* Posts by Wade Burchette

360 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007

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Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrades to suppress PC sales

Wade Burchette

Re: Component sales?

If your friends who want to upgrade to Win10 have W7, tell them don't do it. Windows 8.1 started this undesirable habit of wanting to track you. Windows 10 continues this. If you turn off all the anti-privacy settings, Cortana becomes useless. And when search for programs, files, or features on the start menu, Win10 searches with Bing first then your local computer. I know the Mac spotlight search on the top menu bar does this too, but not with Bing search. That doesn't make it right.

With anybody on Windows 8.1, regain your privacy! Do not use a Microsoft account to log in! Turn off Bing universal search. Turn off all the advertisement and location settings. I know we cannot escape tracking, but that doesn't mean we should give up.

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Windows 10 won't help. The PC biz is doomed, DOOMED, I TELL YOU

Wade Burchette

Re: Correct

I will not be upgrading to Win10 for one reason: privacy. Windows 8.1 and 10 does not respect my privacy at all. I have told Microsoft many times in the Win10 feedback how unhappy I am with the anti-privacy built in to Windows 10. They won't listen, because they know most people won't bother. "Cloud first, mobile first" really means "Customer last".

I know I cannot escape all the tracking done by computers today. That doesn't mean I should just give up.

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First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

Wade Burchette

Re: My Car Is Not a Phone

@AC, what you are suggesting is Homer Simpson's car idea. Maybe he was on to something after all.

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Altice to buy controlling stake in Suddenlink for NINE BEEELION dollars

Wade Burchette

I am worried

Suddenlink is my ISP. Internet speeds start at 50 meg. Less than 40 miles away, a much larger and more populated market has Time Warner Cable and they must pay extra to get 30 meg internet. I get faster speeds for less money. It gets better. When I call tech support, my call is routed to a customer service center about 50 miles away.

If another business venture comes in, I worry that profits will be more important than customer service. On the other hand, this purchase may mean that Suddenlink is no longer fair game to swallowed by the evil Comcrap or evil Time Warner.

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Robocalling Americans? That'll cost you $1.7 MEEELLION

Wade Burchette

Many robocallers use cheap VoIP numbers or even spoofed numbers. One time, my caller-id showed my number.

If I was to introduce a way to block robocallers, what I would do is first allow customers to block any call that originates outside of the country. Or whitelist certain countries, blacklist the rest. Before a VoIP call is completed, the origin must be traced by the IP address. If it cannot be traced, the number is blocked. This will stop the robocallers who use cheap VoIP services and who are outside the jurisdiction of the government. (My proposal shouldn't be limited to the United States but for every country.) I would also require the phone companies to implement a code that customers can dial to report illegal robocallers and that would make the phone company generate a trace log. The report will be grouped by the trace log, not by the phone number so that a single robocaller cannot change numbers every week to avoid suspicion. The trace log would include enough information for investigators to find the scum of this earth. Once a sufficient number of distinct customers complain about a robocaller, an automatic investigation is triggered. Next, since it is illegal in the US to have a recorded telemarketing message, I would run public service announcements explaining want to do when you receive a robocaller.

A complex system that will never be implemented, but it would stop these douches. I received 12 robocallers last week.

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

Wade Burchette

Re: Desperation

Have you used the preview of Windows 10? Just because something doesn't cost money doesn't mean it is free. Windows 10 loves to spy on you, even more than Windows 8.1.

(1) Microsoft still makes it difficult to create a local account only to log in. This nasty started in Windows 8.1. Microsoft shouldn't know when and where I log in.

(2) The default settings are ful of tracking. Use Bing universal search, "Let advertisers use my ID", and so on. You have to give away your privacy for Cortana to work.

(3) The Windows 10 search bar as of right now searches with Bing first then your programs, files, and settings. It shouldn't search Bing at all. But there is no upfront way to prevent it from searching with Bing. If I wanted to search the web, I would open a web browser.

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

Wade Burchette

Re: @h4rm0ny

How much is the MPAA paying you? Seriously?

(1) IT IS NOT STEALING! You can only steal something that physically exists. If I take someone's wallet without permission, that is stealing. If I walk out of a store with a DVD without paying, I stole that DVD. Data does not physically exist. Downloading files without permission is copyright infringement.

(2) Who is advocating that copyright infringement is acceptable? Not me.

(3) Why can't you understand that it is the heavy-handed, myopic, outmoded way of thinking of Big Media that is causing so much copyright infringement? They make it next to impossible to enjoy their product in a way the customer wants. Yet you are blaming the customer for the way we being kicked hard in the groin.

Here is what I want: A movie free of DRM so that I can rip to a hard drive so that I can watch on my computer, my TV, my tablet, whatever anytime I want. I want a movie that goes straight to the movie or straight to the menu without exception. I want a menu that goes away immediately when I press play. And when I press play, I want the movie to begin immediately, without any anti-piracy warnings or company logos or anything else. In short, I want to be able to do what I want, except illegally share my movie, with my legally purchased movie and I don't want to spend 5 minutes trying to watch my legally purchased movie.

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Wade Burchette

You will appreciate this then:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/42696116@N00/4368652757

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Samsung offers $90,000 if you can fix California's epic drought with tech

Wade Burchette

Solution

Turn into King Canute and command the Pacific Decadal Oscillation to switch to its warm phase again.

For those who don't know about the PDO, it is an approximately 30 year cycle between a cool phase and a warm phase. In the warm phase, the water is warmer around Mexico and California. This also means more El Ninos, warm water between South America and Australia, and weaker La Ninas. More warm water means more evaporation which means more rain. In the cool phase, the warm water moves north to around Alaska. The waters around California are cooler and thus less rain. This also means weaker El Ninos and more La Ninas. La Nina usually makes the southern half of the US warm and dry. Long-term droughts are nothing new in that part of the world. For example, the Anasazi Indians, the ones who built pueblo houses in the rocks, had to leave because of drought.

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Verizon in SUDDEN $4.4bn AOL GOBBLE, aims to make fourplay more exciting

Wade Burchette

Did your bill ever go down?

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Ex-NSA security bod fanboi: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

Wade Burchette

Re: Serious question

1 percent of 1,000,000,000 is greater than 50 percent of 1,000,000. Black hats go where the users are.

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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

Wade Burchette

It looks like Media Portal has only partial CableCard support. I need something with full CableCard support since my cable company encrypts some channels. Windows Media Center provided full CableCard support but I've been looking for an alternative because I feared this day was coming. "Cloud first, mobile first, customer last" strikes again.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

Wade Burchette

Re: Why bother upgrading from Windows 7?

From my testing, Windows 7 is miles ahead of Windows 10 still. Windows 7 respects my privacy; Win10 does not. This reason alone makes Windows 7 better. What I really really hate is how the search bar in the start menu searches Bing first and then your programs and files second. It should never ever search the web, ever. If I want to search the web I will use a web browser. I view this as a way to track you. And Cortana may be nice, but she won't work unless you surrender your privacy. I realize I cannot escape all this tracking but it doesn't mean I should give up. But there are more reasons why W7 is better.

W7 has the option of full Aero; Win10 currently does not and it is beginning to look less hopeful that it will. W7 has a customizable start menu; Win10 has the Win10 way or the highway. W7 has an easy to find system restore. W7 has a full backup program; Win10 does not. W7 has a working F8 at boot. This is the second reason why W7 is miles superior to Win10. Whoever thought disabling the feature used to fix machines was a good idea needs to be smacked in the head every day.

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ESPN sues Verizon: People picking their own TV channels? NOOoo!

Wade Burchette

Re: Goodbye ESPN

What is especially annoying is how much ESPN charges to carry their channel. It adds around $5 or $6 to a cable bill. ESPN makes a lot of money from ads and forced carry contracts. In turn they pay out a lot of money in TV contracts to different leagues, both professional and college. If ESPN loses this battle (and I hope they do) then they stand to lose a lot of money. They will have to raise their already high rates to pay for their TV contracts, which will probably turn some more people off ESPN.

I, for one, have no need of ESPN over the summer. If Verizon wins and my cable company follows suit and lets me choose to have ESPN, then I would dump all the ESPN's until the autumn.

"ESPN sucks anyhow, even if you're a sports fan."

The network is filled with homers. They have favorite teams and they do not try to hide their bias. In professional football (American football for those across the pond) they love the 4 teams in the NFC East division. In college football, they love the SEC. In college basketball, they have earned the nickname DSPN for "Duke SPN" because they love Duke university. And I could go on. The homerism is sickening.

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Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

Wade Burchette

Re: Microsoft - Please take your time

I agree. I have a virtual machine testing Win10 and there is much that needs to be done, but probably won't be done because of the "cloud first, mobile first, customer last" approach Microsoft currently has.

There is still no option to enable full Aero. F8 is still disabled by default. (Whoever thought that was a good idea needs to be slapped in the head every day for the rest of his life.) The search on the start menu searches with Bing first and THEN files, programs, and settings on the computer; Bing search on the start menu should be disabled by default. The start menu is not customizable; it is the Win10 way or the highway, unlike previous versions of Windows where you had a choice. There is still no full backup program. The repair installation -- what Microsoft calls an in-place upgrade -- only works when Windows is running; in Windows XP you could repair a non-bootable Windows with the disc, but starting with Windows Vista this was taken away.

But the thing that needs to be implemented more than anything else is a return of privacy. No collection of any data about me for any reason, no exception. No trying to trick or force me to log in with a Microsoft account. The anti-privacy features of Windows 10 is the reason why I'm sticking with Windows 7 until the bitter end. And I told Microsoft this in my feedback. But the shortsightedness of companies today means my feedback will be ignored. Microsoft is trying to find new sources of revenue while forgetting why they became so big to begin with.

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Ebook price-fix saga: Official Apple peeler says probe is fruitless

Wade Burchette

Re: Laws are only for poor people

Fines are just tax write-offs for big business. The best thing to do is issue fines to the people responsible for the decisions that puts the company in contempt of court.

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Someone PLEASE stop patent trolls' stroking their favorite tool, cries Google and friends

Wade Burchette

Another idea I have is a use-it-or-lose-it clause for businesses. If a patent is owned by a business then that business has to actually use that patent in some way. They would have 1 year from the date of the patent was granted to use it. An extension of one year can be granted if the company can prove they are trying to use the patent but have not been able to yet. Two extensions will not be granted. If the business does not use the patent, the patent becomes public domain. Before any case would go to trial, the business holding the patent must prove they will actually use the patent before they can sue anyone.

I would have different rules for patents held by individuals. If a person patents something, he or she does not need to use the patent. But he can sell the patent to a business, in which case the use-it-or-lose-it clause takes effect starting one year from the date of sale.

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

Wade Burchette

Re: Windows-as-a-Service

I can promise you that if Microsoft does Windows-as-a-service then they will have seen the last of my money. There is no way that I will pay a monthly or yearly fee to use my computer; I know I will be in the majority. A subscription OS will be as popular as the ugliest girl at the prom.

I swear, today's big software businesses have forgotten why they became big in the first place. In their zeal to make more money, they are screwing over the paying customer. Look at Adobe, look at how they screw us now. "Cloud first, mobile first" really means "customer last". You can piss on your customers for so long before they revolt. Make a product worth buying; don't make me pay for the privilege to use your product.

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Samsung's bend blame blast: We DEMAND a Galaxy S6 Edge do-over

Wade Burchette

Doesn't matter

The S6 took out the microSD card, I wouldn't touch it with a 20 foot pole.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

Wade Burchette

Re: DNT = AdBlock Plus

I like Ghostery better than AdBlock. Ghostery blocks ads from tracking you, not ads themselves. The side-effect is that many ads are blocked because they only work if they track you. Some ads do remain with Ghostery.

I have a few rules for advertisements before I will pay attention to them: (1) Absolutely no tracking in any way, shape, or form, no exception. (2) Absolutely no auto-play videos, except when I click on a link for a video. The ad before the video is fine but it may only start when I choose to view the video. (3) Absolutely no geo-location at all. No "[city name] man saves hundreds on car insurance" type ads, which usually feature some creepy animated gif. (4) The ad may not at any time take up all or part of a website so that it blocks the view of the website.

If TV and radio can survive without tracking ads, why can't the internet?

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Judge greenlights class-action suit accusing AMD of securities fraud

Wade Burchette

Re: I hope AMD win this.

I hope AMD wins too. The last thing we need is a weaker AMD. That means less money for R&D, which means they will be further behind Intel, which means Intel can jack up prices, which means we lose. It would also mean less money for the graphics R&D as well which would let NVidia get way ahead, which would mean NVidia will jack up prices, and again we lose. Everyone should hope AMD wins because competition helps lower prices and drive innovation.

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Microsoft to slash price of top-level MSDN subs for Visual Studio 2015

Wade Burchette

What would be really great

Microsoft, you know what would be really great? If you bring back TechNet subscription.

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Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

Wade Burchette

Re: Samsung AMD one sounds a bit rubbish

The problem with AMD is their never had the R&D capital or advertising money to compete with Intel. Back when AMD was better, Intel used illegal tactics to keep AMD down and all AMD got of it was a large settlement. But imagine if AMD had been allowed to compete on their own, AMD would have been better off and better competition is a good thing.

And today, AMD finds itself in another bad position. The current A-series line of CPU's is good enough for most people, but OEM's tend to put them in junk machines. Only HP puts the AMD chips in good machines, and those are only special order.

If Samsung bought AMD, they could get more capital, have more R&D, compete with Intel, forcing Intel to lower prices and work harder, which will force AMD to keep prices lower and work hard, and we all win.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

Wade Burchette

Want to impress me?

If Microsoft wants to really impress me then make sure all updates to their browser do not require a restart of the computer.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

Wade Burchette

Re: The GOP has started already

Who are you going to vote for? The people who put you in this mess or the people who are going to keep you in this mess?

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Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

Wade Burchette

Re: Fellow commentards - help needed pls...

I personally use Eset. What I like about Eset most of all is the small footprint, which is the primary reason I keep using it. It has good detection but it is not perfect. For anything it cannot clean, a removal tool is available of the company's website. Every antivirus product has some weakness. For me Eset has fewer weaknesses than any other product I have used. My experience has shown that Eset can stop Cryptowall but not Poweliks, but Eset makes the best Poweliks removal tool I've seen.

I have heard good things about Vipre, but I don't have any experience with it to make an informed decision. I am always looking for something better.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

Wade Burchette

Win10 still not quite there yet

A few things are needed to make it excellent. I played with the latest build last night.

1) A fully customizable start menu. If you like Windows 2000 style start, you should be able to get it. Windows XP style, you got it. Windows 7 style, no problem. Windows 10 style, your choice.

1a) The Windows 10 start menu currently shows all programs (look it, on a computer it isn't an app) alphabetically. The start menu needs to go back to a hierarchy layer like all previous start menus.

2) 100% Aero available. If you don't like it, don't use it. But make it available.

3) Return my privacy! Right now, I have to uncheck so many options in Windows 10 (and Windows 8.1) to stop my OS from tracking me. Even after I uncheck all these options, the search box that you use to search programs and files on your computer also searches the web. And guess which search engine is used? It is not DuckDuckGo. And it is actually quite annoying because it seems like web results appear faster than results on your computer. I realize I cannot escape tracking, but that does not mean I should just give up.

4) Return F8! Seriously, removing the option to press F8 was perhaps the stupidest decision Microsoft made in Windows 8. And that is saying a lot. In Windows 8 if your computer gets stuck in infinite reboot loop there is no way to get to safe mode or a repair console to try and fix it. F8 needs to return immediately.

5) Stop hiding system restore.

6) Provide a proper backup program. One like you find with Windows 7, except that it prunes old backups when the disk space is full.

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'What don't we want? Robots. When don't we want them? Ever.' Anti-droid hipsters hit SXSW

Wade Burchette
Joke

If only there were 3 laws that we could give the robots ...

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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

Wade Burchette

"Cloud first, mobile first" really means "customer last".

The same myopic thinking is what led to Windows 8. Microsoft forgot that you don't put a screw in with a hammer and you don't put a nail in with a screwdriver; different tools have different purposes. A desktop/laptop is a different tool than a tablet. Microsoft assumed using the same tool for the same job would work. But it was a disaster.

And I hate the cloud. I have very fast internet, 50 megs. But I tell you the truth, I avoid the cloud like the plague. Can you really trust your information when it is on someone's else server? What happens when, not if, your internet goes down and the copy you need right now is in the cloud? Though very reliable, outages do happen and you better hope you have a cached copy. What happens when, not if, their servers go down and you need right now a copy in that cloud? Look what happened with Adobe Create Cloud went down for several hours. It is my opinion that the only use for the cloud is for sharing files and secondary backups. It is also my opinion that businesses are pushing the cloud because they want to take money from you every month for the rest of your life.

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Microsoft opens kimono on Windows 10 Universal App Platform

Wade Burchette

My problem with "universal app" is that a tablet is not a desktop or laptop. Microsoft is still trying to use a screwdriver to put in a nail; different tools have different purposes. "Cloud first, mobile first" really means "customer last".

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Apple: Fine, we admit it – MacBook Pros suffer wonky GPU crapness

Wade Burchette

Re: Sad

This is because Apple is trying desperately to maintain the persona that their products are somehow better and just using their products makes you better. It is a brilliant marketing strategy.

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Skin colour's irrelevant. Just hire competent folk on their merits, FFS

Wade Burchette

Re: Amen, but where is our voice ?

In today's politically correct world, it is okay to be sexist, so long as you are not a male. And it is okay to be racist, so long as you are not white (or should I say Caucasian).

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

Wade Burchette

"hair-disentangling kit"

Isn't that just a fancy phrase for "scissors"?

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

Wade Burchette

I don't mind advertisements. There are a few criteria ads have to meet before I consider them acceptable. (1) Absolutely no tracking at all, no exception. (2) Absolutely no geo-location using IP address, no ads like "[my city name] man saves hundreds with the one simple trick" type ads. (3) No auto-play videos, which is especially annoying when there is sound and you don't know where it is from. (4) No blocking of any part of the web page. (5) No creepy or annoying animation; usually these ads are with the geo-location ads.

I use the ghostery add-on, because it can block all those ads but it doesn't block all ads.

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INTERNET of STUFF: Google to replace old Dropcams for $0.00

Wade Burchette

Re: "Rather than making old cams redundant trash..."

Just because something does not cost money does not mean it is free.

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

Wade Burchette

Re: However...

The US Supreme Court ruled that when someone flashes their lights to warn of a police trap that that was protected speech. If you want to put the police in an untenable situation, ask them that if the purpose of a police trap is to get people to slow down, then how is it a bad thing when you caused a person to slow down? The officer will not want to admit that a speed trap is about money.

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Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

Wade Burchette

My new Office wishlist

For all that is good and holy, LET ME ACTIVATE OFFICE WITHOUT A MICROSOFT ACCOUNT!!!

Next, take the UI in Office and throw in a sack, throw the sack in a safe, and hurl the safe in the sun. From the blog I see the look of Office "2016" is far superior to Office 2013 insofar as the all capital menus are gone and there are *gasp* rounded edges. But it is still far inferior to Office 2003. The flat look has to go yesterday. The UI designers at Microsoft need to be sent packing because even Windows 10 still has this flat look despite the many many requests for Aero to return.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

Wade Burchette

Re: If Win7 is "OK" till 2020

"How about Windows 95, Windows 97, Windows 2000.

Makes Windows 10 look real old . . ."

The sad part is the UI on each of these makes Windows 10 look really old.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

Wade Burchette

Microsoft is still not listening

I put in a request for Aero to return several times. Many other people did too. Is Aero back? There are two reasons why I'm sticking with Windows 7 until the bitter end, and maybe beyond. First, Aero, because that flat square look is hard on my eyes and I have a hard time finding anything on the screen. Second, Windows 10 still has that "cloud first, mobile first" strategy. Doesn't Microsoft get it? A tablet is a different tool than a laptop. You don't put a screw in with a hammer, you use a screwdriver. This touch UI design needs to confined to tablets and phones only. Windows 7 focuses on the laptop and desktop, and it also doesn't have built-in cloud/Bing/advertisement integration like Windows 8/8.1/10. Just because you put a start button back doesn't mean you fixed the problem. Listen! Stop trying to make a desktop a tablet!

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Will fondleslab's fickle finger of fate help Windows 10?

Wade Burchette

Re: I think I'm getting old :(

Well ... Windows 10 still has the tight cloud/Bing integration, still wants you to use a Microsoft account to log in, still wants to track you for advertising purposes by default, and still has the hideous ugly flat look that makes it hard for the eyes to focus on what is needed. For those reasons, I am still sticking with Windows 7.

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Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats

Wade Burchette

Re: I'd consider switching from XP to 7...

Until Microsoft reintroduces Aero and removes all that Bing/advertising/Live ID junk found in Windows 8/8.1 and currently still found in Windows 10, then you will have to pry Windows 7 from my cold, dead fingers. It is bad enough websites track you, it is much worse when your OS does. Sure I can turn it off, but the default settings is on. And most people don't know because when they first turn on W8 they get two options "Express (recommend)" and "Customize" -- people don't know that what Microsoft recommends means it benefits Microsoft not you. This "cloud first, mobile first" strategy Microsoft has really means "customer last". And then during set up you get to a step which try to force you to use a Live ID to sign in. To use a local account, which EVERYONE should do no exception, requires two steps which are not straightforward. Everyone should use a local account because I've met several people whose password suddenly stopped working and every single one had a Live ID account to log in. Four times is not a coincidence, it is a trend. And the problem plagued both Windows 8 and 8.1.

Until the tracking for advertising purposes is gone and until the OS is easy on the eyes, I will put off upgrading as long as I possibly can.

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

Wade Burchette

My problem with Internet Explorer is that an update, any update, to it requires a restart of your computer. There is no good reason to weld a browser that tight to an operating system. Windows 10 needs to fix that, making sure that IE is a separate program and not part of the OS. You should be able to get any version of IE you want, even if you are running Windows XP or Vista.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

Wade Burchette

Re: So

@AC -- "Not to nitpick, but "dimunition" isn't a word; "diminution" I guess is what you're shooting for (pun intended)."

Thank you. You embiggened my vocabulary with that cromulent explanation.

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Microsoft shutters Office 365's free web site service

Wade Burchette

Mobile first, cloud first, ...

customer last. That is Microsoft's new strategy.

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

Wade Burchette

I do not fault the movie theater for the price. Here in the US, the first two weeks a movie is out, most of the ticket revenue go straight to the studio. After that, the theater gets most of the ticket revenue. For that reason, I generally make it a point to see a movie a few weeks after it has been released. Without the popcorn and sodas, most cinemas would go under real quick.

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Wade Burchette
Joke

Re: Control your media better.

@thomas k:

Make better movies! That is crazy talk! Now if you will excuse me, I will go make a superhero movie with $200 million in CGI and forget to have a plot or hire good actors. A good plot and a good story is hard work, I hate hard work. I rather replace those things with lots of sex, lots of cursing, extreme violence, and CGI to get people in the seats. And if people fail to show up, I will just blame piracy like I always do. It must be pirates. Why wouldn't everybody want to see my violent sexy movie with no story or plot? Why wouldn't everybody want to see yet another superhero movie? I will tell you why, because pirates are stealing my movies and people watch them at home, that is why. Hollywood is blessed, we can do no wrong.

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Pirate Bay towed to oldpiratebay.org

Wade Burchette

Re: NO.

I would be willing to compromise on the issue of DRM. One thing I am not willing to compromise on is the junk inserted before the movie even plays. If I insert my Blu-Ray that I legally purchased, very rarely does it go straight to the movie or straight to a menu. Often you get an unskippable promo of the studio as if the movie does not have it when you press play, then "coming soon to a theater near you", then the unskippable anti-piracy warning which tells me piracy is wrong, sometimes even more junk, then the menu. And when you finally press play, you have to wait through a legal disclaimer "the opinions in the commentary are their own" before finally the movie starts. If I pirate, I just push play.

I wish I could make a law that says a disc has to go straight to the main menu or straight to the movie unless it is a special disc originally sold to a movie rental company.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Wade Burchette

In the words of Homer Simpson to Ned Flanders

"You suck-didly-uck new Reg!"

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Apple lawyers fight to silence dead Steve Jobs: 'No right' to hear him from beyond the grave

Wade Burchette

Re: Not strange to me...

I know someone who actually saw the planes fly into the twin towers. Saw with his own two eyes. In fact, I will see him again in a few minutes after I post this.

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Brit boffins debunk 'magnetic field and cancer' link

Wade Burchette

Re: You can't use science to disprove theories not based on science

Reminds me of a news story I read about a long time ago (I wished I had saved the link) about a cellular tower AT&T put up in a residential neighborhood. After it was put up, people in the neighborhood complained about headaches because of the tower. They complained so much that the local news started to investigate. When the news investigated, they discovered AT&T had yet to run electricity to the tower.

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