* Posts by Wade Burchette

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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

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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

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

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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

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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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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

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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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4.2 is the answer to life, the universe and the Internet of Everything

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Joke

Re: DESGRASE

Me fail English? That's unpossible!

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Top Apple exec: 'I knew [ebook] prices were going to go up – hell, the whole world knew'

Wade Burchette

Re: The $450m penalty won't be a crippling financial blow for Apple

Better yet, make the penalty come from the wallets of the executives instead of the coffers of the company. If the decision makers have to pay out of their own money I guarantee you that there will be a lot less corporate malfeasance.

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Apple seeks patent for user-configurable progress bar

Wade Burchette
Joke

Re: Prior Art

How dare you steal Apple's idea before they even thought about it!

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

Wade Burchette

Re: Beware

"why log into any machine with anything other than local account?"

A good question for everyone. The less information sent to Microsoft or anyone, the better.

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Remember that internet sales tax? Wasn't that a great idea? It's dead

Wade Burchette

Re: What are they thinking?

Of course, knowing US law, 1/10th or less of the law would be about the sales tax, the rest would be bloat unrelated to the sales tax law in any way.

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Wind farms make you sick claims blown away again

Wade Burchette

Wind farms make me sick

But not the kind where I have headaches.

Wind farms make me sick because of how much taxpayer money is spent to subsidize building new ones. It makes me sick to think about all that wasted money. Because of this taxpayer subsidy, it is cheaper to build a new wind turbine than to repair one. It makes me sick to think about all the dead wind turbines littering our world. And they are not green. It makes me sick to think people think that the concrete, mined aluminum, and mined rare earth metals are somehow better for the earth. It also makes me sick that large wind farms are bird slaughterhouses. How is it good for the earth to kill so many birds? Here in the US of A, if I shoot a bald eagle I am going to jail for a long time, if a business accidentally kills a bald eagle that business is in serious trouble, but if a wind farm kills a bald eagle nothing bad happens. Hypocrisy makes me sick.

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Microsoft's TV product placement horror: CNN mistakes Surface tabs for iPAD STANDS

Wade Burchette

Re: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

You reminded me of this video:

http://youtu.be/H53183mVc2o?t=12m56s

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Microsoft's Bing hopes to bag market share with ... search apps

Wade Burchette

Re: I like it

2 years ago I had to search Microsoft's own website for some information. Since Bing is a Microsoft product I figured it would be best in searching a Microsoft website. Bing wasn't really doing a good job. So I tried Google with "site:microsoft.com" and I found what I needed faster every time. I eventually concluded that if Bing has trouble with Microsoft searches, it will be even worse for WWW searches. I know this was 2 years ago so I do not know if Bing has improved searching microsoft.com or not.

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UN: Fossil fuels should be TERMINATED 86 years from now

Wade Burchette

Re: IPCC Credibility

"If Climate Change is irreversible, why are we spending so much money trying to stop it?"

Climate change is always irreversible and always has been irreversible because the climate has never been static and never will be static. Even if all humans were to disappear tomorrow, the climate would still change.

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

Wade Burchette

Re: @ "Someone Else" -- Soon you will be able to connect your own PC to your smart meter

Profits for the meter makers, of course. Do you think these yutzes want to amortize their profits across 30 years, when they can get them in 2?

You'd make a really bad politician...

FTFY. It simply amazes me how many people blindly blame one political party when the opposing political party does the exact same thing. Cronyism exists in all political parties. For the US, George Bush and Dick Cheney had Halliburton. And I'm sure there are many more, but he is out of office so I don't keep up with it. Barack Obama has GE, Solyandra, and many other failed "green" companies.

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NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA

Wade Burchette

I am not boycotting Hollywood, I am just not interested in the tripe they are putting out. Every movie this year I've either said "not interested" or "I will wait for Netflix". There are very few movies released recently that make me say "I want to pay to see that".

A boycott against the MPAA will not work because they suffer from "it is never my fault" syndrome. Movie ticket sales are down? "It isn't our fault because our product is as good as ever. Therefore, it must be piracy!" Hollywood would just blame piracy and try to enact more draconian measures that punish innocent consumers but do mild inconvenience real pirates for a few days.

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Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories

Wade Burchette
FAIL

"And this is different from Fox News exactly how?"

(Facepalm) And you think the other news outlets are better? (Another facepalm) If you cannot see that every news outlet has an agenda, then you deserve to be manipulated. I don't watch Fox News or get my news from Rupert Murdoch sources. But I am also smart enough not to get my news from the other cable news outlets either. I still don't fully understand why Fox News generates so much hate for doing the exact same thing the others do.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

Wade Burchette

Re: Windows 10 is fugly

One of the most requested features by the W10 test community is Aero. I myself have requested it. I am going to install the latest update and request Aero again. I have also requested a customizable start menu so that users have a choice between WinXP style, W2000 style, or WinVista/7 style.

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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"Buy him out, boys!" -- Bill Gates to Homer Simpson

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Bono apologises for iTunes album dump

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Joke

Re: Have to laugh

"What's a lepricorn?"

It is what Ralph Wiggum saw on the rock in his back yard. He told Ralph to burn things.

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Wade Burchette

Re: Vote

Morrissey would have to be any list. I saw a concert of his in New York and every other song he would say "look at my beautiful body", even taking his shirt off one time.

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

Wade Burchette

Re: So the child abductor phones whom ... his counselor?

"This is just part of the neocon Emperor's new clothes"

It is not just the repressive right, but also the repressive left. You see it all the time: "Think of the children! If we don't act now, our world will be too polluted/too hot for them to live in." Or "Think of the cute polar bear! If we don't act now, there won't be any ice for them to live on." And sometimes both use the same tactics. George H.W. Bush was part of the right, Barack Obama is part of the left. When Obama became president he did nothing to reverse the spying that Bush's administration started. Look at this article again, it is President Obama's administration, part of the left, that is crying about encryption.

The problem I see is some people think the left is always correct and they could never repress them. Whereas others think the right is always correct. The end result of both extreme is loss of freedoms. But far too many people blindly follow their political party and that is what leads to fewer rights. Fascism and communism have the same result. And both have "rules for thee and rules for me".

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Atlas plugged: Facebook hooks ads to profiles, smears 'em over the web

Wade Burchette

Re: But... but... but...

I do not dislike advertisements. I dislike ads that track which websites I go, what things I look at, what things I've click on. I dislike ads that use my IP address to say "[local city name] woman discovers shocking secret". I dislike ads that pop-up, pop-under, and take up my entire screen. I dislike ads (or any video) that autoplay without any interaction on my part. If there was a simple, non-tracking ad I would be inclined to look at it and click on it. The ads that I dislike will never get any clicks from me.

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Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9

Wade Burchette

Re: Time to rethink

There are a few reasons why I will use Windows 7 as long as I can.

First, I hate the cloud, and by extension the "cloud first" idea. I do not like the idea of my OS wanting my to sign up for an account so I can use it. Sure, it is optional now (but also very hard to find out how not to), but will it remain that way? Windows 8.1 has a lot of settings centered around advertising, Bing, and location. Windows 7 has none of those things. You can turn those settings off, but will that always be true? Because of that, I will be keeping Windows 7 for a very long time. I view the cloud as nothing more than a way to extract money from you the rest of your life. I'm going to fight against it as best as I can.

Second, to say Windows 8 is dog-butt ugly would be too kind. My eyes have a hard time focusing on anything. There is not enough contrast. This flat, square look is and always will be terrible. The new Windows logo is dumber than a box of hammers.

I have read about an Aero mod for Windows 8, though I haven't tried it. Mods can make Windows better, but they can't take out the cloud/Bing/advertising junk.

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

Wade Burchette

Re: "mobile first, cloud first"

@AC -- "No - no they don't. Microsoft always ask first and the default is always not to send data."

Have you seen the express settings when installing Windows 8.1? The default is to send data to advertisers and Bing. You have to use the customize settings not to. And then if that wasn't bad enough, it is unclear how to use a "local account" on Windows 8.1. Everyone, and I mean everyone, should always use a local account, no exception. I've met more than 5 people who suddenly could not log in to Windows 8 and the common thread was they all have a Microsoft account. Only twice was it related to the WiFi not reconnecting, the rest were using a wired connection. Twice is coincidence, thrice is a trend.

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Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

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Joke

What Comcast is really saying

Help help! I'm being repressed!

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