255 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007
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.
Re: Has he been convicted yet?
How do we know that these aren't his bitcoins? The article says so.
"In a statement, US prosecutor Preet Bharara announced the forfeiture of 29,655 Bitcoins."
"He is contesting the forfeiture of the 144,336 Bitcoins seized from his computer after claiming he legitimately owns them. These are now worth about $130m."
Re: A choice of words
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong." - Albert Einstein
You should really really look into how the so-called 97% consensus came about. You will see it is majorly flawed. I'm not going to tell you how, because I want you to research. And I want you to research because that will make you a mortal enemy of the global warming movement. I want you to ask the dangerous questions "Is it true?" and "Where is the raw data so others can verify?" and "Why don't you live in a way you tell me I have to live?"
And petitionproject.org destroys the "97% consensus" argument immediately. Science is not be consensus! Science is by dissent!
Bring back Aero too
I hate square corners! I hate MENUS IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS! Windows 8 and Office 2013 make it difficult for my eyes to find anything. Bring back the start menu and bring back Aero.
Re: @frank ly "It's a patent that is........"
Funny, I just checked on my iPad and the law office it gave me was Dewey, Cheatum & Howe.
Re: cars are not computers
"I just hope they don't start actually making cars, because that could get nasty."
I can see it now. Introducing the new Microsoft Car 8.0 featuring a square steering wheel but no start button. Instead, to use the vehicle you must push a series of tiles on the included touchscreen which is always on by default. Next year, Microsoft will introduce Car 8.1 with an included start button, but the start button only activates the touch screen and doesn't actually start the vehicle.
Re: A Chain is only as Strong as it's Weakest Link
I currently only one two complaints with Windows Server 2012. First, TIFKAM does not belong within 5 million miles of a server operating system. Classic Shell fixes that problem. Second, currently Server 2012 R2 is incompatible with all versions of Exchange. (That was a lesson I learned the hard way.) Exchange 2013 SP1 will fix that problem next year.
So the biggest flaws of Server 2012 can be fixed with free software or time. Because of that, it is my opinion that Server 2012 is the second best OS Microsoft ever made, behind Windows 7 but ahead of the original Windows Home Server. Server 2012 Essentials makes managing your server really really easy. The more I use it, the more I love it.
Why is the answer to our problems always "worse than we thought"? And why is the answer always "stop your way of life" or "pay us more money"?
I will begin to believe in catastrophic anthropogenic climate change when (1) the scientists and individuals promoting this live the life they tell me I have to live; lead by example, (2) the scientists promoting this engage in an open, honest debate with a scientist who does not agree with them, (3) the scientists promoting this always make their raw, unaltered data available as required by the scientific method, and (4) the individuals promoting this stop using derogatory and insulting terms like "holocaust denier" and "flat earther" and "Big Oil funded" and "Koch funded" and so on.
I, too, also have no problem with ads. I have a problem with ads that track you, that are annoying, and that are meant to look like the actual web page. The problem advertisers don't seem to understand is that the more you bombard us, the more we tune you out. We have ads everywhere we go. When I ride the bus, I see an ad. When I go to a game, I see an ad. When I rent a movie, I see an ad. I'm surprised these people haven't gone the Futurama route and started pumping ads in my dreams.
If you want your advertisements to be more effective, we need LESS of them, not more. And they need to be simple and not aggravating. I use the Ghostery add-on for a reason.
What I do for websites that I want to support is I run Internet Explorer in private mode, go to the website, click on an ad, and then wait a little bit and click a link on the advertiser's website so that the original website gets credit. Then I close IE and run CCleaner to get rid of any trace of tracking.
Re: pissing off even a small portion of the customer base
Funny, I thought it was pissing off a LARGE portion of the customer base was the standard MS operating procedure.
Re: Still not enough
I wish I could triple up-rate the OP.
"Microsoft needs to get it through their thick skulls that a desktop computer with a keyboard, mouse, and upright screen is NOT A TABLET and any "touch-optimized" user interface elements are also "desktop-hobbled." *ALL* of these elements need to be presented in a desktop-optimized mode when running on a desktop."
More to the point: different tools have different purposes. A hammer is not ideal for putting in a screw and a tablet UI is not ideal for a desktop/laptop. The purpose of a hammer is different than a screwdriver; the purpose of a tablet is different than a desktop/laptop. Microsoft forget this important rule.
I will be installing 8.1 tomorrow. But I already know it doesn't get rid of my second grievance of Windows 8: the fact that the UI is hard on my eyes. The square corners with just two colors just make it hard for my eyes to focus on anything. Windows 3 had more color contrasts. AND THE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS ON KEY MENUS ALSO MAKES IT HARD TO FIND WHAT YOU NEED. (That is the reason why I will not install Office 2013.) Windows 8 is two features short of being very good: A proper start menu and the return of Aero. I say this in truth, Windows 8 would be on my primary computer if Aero was still around. Start8 solves the other problem with Win8.
Re: When will these idiots realise
To second AC:
(A) It is not stealing, it is copyright infringement. There is a difference. You cannot steal something that does not physically exist. I can steal the physical disc the movie is on. See the difference?
(B) Why do you assume the original poster wanted his content without paying? How do you go from "I want my content easy-to-use" to "YOU THIEF!!!!"? Why is it when someone wants to put the content they legally paid for on other devices without complications, it suddenly becomes one of the 7 deadly sins?
And before you call me a thief, I am not advocating piracy. I am advocating that content providers stop treating everybody like a criminal. I am advocating that content providers treat their paying customers better. I am advocating that Hollywood stop using piracy as an excuse for people not wanting to see the tripe they put out. I would welcome a watermark, provided I can rip the movie, make a backup copy of the movie, re-edit the movie, re-encode the movie, and put the movie on other devices I own. Why should I have to pay for a movie again just to put it on my tablet? Why should fair use be shoved aside just because of a few lawbreakers? Treat me like a customer, and not like a bad person.
"Too much change will kill the company."
As proof: look at the disaster that is Windows 8. Too much changed between Windows 7 and Windows 8, and look at the results.
Re: Smug git icon requirred
FireFox for Android supports AdBlock.
When Microsoft first announced this decision, I fired off an email to them begging them to reconsider. I listed all the reasons why I need TechNet and how this will hurt my business. But I also told them that my request will likely fall on deaf ears considering how well Microsoft has listened to customers lately. I told Microsoft in the email that all we asked for in Windows 8.1 was a start menu. But you didn't listen and gave us everything except a start menu. I concluded by begging them to just listen.
I knew my request would be ignored because they probably didn't like me mentioning Windows 8. But it is the truth. Microsoft thinks they can bully and piss off people with impunity. The TechNet cancellation has pissed me off. So much so that if Windows does not return to a workable version, I will be switching to Linux or Mac and I will recommend all my customers do the same as well.
Re: I have a dream....
There is a difference between the Wall Street and the NSA. The people on Wall Street contributed to a campaign, so the government was not really looking for someone to blame because if they dug too deep they would lose big campaign funding. You don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Maybe this is Steve Ballmer 2.0?
"Greens cannot have their cake and eat it. they need to choose, fossil fuels or nuclear, they can't have the 'neither' option*. because 'neither' would mean blackouts and 3rd-world standard of living."
That is what some of the more radical environs actually want.
I think the RT would have more success if it wasn't called Windows RT. When you think of Windows, you think of a start menu and multiple windows open. And why choose RT? I know it stands for runtime, but does the target audience know that and know why Microsoft chose that? Does Microsoft know why they choose RT? The whole world isn't a tablet. Leave the tablet UI on a tablet and give it a different name. You could have called it Tiles. Like the original Windows name, it well describes what is going on. Or even Windows Tablet. Something, anything other than Windows RT would have been better.
Re: Too late for me
"Xbox One strategy was clearly designed by the money men without considering what gamers really wanted."
That also sounds like the Windows 8 strategy on desktop and laptops, except replace gamers for general users.
I don't trust the cloud, period. I don't care whose service it is. I have my documents backed up daily. If something happens to my computer and backup, chances are I will be on the phone with my insurance company.
Skeptical Science! Really! I would trust a known thief with my life savings before I would trust them with the truth.
If you want science, true science, go to climateaudit.org. Facts are the environmental movement's kryptonite. Start studying objective websites, not the mis-named skeptical science.
What about "GiveUsMoreMoney Drive"? Or "WeAreJealousOfAppleAndGoogle Drive"? Or "BallmerDrive"?
Re: Desktop monopoly
I'm going to fight against SaaS tooth-and-nail. And then when I loose my teeth and nails fighting against it, I will still keep fighting.
Re: Deck Chairs, Titanic
What I would do is disable TIFKAM by default on everything except tablets and convertible laptops. And then allow the user to easily switch between the two interfaces. Emphasis on easily.
I would also bring back Aero and toss the current look-and-feel of Windows 8 in a sack and toss the sack in a safe and then toss the safe in the deepest part of the ocean with a heavy anchor. I understand you need a simplified look for tablets, but what Windows 8 did is an eyesore.
My final requests are to disassociate Windows with Bing, Skydrive, and any other Microsoft service. The app store can stay but ONLY for TIFKAM applications. Stop calling real programs "apps". And stop all the creepy spying on our using habits, such as how long we are using the computer.
<< Microsoft are going to have to think carefully from now on. They're rapidly turning Windows desktop into an "OS for Dummies" >>
I disagree with that. They are turning Windows into an OS whose sole purpose is to give Microsoft more money.
This is reason #1,617 for not using Windows 8.
Re: Divine Justice
More proof that there is a just and loving God.
"Listening to the admen? that's like consulting criminals when drafting new laws."
Uh ... you just described just about every politician.
Listening to admen is like consulting the fox regarding the hen house.
Re: This has nothing to do with
And the more Microsoft tries to push subscriptions, the more people will want alternatives. Microsoft is killing the golden goose in more ways than one and they are too stubborn to listen to the people telling them they are making big mistakes.
Re: Mature market.
"So what's really driving all these proclamations of death of the PC? Why are PC sales down?"
In short: Windows 8. This is a product you either love or hate. Despite what the people who love Windows 8 say, the majority hate it. It is fine on a tablet or convertible laptop, but not on a regular laptop or desktop. I promise you this: If Windows 7 was still sold in the stores you would see a huge uptick in PC sales. I helped someone order a new HP laptop. The salesman said over the phone that there was a 2 week delay on that Windows 7 model due to high demand. 3 weeks later, her laptop arrived. Windows 8 is the reason PC sales are down. And Microsoft is too stubborn to admit that different tools have different purposes and too greedy to let other companies make money a different way than themselves.
The best move Microsoft could make would be to replace Steve Ballmer with a telephone answering machine. First, the answering machine would be a far superior leader. Second, at least someone at Microsoft will start listening to customers.
Re: Upgrades? Schmuckgrades!
I helped someone buy a new Windows 7 laptop from HP. The person on the phone informed her that due to high demand it would be two weeks before the laptop shipped. Three weeks later, she got her new laptop.
Like you said, Mr/Mrs Average Computer User is shopping. They are shopping for computers without Windows 8. There is a high demand for new computers, just not for Windows 8 computers. I promise you this: if Windows 7 was on the shelf, computer demand would jump significantly.
What is creepy is how Microsoft knows how much time you spend using it. Reason #1,682 not to use Windows 8.
Re: Now is the time?
Once again, Microsoft proves they are run by an idiot. Just when I think Microsoft couldn't get any dumber, they prove me wrong. When you make it more expensive to use your products, people will either pirate or move on. I don't plan on pirating, I plan on protesting and moving on.
TechNet allowed me to get the disc for most Microsoft products without having to buy each individual product. You don't know how valuable a service that is. And now they are taking that away. TechNet allowed me to learn Microsoft products which, in turn, led me to recommend those products because I know how to use them and thus can help you use them. Now ...
I can promise you this: I am going to start recommending LibreOffice for all but a few people. Microsoft is screwing the golden goose. I can test LibreOffice for free, soon I won't be able to Microsoft Office for free. And that means I won't be recommending Office. There ain't nobody immune to repeat blunders. Sooner, not later, such stupidity will catch up Microsoft.
I do plan on sending Microsoft a polite email telling them how stupid this is. Considering how little Microsoft listens of late, I doubt it will do any good.
Windows 7 computers are selling well. I help someone buy a HP Windows 7 laptop. She bought it over the phone. The HP salesman said over the phone that because demand was so high for this Windows 7 model, it would be 2 weeks before the laptop could ship.
If the OEM would get some balls and put Windows 7 back on the shelf, I guarantee you they will go quickly. People want new computers; people don't want Windows 8.
Re: Lenovo Thumbs Up #2
I helped someone order a Windows 7 laptop from HP earlier this month. For reasons I don't know, HP has different models for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Because of that and the high demand for Windows 7 computers, this person had to wait 2 weeks for the laptop to ship. And she was told over the phone that the delay was because of high demand.
People want computers; they want Windows 7 and not Windows 8.
Re: Backtrack much?
I don't think this is backtracking. I think this is desperation. Despite what Microsoft tells us and despite what some Windows 8 zealots tell us, Windows 8 is as popular as rug burn. The people who rail against it are the vocal majority. I helped a friend order a HP laptop with Windows 7 on it and the HP salesperson on the phone stated that due to demand it would be 2 weeks before the laptop would even ship. I think Microsoft wants to put people in stores and try to convince people how much "better" and "easier" Windows 8. But if you have to convince me something is better or easier, then it is not otherwise I would noticed that right away.
Re: What will they wear?
I'm going to ask if I can buy a computer with Windows 7. And when the inevitably say no, I will then ask "why not?"
Re: A Shot In The Arm?
" I am not so sure that PC sales are capable of getting a shot in the arm at all, for any reason, under any circumstances."
There is still a huge demand for new computers, but they have to be running Windows 7. I helped a friend buy a new HP with Windows 7 on it. The sales person on the phone stated that due to high demand it will be two weeks before the computer can even ship. I guarantee you that if a store had a shelf full of Windows 7 computers they would sell out in days.
Re: Land of the Free?
One of the US's founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, said "any society that will give up a little bit of liberty to gain a little bit of security will deserve neither and lose both". I am amazed at how willingly people give up their privacy and liberties all in the name of protection.
Which reminds me of another quote, this one from Shakespeare: "And many strokes, though with a little axe, hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak." A little bit of our rights cut off here, a little bit there, and eventually we will have no rights.
Re: "...a social robot companion..."
The space pope warned us about dating a robot. I wouldn't want to get electo-gonorrhea, the noisy killer.
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