* Posts by Charles 9

6887 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: Simplix

If Simplix is in Russia, that raises red flags right there due to the high amount of cybercrime the place is notorious for. Not just criminal elements, but state-sponsored attacks, too.

PS. I was talking about Simplix shutting down on its own.

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Re: Windows 10 adoption rate

Many, but not MOST, and that's especially true of the headliners like Fallout 4 (Bethesda swore off Linux development--too scatterbrained, they said).

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Re: A final throw of the dice before

"It seems like that would just kill Windows."

How when they have such a captive market? Most of the software out there is Windows-only, especially the games.

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Re: "Final push"

Media work will need the oomph of a proper desktop if not a workstation. Same for 3D work and gaming. Android devices are CONSUMPTION devices, NOT DEVELOPMENT devices.

And lucky you can switch. Many are locked in because their custom job that's too expensive to replace is Windows-ONLY. Same for the games. Don't even get started on WINE (compatibility list is quite low, especially as you get to newer games, let's not get started with DX12) or VMs (which still get a license, and you STILL need Win10 for DX12).

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Re: Windows 10 adoption rate

ONLY if gaming support improves by then. Otherwise, there's still a captive market.

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Re: Games

Given the history of OpenGL, and the fact DX12 provides a two-fer (WIndows AND Xbox One, the PS4 IIRC uses a custom library not affiliated with Vulkan), I doubt it. OpenGL couldn't overtake DirectX then. I don't think they'll do it now, especially given how long Valve's been trying to push Linux gaming to try to push Microsoft off the pinnacle...without success (in fact, several developers have sworn off Linux development due to difficulties).

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Re: Games

Plus what happens when DirectX 12 comes along, which is exclusive to Windows 10? We're pretty much stuck with it, especially when the games we want most aren't on consoles (which I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole anyways).

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Re: "Final push"

Yeah right. I don't see Android taking over the desktop anytime soon. Too much momentum for x86 in that sphere.

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Re: I know where you can cram it

Don't bother. Most companies keep Complaints Departments (which are basically just one-way chutes to the shredders or incinerators).

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Re: Simplix

Until Simplix shuts down, that is...

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Re: Offline only -Is there a definitive answer?

It usually need to connect ONCE, during the install period. I think you can unplug it after that, though, if you're paranoid (since there's little they can harvest from a virgin machine).

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Re: All or nothing

I think this is one of the conundrums AI researchers have posed to car manufacturers:

"If four cars pull up to the four legs of a four-way stop simultaneously, who goes first?"

This is actually a conundrum for drivers in general, not just for AI drivers. It's just that with human drivers, someone eventually runs out of patience and breaks courtesy.

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Re: Yes but ... this process will make autopilots safer

"We could more than halve the injury and fatality rates simply by denying the lowest 10% of those licensed the ~privilege~ of a motor vehicle operators license [until they can demonstrate a higher level of competency] and toughening the penalties [such as automatic jail time for a first offence] for those who drive [and cause accidents] without a license."

You keep saying "privilege" when many people MUST use cars to get to work because NO other form of transportation is open to them. Denying these people cars is depriving them of their inaliable right to the pursuit of happiness. Not to mention life if it's the only thing keeping food on their table.

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If he pulled out well ahead of the traffic, then no it's not his fault because he operated due diligence with a large, slow vehicle, presenting itself to the traffic that it was turning. If other cars nearby have stopped, then the trucker gave enough notice and the cars had yielded right of way to the truck.

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Re: @Jos V -- Autopilot...

But airplanes have three dimensions to work with (unlike cars which are normally limited to two). Anyway, the big problems with flying cars are their complicated operations and their operating costs.

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Re: Autopilot...

"There's a reason why the rules are "if the controller says something different to the TCAS, you follow the TCAS"."

I think they only made that ruling AFTER the crash. At the time, it was not defined which took priority.

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Re: @AndrewDU

"The fact that it _can_ be taught means that AIs can learn it, which means that their driving ability and anticipation factors will improve. They're already better than most drivers most of the time(*)"

Do we have reason to believe road smarts is something that CAN be taught rather than something intuitive we just pick up without realizing it, meaning we don't know HOW we know it and therefore can't pass it onto a car system?

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Law of Unintended Consequences

Two words: Ghost Drivers. Some accidents (even head-ons) aren't your fault, and I'd hate to be the car manufacturer who has to defend the spike when a driver is tragically skewered because a drug-crazed maniac thought playing chicken was cool.

PS. Risk is subjective. There are those who ignore risk (the pathologically stupid) and those who are turned on by risk (thrill seekers).

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Re: Wouldn't have happened in the UK.

Simple. It may be the 21st century, but (a) the United States is a big country with LOTS of roads (more than Canada and Russia IIRC, the only two countries bigger), and (b) the roads are LOCALLY maintained by communities who distrust the federal government (SOCIALISM!).

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Re: Radar

But even the best sensor systems have trouble with inclement weather. Heavy rain or snow is likely to beat even the best radar systems by producing too much radio AND optical noise.

It raises the prospect of autopilot moral dilemmas which are a very hot topic as driverless cars are being tested more and more. For example, how does a driverless car handle itself when it turns the corner on a mountainside road and suddenly sees an out of control school bus full of kids tearing between the lanes at high speed? It goes right into Book of Questions territory.

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Re: No bars? - because trucks have occasionally gotten their trailers stuck on a hump

"Solution: Fix the humps. Or put warning and diversion signs around them."

Not gonna happen. First, many of these humps have signs and truckers STILL get stuck on them. As for diversions, usually they're across railroad tracks which means the only diversion is to another hump. IF there's a diversion.

As for fixing them, we're talking a big country full of roads that are LOCALLY maintained by communities with tight budgets. Plus it takes a lot of convincing to get state and federal authorities to look into them, usually because it then gets other localities to complain, "What about US?!"

Sometimes, you just gotta deal with what you get dealt, American trucks NEED the ride height.

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Re: I will NEVER use Autopilot

"If all the idiots start driving autopilot cars, there'll be MORE serious crashes."

I don't know about that. I'd sooner trust a computer behind the wheel than most of those idiots who would probably insist on driving home after a night at at the pub, drive while putting on makeup or even changing clothes. Trust me, the world is FULL of stupid (which you just can't fix), so you know what? I'll take my chances with the computer.

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Re: Wouldn't have happened in the UK.

"I am still surprised when I see the US still hasn't implemented this simple safety feature."

SImple. Too many humps. Even without crash bars, too many stories arise of trailers going over a hump and getting the underside stuck on it with the wheels off the ground, meaning it's stuck. Worse, many of these humps are railroad crossings, and Murphy is notorious in these scenarios. Many a trailer have been smashed by trains in these settings...if not detonated because they were carrying gas.

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Re: No bars?

"AFAIK European trucks and trailers have side impact bars to prevent this sort of drive-under crash."

But you have to consider the kinds of roads trucks may traverse in the US. Therre's a reason we have ride height warning signs: because trucks have occasionally gotten their trailers stuck on a hump. Often the hump is a railroad crossing, and cameras have shown trucks get stuck on those humps and then get smashed by trains. Tragically, at least one of those trucks was a propane truck, with tragically obvious results.

Anyway, side impact bars can aggravate ride height issues, so there's a tradeoff here, and I think in the US's case, hump sticks happen more often than trailer guillotines (plus it's not always fatal; some HAVE survived; you CAN duck under it and into your seat).

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Re: Time was 3:40pm on May 7 so glare likely wasn't an issue

Unless the truck's white side was highly-reflective, creating a mirror effect.

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Re: I will NEVER use Autopilot

The thing is, though, will they be MORE flawed than us? You DID note the statistic about how long it took for this to happen. We demand perfection of our machines yet are content to throw our own flawed selves behind the wheel.

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"- Time was 3:40pm on May 7 so glare likely wasn't an issue.

- "White truck, white sky" is the lamest bullshit excuse..."

Unless the car was facing west, meaning the car was oriented toward the sun. I don't know of too many sensors yet that can properly handle sun-blindness.

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: Lingua Franca

So like I said, what do the Chinese do when they get there? Take up whatever language they need?

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Re: Vive la huh?

"Sadly, in my opinion, laziness has lead to tech hacks abandoning perfectly good home grown words for English versions. Perhaps it just sounds cooler to them, or they are just lazy. Or they are afraid they will sound old fashioned. The result is that some words have no intrinsic meaning to the user, whereas it is possible to understand the origin of the word if you are a native English speaker (a transient problem, granted)."

The real real issue is that people don't realize languages grow organically. Nearly every proper language evolved distinctly from local languages that had a need to communicate amongst themselves. They each developed independently and continue to do so, changing as people do and doing so locally, not globally (which is why Spanish, French, and Portuguese differ some depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on). That's why we end up with localized dialects, slangs, and so on. I don't think there's much you can really do about that simply due to the limited nature of communication. Being able to communicate with anyone, anywhere is shaping things, yes, but until this outpaces our face-to-face interactions, they won't be the driving force of language.

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Re: Dr Mouse "GPS is often of little help finding an address much outside Dublin"

Makes me wonder if there was ever a situation where a letter is addressed to a certain surname in a certain town, no number, only the town in question has 32 houses ALL with the same surname?

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Zero-interaction remote wormable hijack hole blasts Symantec kit

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Re: So, is this still a thing?

Callous disregard for security is pretty much the norm these days. Budgets and deadlines take priority because the investors hold the purse strings.

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Windows Defender, it's now known. And at least it's better than nothing. The closest thing I've found to what I want is ClamAV, but the UI is too clunky and its report format leaves a lot to be desired.

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Too noisy and too nagging. I want one that does everything on the QT. None of the free scanners are quiet.

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Cali bloke accused of illegally trousering $68k using mom's Apple AuthenTec gobble tip-off

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Re: Aiding and abetting?

Wouldn't an extreme buy order like that be considered an unusual activity and raise a red flag, though? Brokers can't act blindly because they can be held culpable, too, if they were found to have allowed something, for lack of a better term, "bloody obvious".

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Re: No good deed...

"Of course there are those who get $$$ by saying they are the IRS, and they won't even get their hand slapped."

Because they're under the protection of foreign powers. That's the flip side of sovereignty.

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: Fallout 4

But that's a console. I'm talking on an actual PC that normally uses keyboard and mouse inputs and can let you use GPUs miles ahead of the stuff used in the PS4 or Xbox One. Plus last I checked there are plenty of games that are PC-only.

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Re: Fallout 4

How without a VM (which means you have Windows anyway, besides I wouldn't bank on its performance as it's VERY demanding)? Last I checked, Bethesda swore off Linux and the like saying it was too scattered an environment?

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Never-never chip tech Memristor shuffles closer to death row

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Re: WTFingF?

Ever thought the writer doesn't have English as a first language?

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Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'

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Re: breach of contract

No, they say you purchased the license, which has all the strings attached, rather than the product itself. And court rulings in the past have supported that licenses can have terms attached to it that prevent resale, meaning First Sale doesn't apply, either.

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Re: Contract Law and EULA's

Simple. They were always there. It's just no one paid attention.

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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Re: Penny

"The fleet may soon have to be grounded because of the non-availability of the whale oil needed for the cabin lighting."

Just curious. Why does it specifically have to be whale oil? Why can't olive oil or petroleum be used in its place?

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Re: camera phones

"That wing carries a lot of fuel on a 777 ER (extended range)."

Most of which probably got DUMPED due to MTOW > MLW. AND the hot brakes AND the left-side engines still winding down. Plus since they called a pan-pan, crews were already en route.

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Re: Slides vs Stairs

"Aircraft certification typically requires the evacuation slides to enable complete emptying of the entire fully loaded aircraft in 90 seconds. They run tests of this during certification testing."

That assumes all slides are operable. I've never heard of a slide system where ONE slide can evacuate 300 people in a minute and a half. No way. With an engine fire, half the slides are verboten, plus they're on the ground already with stairs en route.

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No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Re: Loving windows? (@ Charles 9)

"As proof of my statement, please consider the market penetration (<20%) of W10 after one year of MS giving it away for free, FFS!"

I'd actually call that damn good because (a) Enterprise users, which you represent, are immune. In fact, Microsoft can't TOUCH these due to contractual concerns (for those business users that get the forced update, those weren't using true enterprise versions), and (b) many home users wouldn't know how to update if it slapped them in the face AND lack someone in the know to guide them through it. They're the type who think the computer is just a TV with a keyboard. Most of them are probably on XP or Vista because that's the system the computers came in. Those PCs are too old to get the update. The ones on 7 (not 7 starter) will probably jump en masse in the coming month as the updates come due.

PS. As for DX12, this is a whole different jump than to DX11 (which just added more features). DX12 makes graphics coding more efficient because it's closer to the metal. I would think game developers craving performance would jump on this. Plus it'll help them coding for the Xbox One.

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Re: Loving windows?

That still means you need a Win7 install for the machine, most games REQUIRE Internet access to run (usually because it's an online-oriented game). Plus more games going forward will be oriented toward DirectX 12, which is Win10-ONLY.

And if you think more apps will be ported to Linux after this, you forget the face you're one smart vote surrounded by ten stupid votes. You're hoping too much.

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"Best solution is linux mint, and only use win 10 for the few programs that won't run on linux. The one good thing about it is that ms can't read ext4. No snooping."

ext4 is open source. Microsoft probably already have a tool to snoop on ext4 volumes. They just don't release it publicly. They probably also have ways to sniff out the passwords for encrypted volumes and so on to sniff them, too. Remember, VeraCrypt was once hosted on CodePlex...

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Re: Loving windows?

When there are more mainstream GAMES for Linux than for Windows, THEN they'll pay attention. Otherwise, they pretty much have a captive market.

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Re: Gun, meet foot

"Walk into any retail outlet that sells computers and ask for a bare machine, you'll be given a choice of Windows or Mac and get a really confused look from the sales person 'What no OS'?."

Because that'll be the day. We're not most people. Most people don't care much about the OS, only that it runs the software they want, and when it comes to applications, Windows still wins. Not even Valve can convince the game developers to support SteamOS properly (when companies like Bethesda basically swear it off).

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Medicos could be world's best security bypassers, study finds

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Re: For Pete's sake @Charles 9

"You mean there's no IT staff in the hospital at all? That's your problem there I reckon, no secretary either who could be trained to run a simple program, my oh my no wonder hospitals are so rushed."

Hate to say it, but...that's exactly the issue! No solution can hire additional people because there's no budget for it. You MUST use existing people or it'll never make the budget. In a hospital, security plays third fiddle (to saving lives and cutting costs) and there's no way you're going to change this in the medical culture. The first priority is sacrosanct due to the Oath of Hippocrates while the second priority is imposed by the men up top.

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Re: I spent a brief period doing some research

"Therefore the tills are designed to permit near-instant log in using a token."

Only one problem. Pub is a pretty small self-contained area. Everyone who would need access to the till is going to be within shouting distance, for their own good.

Hospital is a big building, multiple floors, where people may be in different places throughout their watch. And each of these have different duties and authorizations. IOW, whole other kettle of fish.

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