* Posts by ShelLuser

2102 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010

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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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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Re: So it's time...

Or a HD recorder. I love mine, and not because I want to record stuff (I hardly watch TV) but because I can buffer up. When I notice something I'd like to watch I start by hitting the pause button, then do something else in between. From the laundry to getting a new cup of tea right down to reading the news behind my PC.

Then, usually approx. 15min. later, I start watching. First ad block: fast forward. This can be tricky because some ad blocks honestly last for nearly 10min (makes you wonder if you're looking at a TV show or movie or ads) but it works. Especially if you decide to pause somewhere in between to get a drink or do a bathroom break, etc.

It may take getting used to, but it beats what I usually did: during a commercial break I often switch to another channel which doesn't have them, often forgetting all about the first show I was watching and continue watching elsewhere.

The massive amount of ads really ruin the TV experience for me. Luckily there are still plenty of local channels which don't break up their programs for some stupid ads (which are also my favorites).

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EU eyes flaw in Google’s cash machine

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Politicians should make up their mind...

On one end they want an open and free market because this stimulates things. It was the main given argument in many countries to move several government tasks into the private sector. Yet when a company suddenly starts to grow up to a point where it dominates the market then all of a sudden its "not as we intended it". But if that's the case when why wasn't it regulated right from the getgo?

This sounds to me as if some public servant or politician suddenly woke up, noticed the obvious and now all of a sudden action is required.

And another thing... I have no love lost for Google myself, I too think they're way too intrusive. But that aspect has 2 sides: Google maybe intrusive, its the users who mostly allow it to happen. And lets be honest: Google provides some pretty serious top-notch services. Want an online petition? Using Google Forms you'll have something set up in 10 minutes tops.

So is it really that odd that they end up dominating this market?

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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Re: Hiring laws

Same in the Netherlands (Europe), and probably in dozens of other European countries too. But apparently some people think that positive discrimination is a positive thing because, well, it should have positive effects.

Quite frankly I'd rather see that companies hire people based on their skills than because of some "political correct" ruling.

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Pokemon Go Directly To Jail if you hunt here, says Oz Justice Dept

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Not sure if they can make this stick....

Are people also at risk for using their cellphone when calling others? If the answer is no then I think there's no (or a shaky) legal basis here. Thing is: Pokemon Go isn't recording visual or audio, it's displaying it in real time and then projecting images on top of it.

When asked people can surrender their phone and no recorded material will be found, so... jail? Why?

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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@Alun

Unfortunately I think some understand perfectly well, the real problem is often that we're not being told what their true goal or purpose is. Simply put: would they apply this to themselves? I think not :/

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EU waves antitrust claims in Google's face, snarls 'You want some?'

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What's their intent?

Is it really to protect fair competition or to try and cash in another multi-million Euro worth fine? I think it's the latter to be honest, because although I tend to agree that Google is quite intrusive and a bit oppressive it's also fair to say that this has been going on for years now.

So why the sudden interest and fine threats? Could it have anything to do with the Brexit and the recent news about Italian banks which need a massive financial boost from Europe in order to survive?

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You really do want to use biometrics for payments, beam banks

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@scott

"Exactly. It's been said before and I'll say it again - you can change your password, but you can't change your finger prints!"

Which is just the problem here: I can't change the PIN code on my bank or credit card. Theoretically I can do it for my credit card, but only once per usage period (roughly 3 years) and it also means you won't be able to use your card for a while. Obviously these things differ per bank, but there are already several which opt to using the same PIN code.

Conspiracy or not but I sometimes think that this stuff has been well prepared and orchestrated. Just so we're clear here: I also oppose this whole biometric stuff with a passion.

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

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Re: How the fec....?

It's only tax money, so there's more where this came from. As long as everybody sticked to the rules and the set up protocols there's nothing to worry about because there's no one to blame. It all went according to plan, accidents happen, lets carry on to the next million disaster.

Seems stuff like this happens in all countries. Sometimes you wonder what you're paying tax for.

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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

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A very growing concern though...

Is if what you're buying into will remain the same over all those years of usage.

I think I can answer this myself when looking at Office 365: It won't. Although Microsoft probably won't call it a major upgrade I'm pretty sure those are going to happen. And thanks to them whacking TechNet there's no other option for you than to get 2 licenses so that you can maintain a test environment. If you don't then I'm sure that you'll end up taking some major risks over time. After all: not every upgrade will have the intended result, especially not when major changes get applied.

In conclusion consumers will end up paying more for a lot less service (and control) in return. It may look cheap at first: but look carefully. You're basically selling your control over the system away, that's where your "discount" comes into play.

What are you going to do when you find out that Microsoft plans to implement a feature which you really, really, really do not want to have because it will end up hindering you? Decide not to upgrade? You're assuming you'll still have a choice in the matter. Look at how they enforced Win10.

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@Preston

"Most every Linux deployment to replace Windows has come with higher initial support costs."

But was that caused by Linux or the way the transition has been set up? I think the latter. Thing is: a lot of people allow bias and personal preference to slip in, sometimes right up to a point where it becomes ridiculous. Another important question: in which area did the replacement take place?

We replaced all our Windows (2k3) servers with FreeBSD and yeah: it is absolutely true that the transition itself wasn't free. It took time (which amounts to money), it took re-training of some admins and we also replaced some hardware. Oh; our backup policies also had to be redone because of ZFS.

But I can't recognize our situation in your story at all. We didn't have to deal with higher support costs: our end users didn't even understand what all the commotion in the IT department was all about. They had no clue that they suddenly were using completely different machines. It was just business as usual for them. Some even called us a bit crazy because of it :)

Sure; this becomes different when we're talking desktop replacement, I can see that. But that's not what you said up there. But higher initial support costs per definition? It doesn't have to be that way.

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European Commission straps on Privacy Shield

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Odd.

The moment Europeans protest against the US trying to pry into our lives and violate our privacy merely because we'd like to visit then the answer is always the same: required measures against terrorism.

But the very moment when the EU once suggested to apply the same ruling to Americans visiting Europe all of a sudden we got an uproar because that was obviously a blatant privacy violation for no apparent reason.

Pot and kettle much?

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Nukeware: New malware deletes files and zaps system settings

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This is why...

It really pays off to run your OS as non-administrator. I have to admit that it takes getting used to on Windows because depending on what you usually do it can mean more "admin prompts". But it's worth the effort!

On my Win7 environment my account has no password (so it auto boots) but it also has no admin privileges. Good luck to any malware trying to remove system files: it won't succeed because my account has no write access at all in C:\Windows or any other system environment :P

Window updates work just fine, but only after I get an "admin prompt" (to elevate my rights) where I have to give the admin password.

The bad news? It's too late for this. People are so used to having admin privileges on Windows that I don't think it's doable anymore to change that mindset. Nice going Microsoft :)

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Windows Phone users beg Pokémon Go creators for attention

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Re: As an advert for *not* buying a Windows Phone

Well... Seriously: for me it's an advert to continue to buy into this phone. I like it that the platform doesn't follow all the hypes and just boringly does what it has always done. Of course it also helps that I mostly use my phone in a business like fashion, and I hardly play any games on it.

Speaking of which... It's one thing to try and get such a game to come to Windows Phone, but I seriously wonder if the batteries can actually cope with this :) There is a reason why Windows Phone hardly has any multi-taking.

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Nasty session stealing hole filled in WordPress All in One SEO plugin

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This is why...

Being a Unix-minded user I've always been a bit weary with programs that claim to be "all in one". I more than often don't need all in one: I need a program (or plugin) which does its job without trying to pretend its more than it actually is.

A good example from my past is Avast. I used to really like that virus scanner until they became an "Internet suite". Suddenly the virus scanner had to include firewall and website blacklist features; stuff which I didn't need. Worse yet: in the beginning the product was horrid. Whenever I used Torrent the firewall just couldn't keep up with the amount of parallel connections and would crash my PC more than often, making me really wonder what had happened.

You want a SEO feature? Then you really don't need some weird "All in one" thingie, Yoast's SEO plugin is all you need. And better yet: no backdoors either :)

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Tesla whacks guardrail in Montana, driver blames autopilot

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@drunk

"Next time I'm on a 747 and the pilot has autopilot on I won't care if he's watching Harry Potter or paying attention to the flight."

You don't have to: there's a reason why there are always 2 pilots and why protocol demands that there's always one pilot present and alert in the cockpit.

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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Well, obviously...

Facebook has become a company which needs to make a profit out of its business model, whatever that is. You can't take a company onto the stock exchange without any plans of securing some revenue. And then you got to wonder: you don't expect that only advertisements is going to cut it here?

Obviously there's more than advertisements alone, and that's also where it becomes a bit creepy in my opinion: where is the money coming from?

Now, this is a conspiracy theory and probably far fetched. But I do think it could be food for thought: lets say a $company pays 'm for certain statistical information (the amount of times they've been mentioned for example). If the money is good then why wouldn't that same company be able to persuade 'm to make certain negative posts go away? Because can you really recall everything you posted last month? Would you notice if some things disappeared over time?

Even so... if you want to express yourself then I think you're better off using a Wordpress blog than a social media site. Social media is only good for one thing IMO: providing some vague companies with extra revenue by giving up your privacy.

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