* Posts by Ilsa Loving

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise CTO, CCO to call it a day

Ilsa Loving
Angel

The Machine

"It just sucked a year of your life away. Tell me... how does that make you feel?"

The parallels are striking.

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Apple quietly launches next-gen encrypted file system

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Re: Case..

It is. The problem is that for the last several decades, Mac has allowed case insensitive file management. If they arbitrarily change that stance now, it's gonna cause a MASSIVE mess.

When Apple switched from PowerPC to Intel, they included the Rosetta emulator to give users leeway during the migration. I'm going to assume that Apple will provide a similar transition period with this new file system.

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ZFS comes to Debian, thanks to licensing workaround

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Re: That's Why...

This is exactly the reason why I've been moving my file servers to FreeBSD. I have a job to get done, and I need stuff to work without babysitting.

I want ZFS, because it's the single best file system out there for making sure your data is safe. (No, BTRFS isn't up to snuff. It's still too much of a WIP, especially it's RAID5/6 code)

I would have preferred to stick with Linux, but I don't have time, nor the patience, to see how all this will play out. And since my desire for ZFS is greater than my preference to using Linux, the choice pretty much decides itself (for file servers, at least).

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Flash zero day phished phoolish Microsoft Office users

Ilsa Loving
FAIL

Why...?

Why does Office even allow you to embed flash in the first place?

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

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Re: CDs, how modern.

They laugh at your for buying BVDs? *googles* (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BVD)

I don't think I want to be anywhere near your friends without at least a clothes peg on my nose.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

Ilsa Loving

Re: What!!!

You mean the Azure Active Directory that handled federation so badly that it left a ginormous gaping hole for anyone to suck anyone elses user credentials from it?

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Audiophile torrent site What.CD fully pwnable thanks to wrecked RNG

Ilsa Loving

Bad publicity is good publicity?

I had never heard of the site up until I saw this article, so I imagine plenty of others are similar.

If their site goes down, it'll be because of the flood of new users, not bad random number generators.

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Linux greybeards release beta of systemd-free Debian fork

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"Most of the problems with systemd stem from not knowing or not caring about how to use it. I don't have issues with the amount of information I can get from journalctl. I haven't not been able to debug any issues with systemd. In fact, it's been a lot easier, because I only have to look in one place, and I get relevant targeted information."

I find it hilarious that people are downvoting you to hell when you are completely right. Redhat wouldn't have done this if there wasn't an identified need and desire.

I can't yet use systemd as fluidly as I can init scripts, but as you said, that's just due to lack of familiarity. As a concept, I consider systemd to be infinitely simpler and cleaner than a cacophony of init scripts, that need to be manually debugged when something strange goes on.

Other people claim to have run into problems getting systemd to handle logging 'n whatnot. I dunno what they're doing, but I have so far moved the majority of our linux servers to systemd based distros, and I haven't had a single problem yet.

Individual daemons should not be responsible for maintaining their own security contexts. That's why things like SELinux exists (although the vast majority of people find it "too hard" and just shut it off). Yet daemon-provided init scripts have to manage things like making sure the daemon runs as a non-privileged user. With systemd, this kind of management is now a core part of the OS, like it should have been to begin with.

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Finance bods SWIFT to update after Bangladesh hack

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Because... well... because Bangladesh.

I know someone who had a contract job there. Without going into details, what he witnessed of their office politics and culture, basically guarantees the non-existence of quality in what they do.

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

Ilsa Loving
Facepalm

Re: Re:Apple fan?

As a perfectly satisfied apple user...

Methinks that someone forgot to take their daily dose of Seroquel. Frothing at the mouth that much can't be good for you.

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Re: Re:Apple fan?

As a perfectly satisfied apple user...

Methinks that someone forgot to take their daily dose of Seroquel.

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

Ilsa Loving

Dunno whateve everyone is so upset about

It's not as if it's battery is gonna last that long anyway. Out of the box, the device only lasts maybe a couple days at best. And as everyone knows, LIon batteries don't last forever, their lifespan reducing gradually on it's own. If the device is used heavily or under environmental stress like high heat, it wears out that much faster.

The only way an Apple Watch would work (without battery replacement) after 4 years, would be if you used it as a desk clock.

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Mozilla burns Firefox on old Androids

Ilsa Loving

RAM?

How much RAM do you people have? If you have so many tabs open that you need to sort them into groups, there won't be any ram left for doing your actual work!

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Microsoft joins Eclipse Foundation. Odd thing for a competitor to do

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Convoluted plotline

I feel like I'm watching the beginning of one of those shows that has a season-long plot arc, and you're only given hints as to the antagonists plans.

All these linux-friendly announcements seem so good on the surface, but I'm having difficulty repressing my "It's a trap!" instinct.

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Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

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WTF?

Re: Wow

The link got chopped and is also missing the x at the end, so here it is again: http://tinyurl.com/oq9952u

Also... Hell just got a whole lot cooler...

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Eight in ten IBM Global Tech Services roles will be offshore by 2017

Ilsa Loving

So what does IBM DO then?

They sold off a bunch of their hardware divisions, and now they're outsourcing their staff. Does IBM even do anything anymore, or is basically just a shell company now run by a single person in Ireland (for the tax breaks)?

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IoT lacking that je ne sais quoi? Try the IoTSP

Ilsa Loving

Call the AAAAA

Looks like it's time to call the AAAAA.

American Association Against Acronym Abuse

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Crowd-funded OpenShot 2.0 delivers graphic Linux package

Ilsa Loving

Don't diss cross-platform

The article states that being cross-platform is just a convenient nice-to-have, but IMO it's actually a critical feature.

People don't work in isolation. There is often a need for people to be able to pass work around to make changes, etc. If you're using a linux-only application, then either everyone else ALSO has to have linux, or people have to go around converting files back and forth while hoping nothing gets lost in the process. For example, compare how many people use Final Cut Pro (Mac only) vs Premiere (PC and Mac). Premiere crushed FCP in marketshare.

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Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

Ilsa Loving

Let's see...

Laser printer prices have all but collapsed, so there's no longer a substantial price premium to get a laser vs get an inkjet, unless you have specific needs like photo-quality prints. For those of us who might print a document once or twice a year at best (like me, for instance), my cost per page has now dropped from $50 to 0.3 cents cause I don't have to replace the hopelessly dried up cartridge. So you can imagine the consumables market collapsing.

On top of that, I've noticed that HP quality has become more and more of an oxymoron. They've even cut back on their servers, so the latest Gen 9 machines support only RHEL, Windows. Use anything else like Solaris, BSD or a Debian derivative? Hope you don't mind running off of a USB key cause you won't be using the storage controller anytime soon!

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Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

Ilsa Loving

Re: Well I was going to recommend Linux Mint...

I don't see why people can't just use the original Ubuntu. If you don't like Unity, don't use the main Distro. There is also Kubuntu (KDE), Xubuntu (XFCE), and a bunch of other varieties. They now even have version that has MATE as the default desktop.

I prefer a Mac/Hackintosh myself cause I consider Linux to still be way too unpolished for my desktop uses, but for people who arn't as fussy as me, ?buntu is perfectly good.

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Devs ask Microsoft for real .NET universal apps: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

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Re: "The C# language has been a big success for Microsoft"

> What is this C-Pound nonsense? # is a hash, pound is £. If anything call it C-Hash.

You're all wrong. It's C-Octothorpe, dammit!

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Pebble punts out new firmware to watch you as you sleep

Ilsa Loving

Re: 10,000 arm movements?

Do you *really* want to know?

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MORE Windows 10 bugs! Too many Start menu apps BREAK it

Ilsa Loving
Trollface

No one made the obvious joke?

512 entries should be enough for anybody!

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Stop the music! Booby-trapped song carjacked vehicles – security prof

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I hope so

"Every manufacturer now either has remote update or will shortly announce it," he predicted. "The cost of not having it is just too great."

I hope they do. Unfortunately I also fully expect them to miss the point and have a woefully insecure update mechanism in their rush to implement the "feature".

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Slack to play nice with others, like Atlassian's hip(chat) kids

Ilsa Loving

Why Slack is so popular

One thing to bear in mind that people seem to be ignoring.... Slack is popular because they pulled an Apple. They took all the bits that worked, and avoided the things that drove people crazy. eg:

-Very simple to create a new team and add additional users to that team.

-Unlimited team size, even on the free tier. You only pay when you need the extra functionality. Hipchat didn't even offer a free tier until it was overwhelmingly obvious that Slack was kicking Atlassian's ass. By then, Slack had already reached a dominent position in the market.

-For the most part, it Just Works(tm). You can use it in a browser, on Desktop, on most mobile platforms, and they all work pretty well. The only reason I know bugs exist, is because there's occasionally an update that says, "BTW, we fixed this bug." I personally haven't run into any.

-Further to the above, things that you would expect to just work, like being able to handoff from one device to another with full access to history, work. Before Slack, there wasn't a single system that could do that properly that didn't also have some other kind of serious trade-off.

-They are constantly making improvements that benefit users, and they clearly communication those improvements to users so that users know what to expect.

-No advertisements on the free tier.

The single thing that I don't like is that your data is not under your control. There is no self-hosted version, so we had to make it a policy to not share sensitive info through Slack.

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IT infrastructure on demand? Yeah right, say devs

Ilsa Loving

It varies

I can see both sides of the story here. In general, yes, even if the IT dept is working perfectly, you will still have issues because as others have said, a Dev (or whoever) still has an excellent chance of making an unreasonable request, if for no other reason than they simply don't know what the limits are. A good IT shop will fish out the details so that something viable can be done.

I've also seen IT that I swear raise Mordac (the Preventer of IT Services) to godhood. It's awe-inspiring how some people can stonewall a process.

That being said, the part of the article complaining about how it can take UP TO A DAY to provide a user with what they need, and I just scoffed audibly. The last thing we need is someone who thinks Visual Basic is the pinacle of programming, to dictate infrastructure.

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Beleaguered Microsoft customers: Streamline your licensing

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No kidding

I wanted to set up and RDS server that had a copy of Project on it, because once in a blue moon someone in the company might need it for a couple days in order to make a change, or some such.

I ended up falling into a rabbit hole where I needed to have server cals for every user in the company, Project licenses for every user in the company, yadda yadda.

The most (relatively) realistic option I have apparently, is to buy several Office 365 licenses, and then play licensing musical chairs, manually shifting the license from one person to another when they need it.

And then people wonder why I go out of my way to avoid Microsoft products for everything, using them only when there is flat out no other choice.

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What do you need to deliver next-gen Enterprise applications?

Ilsa Loving

NoSQL is great!

When you don't care about transactional integrity (or really, integrity in general), or being able to reliably query the data in a standardized and deterministic way.

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Xamarin releases version 4.0 of its cross-platform mobile developer suite

Ilsa Loving
Facepalm

They're not the only ones

QT is the same way. Student? Sure, go nuts! Open Source? Have as much as you want!

Oh, you wanna make some money? Give us your first born as hostage!

Both Xamarian and QT think that only big companies should be allowed to produce multi-platform applications. I was thinking about writing a cross-platform application. I didn't want to make it open source, but I also under no illusions that I would be able to quit my day job over it either.

QT states (repeatedly) that if you should *consult with a lawyer* as to which license is best for me, and after a great deal of googling, I found out that they want many thousand dollars for a commercial license.

Xamarian, is relatively cheap because they only want a couple thousand for a single freaking license.

And then they scratch their heads and wonder why their market share is crap, and no one takes them seriously. Between things like phonegap for applications (free), and Unreal and Unity ("you can pay us after you've made some money" ) for games, QT and Xamarian look that much more prehistoric.

The only limitation with Phonegap is that they don't yet provide an easy way to create desktop applications, and Unity and Unreal revolve exclusively around games. If Phonegap (or anyone else) puts out a completely cross-platform suite for writing regular applications with reasonable usage terms, QT and Xamarian may as well go bankrupt right then and there. I had hoped that WXWidgets would get there, but for whatever reason their mobile dev appears to have stalled.

I can't tell if these people are being irrationally hostile towards developers, or if they're so full of themselves that they don't remember what reality looks like anymore.

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Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

Ilsa Loving

Re: I've updated 3 machines to 10 and one to el cap

Wait... did you go straight from snow leopard to El Capitan? No wonder you had problems. It's risky to jump 5 major revisions of an OS, regardless whether it's windows, mac, linux, or plan9.

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Re: @Zog_but_not_the_first "..... into data mining etc., deeply troubling ........"

Does anyone know if this deals with the fact that some of Microsoft's telemetry is so deep that it can't be shut off (unless you're using Enterprise)?

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Ilsa Loving

Re: These Days...

Windows server costs approx a grand, give or take depending on licensing program you're a part of. Hardly free. Although for a large corporation it's a drop in the bucket.

But it pisses me royally off that one is *forced* to buy windows enterprise in order to not have microsoft hammer the network with garbage traffic while spying on our users.

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Apple's iBackDoor: Dodgy ad network code menaces iOS apps

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You say that as if it's a bad thing. The alternative would be to not allow people to do that at all, which would be infinitely worse because you could then kiss goodbye countless open source applications, etc etc.

My only complaint about the way Apple handled the xcodeghost thing, is that Apple didn't outright bar the companies from ever submitting applications to the app store again. The level of utter stupidity that these developers displayed is just mindboggling.

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Google gets all lawyered up for ‘ambiguous’ EU anti-trust case

Ilsa Loving

Do people not understand what a Monopoly is anymore?

Microsoft is a monopoly. Up until only recently, using anything else meant that you were basically screwed because nobody made stuff for any other platform. It was to the point that even physical hardware was tied to Windows (remember winmodems? winprinters?). Forget games. Forget pretty much anything mainstream. Heck, there's still no quickbooks for mac, let alone linux.

Google is just a very very successful website. If I wanted, I could use bing. I could use duckduckgo. Or one of the other dozen search engines available. My computer won't suddenly stop working if I switch away from Google. I won't be prevented from doing... well... pretty much anything really... if I stopped using google.

The EU people could be going after far more worthwhile targets than Google. But that's none of my business. <insert image of Kermit drinking tea>

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Microsoft Windows 7 Pro: Halloween Horror for PC makers next year

Ilsa Loving

Oh FFS

Now I'll have to go around and make sure everyone's machines have recommended updates disabled.

I guess Microsoft has gone from the drug dealer model ("First one's free") to the overbearing father model ("This is my house, you will do what I say, and you will LIKE it!")

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Trio nailed in US for smuggling $30m of microchips into Russia

Ilsa Loving

$30million?

So.... a single Oracle server then?

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The iPhone 6 doused in bromine - an incendiary mix or not?

Ilsa Loving

I wish I was as rich as him.

I wish I had so much disposable income that I could piss away several grand on electronic devices just to destroy them for personal entertainment.

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BYOD battery bloodbath? Facebook 'fesses up to crook code

Ilsa Loving

Re: This is what happens

This assumes they have an A team to begin with.

Keep in mind that the vast majority of developers have very little experience in writing code that is very efficient... Mostly cause current economics doesn't favour them to do so. Nowadays everyone takes the attitude of 'lets just throw more hardware at it', cause that's cheaper than having a team of developers pour over code to improve efficiency.

On regular computers, no one cares, and it's not really considered a problem, until those same attitudes are carried over to mobile development.

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Seagate sales droop: It was a nearline miss, says CEO

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I don't buy seagate anymore

I remember when Seagate was THE manufacturer you went to for hard drives. But now? I won't touch them with a 10 foot pole. Of the half dozen drives I've purchased in the last 5 years, not a single one is still functioning. Their hybrid drives in particular are shockingly shoddy. I replaced it 4 times before just giving up.

And based on conversations with friends, it's not just me having extraordinarily bad luck. They've had seagate drives that prematurely fail as well. So yeah, maybe Seagate needs someone to blame for their poor financials, perhaps they need to look in a mirror.

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Windows Mobile 10 nears point of no return

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I can't imagine why

Lync is one of the single worst communication systems I have ever seen. The UI is painful, it has no way of doing message store-and-forward if the recipient is unavailable, history gets lost, no syncing of convos between multiple devices (in fact, if you're signed in multiple times, you have to check ALL your devices to find out which one got the message), and all file transfer and streaming services are completely broken on the mac version.

I wouldn't use Lync if it was available for free, never mind willingly paying money for it.

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AVG defends plans to flog user data as privacy row continues

Ilsa Loving

Never using it again

We stopped using AVG cause it consistently scored badly (compared to other scanners) in AV tests. Their sales droids have been badgering me ever since to rejoin.

And then they pull a stunt like this? There are some excellent chainsaws now-a-days that I strongly encourage them to sit upon.

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World's oldest person scoffs daily ration of bacon

Ilsa Loving

I want to chug a bottle of vodka before I die...

Cause that way I can die in a good mood, and it'll save my family some money by reducing the fuel requirements for cremation.

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

Ilsa Loving

Re: only one suitable comment

"The road to hell..." 'n all that.

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

Ilsa Loving

Re: Just goes to show

Natural selection works just fine. The problem is that there is nothing to select against human stupidity. In fact, selection tends to *favour* stupidity, because stupid people tend to have more free time and more inclination for high volume reproduction. Smarter people tend to be too busy doing things that are genuinely worthwhile, and are generally less inclined to reproduce anyway because they care about the consequences.

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175,000 whinge to Microsoft about phone tech support scams

Ilsa Loving

Re: I love those calls!

This just screams "podcast".

I'm sure you'd develop quite a following!

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Ex-Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch sues HP for $150m+

Ilsa Loving

Re: RE: multi-billion PR company

I think it would be more accurate to say that they would by a multi-billion dollar PR company, but HP would manage it so badly that it would only be worth $100 by the time the ink has dried on the contract.

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XcodeGhost attack tapped into dev distaste for Apple's Gatekeeper

Ilsa Loving

Why have these companies not had their licenses revoked?

Gatekeeper was designed specifically to prevent this kind of thing from happening. If developers are disabling it, and then installing dodgy software on top of it, they should have their licenses revoked and be disallowed from submitting apps in the future.

This isn't just a case of "Oh gee, oopsey me!", this was not just one, but several willful acts of stupidity. These "developers" clearly don't have the knowedge and/or aptitude to write software, and so shouldn't be allowed to do so.

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Apple iPhones, iPads BRICKED by iOS 9's 'slide-to-upgrade' bug

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I had no problems

I was able to upgrade without any issues at all, nor have I ever had an issue while upgrading the OS.

That being said, I *still* made sure to do a full backup of my device before upgrading.

The idea that someone would perform a major, irrevocable change to your device without making a full backup first, is just ludicrous. You may as well invite Murphy over to stay in your house.

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Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches

Ilsa Loving

Re: Dear Microsoft,

This is why Microsoft has forced Windows Update on in Windows 10, and it can't be shut off.

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Seagate bleeding sales as PC downturn starts to hit hard

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FAIL

Because of "PC Sales"

Right, they're losing money because of the pc sales downturn.

It's not at all because they make hard drives that are so shockingly unreliable that it's a wonder they're still in business at all.

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