* Posts by ShelLuser

2068 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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I'm mixed about this..

What good are rules (such as a license) when you don't enforce them? I think that the statement about companies abusing the GPL isn't all that far off to be honest. And I can also understand why they would prefer this topic to be addressed at a Linux conference. After all the GPL and Linux are pretty much interwoven so to speak. So with that in mind I don't think the request is as ridiculous as Linus makes it sound.

Especially if you look at the way the US legal system works: when a precedence is set then that can be used for future cases.

Of course I do agree with the statement that lawsuits do more harm than good. True. But what good are rules if you don't plan to follow up on them?

Either way, when it comes to the GPL then I think Stallman is a much better suited candidate to decide if this topic should be addressed or not (instead of Kuhn).

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Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

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@frank ly

I see your Windows 2k and I raise you Windows 98. With more pain attached to it: during a public presentation of Windows 98 the host was going to show how easy it was to connect USB devices. He plugged in an USB scanner: "Let's plug it in, it's going to see a new device. You'll notice that this scanner build.. whoah!".

And the next moment both the host and Bill Gates who attended the presentation were greeted with a BSOD. Which unsurprisingly triggered quite an applause from the audience ;)

I think Microsoft should change their slogan. The "Where do you want to go today?" just doesn't fit anymore....

Microsoft Windows 10: "What do you want us to break on Tuesday?".

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Maxta goes Freemium and enlarges VP count with new hires

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I'm not sure this is going to work....

"Any customers downloading the software become self-qualifying leads for Maxta's channel."

Being a customer means you bought something from the company, and that totally eliminates the 'free' in 'freemium' in my opinion. If we take a look at what Wikipedia considers Freemium to be we learn that: "Freemium is a pricing strategy by which a product or service (typically a digital offering or application such as software, media, games or web services) is provided free of charge, but money (premium) is charged for proprietary features, functionality, or virtual goods.".

Anyway, as a non-US resident I can't get my hands on this, but I can still see what might go wrong here. Providing your software is one step, actually making sure that potential customers get the right impressions about it is something else. Considering that this doesn't come with any support at all I cannot help wonder how they're going to deal with people who download this but can't get it to work?

If you visit the Maxta website you'll notice that they don't really have any community going, there's no forum for interested people to gather more information. Which in my opinion could be crucial when it comes to Freemium products: a community helping the community, which will only add to the appeal of the product. Of course this also comes with risks: once you get in touch with less satisfied customers then they will also make themselves heard.

Still, I know I can be quite the cynic but I cannot help wonder if this is really going to help them out as much as they might anticipate.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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@Naughty

"So we wait until he kills someone?"

Have you actually read the article and the linked articles?

What has happened here is that this guy confessed to his GP (General Practitioner, so his doctor (as a non-English speaker I actually had to look this up)) about his wild sexual fantasies and that he wasn't too sure that he didn't rape someone. Basically: during the past 12 months he never really asked his girlfriend(s?) if they agreed. So his doctor reported him.

Then it got out that he does show some odd behaviour. Even getting into fights himself (it is unspecified if this is with males or females) and taking some things to extremes. So you won't hear me say that everything is totally normal here.

However...

He was tried and I'm pretty sure that his girlfriends were also part of that trial. Surely that would be the best evidence they had against him? But even despite all that a jury cleared him of all charges. Now, take note: they cleared him while he himself was the one who brought it all up: he wasn't sure the sex was consensual.

And after that it was the Judge who suddenly started the hate campaign; stating how this guy was a very dangerous man in his eyes.

Here is my problem with the whole thing: for all I know that judge could be someone who totally despises SM or any forms of kinky sex. Either because he's just disgusted with it, or because of other personal issues he has with it (religion?). Leading up to this guy getting convicted merely because 1 individual considers him dangerous, even though all the evidence in the trial itself has been taken into account by a jury and they still acquitted him.

Do you honestly call that justice?

Let's also not forget that it was he himself who sought help in the first place! Instead of trying to help him his doctor apparently called the cops on him. So here's my real problem: what if all this drives him over the edge and things go downhill from here? Do you honestly believe that he'll ever try to seek medical help again?

And who's fault would that be, hmm? Once again: he fessed up himself! So he has a clear understanding of right and wrong in my opinion and better yet: also acted on it! As a result he gets condemned without proper evidence because of one man.

This is a witch hunt in my opinion.

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Beauty site lets anyone read customers' personal information

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Reminds me of Hammersmith...

Reported by El Reg some time ago: you could log onto the Hammersmith / Wimbledon website using only an e-mail address. And to add insult to injury the (valid!) e-mail address of the administrator could be found right on the about page of said website (for more details see link to El Reg article).

Makes you wonder where in the heck those websites get their infrastructure from. Maybe a local "web guru" or -gasp- could they have hired the services of a "skilled" web design agency?

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

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How long before...

Google steps in, starts developing specific laser technology and before you know we'll be "enjoying" region targeted advertisements in the night sky clouds. Time for the black helicopter ;)

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Microsoft can't tell North from South on Bing Maps

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I can see it now :P

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We thank you once again for choosing Microsoft airlines, we get you to your destination in a Bing!

The weather is excellent today and we'll soon be making our approach for landing. The sea looks calm and if you look outside the left window you may get to see a glimpse of the capital city of Tokyo while we make our approach to Melbourne. Please be advised that... What? Excuse me ladies and gentlemen, my co-pilot is interrupting me again. <whispering voice> Of course I know what I'm doing, how often do we have to go over this? Look: maps.bing.com, look it up yourself, ok? Now stop bugging me or you'll looking for a new job! </whispering>

We will now be making our approach, please fasten your seatbelts. It appears as if Melbourne has suffered from a minor flooding but that's nothing which our state of the art Windows 10 powered plane can't handle!

<2 days later>

This is CNN. Investigators are still puzzled as to why a plane heading to Melbourne suddenly ended up crash landing near the isle of Japan. This is yet another of many setbacks for Microsoft which was the first to push Windows powered planes forward after Google had grossed in tremendous success with their self-driving taxis.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said to be shocked with the news of the crashing plane but that there is no reason for concern. All airplanes are said to have undergone emergency upgrades and are now using the latest release of Windows 10. When asked about the rumours which claim that a previous version of Bing maps depicted Canada to be near the south pole no further comments were given.

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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

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Re: I'm not worried

I can't help wonder what all those people might now be thinking who disagreed with Apple's decision to oppose the FBI some months ago . You know: not creating a backdoor for iOS because of fear that the government was going to abuse it.

If all this turns out to be true then I'd say it is also one heck of a confirmation that Apple did indeed do the right thing back there.

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WikiLeaks uploads 300+ pieces of malware among email dumps

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@45RPM

"So was Julian Asshole’s big idea just to establish Wikileaks as the worlds largest malware market?"

I think there's a little more to it than that. The main problem is tampering: if they removed all the attachments then they're basically changing the e-mails contents. Which raises an obvious question: if they think it's ok to alter e-mails like that (remove attachments) then what guarantees are left that they didn't change even more?

So I don't think they have much other alternatives here. But I fully agree that more and better warnings should have be put in place.

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Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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@gv

Not sure I understand why anybody would use this in preference to sh, bash, dash, csh, ksh, zsh, et al.

Well, it is true that PowerShell is an extremely flexible tool when it comes to administrating Windows servers. Having the ability to easily access the registry of a remote server or its SSL keystore can be very useful.

Yet that 'remoting' as it's called is also where PowerShell shows its weaknesses. When I'm logged onto a remote server I can't simply start a commandline based text editor to edit remote files. Not because those aren't available, but because PowerShell doesn't fully support this (yet?). Not even running something as trivial as edlin can be used through PowerShell on a remote server: the very moment I start a new process then the output of that process will not find its way to me. It's unsupported!

And as we all know this is completely different for your average Unix-like console together with SSH.

PowerShell has its uses, but not so much in comparison to what you can already do on an average Unix shell.

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Tech support scammers mess with hacker's mother, so he retaliated with ransomware

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@anoco

"It doesn't do that."

... yet. I was under the same impression with (win)RAR, then all of a sudden an overflow exploit was found. I'm not saying you're insecure, but it's also no reason to get sloppy either.

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Snowden says Russia ‘probably responsible’ for NSA hack

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@m0rt

"He carries on biting the hand that is currently feeding him"

The real question: is he?

Don't assume that someones motivations (or intentions) are always negative when they're spreading negative (or critical) comments. I can easily turn this around: this could also show you the superiority of Mother Russia over the NSA, and I doubt that premier Poetin couldn't be flattered with that.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Going after the wrong party?

So I actually read the EULA (End User License Agreement) and it has some interesting point there. For example, what it's saying about mods:

III Additional license information, people (players) agree that they will not:

E. Use any unauthorized third-party programs that interact with the Software in any way, including but not limited to, “mods,” “hacks,” “cheats,” “scripts,” “bots,” “trainers,” or automation programs, or any third-party programs that intercept, emulate or redirect any communication between the Software and Riot Games, or that collect information about the Game by reading areas of memory used by the Software to store information about the Game.

It looks to me as if they should go after those players who use this, not the website which provides all this.

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Families of men slain by ISIS gunman told: No, you can't sue Twitter

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Freedom of speech

One of the problems which our current society has to face is the growing "I" mentality. People who believe the world should center around them and what others feel, well.. that's not as important.

Freedom of speech is and always should be absolute. Meaning so much that it doesn't matter if you actually agree with the speaker or oppose all of his ideas with a passion. The freedom to speak your mind should apply to all of us. "Free to speak your mind as long as we agree", isn't freedom.

I get the impression that some people seem to forget this part.

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FreeBSD devs ponder changes to security processes

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Fortunately we have alternatives...

freebsd-update is used to update the base system, though in 'binary' format. The other alternative is to check out the source code using Subversion and then compiling that yourself. I'll admit it's more tedious than letting freebsd-update handle things, but its still a way to work around using it.

Portnsnap is another example. A very easy way to keep your ports collection (usual location being /usr/ports) up to date. But once again you can also use Subversion.

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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A disaster in the making...

I use adblockers. But not merely to get rid of annoying advertisements and pop-ups (my browser can handle the pop-ups on its own) but mostly to ensure the safety of my computer!

When I go to a website then I have a good idea what kind of contents I can expect. But it'll always be a mystery to me where the advertisements are coming from. Worse yet: what is going to happen when the source of advertisements gets compromised and starts spreading malware or other virusses (don't try to argue that this could never happen, events from the recent past clearly proof otherwise)?

So yeah, the moment a website tries to force me to remove my adblocker then the effect is very simple: said website will be removed from my favorites list(s) instead. There are tons more websites which can provide me with the same experience, thank you very much.

But back to my initial comment: this is a disaster just waiting to happen. Because what's going to happen when FB's advertising source gets compromised and its proven that FB has (indirectly) started spreading malware and other junk?

Their desire for more revenue could very well lead to their own downfall.

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Big Red alert: Oracle's MICROS payment terminal biz hacked

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Are you sure?

Because I'm under the strong impression that Oracle has no clue what so ever as to what micro payment actually is, especially when thinking back at how previous Sun licenses all tripled in price after the take-over.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Was this really a mistake?

... or a deliberate scheme by both O2 and Microsoft to somehow force a lot of people to upgrade their operating systems? To the latest and greatest Windows 10 of course.

Sure: this is a (somewhat silly) conspiracy theory. But how on earth did they manage to obtain such a virus which also only targets older Window versions?

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Doom is what's next

So, the knowledge that Windows update X will crash your system but as a regular user you will have no way to prevent your Windows environment from upgrading. Such a wonderful Windows experience, I think everyone should experience this at least once. The perfect remedy for not wanting to stay on Windows 7 :)

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@Bob

"Ads, ads ads ads and some more ads."

Nah, they'd never do this. We'd get themed ads, which will blend in with the Windows theme you're using and make it a unique experience! That is so much different :)

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Three times as bad as malware: Google shines light on pay-per-install

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Re: Understand...

"Nothing is really "FREE"".

I find your lack of faith disturbing ;)

FreeBSD is a derivative from Berkeley Unix but, as its name implies, the freely available variant of it. Of course the current FreeBSD is nothing like its ancestor and due to licensing issues also can't be considered an official Unix any more but it's quite clear that this OS has its roots within Unix. All funded by the FreeBSD foundation, a non-profit organization with one primary goal: to support FreeBSD. And the best part: the foundation is basically ran thanks to the support of dozens of people all around the world.

Now, please note: the only reason I started with FreeBSD is that this OS happens to be my personal favourite. But that doesn't make them unique nor do I allow myself to base myself solely on bias here.

Because there's also the awesome GNU Operating System, which most people would simply refer to as "Linux". Yeah, but there's more to that project than that. This whole endeavour is sponsored by the Free Software Foundation which also has a specific mission statement, one even broader than the FreeBSD foundation. The FSF stands for promoting computer user freedom. Where one of its tasks sits within GNU/Linux.

Or what about the Apache software foundation? Home of the highly acclaimed (and most dominating) Apache webserver, or the freely usable Java EE backend Tomcat.All freely available, right for the picking (download).

So yeah, you might want to be careful with statements such as yours.

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@Sandtitz

"Adobe Reader download page has had Google Chrome preselected (opt-out) for years now if you venture to the page with Internet Exploder."

It's not so much the browser though, it's hard coded into the installer I think. Because I'm using Opera which is now build on Chromium, and even I get that same crappy download stuff.

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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Finally the Mojang take over pays off!

"It’s reported here, however, that an update for Windows 10 called Redstone 2 that had been due for this year had been pushed into spring 2017."

Because without owning Mojang (company behind Minecraft) they might have gotten into trouble naming this monstrosity 'Redstone' but now they can without problems.

Just too bad but I'm still more interested in the actual redstone (Minecraft component) than this :P

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BlackBerry: Forget phones, Lawsuits In Motion is back – and it's firing off patent claims

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Who to blame? Not sure tbh...

I'm not too sure you should fully blame BlackBerry here because let's be honest: who was it that granted these patents in the first place?

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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GPG

This is why you should always use GPG to sign your stuff in my opinion. Hackers can redo CRC checksums with ease, but good luck trying to hack a 2048bit RSA/DSA key.

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Re: UEFI affected as well

"This particular malware was very new and detected only by AVG and Kaspersky as a generic threat."

Which in my opinion only goes to show you of what poor quality most virus scanners actually are. I'm not talking about detection here but prevention. Surely it's not that hard to intercept disk writes to the boot sector and partition table and ask the user for approval first?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

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That'll be a first...

"We're told that Windows 10 is “more democratic” than ever, which means it reflects the views of the same self-selecting group of people (ie, computer enthusiasts with lots of time on their hands) who volunteered for the Windows 10 Insider programme have been. These people have an even greater say this time."

Pardon me for laughing it out after reading this. Because if you follow Microsofts track record on valuing user input then you'll realize just how ridiculous this sounds.

I present you: Visual Studio 2012. Wouldn't you agree that Microsoft's development environment is the key to the kingdom? The one thing they want to get right because this could easily persuade people to jump onto the Windows bandwagon and use their design skills to come up with better and new stuff to be used on their operating system?

So wouldn't it also seem logical that you really want to keep this in-crowd as happy as possible because these are the guys who will most likely also advocate your system?

Yeah, about that... So VS2012 came with an 'awesome' new design which changed the layout to match that of the new and hip Windows 8 environment. Why the heck a developer platform had to follow the same themed style as a consumer environment is still way beyond me up until this date, but hey: this is what happened. Worse yet: Microsoft also deemed that all those colors and icons and such were way too distracting. Like Office we needed a plain flat looking environment. So all icon colors got removed and were plain black (rings a bell?). The only choice us devs. had were 3 themes and that was it (the default even gave me headaches, seriously).

So dozens of developers cried out on Microsofts feedback platform to bring color & sanity back to Visual Studio. Where a suggestion would normally get around 600 to maybe 900 votes this one managed to gain an easy 6,000 votes in one week.

The end result was basically another theme, and a somewhat crude theme editor which wasn't even officially released by Microsoft but a developer working for them, all made in his free time (or so the rumor went which I picked up).

Soon afterwards VS2013 came out: "We listened to our community and added extra color detail to our development environment". Of course the only thing they wanted you to do was cash out for another license because upgrade policies are things which Microsoft never heard off (giving existing customers a small discount for upgrading).

Those we're paying customers who got fully ignored. And it also cured me from ever wanting to buy a Visual Studio license again, even though I actually like the program.

If this is how they treated paying customers, do you really believe this story about valuing user input over a freebie? Because I sure don't :)

Besides: I think Windows 10 has other issues to deal with than its looks.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Web much?

After reading the article I can't help conclude that the whole environment relies very heavy on Internet access (cloud). Which makes me seriously worry about what will happen when you're disconnected.

Thing is: I've read too much "success" stories already about Office 365 users being completely unable to work (at one point this even lasted a whole day) while my old-fashioned-but-still-working Office 2010 just started without any hassle (and without any Internet).

It's not that I don't like connectivity, I do, but I don't want to end up becoming fully depending on it either.

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Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid

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Re: The Puritans called

I think the real problem is that it wasn't hot enough. Take the Axe commercials. In case you don't know what I'm talking about: a deodorant which is pictured in commercials as a women magnet. Guy sprays something on him at the beach and in no time dozens of bikini clad women (and never any 300 pounders for some reason) jump all over him. My gf actually prefers that I don't use that stuff because of all that (and I can respect that). Edit: not so much because she thinks its sexist, but mostly because she feels it's just so utterly stupid that it's not even funny anymore.

But to my knowledge (read: after some Google searches) I can't find any info about people protesting against that. Just for the record: if I'd show this Kaspersky picture to my gf then I'm 100% sure about what's going to happen: nothing.

Which is another thing to consider: are the protests actually real? For all I know it could be an elaborated setup in order to try and gain even more publicity.

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My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell

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thanks!

"Perhaps someone sent me a file that wouldn't open in 2010. Perhaps it was yet another attempt to make Lync work. I will probably never remember. Regardless, the shift to Office 365's version of Office 2013 – and eventually 2016 – has been a descent into madness."

Thanks for your comments.

Still being a vivid Office 2010 user myself (IMO it also looks better) this gives me new motivation to never want to upgrade. Even though I honestly value MS Office a great deal. Once you dive into the VBA backend and discover the amount of stuff you can do... but yeah.

I'd rather pay an xx amount of money once and be in full control over how long I want to use it instead of having to continuously pay for the latest and "greatest". Especially because I know the 'latest' from Microsoft is by far the 'greatest' these days. So no way I'm paying money to get treated like a beta tester, I actually got work to do!

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Re: "surely the whole world can't be wrong?"

Simple: sticking your neck out. Obviously IBM kit is good because they look credible. Actually you can replace IBM kit for any other good looking commercial thingamagick.

Open source is scary because you actually need to know what the heck you're talking about. And if the shit does hit the fan then it'll be on your plate. Because you took it "as is". Obvious result: "Its not my responsibility IBM kit no workie, we need to sue! (and not fire me for not doing my homework)".

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Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos

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Or mere devaluation?

"I can't really understand why nobody at MS understand these are not a small percentage of Windows users, and believe they could shove down their throats a pure "consumer" experience which can have impacts on their work and impact their customers - or patients."

Unfortunately I think they understand all too well. I think the keyword here is devaluation. If you want to continue enjoying the same experience you can: you just need to pay a little extra. I think what we're seeing here is an obsessive desire for revenue.

Windows 8 taught them that if people got a choice they wouldn't upgrade to something bad so...Choice got more or less taken out of the equation. And now it's time to try and cash in. Are you missing features? Poor you: better upgrade to that more expensive version ya'll!

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Dolly the sheep clones have aged well, say scientists

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Good or bad development?

I can understand the value from a scientific point of view but on the other end I'm also quite worried about the effects all this might have in the longer run. Like the 'harmless' genetically altered vegetables. Fully harmless scientists say, but as with all those things you won't see instant results (good or bad).

And that's what worries me: because if it does turn out to be bad then good luck turning things around again.

But yeah, the usual 'time will tell' all over again.

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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re: own responsibility

What happened to LOTO or personal responsibility for your own safety?

For all we know they could have been doing a rehersal of a scene which included him hitting that button. And because things weren't life maybe he expected to be able to walk out and redo the rehersal again.

There's not enough info in the article to draw conclusions such as yours.

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Microsoft offers admins free Win 10 upgrade lube

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The more I think this over...

The more convinced I'm becoming that you might actually want to prefer buying your Win10 version in a few years instead of relying on Microsoft's "freebie shove down the throat" approach. Sounds crazy?

A freebie is more or less just that: even if they change the whole thing upside down then you really got no means to complain or get any protection against it because... Yups: it was free, it's "as is" and as such you more or less agreed to whatever brilliant ideas Microsoft has in store for you.

Now... I'm not claiming that buying is the ultimate solution to this. Worse: it even depends on the country you're from (even in our "united" Europe the laws on this still differ per country). Even so: you'll have (a little) more protection against "we'll change this because we can" for the simple reason that you bought something, and under national law you'll be protected against scamming and fraud and such. You'll also have this "reasonable expectation" rule (depending on country).

So for starters I expect Microsoft to be a whole lot more transparent with the commercial versions of Windows 10 vs. the freebie versions. They'll have to: they can't just sell you "trust us, you'll like it". Not only is that illegal, who would buy that? So I'm expecting to see exactly what features will be provided, what caveats we'll have to cope with and which features will be external (or added through 3rd party stuff, such as the Microsoft store).

All in all I think it'll be much safer to wait for this to happen. It'll cost you money, but at least they'll have to deliver what you're paying them for.

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Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?

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As a rule of thumb...

When it comes to online payment never rely on links from 3rd party sources. This is what I've been teaching the people around me:

"If you're shopping with Webshop A, then payment will only be done while you're still visiting Webshop A (and you'll be warned about redirects). If Webshop A suddenly sends you an e-mail with that really cool thing you want to buy then don't use those links. Instead: go to the website, find the stuff you want and then purchase it. It can be a drag (but think about all those other cool things you may find!) but it helps you to keep safe."

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Nintendo to investors: Pokémon Go won't make money come

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This clearly goes to show you...

That most investors really don't read up on what they're investing on, I can't help think that the only thing these particular investors saw were dollar signs. I can understand that your average Pokemon Go player would only imagine Nintendo, but someone who plays the stock market usually also also have access to financial records and information about the companies.

I suppose this is what happens if you mix greed and ignorance together.

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She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

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Re: Reading this leaves me with one simple question...

"I didn't know which files she wanted to restore. Neither did she, as the story recounts."

Did she really now?

They’re last Friday’s files! I don’t want last Friday’s! I want yesterday morning’s files! Now I don’t even last night’s! How do I get them back?

Looks to me as if she knew exactly what files she needed, but the problem here is that you didn't even bother to ask.

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Reading this leaves me with one simple question...

Instead of continue to argue against it, why didn't you simply restore the files for her?

Can't say I really enjoyed this story, it was too obvious.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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The OP forgot one advantage

This is the only advantage which I honestly believe is a real one: Using Windows 10 also gets you access to a free copy of Minecraft, the Windows 10 version. Granted: it's not as extensive as the normal one which you buy from Mojang, but it may give you a free and nearly complete insight look into the world of Minecraft.

Warning: heavy bias follows.

And Minecraft is an amazing game. It's not for everyone, obviously, but I do wish to implore some people to look beyond the initial (and maybe uninviting) blockery landscape and to just try and discover the world a bit. Minecraft may look very simplistic on the outside, but on the inside it could easily be much more complex than you may give it credit for. Its much more than merely a game where you place colored blocks on top of each other to mimic real world imagery (even though it can easily be used for that!).

For me personally Minecraft is the combination of things. An adventure game: when mining resources (such as coal, iron, diamond and maybe redstone and lapis) you'll no doubt come across dark caves. Even though they're automatically generated (and eventually you may discover some vague patterns) they never stop to amuse me. Because what could be lurking within? You'll no doubt come across hostile monsters (mobs), and to prevent them from spawning in you need to light the place up. Challenge #1: make sure to keep enough torches. But it's not merely caves, you can also come across abandoned mineshafts (its just what it says) which includes occasional minecarts which have chests in them with extra spoils to collect. Or strongholds, which not only contain a mysterious portal which - when repaired - teleports you to another dimension but also other interesting things like libraries (with the cobwebs and bookcases, all you'd expect in an ancient unused library).

What to do with all those spoils? It's up to you really. You can make tools from wood, but it pays off to get better materials such as stone, iron, gold and best of all: diamond. The latter also allow you to make armor, which helps to protect yourself from any hostile mobs. But lets start simple: stone. You can process your stone. When mining stone you'll end up with cobble stone, but cook it and you can get the regular stone block back. Of course you'll need more: you need to build yourself a furnace first (using cobblestone) and it needs to be fueled too (using wood, charcoal, coal or more exotic things like a lava bucket or a blaze rod). Speaking of wood: you'll need lots of that too. For starters to make a crafting table which allows you to make more complex items (such as the previously mentioned furnace). There's plenty of wood to be found in Minecraft: Oak, Birch, Acacia trees which all have their unique looks right down to the huge ones like Jungle, Dark Oak and the Spruce trees. Challenge #2: when chopping wood you'll come across saplings. Collect them and use those to make a tree farm: your own endless wood source.

So about that stone: cobblestone can be used to craft stair blocks and wall blocks. Cook it (see above) and you get the (regular) stone block back. Stone can be used to craft stone bricks; this is basically stone with a brick "pattern" on it (looks awesome on walls and floors). And these can also be crafted into stairs to add to the diversity.

Not enough for you? Use 3 stone bricks and make stone brick slabs (a slab is basically half a regular block). Now combine 2 slabs together and you get chiseled stone bricks: a stone block with a square pattern on it.

Sounds complicated already? I've only scratched the surface here. You can also make those stairs and slabs from wood, sandstone (can be crafted from sand), nether bricks, etc. Speaking of sand: collect that, cook it and you got glass.

And this was only about crafting building blocks. When we're talking redstone you're looking at a setup where you can even build your own computers. Think I'm joking? here is a youtube video which demonstrates a 1kb memory module in Minecraft. I'll leave you to look up minecraft computers on either Google or Youtube :)

SO yeah, it's not all bad :P Though I'll be the first to admit that as awesome as I think Minecraft is it should not be a motivation to upgrade to Win10.

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Re: am i the only one resisting this

"The constant bombardment of small windows popping up unasked for, telling you that time is running out.. i just don't want that anymore.."

Or what about stalling Windows 7 updates? I read a lot of stories from people who for some reason are no longer able to use Windows 7 updates because for some reason the updates no longer download. Something which also occasionally happens on my end, although I also think it could be DNS related.

Even so: it's yet another example of how unreliable Microsoft really is. If they're this unreliable with something you bought then do you really believe they'll let you use a freebie for ever and ever?

Maybe I'm too much into conspiracy theories, but I can't help worry that Microsoft may someday say "ok, you need a mandatory Microsoft account in order to use Windows 10". And then one year later: "Ok, you need a subscription in order to continue using your Microsoft account".

I'll stick to 7 with its own local user database, thank you :P

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Homework

This is why you're better of doing your own homework instead of relying on sales managers. In my company we have the fortune that our IT department's opinion will always outweigh that of any sales person, no matter how nice the deal seems they're offering.

Of course it also helps that our department has a track record of carefully outweighing costs & efficiency :)

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Hollywood: stop wrecking something good!

Do you know why you still remember some artists like Abba and Elvis? Or why certain movies turned out into classics? Because they stopped at their peek. People didn't try to milk the franchise dry, but they stopped and it kept the memories alive.

All this "Search for more money" mockery does is kill the franchise. Instead of thinking back at the good stuff people now reflect to the most recent stuff. And if that most recent stuff is horrid then their memories of the entire franchise get stained. Thank you Hollywood for destroying even more good childhood memories!

Just because something was awesome back then (ThunderCats, Masters of the Universe, Ghost in the Shell, Inspector Gadget (now focusing on my personal main interest of animation)) doesn't automatically mean that it'll be awesome again when it's remade. I think Ghost in the Shell is a prime example of this: the new GiTS series (Arise, released under Spielberg) wasn't bad but it also lacked the quality and depth of the originals (and it made me cringe at seeing how often Kusanagi managed to get herself hacked, even though it was hinted at time and time again that she was already Wizard class in her teens).

I get the impression that Hollywood doesn't get the obvious: all those blasts from the past were awesome because they were new and different. Stop doing re-runs, try to actually work for your money by coming up with something actually creative for a change.

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Re: Nahh, the old Star Trek was for nerds...

Next episode the Enterprise will hunt Pokemons...

This one had me laughing, but the sad part? I wouldn't be surprised one single bit if some "genius" would indeed pay up for the royalties so that they can call their next movie "Star Trek GO". I mean: with such an awesome title, who wouldn't go see it? (.... 4 years later when the Pokemon Go hype has long passed).

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Flaws found in security products from AVG, Symantec and McAfee

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Overspecialize...

... and you breed in weakness..

It's a quote from the English adaptation of one of my all-time favorite Anime movies: Ghost in the Shell. And I can't help think that it applies here. Over the years anti-virus suites have expended to tremendously and also started entering fields where it became obvious that the company had no clue what they were doing (basically: they lacked experience). A classic example would be Avast which at one point introduced their Internet security suite. Unfortunately their firewall couldn't cope with many parallel connections, and if things got too much it could even crash your entire machine. It didn't take much: a custom Java application which I once wrote to control some other servers was sometimes enough when it sent multiple commands in a somewhat shorter time frame.

Of course things have changed and got improved over time. And sure: it is true that the amount of threats (and the diversity) has also changed and expanded over time. This isn't a clear right or wrong kind of scenario.

But I do think that some anti virus suites are overdoing things and making it much too complex. Right up to a point where it can even slow your whole computer down. While they still manage to also leave important aspects out. For example, personally I think that ad blockers should be right there on the list of security software, yet many companies seem to oppose that idea (gee, I wonder why...).

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Handover of US internet control to ICANN officially blocked in Republican policy

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So was the joke true afterall?

Makes me wonder... The land of the Free (to do as we tell you).

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WordPress admin? Thinking of spending time with the family? Think again

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Re: glad its you instead of me.

Seems you know little about WordPress then. I'm a somewhat vivid WordPress admin / user (maintain a blog on their website as well as one on my own servers) and this problem didn't bother me at all.

To put things a bit into perspective: the first plugin claims to have 600,000 users. But over 60 million people use WordPress (source: WordPress.org). So wouldn't it be fair to say that this only bothers a small portion of all the WordPress users out there?

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We ain't in 1996 anymore, Dorothy: SQL Server 2016 proves it

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Improvement or revenue?

In all honesty I do think fondly of Microsoft SQL server, I think it's a very interesting product which has seen its technology being used in all areas. From the big SQL server environment right down to something as trivial as SqlServerCe (file based storage, which can be used within ASP).

But ever since I adapted open source variants I started to look much differently at the whole Microsoft development (or should I say release?) cycle. I started with MySQL which I use most often, but personally I prefer PostgreSQL. Here's the thing: they also have new releases, but every new release makes sense. They usually don't add features "because" but because they actually enhance on their products.

Don't take my word for it! When looking at PostgreSQL then just check the release notes for 9.6 beta.

Here I really start to get the feel of: "A new year, a new SQL server, yaaaay!". Yay, right :P

Note: this is coming from someone who still uses (and likes!) Microsoft Office 2010 and never felt the need to upgrade. So yeah, maybe I'm just biased.

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Coup-Tube: Turkey blocks social networks amid military takeover

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Re: if you can read this you are probably one of the lucky ones

Easy there though AC. Although I agree with you, I also think the Islam is a very dangerous movement / religion, there's also no need to look down on them like this. If you look at the amount of people who supported Erdogan (note: I'm leaving it in the middle if this was good or bad) then it's also fair to say that there are plenty of people who are happy to be living in such an Islamic state.

Although I do believe we're dealing with a major and serious threat here (a leader who tries to prevent free speech from happening is per definition a dictator in my book) there is more to this story than "bad Islam" alone.

I mean: if you look at the current state of the Middle East, especially the uprise of IS and the unrest in Iraq and Syria then I think it's fair to say that the same "Free West" had a major influence in that. I'd even go as far as to say that the West, and the US in particular, started the whole thing up, now referring to the false flag operation to remove Saddam Hussein.

SO yeah, I do agree with you. I'm also very happy to be living in Europe and not in the Middle East, but I don't think it's fair those who do live there to comment how lucky we are. Because quite frankly, in a way we're somewhat responsible for their misfortune.

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One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC

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Simple explanation...

Software no longer dictates the hardware. The new Windows versions were always near the edge of what current technology allowed so if you wanted to upgrade to a later version you'd soon notice that your hardware could also use a tune-up. Even though this sometimes was a false ruse, clearly shown by some better known open source developments. Better programming could have gotten better results.

But right now we've reached a point where there's little more extra margin (or improvement) to be found within hardware. Sure: the latest video card may have super duper caching facilities and can display things even faster but its not comparable to the massive developments which we've already seen happening (GPU vs CPU for example).

So there really isn't much to gain anymore from getting the latest and greatest. And as others mentioned above: people who'd only surf online and check their e-mail are most likely much better off getting themselves a tablet.

Quite frankly I don't think you can blame this on Microsoft.

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