* Posts by Wade Burchette

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Norks uses ballistic missile to launch silent 'satellite'

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Re: National Insecurity

"It's not like he has evidence for anything else he claims to believe."

And that is different than the other candidates how?

However, I will say this. Ted Cruz punked the Sierra Club bad in a senate meeting.

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

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Reason #1,063 as to why the "cloud" and SaaS is a bad idea

Outages can and will happen. If all the important work you need to do is in the cloud and there is an outage, you are screwed.

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

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When I think of it

You know, cameras should regulated too. After all, you cannot have child pornography without first taking a picture. And terrorists use video messages to spread their hate. So, every picture and movie should require you to enter your ID before it can be operated so that a watermark can be embedded in the images. You shouldn't mind. After all, if you have nothing to hide ...

(Maybe I shouldn't be given these bureaucracies ideas.)

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Death to clunky, creaky rip-off cable boxes – here's how it will happen

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Re: thankfully not new for me

Same here. I bought a TiVo on sale. When I bought it at tivo.com, the price for it and lifetime service was under $600. Even when I factored in the CableCard rental fee, the MoCA adapter (which was not required but TiVo works much better with it), the MoCA filter, and extra TiVo minis, my return-on-investment was 3 years. A DVR I turned in was 8 years old. So I expect this TiVo to last at least that long. Plus, there is a free Java program that lets me download recorded TV shows off it.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Linux will become mainstream when, and only when, businesses start to switch to it en masse. When the businesses start to use it, more programs will be made for it. And the businesses will start to train their employees on how to use it. After that, when the employees go to look for a computer, they will want one like the one they were trained on at work.

Large businesses are where it is at. Lose them, and they lose the war. The majority of home users will just buy what they are used to at their jobs, and Microsoft knows that. The problem is, with Windows 10, Microsoft is angering many businesses.

Will it be enough anger to switch to Linux? I don't know. I am very confident that if the anger over Win10 is not enough to push businesses away, then the stupid inept leadership at Microsoft will do something else to make people angry. If I burgle your home and you don't call the police, then that just gives more confidence to do it again to you. SatNad is smart but not wise. He will keep making people angry at Microsoft over different issues and eventually the dam will break. This is not inevitable. SatNad could become wise by listening to people more experienced in the real world than he or he could be fired, sacked, canned, or let go. The thing about predictions is that they are hard, especially about the future.

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West Virginia mulls mother of all muni networks – effectively a state-wide, state-run ISP

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Excellent idea

West Virginia is a very poor state. Their economy is very dependent on coal mines, which are being strangled by eco-zealots and the EPA with new rules on pollution. There are not many industries because it is in the heart of Appalachia. There are a lot of mountains. We do get a lot of natural gas from West Virginia, and the people have mineral rights to that when it is on their property. There is some tourism because it is beautiful and there is the Green Banks radio telescope. But that is not enough.

Now imagine if every town had 25+ meg internet. High tech jobs that don't really need trucks to come and go could be located in one of those beautiful mountain town way off the interstate. The economy wouldn't be dependent on coal. This could really bring in a lot of jobs. It could also encourage people to buy retirement or vacation homes, thus helping the economy even more. This project would be a worthy investment for the mountain state.

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Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

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Re: Perhaps the problem is...

SatNad reminds me of a person who has book knowledge but absolutely no understanding of how the world really works. Combine that with Microsoft's fetish for copying other people's ideas and you have Win10.

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AMD accuses Intel of VW-like results fudging

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I am very interested to see if the AMD Zen has up its sleeve. Right now, for desktops I would only go with Intel. But for a laptop, I would only go with the AMD A-8000 (Carrizo) series. The reason is I don't need the extra performance of Intel on a laptop. What the AMD Carrizo does well is 4K HEVC decoding and gaming, two things I rather have in a laptop.

We need both AMD and Intel in the CPU space. We need both AMD and NVidia for video cards. Competition means lower prices and better quality. I am also very interested in the next generation of AMD and NVidia video cards. It looks like both will have a giant leap forward in quality.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Rules for advertisers

I have a few rules advertisers must follow before I will disable Ghostery and NoScript. These rules are not too difficult because the internet once thrived when my rules were being followed, except for rule 6. If it was successful once, it can be successful again.

(1) Absolutely no tracking in any way, no exception.

(2) Absolutely no autoplay videos of any kind except when I press play on a video or when I click on a link for a video (and not a link for a story).

(3) Absolutely no ads that cover part or all of a website.

(4) Absolutely no ads that try to use my location. No "Shocking secret [city name] man discovers!"

(5) Absolutely no ads that use Flash, Java, or Javascript, no exception.

(6) Since you took the money, you are financial responsible for vetting your ads. If you ads injects or attempts to inject malware, you must pay a fine.

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Hot Swedish nurses in charity calendar rumpus

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My eyes! The goggles do nothing!

(Too bad we can't embed img tags.)

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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I had another update unhide itself

I hid KB3035583 hidden. A few weeks later, there it was, unhidden and checked. Thankfully, I manually install updates because several security updates interfere with Windows Sever Essentials Client Restore. (So far, the ones I've identified are: 3033929, 3035131, 3042058, 3045999,3046049, 3057154, 3060716, 3061518, 3067505, 3071756, 3080079, 3081320, 3088195, 3101246, 3101746. I think it is very annoying how Microsoft's own updates break a Microsoft product.)

Today, several new updates were in my Win7 update queue an lo and behold, one was unhidden yet again, but this time not checked. KB2952664. My vigilance to stop Win10 on my machine is eternal.

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@ a_yank_lurker

"US law mandates all back and liquidated damages are owed to each employee if a company misses a payroll. Now if this can be traced by to Slurp and W10 this could make for an interesting lawsuit with the possibility of punitive damages."

One problem. Read the terms-of-service you agree to when you install:

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10. Binding Arbitration and Class Action Waiver if You Live in (or if a Business Your Principal Place of Business is in) the United States.

We hope we never have a dispute, but if we do, you and we agree to try for 60 days to resolve it informally. If we can’t, you and we agree to binding individual arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), and not to sue in court in front of a judge or jury. Instead, a neutral arbitrator will decide and the arbitrator’s decision will be final except for a limited right of appeal under the FAA. Class action lawsuits, class-wide arbitrations, private attorney-general actions, and any other proceeding where someone acts in a representative capacity aren’t allowed. Nor is combining individual proceedings without the consent of all parties. “We,” “our,” and “us” includes Microsoft, the device manufacturer, and software installer.

a. Disputes covered-everything except IP. The term “dispute” is as broad as it can be. It includes any claim or controversy between you and the manufacturer or installer, or you and Microsoft, concerning the software, its price, or this agreement, under any legal theory including contract, warranty, tort, statute, or regulation, except disputes relating to the enforcement or validity of your, your licensors’, our, or our licensors’ intellectual property rights.

b. Mail a Notice of Dispute first. If you have a dispute and our customer service representatives can’t resolve it, send a Notice of Dispute by U.S. Mail to the manufacturer or installer, ATTN: LEGAL DEPARTMENT. If your dispute is with Microsoft, mail it to Microsoft Corporation, ATTN: LCA ARBITRATION, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399. Tell us your name, address, how to contact you, what the problem is, and what you want. A form is available at (aka.ms/disputeform). We’ll do the same if we have a dispute with you. After 60 days, you or we may start an arbitration if the dispute is unresolved.

c. Small claims court option. Instead of mailing a Notice of Dispute, and if you meet the court’s requirements, you may sue us in small claims court in your county of residence (or if a business your principal place of business) or our principal place of business-King County, Washington USA if your dispute is with Microsoft. We hope you’ll mail a Notice of Dispute and give us 60 days to try to work it out, but you don’t have to before going to small claims court.

d. Arbitration procedure. The AAA will conduct any arbitration under its Commercial Arbitration Rules (or if you are an individual and use the software for personal or household use, or if the value of the dispute is $75,000 USD or less whether or not you are an individual or how you use the software, its Consumer Arbitration Rules). For more information, see (aka.ms/adr) or call 1-800-778-7879. To start an arbitration, submit the form available at (aka.ms/arbitration) to the AAA; mail a copy to the manufacturer or installer (or to Microsoft if your dispute is with Microsoft). In a dispute involving $25,000 USD or less, any hearing will be telephonic unless the arbitrator finds good cause to hold an in-person hearing instead. Any in-person hearing will take place in your county of residence (of if a business your principal place of business) or our principal place of business-King County, Washington if your dispute is with Microsoft. You choose. The arbitrator may award the same damages to you individually as a court could. The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only to you individually to satisfy your individual claim.

e. Arbitration fees and payments.

(i) Disputes involving $75,000 USD or less. The manufacturer or installer (or Microsoft if your dispute is with Microsoft) will promptly reimburse your filing fees and pay the AAA’s and arbitrator’s fees and expenses. If you reject our last written settlement offer made before the arbitrator was appointed, your dispute goes all the way to an arbitrator’s decision (called an “award”), and the arbitrator awards you more than this last written offer, the manufacturer or installer (or Microsoft if your dispute is with Microsoft) will: (1) pay the greater of the award or $1,000 USD; (2) pay your reasonable attorney’s fees, if any; and (3) reimburse any expenses (including expert witness fees and costs) that your attorney reasonably accrues for investigating, preparing, and pursuing your claim in arbitration. The arbitrator will determine the amounts unless you and we agree on them.

(ii) Disputes involving more than $75,000 USD. The AAA rules will govern payment of filing fees and the AAA’s and arbitrator’s fees and expenses.

(iii) Disputes involving any amount. If you start an arbitration we won’t seek our AAA or arbitrator’s fees and expenses, or your filing fees we reimbursed, unless the arbitrator finds the arbitration frivolous or brought for an improper purpose. If we start an arbitration we will pay all filing, AAA, and arbitrator’s fees and expenses. We won’t seek our attorney’s fees or expenses from you in any arbitration. Fees and expenses are not counted in determining how much a dispute involves.

f. Must file within one year. You and we must file in small claims court or arbitration any claim or dispute (except intellectual property disputes - see Section 10.a.) within one year from when it first could be filed. Otherwise, it’s permanently barred.

g. Severability. If the class action waiver is found to be illegal or unenforceable as to all or some parts of a dispute, those parts won’t be arbitrated but will proceed in court, with the rest proceeding in arbitration. If any other provision of Section 10 is found to be illegal or unenforceable, that provision will be severed but the rest of Section 10 still applies.

h. Conflict with AAA rules. This agreement governs if it conflicts with the AAA’s Commercial Arbitration Rules or Consumer Arbitration Rules.

i. Microsoft as party or third-party beneficiary. If Microsoft is the device manufacturer or if you acquired the software from a retailer, Microsoft is a party to this agreement. Otherwise, Microsoft is not a party but is a third-party beneficiary of your agreement with the manufacturer or installer to resolve disputes through informal negotiation and arbitration.

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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Re: overstepping the mark

Here are some highlights from the terms of service you agree to when installing:

* The software is licensed, not sold.

* Your privacy is important to us. Some of the software features send or receive information when using those features. Many of these features can be switched off in the user interface, or you can choose not to use them. (Notice, many but not all can be switched off.)

* We hope we never have a dispute, but if we do, you and we agree to try for 60 days to resolve it informally. If we can’t, you and we agree to binding individual arbitration before the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), and not to sue in court in front of a judge or jury. Class action lawsuits, class-wide arbitrations, private attorney-general actions, and any other proceeding where someone acts in a representative capacity aren’t allowed. Nor is combining individual proceedings without the consent of all parties.

That last bullet is reason enough to not install. Thankfully, I haven't. So I am not bound by a corrupt mandatory "neutral" arbitration.

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American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

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Re: A serious problem

I think you misunderstood. The business is not in a radio blackout zone because their internet is cellular. As far as the cableco, the exit 3 miles down is the currently the northern fringe of their coverage zone. All their money is being spent upgrading to 1 gig through current coverage area. The next exit down has several industrial buildings, which is why 1 gig was installed early in their rollout.

When I mentioned radio blackout zones, it was to point out that I want complete voice coverage except for such locations. I was saying that it is my opinion that complete voice coverage is better than faster LTE speeds. Just like I believe that I believe everyone should have high speed internet before rolling out 1 gig internet. I do view it as a travesty that the cable company won't go 3 miles up.

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A serious problem

I know a business that is 2000 feet from an exit on I-95 and their only choices for internet are satellite or cellular. Meanwhile, 3 miles away and one exit down on the highway, the local cable company is offering 1 gig internet speeds. The point is, this business is not in the middle of nowhere. AT&T has a LTE tower that supports VoLTE within eyesight of this business. Yet Centurylink cannot be bothered to support DSL.

I have many more examples of people who cannot get any highspeed internet unless it is from a dish or a tower. It is my opinion that before internet companies start to increase their speeds, they should fist focus on 100% coverage. I am also of the opinion that before mobile phone companies spend money upgrading to LTE that they should first cover the entire US, except in mandated radio blackout zones for things like radio telescopes, with voice support. I much rather be able to make a call in the middle of nowhere than to watch Youtube at home. But that is just my opinion, which is based on me quite frequently being in several dead zones by all mobile phone companies.

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Tell us what's wrong with the DMCA, says US Copyright office

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Dear Reg:

The US Copyright office is not yet taking comments. This is just a preliminary notice. According to the link: "Specific instructions for submitting comments will be posted on the Copyright Office website on or before February 1, 2016." If you could be so kind as to check every day as to when comments are being allowed so that we will know when to submit our comments.

I personally am going to tell the copyright office that none of the copyright protections implemented have stopped copyright infringement nor will they ever. The only accomplishment is to make life miserable for those who do not infringe. The DMCA should not be allowed to override fair use. There has to be a better way to prosecute copyright infringement without violating my fair use rights. (I haven't worked out the exact wording yet.)

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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Re: Facing reality.

How does Net Applications judge people's opinion of Windows 10? It only tells us how many are using it, not whether they like it or not.

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Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds

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Almost of the people on that tablet OS of Windows 8 would open up their wallets to get a Win7 with Win8 improvements. Many of the people on Windows 7 would love the speed improvements of Windows 8.

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Windows 10 would have been a monumental success if it was exactly like Windows 7 except with the under-the-hood improvements of Windows 8. If Microsoft did that, they could have charged a mint for the OS and it would still fly off the shelves.

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Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?

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Re: How long?

Moving to a subscription for the OS would be suicide.

In the long term, businesses will not tolerate paying a monthly or yearly fee to use a computer. I have a business and I can promise you I will never pay a fee, no matter how small, to use my computer. You know how these things go: the fee starts small then slowly increases. A business may tolerate the first fee, but the inevitable price increases will eventually reach a breaking point. Businesses will look to start saving money, and that means they will move to Linux. And then they will train their staff in Linux. And then their staff will go home and buy a computer like the one at work. How do you think Microsoft became so big to begin with? People wanted a computer like the IBM they had at their job.

If Microsoft starts a subscription to the OS, it will take a long time, but it will be the end of Windows. If businesses ever start switching to Linux en masse, then it is game over.

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Skilled workers, not cost, lured Apple to China says Tim Cook

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Re: Utter horsefeathers

This is Apple you are talking about. The Macolytes would believe anything they say and no amount of facts or proof can change their mind. I really and truly believe that if Apple sold a robot that only punched you hard in the head every morning the Macolytes would buy it and swear it is the best robot ever and even better than movie robots.

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Newspaper kills 'what was fake' column as pointless in internet age

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"What's worse is that fake news has taken on a much more unpleasant tone, with people creating fake news stories in order to reflect their own hatred and prejudices."

Uh, Mrs. Dewey just described the Washington Post, the Washington Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ... well actually all modern day newspapers and TV news sources. It is impossible to find honest, objective news. Each news outlet puts their slant on a story and ignores any story contrary to their belief. And now each news outlet is willing to push aside mandatory research for a good story. Why do think people so readily seek out different sources of news? It is because the entire MSM are so hopelessly biased that they are beyond redemption.

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GOP senators push FCC to kill support for local broadband

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It has been said the US has the best government money can buy

This is just one of many example of politicians being bought and paid for. I can give you examples from both political parties where big money is behind their decisions. The US political system is a billion (thousand million for those across the pond) dollar industry. To me, that is wasted money. Think about how just some of that money could be used to feed the homeless. Or provide jobs for the homeless.

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Microsoft beats Apple's tablet sales, apologises for Surface 4 flaws

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Re: If we can cut through the fanboy drivel from both sides briefly....

I have used a Surface tablet and I really liked it. The only thing that kept me from buying it was the price. Windows 8 and 10 works really well on a tablet. Although I do not like what Microsoft is doing -- specifically all the tracking; "cloud fist, mobile first"; mixing the tablet OS with a desktop OS; killing Aero and the F8 button -- I absolutely love the Surface tablet. If price was not a limiting factor, it would be my first choice for a tablet.

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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I think patent law should have a use-it-or-lose-it clause, which would apply only to patents issued to businesses and not patents issued to real living breathing persons. A use-it-or-lose-it clause would kill patent trolls.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Thankfully, I figured out how to block it at the router level

I have the Asus RT-AC66U router. If you can install the Merlin firmware on your Asus router or if you can install DD-WRT on your router, you can block all this tracking at the router by modifying the DNSMASQ settings. I didn't install DD-WRT on my Asus router, but the Merlin firmware still lets you modify the DNSMASQ. It is a lot easier with DD-WRT, but install it can be a chore.

The short version is I used a SSH shell to connect to the router, went to the /jffs/configs/ folder, used the Linux command cat > dnsmasq.conf.add and finally just copied and pasted all the commands for every bad Windows domain name (i.e. address=/a.ads1.msn.com/0.0.0.0). The DNSMASQ domain names are available on many sites, such https://github.com/WindowsLies/BlockWindows. After a router restart, no computer on my network can connect to any of these tracking websites.

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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

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Re: Optimistic

Analysts couldn't predict 12:01 at 12 noon, much less anything meaningful. These are the same type of people who said "the PC is dead, tablets are the future!" Let me tell you all you need to do to be a paid analyst: take something that happened in the past, extrapolate to the future, profit.

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Malvertising: How the ad model makes crime pay

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There is an easy fix

Malvertising would die right now if the ad networks followed these simple rules, rules that were the de-facto standard when the internet became a necessity: Absolutely no javascript in ads, absolutely no tracking in ads, and absolutely no ads that require a plug-in. No exceptions will be allowed.

Those rules worked once, they can work again. But I already know the advertising companies won't listen. These same companies have no respect for my privacy so why do you think they would have any respect for my security? Greed is a powerful force.

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Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

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Dear Mr. Nadella

I have been using Windows since 3.11 came out and I've been using MS-DOS since Tandy still made computers and I've been using Office since you called Office XP. I've used your product for years, but I am thinking about throwing in the towel. Your constant hard kicks to the groin of my privacy is what did it. Sure there are other things too, but the last straw was how you treated my privacy. I was willing to put up with those other things, but I am not willing to suffer your abhorrence for my privacy. But it is not too late, you can win my trust back. Here is how.

First, respect my privacy. Bing and Windows shouldn't be integrated. You should be selling an operating system; not selling a cloud platform or renting an OS. If you want to see a near perfect design, look at Windows 7. Now take Windows 7, improve it, and for the love of God do not disable F8. If you made a better Windows 7 I can promise you people would people lining up to buy it. All you made was a worse Windows 8 with a slightly better GUI. But I would be willing to buy Windows 10 if it respected my privacy. Now you couldn't pay me to take it. Well, maybe you can pay me to take, but you don't have enough money to make me keep it. All because of the lack of privacy.

Second, you are Microsoft. You are not cool and you never will be cool. Whenever I see you in a T-shirt that looks like it came from the church charity bin it just shows me you just don't get it. The way you dress tells me you want to be hip, but you will never ever be hip. Ever. Stop trying to be hip. I am not a hipster so I care more about my device working well and nothing about how cool it is.

Third, try listening. Like when I said in testing Windows 10 to respect my privacy, return Aero, and return F8. Three things that are not optional, three things left out of Windows 10. I realize some people do not like Aero, but Windows 7 and earlier gave us a choice. Why do you hate giving us choices? Do you think we are so stupid we don't know what is best for us? Or are you just a pompous douchebag who thinks he knows best? Either way, everybody likes choices and by not giving it to us, you are once again adding to your foibles.

Finally, preaching security is all well and good. But what good is it to have to most secure house in the neighborhood if no one wants it? You are angering all the wrong people with your cloud first, mobile first, privacy last, customer last approach. What good is a secure OS with few customers? Keep this up and you will be the most secure OS because your marketshare is so small no hacker will care.

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Symantec's salvation plan is more and better integration. No, really

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Re: Contradictions?

<< Brown also addressed governments' calls for backdoors into products by saying that “as an open society we have to make tradeoffs” to balance security and privacy. The extent of those balances is, he said, “an open question.” >>

No, it is not an open question. If you have a backdoor you are not secure. There is no balance, it is either-or.

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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All this has convinced me Win10 is bad for you

Do you really think a publicly-traded multi-billion dollar corporation is giving away an expensive piece of software because they felt sorry for Windows 8? Why is such a corporation practically demanding you to take such an expensive program from them? Just because something doesn't cost money does not mean it is free. How is Microsoft making money on Windows 10 if they are using dirty tricks to make you install it without cost?

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EU urged to ignore net neutrality delusions, choose science instead

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What I want

I want my internet provider to deliver all data that I request and that I pay for without discrimination. If there is congestion due to services like Netflix, then I want my internet provider to upgrade their network quickly so that the data I request will be delivered at the speeds I pay for.

What I don't want is for my internet provider to charge the sender and receiver the privilege of using their network. Imagine if FedEx charged a fee to deliver a package and before they dropped it off there was a fee to receive the package. A fee has already been paid! Such a practice is unacceptable; you should not be able to charge both ends. Now replace FedEx with ISP and package with data. Those that argue against net neutrality are essentially saying it is acceptable in businesses to charge everyone for the privilege of going through their network.

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So what's the internet community doing about the NSA cracking VPN, HTTPS encryption?

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Questions

There are a finite number of prime numbers that use 2048 or less bit. What prevents the NSA or hackers from generating a rainbow list of all these prime numbers and crack the encryption that way? Why limit yourself to just prime numbers?

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Fixing Windows 10: New build tweaks Edge, sucks in Skype

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I upgraded a Win8.1 machine to Win10 and it uninstalled classic shell without my permission. I wasn't happy. But I did re-install it and now that non-customizable, "app" pushing start menu is hidden.

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

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.bro's not .ho's

Enough said.

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Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop

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$1500

When I saw the previous Surface models, I immediately said "me-wanty!" Then I saw the price tag. Immediately I said "no way". For $1500, I would want a laptop with a 500 GB 10 year warranty SSD, Blu-Ray burner, 16GB of memory, AMD Carrizo core CPU (for gaming and full H.265 decoding; my Intel desktop will handle all the video encoding), 1920x1080 IPS display with 99% sRGB but absolutely positively no touchscreen, Windows 7, backlit keyboard, 802.11ac and Bluetooth support, 4 USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2 and VGA outputs, and docking station support.

It doesn't matter how good the product is, if it is too expensive nobody will buy it. $400 Android tablets work quite well for what people need and want. Do you really think they will pay almost 4 times as much just because it has the Microsoft name on it? If only Microsoft would stop trying to make the desktop/laptop OS the same as the tablet OS. Then they could have reasonably priced tablets that people would buy. One ring to rule them all doesn't work in computing.

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Worker drones don't need PCs says Microsoft, give 'em phones instead

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Square peg, round hole. Microsoft still doesn't get it. A phone is not a tablet is not a laptop/desktop. Each tool has a different purpose. Just because you can put a nail in with a screwdriver doesn't mean it is a good idea. Microsoft needs to bury this "cloud first, mobile first" strategy 6000 feet under. OSX and iOS know this rule. So it is not an alien concept. It is just one that requires common sense.

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If you wanted Windows 10, it looks like you've already installed it

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Re: A plague of pox on Microsoft.

I upgraded a Win8.1 machine with classic shell installed to Win10 yesterday. It conveniently uninstalled classic shell without my permission. I was so angry over this that if I could have found an email address of Microsoft, I would have let them have it. But I really didn't look for an email address. (Probably a good thing.) I still reinstalled classic shell.

All Win10 had to do to be great was to give us a proper start menu, give us Aero, return F8 by default, keep our free games, and return a proper backup program. Microsoft couldn't even do that right. Cloud-first, mobile-first, customer-last.

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@ x 7

Here are some websites that have automated scripts:

https://github.com/WindowsLies/BlockWindows

http://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

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Tesla X unfolds its Falcon wings, stumbles belatedly into the light

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Why the fancy doors?

Long live the Delorean DMC-12! New ones still for sale at www.delorean.com

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Is Windows 10 slurping too much data? No, says Microsoft. Nuh-uh. Nope

Wade Burchette
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Re: Jesus wept.

@David132 - "Microsoft are selling - OK, giving away - colossal numbers of Windows 10 licenses, so there's obviously many, many people in the world who don't share my opinion & concerns."

Have you actually told people what Microsoft is doing? I have. And I haven't met one person who was thought it was acceptable once they found out. The only way this plan can succeed is if people are kept ignorant. And unfortunately most people will be kept in the dark.

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Axed-ya Nadella swings blade through the forest of Microsoft again

Wade Burchette
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Microsoft can quickly get out of the rut they are in by going back to what made them successful to begin with. That means killing Windows 10 quickly and make Windows 11 just like Windows 7, except with the under-the-hood enhancements of Windows 8. And when I mean just like Windows 7, I mean (a) respect for your privacy, (b) a working F8 pre-boot menu without any hacks, (c) a full backup program, (d) the option to enable Aero, (e) a customization start menu that isn't pushing "apps", (f) and to stop calling programs "apps". Microsoft can also kill LibreOffice quickly if they make Office (a) with the option to have a menu bar (why does Microsoft hate giving you choices?), (b) make the price reasonable, that is to say a low-cost 3 user home and student version again.

But it won't happen. Analysts have said mobile is the future. The same analysts who couldn't predict 12:30 at 12 noon. The same analysts who think past performance equals future performance. A multi-billion dollar company won't die overnight. But Microsoft is pissing off the wrong people, again and again. They can only do that for so long.

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

Wade Burchette
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Re: Joke suit

This is PETA you are talking about. Logical and rational decisions are beyond them. Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient for proper brain and nerve function. The only problem of B12 is that you can only get it from eating meat. And many PETA supporters don't eat meat. Vitamin supplements are no good, your body rejects most of it and forces it out of your body when you pee. The only reliable way to get all your nutrients is by food. If the PETA-heads ate more meat, maybe their brain will begin to work better and they will see how stupid PETA really is.

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Sino the times, as Microsoft makes Baidu default search engine in China

Wade Burchette
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Does this mean

Does this mean that all the tracking Windows 10 has will go to China instead of Microsoft?

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Child abuse, drug sales, terrorism fears: Why cops halted a library's Tor relay ... for a month

Wade Burchette
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child pornography, terrorism, and drug dealing

Such ne'er-do-wells can also use a car to transport child porn, deal drugs, and transport terrorists. Therefore, I suggest we ban automobiles, horses, trains, or any other means to travel just to be safe.

And people can also use mobile phones to do those things. Therefore, I suggest we ban all telephones just to be safe.

And people can also deliver child porn, drugs, or send terrorist messages through the postal service. Therefore, I suggest we ban mailboxes, UPS, FedEx, and any other delivery service just to be safe.

You cannot have child porn without a camera. Therefore, we should ban all cameras and camcorders except those approved for use by select pre-screened media individuals. Just to be safe.

This is logical. Just because someone can do something bad with technology that automatically means they will. Therefore, I propose we make a law whereby if anything can be used to advance child pornography, terrorism, or drug dealing then it should automatically be banned.

[end sarcasm]

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AVG to flog your web browsing, search history from mid-October

Wade Burchette
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Re: But what is the alternative?

McAfee ... stay 2,000,000 miles away. It couldn't find water standing knee deep in the ocean, much less malware and viruses. And to make it worse, it really slows a computer down.

Norton ... it has improved over the years, but one problem still remains. If your Norton product lasts a year without requiring a reinstall, you are lucky. But the ultimate problem is Norton doesn't tell you it isn't working, you just click on toolbar icon and nothing happens.

Eset ... very efficient and excellent detection. But it does tend to bug you over unnecessary stuff, like optional Windows updates. It also has a nasty habit of trying to download updates immediately after a computer wakes up before the network adapter has come back on, fails, and instead of trying again in a few minutes, waits another 3 hours. Older versions could never remove boot sector viruses on your boot drive, I haven't seen a boot sector virus in a while so I don't know if it still holds true.

Kaspersky ... excellent detection but it will slow your computer down, but not as much as McAfee. Also, it has a nasty habit of turning on debugging mode. When this happens, Kaspersky generates log files but never deletes older ones. When this happens, you'll quickly run out of disk space until you turn off debugging and delete the several hundred thousand log files.

Trend Micro ... they became fat and lazy. The new versions aren't that great on protection and the product is slow. Not Kaspersky or McAfee slow, but close.

Avast ... I haven't used this one too much. What I like is sandbox mode, what I don't like is how it doesn't ask me if I want a new program to run sandboxed.

Panda, Vipre, Bulldog, ... I don't have any experience with them.

Of course there are more. But these are the only ones I've used.

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Nice try, Apple. The Maxi Pad is no laptop killer – and won’t scratch the Surface

Wade Burchette
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Re: so....

I would love to be an analyst. They couldn't predict 12:30 at 12 noon. Their predictions are usually based on assuming past history indicates future performance. i.e. tablets are selling, Windows 8 computers are not, therefore PC's are dead. Predictions are hard, especially about the future (so said Yogi Berra). And yet, people still pay them money.

I would love to have such a job. I'm never right, but people still pay me for my opinions. Where do I sign up?

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

Wade Burchette
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A few things are needed to make Office great again

(1) It needs to be faster. Why does every version take longer and longer to load? That is unacceptable.

(2) It needs to be robust. I have had to do a full repair on 3 different Office 2013/365 installations. That is unacceptable. Once in unacceptable, three much more so.

(3) We need an option to have the old menu interface or the ribbon. That way you can choose which interface you like. Why does Microsoft hate giving customers choices?

(3a) MENUS SHOULD NEVER EVER BE IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS!!!

(4) The flat look needs to die, immediately. After it is dead, it needs to be thrown in a sack, the sack thrown in a safe, and the safe hurled into the sun. (P.S. I am also looking at you, Windows 10.)

(5) At no time should "save to onedrive" be default, ever and without exception. Saving files to your computer should be easier and not confusing like it is in Office 2013.

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Wade Burchette
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Message to advertisers

I have some very easy to satisfy criteria that, if you meet, I will disable NoScript + Ghostery. It is easy to satisfy because the internet became as important as it is when these requirements where standard.

(1) Absolutely no tracking of any kind, no exception.

(2) Absolutely no ads that obscure part or all of a website or require some interaction from me to dismiss, no exception. This means no pop-up or pop-under ads.

(3) Absolutely no ads that use my IP address to attempt to determine my location, no exception. For example: no ads that says "Shocking secret [city name] man discovers".

(4) No videos ads except before a video in which I explicitly told to play; a video should never ever autoplay, no exception.

(5) Absolutely no ads that require javascript or require an add-on of any kind, such as Flash, no exception.

(6) Absolutely no ads with sound, except video ads before a video that did not autoplay.

If advertisers were able to profit once when my requirements were met, then they can profit again.

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