linux?
For that matter, one of the Linux heavy-hitters needs to find out what applications the city uses for its day to day operations, and then go to the creators of them, and offer a bounty on Linux versions of them to be made. (basically covering the cost of porting them)
Once the apps are available, they can start deploying small pockets of Linux clients. Hiring the support personnel as needed. Slowly swapping out their Microsoft-based IT for *nix-based techs.
I mean really, the alternative of going to Windows 8 is laughable, I mean really, anytime I think of a 40 or 50-something doing office work with Windows 8, I laugh.
I also take insult with the fact that they assume that every 5 wants to be a 6 or a 7. I like my job, and like solving technical problems, I most certainly don't like dealing with people and their people problems. Why on Earth does management think that a group of people that are already prone to having Aspergers and other anti-social disorders want to be managers? Do they also think that painters and sculptors are just "working their way up" to managing and owning an art studio? I am constantly having various management classes shoved down my throat, yet just about have to beg for a technical class.
I like money just fine, but don't feel I need to make any more than what I do, and I surely don't want to change what I do just to make a little more. It's almost like the management types always want to "move up and out" before anyone realizes that they don't do much and aren't really that necessary.
Sony VAIO P Series
What about the old Sony VAIO P Series, they were small and had decent battery.
I too like the small form factor, but with the advent of cell phones and tablets no big manufactures are building them for us.
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