296 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007
Re: Have to laugh
"What's a lepricorn?"
It is what Ralph Wiggum saw on the rock in his back yard. He told Ralph to burn things.
Morrissey would have to be any list. I saw a concert of his in New York and every other song he would say "look at my beautiful body", even taking his shirt off one time.
Re: So the child abductor phones whom ... his counselor?
"This is just part of the neocon Emperor's new clothes"
It is not just the repressive right, but also the repressive left. You see it all the time: "Think of the children! If we don't act now, our world will be too polluted/too hot for them to live in." Or "Think of the cute polar bear! If we don't act now, there won't be any ice for them to live on." And sometimes both use the same tactics. George H.W. Bush was part of the right, Barack Obama is part of the left. When Obama became president he did nothing to reverse the spying that Bush's administration started. Look at this article again, it is President Obama's administration, part of the left, that is crying about encryption.
The problem I see is some people think the left is always correct and they could never repress them. Whereas others think the right is always correct. The end result of both extreme is loss of freedoms. But far too many people blindly follow their political party and that is what leads to fewer rights. Fascism and communism have the same result. And both have "rules for thee and rules for me".
Re: But... but... but...
I do not dislike advertisements. I dislike ads that track which websites I go, what things I look at, what things I've click on. I dislike ads that use my IP address to say "[local city name] woman discovers shocking secret". I dislike ads that pop-up, pop-under, and take up my entire screen. I dislike ads (or any video) that autoplay without any interaction on my part. If there was a simple, non-tracking ad I would be inclined to look at it and click on it. The ads that I dislike will never get any clicks from me.
Re: Time to rethink
There are a few reasons why I will use Windows 7 as long as I can.
First, I hate the cloud, and by extension the "cloud first" idea. I do not like the idea of my OS wanting my to sign up for an account so I can use it. Sure, it is optional now (but also very hard to find out how not to), but will it remain that way? Windows 8.1 has a lot of settings centered around advertising, Bing, and location. Windows 7 has none of those things. You can turn those settings off, but will that always be true? Because of that, I will be keeping Windows 7 for a very long time. I view the cloud as nothing more than a way to extract money from you the rest of your life. I'm going to fight against it as best as I can.
Second, to say Windows 8 is dog-butt ugly would be too kind. My eyes have a hard time focusing on anything. There is not enough contrast. This flat, square look is and always will be terrible. The new Windows logo is dumber than a box of hammers.
I have read about an Aero mod for Windows 8, though I haven't tried it. Mods can make Windows better, but they can't take out the cloud/Bing/advertising junk.
Re: "mobile first, cloud first"
@AC -- "No - no they don't. Microsoft always ask first and the default is always not to send data."
Have you seen the express settings when installing Windows 8.1? The default is to send data to advertisers and Bing. You have to use the customize settings not to. And then if that wasn't bad enough, it is unclear how to use a "local account" on Windows 8.1. Everyone, and I mean everyone, should always use a local account, no exception. I've met more than 5 people who suddenly could not log in to Windows 8 and the common thread was they all have a Microsoft account. Only twice was it related to the WiFi not reconnecting, the rest were using a wired connection. Twice is coincidence, thrice is a trend.
My complaints about Windows 8 are the lack of Aero and how closely it is tied to Bing and the Microsoft cloud. It seems like to me Win8 and Office 365 was just an attempt to make money off customer the rest of their life. The first thing I do with Win8 is to make sure I log in with a local account, turn off everything related to OneDrive and Bing, and turn off all location services. Then I remove the store icon that gets pushed out on the taskbar and Metro start menu just to make sure I am not tempted to buy my programs through the Microsoft store. The absolute last thing we need is a walled-garden Windows, and for Microsoft to get a cut of every program we buy.
If I had my way
I'd stuff Creative Cloud in a sack and toss the sack in a river and hurl the river into space. Along with all other software as a service such as Office 365. The last thing I want to do is pay a fee the rest of my life to use a product.
It is better than that. In addition to what you said, analysts have a poor track record. They couldn't predict 12:30 as 12 noon. I would love to have a job like that.
Re: Not surprising
Hold you hand up to your monitor. Tell me how quickly your arm gets tired. Touch screen only works well when we can reach down or when you arm does not need to be extended. Touch screen works well in point-of-sale machines because the user stands close to the machine, their arm is not extended. But with a desktop or laptop, a physical keyboard extend the distance to the monitor. A little bit of common sense would have told Microsoft that "touch-first" approach to a UI would not work.
@LDS - "This is a thief. He had stolen and resold stolen goods. How much would you ask if someone robbed you?"
To be a thief implies something physical was taken. You cannot steal an image. By your logic, if I sneak into a movie theater then I am a thief because my eyes saw an image I did not pay to see. This is copyright infringement. It is still wrong. But it is not the same type of crime as theft because he did not rob the studios. Actual factual theft, not your pseudo-theft, is more serious because the owner is denied the right to use what is his. This copyright infringement did not stop the movie from being played in the theater.
Re: Count on it.
You just gave reasons #1258 and #1259 as to why the cloud is a bad thing.
For some kitties, you can mix water and vinegar in a bottle and squirt it on them. Be sure to squirt a place they can lick, otherwise you'll be smelling vinegar for a while. Once you squirt the cat, he will spend a few moments cleaning the vinegar off his fur. For some cats, a few squirts of this and they will learn.
But some cats don't respond to this. What worked for me was one of those devices that emit a high-pitched noise that hurts a dog's ears. Well, it hurts a cat's ears too. If the cat isn't deaf (older cats tend to go deaf) then a couple of quick zaps with these devices will do the trick. If this isn't your cat, you will want to try this first, because your neighbor might smell vinegar squirted on a cat.
Re: Win 8.x
It has been my opinion that 8.1 was offered only through the app store so people would know the app store existed and thus use it more and thus Microsoft would get their cut of anything sold through it. In short, my opinion is 8.1 is offered only through the app store to try to help Microsoft make more money.
Re: Obvious answer to obvious stupidity is obvious
TheOtherHobbes: "MS is happy because cloud."
The reasons why I hate Windows 8 is not so much the lack of a start button, but it is the other annoying stuff. The cloud integration is one of the reasons. I've seen many distinct computers who log in with a Microsoft ID and suddenly they are unable to log in. Sometimes it is a laptop and for some reason the Wi-Fi did not reconnect and will not reconnect until a successful log in; but you cannot log in because the offline password is corrupted and you must find a way to connect a network wire to log in. I've seen 3 different laptops do that. I've also seen this problem on 1 wired desktop with Windows 8.1. And then the OS is tied tightly with inferior Bing and Microsoft advertising, and all that stuff is turned on by default unless you are wise enough to avoid using a Microsoft ID to log in, which Microsoft makes you go through two confusing steps to do the smart thing. I hate the cloud except for backups. I view it as something were companies want to be a part of it only because it is a buzzword. I know it has uses, but it is not as useful as people want to pretend.
Let me understand this
Microsoft is saying the other major browsers are all wrong and not rendering web pages correctly but their browser is the only one in the right. Okay ...
Re: testing 1 2 3
I've had to repair Office 365 multiple times too on different computers. You are not alone there.
If I wanted to live in a world where I have to type the name of program to run it, I would still be using DOS.
Re: MS are Floundering
In Microsoft's desperate attempt to find new revenue streams, they have forgotten why they were successful to begin with. I like to say that those who do everything do nothing well. It seems like every tech idea that came along Microsoft wanted a piece of it. That is obviously a hyperbole but think about how many different ideas they wanted: Corel Wordperfect - Office; Google - Live search then Bing; iPod - Zune; and so on.
In a normal software world later versions of a product would get more reliable, not less and look prettier, not uglier. Not so with Office. I never had a problem with any Office 2003 program or Office 2007. Along comes Office 2010 and suddenly my Outlook freezes for no good reason. Google it. Far too many people have problems with their Outlook 2010. Then along comes Office 2013 with its higher price to try and force you to subscribe. The color contrast is hideous ugly and hard on the eyes, THE MENUS ARE IN CAPITAL LETTERS FOR NO GOOD REASON, and the worst part of all is that it is unreliable. I've had several different people with Office 365 mess up. Two weeks ago someone's Excel 2013 would not save a file. We had to run the full repair process included with Office 2013 to fix the problem. That should not happen, ever. Yet I have had to do this several times with multiple installations of Office 2013.
I could go on about all the other blunders of Microsoft recently. I could go on about Windows 8 and the reasons why Windows 8 sucks so much, and I am not referring to the TIFKAM but the features like tight Bing and OneDrive integration and trying to replace user accounts with a Live ID. The point is Microsoft forgot why they became successful because they are looking for new revenue. The result is the many disasters we see. They are indeed floundering.
Re: "Einstein was wrong”...
Saying Einstein was wrong is nothing new. 100 scientists once said Einstein was wrong and wrote a book about it. Albert Einstein said that if they were right they only needed 1 to prove him wrong.
Re: Microsoft silently tried to shove OneDrive on my PC
"Something tells me in the future versions of Windows we will no longer have this luxury."
Microsoft calls this future Windows 8.1.
How could they say that with a straight face? The same way the internet companies can say that charging both the customer and content provider is somehow good for the customer.
Buy our softare, say McAfee
"If you buy our software today, not only will you have a much slower computer, but you will also have the benefit of having a mediocre antivirus program."
Re: Please continue Verizon, your own actions will out yourselves....
It seems to me that those who shout the loudest have the most to hide.
Re: I am so sick of Intel's whining about ARM versus Atom or CISC whatever
Intel only did RISC in the past because they didn't want to share with AMD. Because of a court ruling, anything Intel implements with the x86 CPU's AMD can implement, and vice-versa. Intel made the Itanium RISC CPU to break away from that. The problem was people really cared about their old programs and legacy compatibility. I know I do. It was at this time that AMD capitalized on Intel's RISC CPU project and created x86-64. It was far superior than the Pentium IV but because of Intel's illegal and underhanded tactics AMD had a hard time getting their CPU to take off. Some motherboard OEM's even had to sell their motherboards under a false name in order not to anger Intel. Slowly companies started to sell AMD CPU's. When HP ditched the Itanium, even though they helped Intel make and market it, for the Opteron then Intel saw the light. They deep-sixed the Itanium and with full resources back in x86 they soon were able to make a better CPU than AMD.
Re: Not so smart; desperate housewife is desperate.
I will give Tim Cook 3 reasons why the Android UI is always, and will always, be better than iOS: (1) the back button, (2) the menu button, and (3) I can choose which browser I want.
I bought my first iPad when I was still using a Blackberry. I thought the UI was great. Finally I bought an Android. After using an Android for a long time, I will never go back to iOS because of the missing menu button and back button. The only button I use more is the home button. Those buttons are so convenient, they are always in the same place, the icons do not change with each phone update, and there is no need to waste valuable screen space for extra icons.
And there are many more reasons why iOS is inferior. No removable battery and no SD card -- my SD card is filled with my music. No option to restart in iOS, you must power-off then power-on. If I need to take apart an Android it is easier because there are screws. In fact, there is only 1 thing iOS does better than Android: printing. Other than that, Android is better than iOS.
Trevor covered the points nicely.
However, I tend to believe a lot of hate for Monsanto is based on the fear of genetically modified plants. I say this because I have friends who are farmers and I asked them specifically about Monsanto and their practices and both acted like Monsanto was the best thing since the tractor. I saw the documentary Food, Inc. and my opinion of Monsanto was not good. Then I talked to the farmers I know, the people who actually deal with Monsanto, and my opinion changed completely. I consider them a greedy company, not an evil company.
I am not going to defend their tactics, just know the world is gray and not black or white. Other companies are patent trolls too and don't engender the hatred Monsanto does. I wondered why that was. Coincidentally soon after I saw Food, Inc I noticed more "organic" farms appear and more "no-GMO" labels. I see a lot of fear of genetically modified plants and if Yoda taught me nothing else it is that fear leads to anger. I may be wrong, but I think the anger toward Monsanto is the fear of GMO's; their litigious nature is just icing on the cake.
I want a GPS system that links to my calendar on my phone for daily events. It would go through the list of appointments and cycle to the next appointment only when I arrive at the destination. Pretending I have a 9:00 a.m. stop, a 9:30, and a 10:00 also but my 9:00 appointment ran long and I did not leave until 10:00, then the GPS calendar would go to my 9:30 appointment, not the 10:00. Of course, there would be a system in place to add appointments as needed or skip some. Really, the GPS would treat calendar events like a queue.
Re: Spineless politicians
It is no coincidence that the some of the richest areas of the country suburbs of Washington D.C.
Every day, both major political parties do something that screws us.
Re: just not interested...
I was very interested in this ... until I saw the price tag. I immediately went from "me wanty!" to "no thank you". I am willing to bet I am the majority. Windows 8 works well with tablets and phones (and that is where it needs to be permanently confined) and so that is not the issue with adoption. The problem is with the price. Between $800 and $1950. It is nice, but it ain't that nice.
Re: They missed a trick...
Global population can be controlled by increasing the standard of living for poorer countries. Already many European countries have a stable population. You increase the standard of living in poorer countries by making electricity cheap and plentiful. That means lots of power plants. Unfortunately because of the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming/climate change/climate disruption/climate weirding theory, poorer countries have a huge barrier into providing cheap and plentiful electricity because the only source of cheap electricity today is nuclear, coal, natural gas, and hydro. Environmentalists have some problem with all 4 of those.
Re: Perfect example of general Republican party
I consider this a perfect example of cronyism. And it is not a plague of the republicans, it plagues the democrats too. The only politicians it does not plague are those who do not have enough capital to get elected, or the very rare honorable politician.
I always thought the best to stop patent trolls was to have an "use-it-or-lose-it" clause in any patent owned by a business. If I, as an individual, come up with a brilliant idea, I do not have the capital to market and mass-produce my idea. So the use-it-or-lose-it clause would not apply to me. But if, for instance, Samsung has a patent for a new interface but in a reasonable time they never used it, then it becomes public domain. The use-it-or-lose-it clause would allow a judge to invalidate a patent if the judge determines the company owning the patent does not use it or never used it.
Re: Windows 8.1 - the secret update
The 8.1 update in the app store* is designed to get you to use the app store. If you see the app store, you'll think "gee I can get all my programs here!" And then Microsoft will get their 30% cut. Provided, of course, you signed up for a Live ID. And if you haven't, well when you install 8.1 Microsoft will make it confusing not to have a Live ID. (P.S. Have fun clearing a bad password when your computer cannot connect to the internet for a number of reasons.) It is not about what is best for the paying customer, it is about finding a new way to make money as if the old way was suddenly unprofitable.
* I say on a desktop or laptop, it is a program and not an application. Stop try to make everything a nail simply because suddenly you only want to sell hammers! Tablets and laptops have a different purpose, they are not the same tool.
Last year I had to search Microsoft's own website for something. I decided to use Bing because Microsoft's own search engine should search its own website well. But I was not really finding what I needed. I decided to use Google and then I found the information I needed. Ever since I discovered that Microsoft's search engine does not search Microsoft's website well, I decided to never use Bing again. If your search is inferior on your own website, how much more inferior is it on the rest of the internet?
Re: What the F is "the cloud" anyway?
I hate the cloud. Internets can and will go down at some time. What happens when your internet goes down and your only copy that you need right now is in a cloud? Oh sure, a hard drive can die instantly too, but if you are smart enough to have a backup then you can still get your important files when you need them.
Plus I never trust free cloud services. "The first one is free", says the drug lord to get you hooked. "The first 5GB are free", says the cloud overlord to get you hooked. Then when you are hooked, you'll quickly fill up that free amount and then you want more and more. "I gotta have it man! Give me another 5GB." Then your wallet gets lighter each and every month. Keep your money, I always turn off every cloud feature in Windows 8/8.1. All these cloud programs, like Office 365 and Adobe's products, are just a way to keep getting your money perpetually. I prefer a one-time fee so I can use my program as long as possible.
I like the cloud for sharing copies. But that is a copy, not the only one. I like the cloud for legitimate backup services, although I personally prefer backups that include bare-metal recovery like the one found in Windows Server and Windows Home Server. And by legitimate I do not mean this "My PC backup" junk that infects far too many computers today.
Re: Not just prices - specs too
I am thinking about building a new HTPC and I am trying to decide between the new 4-core 25W Athlon 5350 or if I should wait for the yet to be released 45W A8-7600. I want the higher-quality video that comes with the AMD graphics over the Intel graphics. I have yet to see a video quality test for the Athlon 5350; I am not sure if it is good enough whereas I am confident the A8-7600 is.
Re: Lawyer Alert
No no no. You have it all backwards. Apple just received a patent for a phone with a bigger screen and is now preparing to sue Samsung.
Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?
To Aqua Marina:
I do not discount that some homeopathy works. And I believe people are too pill-happy. However, homeopathy is no substitute for a doctor.
Let me give you a true example. Last January my grandmother had a major heart attack. The last sensible thing she was able to do was call for an ambulance. Her mind was never the same after that. She spent almost the rest of her life in a hospital. My cousin, who was her favorite grandchild, is a hippie who is big into these organic and non-genetically modified foods. He kept claiming that the doctors were killing my grandmother. 4 months after the heart attack, doctors determined my grandmother was well enough for supervised care at home. The day my grandmother came back home, my hippie cousin gave her a homeopathic drink of dandelion leaves and some other things. Two hours later, my grandmother was extremely sick. But my hippie cousin kept fighting the family not wanting to call an ambulance. Eventually an ambulance was called. 5 days later my grandmother was dead.
I will forever associate homeopathic medicine with seeing my grandmother moaning and unable to communicate with her the last days she was alive. Her condition was so bad that I could not bear to see her like that. I saw her on a Saturday and a Sunday. She died on Monday. I just couldn't bring myself to see her one last time, that is how bad it was.
You keep your homeopathy if you want. But never ever think it can replace a real doctor and real medicine.
Re: But do all Macs run OSX?
"Works great for low IQ users. Unfortunately, sucks for everyone else."
I've been told that the best way to learn how to use a Mac is turn off your brain. I do not own a Mac, so I do not know if that is true.
Re: Irony much?
The only organizations that need to be truly transparent are governments and anything funded by the government.
Re: We block it because we have to.
Four things piss me off with web advertisements: (1) Ads that track what I click on, where I go, everything. If I had my way, I would ban any tracking or location-specific advertisements of any kind without a warrant, no exception. (2) Ads that have sound that start playing right away. Related to this are videos that play when you load a page. (3) Ads that cover the page you are looking at forcing you to click something to dismiss it. (4) Ads that look like the website you are on in an attempt to trick you to click on it.
When you annoy your users, the solution is not to annoy them more!
I no longer use AdBlock. I now use Ghostery. You will simply be amazed how many tracking ads some websites have.
Re: What the hell did they expect?
"The results are obvious; Win8 ain't selling. Even those 200 million W8 licenses aren't a sure thing; there's a good chance those Win8 boxes were purchased but immediately wiped clean and had a fresh install of Win7 in its place."
I bought a new Lenovo computer with Windows 7 Professional on it. When it arrived, I found out it was really a Windows 8 Pro downgrade because it included some Windows 8 DVD's and no Windows 7 product key sticker. I hate that Windows 8 does not always include a product key. How many other Windows 8 licenses were sold that were actually only used to downgrade to Windows 7? Furthermore, how many of those Windows 8 licenses were for desktop or laptop computers?
"This transaction will create a leading technology and innovation company, differentiated by its ability to deliver ground-breaking products on a superior network while leveraging a national platform to create operating efficiencies and economies of scale."
Translation: "Bend over because Big Cable is going to screw you big time. Again and again. What are you going to do about it? Switch providers? Ha! We don't care what you think because we don't have to care what you think. But you, you have to pay large fees to get ignored by underpaid support people, experience the joy of service degradation for services that compete with what we offer, and lower and lower usage caps despite the fact that equipment and costs keep getting cheaper and cheaper. So go ahead and bend over. Get used to it, we don't care."
Re: Few things
I really like the Brother brand printers. They suck at photographs, but are otherwise rock-solid. Plus, Brother is not part of the ink cartel and so ink and toner are cheaper than the rest. They are new to the ink game, but not to lasers. In my opinion, they have the best laser printers on the market. Their color laser all-in-ones are big and very heavy, but it should last a long time.
If you want to print lots of photographs then an expensive Epson printer with Epson paper is the way to go. Epson ink uses piezo crystals. I believe they are the only one that does, which is why generic photo paper does not work well with Epson printers. I would not get a lower-end Epson, only the expensive Epson photo printers. On some of the models, you can get a good deal on the ink at amazon.com.
I've been shying away from HP printers for a long time now because their quality has gone in the toilet of late. Bloated drivers with junk I do not want or need. Why does the driver included a Bing toolbar? And it seems they just stop working far too often. This just seals the deal.
Re: Microsoft is on a roll at the moment
Microsoft is on a roll according to who? Microsoft claimed Windows 8 was a resounding success, but was that true? You are just as well to trust the Iraqi Information Minister for the truth. In fact, could you imagine the Iraqi Information Minister's report on Microsoft's sales?
"Windows 8 is a resounding success! Users love it. How can anyone say it is difficult to use with a mouse or touchpad? Also, Linux is already suffering because of Windows 8. In fact, their programmers are committing suicide. Soon, God willing, all computers will run Windows 8."
"Everybody wants Office 365. The reports that people are only getting it because Office 2013 is too expensive are all lies. LibreOffice is no threat. In fact, Office 365 is our most successful product ever. Except Windows 8 of course. Also, Steve Ballmer, God praise his name, is not leaving Microsoft. Those are all lies."
Re: I can guarantee one thing
And the versions that you own will go up even more.
I foresee Google using this to deliver you more personal ads.
For example, your thermostat notes the outside temperature and calculates how much it runs. If your heat runs more than 2/3rd of the other users, Google will then know your heater is older and of a lower efficiency. When you start browsing websites you will then start seeing ads saying "Save money on your heating bill! Call Bob's Heating and AC service."
Another example, your thermostat notes the outside temperature and sees that it is blue butt cold outside. Suddenly you start seeing ads for Sammy's Sweater Shop.
Another example, your connected home learns your habits and notes that your away during the evenings but home during the day. It uses this to assume that you are a night worker and you will start seeing ads in your browser for coffee or energy drinks.
And this could go on and on. The more connected devices you have, the more data can be collected about you. You wouldn't need to be signed in to a Google account on your computer. The "anonymized" data can be connected to the IP address. And thanks to your connected device, Google knows when your IP address changes and thus can keep the data about you for a really long time. I will say no thank you on the connected home.
This is good
If AMD can make enough profit, then they can produce a CPU to compete with Intel. If AMD can produce a CPU that can compete with Intel, then Intel will be forced to get better. And then we all win. Competition makes the world better.
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