* Posts by Wade Burchette

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Samsung, Oppo collared in smartphone bloatware probe

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Re: It's not installing the bloatware that's the issue

I bought the Galaxy Note 10.1 last year on sale and it came bundled with a lot of bloat -- Facebook, NY Times, and other junk. This tablet was not through a mobile phone company, it was purchased direct. And I could not uninstall or disable that bloat.

Cyanogenomod took care of that. No more bloat. I shouldn't have had to do that.

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

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Re: wait for it...

@Steve:

F8 is disabled by default in Windows 8/8.1/10. It is my opinion that the person who thought disabling F8 was a good idea needs to be smacked in the head every day for the rest of his life.

Also, sometimes the three time fail does not get you into a recovery console. This is especially true if you get a blue screen. The only guaranteed way to get to the recovery console is to hold shift after you click on the shutdown icon. But Windows has to be running for that to work.

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

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Once again

"It's not a terribly bad music service, but it falls well short of what Apple talked up at WWDC."

So, once again, another Apple product/service that few would want if the exact same thing did not have Apple's logo plastered on it.

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

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Let me see ...

When I last used Windows 10, it had the following issues:

* The most requested feature, Aero, is still not available to those who want it.

* There is still no proper backup program.

* F8 is still not enabled by default.

* Anti-privacy measures are enabled by default.

* The start menu is not customizable, unlike the one in Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000, ME, 98, 95, NT.

* The start menu does not organize programs in a hierarchy.

* System Restore is still hard to find.

* Programs are still called "apps".

If those problems aren't "significant issues", then one wonders how bad something has to be to be a significant issue.

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Windows 10 is due in one month: Will it be ready?

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Re: Will it be ready? Maybe, but ...

My main opinion of Windows 10 is that it is really Windows 8.1 with even less respect for your privacy (Cortana does not work without surrendering your privacy and the search box searches with Bing first then your programs, settings, and files even if you turned of Bing universal search), a smaller version of the start screen, and multiple desktops. I realize there is a little more to that, but if I had to describe Win10 in a concise manner, that is what I would say.

The features people really want -- like a fully customizable start screen that was found in all other versions of Windows, the option to enable Aero, a proper backup program, the return of F8, and to stop calling programs "apps" -- are not there. Those are serious flaws.

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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

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Re: Clouds are like Vista and 8....

I've been saying it for a while: "cloud first, mobile first" really means "customer last".

I absolutely hate the direction Windows is going. The most requested feature in Win10 was Aero. Did Microsoft listen? I realize some people hate Aero. That is fine. In Win7, you had that choice. Microsoft is taking away our choices. They are telling us what to like instead of giving us what we like. You can bet your last dollar that if people did not raise such a vocal stink about the mouse-unfriendly start screen that it would still be here. Look at how many people hate the ribbon menus. What did Microsoft do? Put it in even more places. Microsoft is not listening. At this point, the only thing keeping me with Windows are my games.

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Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

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Re: Who the hell uses Java nowadays?

One of the reasons why I wanted HD DVD to win the format battle was because it didn't use Java.

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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

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Re: Fine them

No, don't give them a tax write-off. Give them one of two choices: cancel the fee you requested to complete the roll-out and give a refund to every customer who paid this extra fee all those years; or fine the persons overseeing Verizon service in the New York City area.

When you just fine the companies, the decision makers still have no incentive to do right and worse, the people harmed usually may not get appropriate financial compensation. You hit the wallets of the people screwing us and you watch how quickly they will get in line.

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Phone scamming up 30 percent last year: Report

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Re: Can't help but feel...

Of course they are! But implementing features that make life less annoying is not profitable. People are not going to give up their telephone because of the scammers and it will cost a lot of money to implement a system to stop this.

What we need is a system where spoofing a number is impossible. If a number is inconsistent with its origin, then the call is rejected. If a number has no number associated, then the call is rejected. And we also need a way to report scams quickly. I would like a system that if you get a scam, you dial *11, for example, and the last number that you called you, whether you answered or not, is reported to be a scam. (Of course, there should be a confirmation system: "The last number that called you was xxxxxxxx. Press 1 to report this as a scam otherwise hang up the phone.") After reporting a scam, the phone company will be required to trace and store the call details: where the call came from, the origin telco, and any other information needed to identify scammers. If a telco is consistent in allowing scammers, you would have the option to block all calls from that telco. You would also have the option to blacklist all or some international calls, international roaming mobile phones do not count provided the phone is verified. A telco could not act against a small number of scam complaints, because some are bound to be false. Legitimate telemarketers are annoying but not scammers, they would be reported by many to be scammers. A scammer reporting system would quickly make it hard on these people.

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Microsoft finally finishes its PowerPC emulator

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What about the original XBox

Will those games be backwards compatible?

The reason why I love my PC games is that in 20 years I can still play them. I still play Transport Tycoon, a game released in 1995. Actually, thanks to DosBox, I was playing Starflight 1 (1986), Starflight 2 (1991), and Star Control 2 (1992) last year.

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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Re: Cortana ...

In my beta testing of Win10 I have found that you cannot use Cortana without surrendering your privacy. I will not do that. I really have found that Win10 is mostly Win8.1 with a start menu that is like a mini start screen, multiple desktops, and even less respect for your privacy.

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Screw you, ISPs: Net neutrality switches on THIS FRIDAY – US court

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"Today simply marks the beginning of a protracted legal fight over the legality of the FCC’s takeover of the Internet,"

I am still trying to figure out how making the ISP's provide the service the customers pay for without any prejudice is somehow a takeover of the internet. I'm still trying to figure out how making the ISP's provide a service that they always did at one time and allowed the internet to grow to the size it is today until they became greedy is somehow a takeover of the internet.

This is why I hate politicians. They all screw you. The Republicans bow to their corporate overlords. The Democrats rob everyone, except themselves and their buddies, to buy votes. The end result is we are screwed.

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Vintage Ask toolbar is malware – and we'll kill Jeeves, says Microsoft

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Re: Flash....

Yeah, that accursed McAfee security scan plus that wants to install after my daily Adobe Flash security update. And like all other McAfee products it is a useless, resource hogging piece of junk. It is almost like a competition at McAfee to see how much they can slow your computer down. It has actually become worse ever since Intel bought them.

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Screw you, Apple! We're still making phones no one wants – Samsung

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Re: Battery & Micro-SD?

I still cannot help buy wonder why the S6 took away those things. If I wanted a device more like an iPhone, I would buy an iPhone.

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

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I would buy the sun

But I'm afraid that in 5 billion more years it will start to run out of fuel.

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AT&T: We'll play nice with net neutrality, just let us gobble DirecTV

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Re: You gotta love the arrogance

I would make AT&T put that in writing, signed, notarized, and then a copy must be given to anybody who has any form of AT&T service. Then require AT&T to place a permanent link on their homepage with a notice which says they will obey net neutrality. And included in the notice is that if AT&T does not provide 100% net neutrality then the penalty is to give all their customers, no matter what service, a free month of service. And when they do all that, say "we will think about it".

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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Re: Avoiding people with clipboards and television cameras is a very basic skill

I will expand on that and say I also avoid people with television cameras. Many years ago when Star Wars Ep. 1 came out, I saw that piece of garbage with my brother and a friend. We came out of the movie studio and there was a lady from the local news wanting to interview us. We purposefully were trying to avoid her, but she came walking briskly toward us anyway. When she asked to interview us, all 3 of us said no and kept walking. She had the look of confusion, as if nobody has ever turned her down. The last thing I needed is my picture on TV with the words "local Star Wars fan" under it, especially that Star Wars movie.

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Network negotiations nix 2015 Apple TV streaming

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Re: Challenge

If you and I know how lousy today's TV shows are, then execs know it too. Why do you think they force you to buy a bundle of channels? The execs know that if a la carte was allowed, many channels will die. If they die, that means less ad revenue and less collected fees from cable subscribers. (I never understood why I have to pay a monthly fee for the privilege of watching at least 15 minutes of commercials per hour.) The content owners will do everything in their power to stop a la carte.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Re: I'll upgrade...

I'll upgrade when Win10 respects my privacy. So, in other words, I won't upgrade.

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Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August

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Re: system requirements:

"Cloud first, mobile first" means "Customer last".

And it is looking like Win10 is nothing but Win8 with a Metro start menu and even bigger invasion of privacy. The things people are asking for -- a proper and customizable start menu, an option for Aero, the return of F8, a proper backup -- are not forthcoming.

Still, all that is forgivable. What is unforgivable is the desperate attempt to take away our privacy. OneDrive and Cortana do not work unless you surrender your privacy. The recommended "express" set up is full of tracking and ad features. Bing search is built in tighter than Internet Explorer ever was. When you search for programs, files, and settings on the start menu, it searches with Bing first then your computer. This anti-privacy crusade Microsoft (and all other business) are waging is unforgivable. It is the reason why Windows 7 is still superior. I would write my member of Congress, but I don't have enough money to bribe him. (And if you believe that any political party is immune to lobbyist bribes, I have a bridge to sell you. Neither political party cares about me. P.S. My representative is a democrat, not a "big business loving" republican.)

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Free Windows 10 upgrades from Microsoft will FLATTEN PC sales

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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Did your bill ever go down?

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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"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
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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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