Re: Dear Microsoft,
This is why Microsoft has forced Windows Update on in Windows 10, and it can't be shut off.
216 posts • joined 9 Apr 2007
This is why Microsoft has forced Windows Update on in Windows 10, and it can't be shut off.
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.
I would have liked to see the benchmarks for an old style hard drive included in the list, to quietly point and laugh at, if nothing else.
Wow, it's barely a couple years old and they're already taking steps to gouge people. I guess they have to make up that $7Bil shortfall somehow.
I don't understand why this got downvoted so heavily. It makes the point succinctly... all this effort has been put into making something good and fair, and inevitably some asshat comes by and tries to abuse it.
Lets see, you get a verification code texted to you, and then some random person texts you, asking you for the code you just got.
How stupid do you have to be to not be even the slightest bit suspicious?
Or maybe... just maybe... it's because they don't want to deal with obnoxious asshats like you. Just because you refuse to admit that you're part of the problem, doesn't change the fact that you are.
Unfortunately, we're not living in an OO world. But that isn't even the problem. The issue is that solutions to these sort have already been devised a long time ago, but the new wizbang generation of developers dismiss 'old tech' out of hand because it's old, preferring instead to reinvent the wheel over and over again. Ultimately, these reinventions are of lower quality than the older stuff for the same reason... New developers insist that they know better than older developers and so go onto to make the exact same mistakes that old developers did.
Now where's my cane.... and get off my lawn ya damn brats!
Bah. Bloated pile of crap. Now these two rocks I have here....
To be fair, Microsot may have learned the hard way, but at least they learned.
What galls me is that despite Microsoft providing such a fantastic example of what happens when you put security second, instead of taking a 'learning from someone elses mistakes' mentality, it seems the likes of Google and Apple prefer to just stick their fingers in their ears while chanting, "Lalalala won't happen to us!".
Google in particular, has become the new darling of security nightmares. The only thing preventing Apple from being in quite the same boat is the fact that they are uber-control freaks, with has the useful side-effect of limiting their attack surface.
I'm serious tempted to buy their stuff now, even though I have zero interest in reading them. The best and simplest way to encourage behaviour like this, is to reward it.
Wow... I can't believe how many people are nitpicking whether it was an earthquake or a wave or whatnot.
The TRIGGER was the wave.
The CAUSE, was the fact that TEPCO repeatedly did their best to cheap out. The most obvious being installing backup generators in an incredibly stupid location, basically guaranteeing their failure in a catastrophe.
This audit is just more evidence of the lengths that TEPCO went to scrape 'savings' at the expense of responsible governance.
Because Apple can't control it with it's customary vice-like grip.
Fortunately, Apple doesn't have the level of Market dominance that Microsoft has, so if everyone else does it, Apple will eventually grudglingly have to.
There is one important differences...
You don't need to spend several million dollars to get said features.
I'm not sure using Tampons for anything other than their original purpose is a good idea. I forsee unintended consequences, particularly with men as they already have difficulty dealing with the concept.
I don't doubt that this phone is very secure. And as an added bonus, if you do something that Putin doesn't like then you don't even have to worry about being arrested.
The hidden chamber will simply fire a bullet into your brain the next time you try to make a phone call.
Thank you for your cliche misogynistic response, which is an excellent example of the problem Mrs. James is talking about.
I'd love to hear their justification for MIUI not being a fork of android, when it very obviously IS a fork of android. Specifically, it's Android with an IOS-ified interface.
I actually installed that on a couple of my android devices way back when and actually liked it a lot. The only reason I stopped was because I switched to another device that MIUI didn't support.
Honestly, what is up with this ridiculous "Lets see how many pixels we can squeeze into the screen" wankery? The current generation of devices *already* has pixels so small that you can't tell them apart without a magnifying lens.
We don't need more pixels. We need a fecking battery that lasts longer than a day per charge.
I think using the phrase "iridium plated panda hymens", alone deserves an upvote.
Step 2 involves an automated service that auto-tweets back messages such as "You are an incredibly sensitive man, who inspires joy-joy feelings in all those around you."
I swore never to buy a Via product again, when all my data ended up being corrupted by a bug in one of their chipsets (KT133 I believe...). They didn't even tell anyone until people started figuring it out for themselves, and once word got out, they never bothered fixing it.
"It's like its own little economy literally built on nothing."
Suddenly I'm really really hoping that Jerry Seinfeld gets in line...
And it worked. I'm curious now.
If that thing talks with a GlaDOS voice, you won't hear my squeal of delight because it will be supersonic.
As someone who, over the course of one year, had *5* seagate drives fail (3 being a newly purchased drive barely 2 weeks old, as well as its *2* replacements), I will never purchase Seagate again.
They used to be the bees knees for quality and reliability. Now all the seem to care about is putting out the biggest drive soonest, and reliability be damned.
I urge people to avoid Seagate, especially their shockingly unreliable Momentus XT hybrid drives.
I will never forget when I was little, I had gone with my class to a museum that had a display on spiders. It included a statue of a spider, drastically blown up to be about 3 feet wide, so you could easily see the intricate details of it's body.
Someone suggested that it would be so awesome if it came to life and broke out of the exhibit.
I damn near fainted just from the thought.
*jumps into FartingHippo's arms, Scooby Doo style*
I think I'm missing something but I don't understand how any NoSQL system can perform a "complex query" and still maintain it's supposed breathtaking performance.
The moment you get away from filtering based only on the key, the system now has to perform a full table scan of all the data in order to find what it wants. At which point, the benefits of NoSQL vs a proper relational system completely evaporate. Unless of course, you introduce indexing... But that can't be right ,because that's an evil thing from the world of relational databases!
Can somebody clarify?
Those crayon styluses are annoying as hell.
I recommend something from the Adonit Jot line. I have a Pro (http://www.adonit.net/jot/pro/), and it works quite well. Of course, there is still the problem with palm rejection, which can only be solved using more expensive and complicated solutions, such as the BT-based Jot Script. Unfortunately, the Jot Script only works on iOS so Fandroids are out of luck, at least WRT the Jot Script. Maybe another manufacturer makes an android equiv?
I don't care what they call it, or how good they claim it is. I will never use Internet Explorer again, and I will continue to encourage everyone around me to avoid it like a plague.
Sorry Microsoft... too little, too late.
Who cares whether or not he used Siri.
This is the tech equivalent to a story in the National Enquirer about some random teen pop idol getting pregnant.
I can't fathom why this story has garnered so much attention.
The chinese gov't clearly wants to nail the evil American companies where it hurts... but they don't want to piss them off to the point that they pull out completely.
I'm sure they're keenly aware of how many million people work (indirectly) for Apple in China, and if Apple threw up their hands and decided China wasn't worth it anymore, there would be some serious fallout.
While Gatekeeper will bring up a dialog box warning about the evils of unsigned non-app-store applications, you CAN still run 3rd party applications. All you have to do is right-click on the application and choose open, the very first time you open it. It will ask the usual 'are you sure?', after which it will open like normal.
Right... C# is cross platform.
Silverlight was also cross platform. Except that Silverlight on anything other than Windows ran so shockingly poorly that I wish they hadn't even bothered trying. I cancelled my Netflix account because I was unable to watch their stuff stutter-free on a 3Ghz quad core i7 with a 1GB video card.
"shaking of users’ complacency in relying on “free” products and in being too accepting of what they’re given and of standard “solutions.”"
If there's one thing that's been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, is that the average person doesn't have even the dimmest flicker of good judgement regarding security.
Why does everything have to be a webanar or a youtube video now-a-days? Is typing that hard a thing to do?
I don't have have time to sit through a 90 minute blabfest just to find out what I can expect from this new version.
This explains why they are doing so much to provide services to their employees in San Francisco. :D
That when you use one of their new tapes, it silently installs a badly written DRM module that cripples your computer and opens it up to exploit by black hats, and if you try to remove it it will trash your operating system.
Since people are having a great deal of difficulty with this concept, here it is again:
Eich was NOT persecuted for "having an opinion".
He WAS persecuted because he provided material contributions to a cause that actively and willfully hurt a large class of citizens.
Whether you disagree or agree, at least make an effort to understand the situation first!
"Would be nice to have something to at least blush over (other than my taste in books from Amazon) if someone was to intercept it..."
We see that you bought a copy of Sandra Hill's Rough and Ready. We... we'll stop looking at your stuff now.
So now we can have web pages write crappy OpenCL and cause our machines to lockup/reboot?
I tried playing with some OpenCL code once and it was incredibly finicky. It would make my graphics chip shart itself and cause my whole machine to spontaneously reboot.
If Apple hasn't implemented this system, then that's a point in their FAVOR.
I don't know anything about science, but this research goes against my core believes and therefore it is wrong!
You'll just have to keep doing it over again until you get it right (ie: Your results say what I want them to say).
Way too many people who think their opinion is as valid as your facts.
If you want a powerful work rig, but your family needs a general use windows machine, then get two machines and use a KVM to switch between them.
While technically it is possible to shoehorn two competing uses like you are proposing, you are ignoring the practicality of such a set up.
The solution you are proposing is absolutely begging for a huge variety for problems, the biggest one being that someone in your family (or a friend) hits the key combination to minimize the windows VM (which is a trivially easy thing to do by accident) and will then start futzing with your host.
You can buy a perfectly functional pc in a micro case that you can sit on top of your main box. Infinitely simpler to setup. Infinitely simpler to manage. Infinitely simpler to maintain. Unless of course you have no problem abandoning whatever real work you are doing at the drop of a hat, and then spending an hour or two trying to figure out what part of this jigsaw puzzle broke.
I used to do similar things to this. Then reality happened and I realized that I just don't have the time or patience for dealing with the inevitable nonsense. And trust me, with a set up like you are proposing, nonsense IS inevitable. And it will very likely happen at a time most inconvenient to you.
Because someone who has their head on straight wouldn't confuse this very clear attempt at get-more-money-at-any-cost attitudes and statements with socialism.
There is no common good here. This is an already rich guy who wants more more more. If you want to claim any kind of -ism, then capitalism is the one you're looking for.
Did anyone else reading the article keep expanding FSM into Flying Spaghetti Monster instead of it's intended terms?
Certainly made the article entertaining. :)
"The vast majority of mobile attacks involved things like phishing, social engineering lures, or forcible redirects to unwanted websites, rather than direct attacks on the device hardware or operating system."
In other words, most of the attacks are not technical in nature. They are targetting the biggest security risk of all: The users themselves.
The fact that they are 'targeting android' is simply because android has the biggest marketshare right now. Of course, it doesn't help that Google is actively taking steps to *prevent* users from protecting themselves. When I was in the market for a new tablet, I was trying to decide between an iPad or a high-end android device. Then I read about how Google 'accidentally' added the privacy features in Android 4.3 and was going to remove them in later versions. That made the decision much easier.
I didn't realize that Sony made artichokes too!
Just this week I was trying to decide what tablet to buy. This article ended up cinching it for me, and I bought an iPad. Say what you will about Apple, but at least they have fine grained privacy controls so that apps can't abuse their access to your personal data.
But only if I could put android on it.