* Posts by zen1

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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Maybe I just don't get it

but with the inherent vulnerabilities of both droid & iOS, why would any security conscious individual actually want to use apple or google pay systems? While I'm sure I'll get flamed for asking such a preposterous question, it just seems like every single day there's just another hack that allows some one access to your phone. Obviously, there will be those who love it for the convenience but, after seeing daily disasters with online banking for individuals, can anything really good come from any of this?

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China wants encryption cracked on demand because ... er, terrorism

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Re: ORLY?

I was actually thinking about this last night and the companies that are heavily invested in the Chinese labor force. Would the likes of Cisco, Apple, Juniper and just about any other consumer electronic communications manufacturer comply or would they capitulate in order to protect their profit margins?

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Password-less database 'open-sources' 191m US voter records on the web

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face palm

It's shit like this that will contribute to the crashing and burning of western civilization. And I suspect it will only get worse, due to the conversion to all digital voting equipment.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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Dear microsoft

Dear MS. Over the past 25+ years we've had lots of good and bad times together. With DOS, you helped me do things I never could have done without the aid of a large mini or small mainframe. You've helped me conquer worlds, destroy aliens and entertained me for months at a time. But alas, all good things come to an end. MS, it's not me, it's you. I've come to expect a certain level of stability on my machine and I'm also quite protective of my data, so I won't be needing access to your cloud, nor will I be in need updates being shoved down to my machines, whether I need them or not, nor will I shed a tear at all of the gigs, if not terabytes, of space I get back from deleting all of the original files the patches supposedly fixed.

Through the years you gave me access to some fairly decent tools for me to manage, operate, manipulate and compute data, in ways I not thought possible, but after Vista, Windows 8 and now 10, I've come to realize I don't need you telling me how to and where to keep my data nor do I feel the need to help you recover billions of lost revenue, by trying to make up for losses caused by your inability keep up with Google or facebook. It's bad enough you've completely gouged me over the years but for you to turn around and tell me I can have an OS for "free" but then turn around and whore me and my data out to advertisers? I have a problem with that. Call it an irreconcilable difference.

So, for now, we need to go our separate ways until you get your collective heads out of your asses and realize that it's not my data that's the commodity, your products are. So, so long, it's been real and shoot me an email when you get a CEO who isn't an asshole and actually listens to his customer base.

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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Re: Dear rest of the world:

The thing I find so infuriating about the patent trolling problem is that law suits over something as ubiquitous as https would be akin to Rolls suing the rest of the auto industry because of their use of the steering wheel in an automobile, or Lancaster suing other manufacturers for using disc brakes to stop their vehicles. It's a waste of the courts time, a waste of company expenses, which ultimately get passed to the consumer, etc. This shit has to stop!

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Re: Re stu 18

I think public floggings, or to be more specific, caning would be perfectly suitable for punishment of the trolls.

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Dear rest of the world:

We think people who pull this kind of crap are scum, too. We can thank the less than sincere promises of torte reform by lawyers in all levels of government.

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More email misery and pillory for Hillary as FBI starts quizzery

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Re: Safest Option?

V1,

Given OPM's less than stellar understanding and managing certain databases that contain sensitive information, they have absolutely no credibility in making statements like that. If you have or ever had a clearance your identity and names references are completely vulnerable. And sorry, as much as I'd like to blame the GOP for a lot of our country's woes I honestly can't as it would be completely misdirected. Every government agency, department, office and entity that handles any data that could be considered sensitive is required to comply with NIST SP 800. She clearly and consciously chose to ignore it.

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@ AC: Re: Conspiracy

I've been following this case rather closely as I recall all of the paperwork I had to submit and oaths I had to take, to protect sensitive information, back in the day. Given the details we have concerning the data that has been found and confirmed as classified (I'm really being generous here), any other individual, including a former joint chief, would be fired and prosecuted. If said individual was simply a mere mortal, there would be 10's if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, jail time and one would be prohibited from ever holding public office again.

Please let me preface this next statement with: I think all of the presidential candidates are idiots and I can't see a single redeeming quality in the whole lot, but Mrs. Clinton is by far the most loathsome. She's not only treated like a sacred cow by her party, but is advertised as one of the most intelligent women in the world. For someone who is as allegedly brilliant as she is AND a lawyer, one would think she might have known better?

As for the talk about revolution here in the US... Attempting to overthrow the government and replacing it with something other than the constitutional republic it is is illegal. I think the proper context of the term revolution would best be defined as reset.

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What America's drone owner database could look like in future

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Not completely true

Said purchaser MUST complete a background check for the ATF. The only loophole, which I think they should close, is a "straw sale", when a private individual sells a weapon to another private individual. In most states, going through a federal firearms dealer isn't required.

They should require all weapons sales to go through a FFL holding broker and as usual, a firearms background check should be mandatory.

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Downloads for Windows 10 November big-bang build axed by Microsoft

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But why?

"So if you wanted to bring a bunch of Windows 7 machines up to the latest Windows 10, you'd just pop into each of them a DVD or USB stick built from the latest MCT download, and save yourself a lot of time and bandwidth."

But why would I want to ruin a perfectly good and functioning PC?

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Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H1-B peeps

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But seriously,

how much could Disney have saved by RIF'ing American workers and replacing them with Visa holders? Unless they're contractors it has to be less than a half mil, which is the proverbial microscopic drop in the Disney accounting bucket. Once again, this is nothing more than a clear case of yet another American corporation selling out, simply for the short term.

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Who's running dozens of top-secret unpatched databases? The Dept of Homeland Security

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@ Prst. V.Jeltz

I know this is probably obvious, but at least acknowledging them internally is a good start. Broadcasting the fact without a coherent plan already in place, OR not staying ahead of them in the first place, is shows a systemic failure of processes and piss poor management.

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Infuriating!

As someone who's audited by the govt on a regular basis, I find it effing infuriating that the very same government entities that make sure my company is complying with DoD handling of sensitive data is the same group of idiots who are running a complicated IT infrastructure like a bunch of <explicative deleted> noobs. If it were up to me, shit like this would not happen. Period. If it did, department heads would be in jail for criminal negligence, if not tried on espionage. As nosy as this government is and as sophisticated as it's intelligence gathering can be, you'd figure that there's be a little inter-departmental assistance going on and they'd get their security shored up. But no, it's like a bunch of independent fiefdoms, all squabbling and finger pointing until they get caught with their pants down.

If I get a deficient on my audits, I have a short amount of time or I lose my business. It's as simple as that. The fact that there have been so many public facing systems, networks and services that have had so many security problems is in-effing-excusable. Someone in the executive branch (god forbid) or the legislative branch (even bigger imbeciles) should get off their asses and do something.

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Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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wow.... just wow.

Given her less than stellar track record, I'm not thinking she's the best one to be popping off about what should and shouldn't happen when it comes to security.

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Uhhh

You forgot to include Windows 8 & 10 as candidates for the worst category.

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£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns

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So let me undersand this correctly...

People are upset because they aren't getting a trinket after pledging money on an initial start up's? Um, that is one of the inherent risks of being a venture capitalist, no? From the comments I've read on KS, people are acting like the start up was a retail outlet for this product, instead of a fledgling venture. And if they didn't pick up on the fact that there is some personal risk involved then I can't say I have a whole lot of sympathy for them, because you really don't have to read between the lines, there.

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Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

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Dear Microsoft,

Hi! No thanks, not really all that interested in your products any more.

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Get an Apple Watch or die warns Tim Cook

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wait... what?

The damn thing barely even water resistant at one BAR, so why in the name of hell, would anybody actually purchase a watch that you dare not get wet, for over 400 bucks? For the same money, you can buy a nice Citizens or Seiko watch that tells time continuously. What's more, they won't die if you jostle them around too much, nor implode if you sit in a hot tub.

That's insane!

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Facebook conjures up a trap for the unwary: scanning your camera for your friends

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I'm genuinely curious...

I don't have a fb account, but hypothetically, if a relative identifies me in a picture, without my knowledge (or consent) does that mean my face becomes a facebook record?

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Facebook! You've got 48 hours to stop tracking people

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Re: Facebook needs to start a country

So would that make Zuckerburg El Presidente bitch?

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Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders

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Re: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Well, as one who made the transition to Mint, I'm definitely getting more comfortable with it. But, so far, I absolutely love it. And as you said, once I made the switch, no reason to bitch about anything.

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CSC, NetCracker IT staff worked on US military telecoms 'without govt security clearance'

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That it would. And I can't think of a more deserving group of schmucks. I worked there for almost 30 years and to see what they did to that company, at the expense of a lot of good employees and unsuspecting companies and governments is nothing less than profane. I am thankful every day that I was able to find an employer who needed someone with my specialized skill set.

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CSC executive "leadership" needs to be jailed.

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Is the Windows 10 forcefd upgrade even legal?

When you purchase a copy of Windows 7, doesn't that enter you into a contract with Microsoft? And by their forcing Windows 10 on to your machine without your permission, aren't they violating the terms of their own EULA? I paid for Windows 7, I like Windows 7. I played with the pre-release of 10 and I still don't care for the quasi-metro interface and I sure as hell don't authorize Microsoft to alter the terms of that agreement I entered into, by forcing me to use a product that I deem generally inferior to the product I currently use.

As others have alluded, Windows 10 may in fact be a better OS than 7, but I don't like it. I don't want it and I sure as heck don't trust it, Microsoft or when they say "We're not spying on you".

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Oracle's Hurd mentality: We (and one other) will own all of cloud by 2025

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Re: Nope

But Will, what could possibly go wrong?

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BYOD battery bloodbath? Facebook 'fesses up to crook code

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facebook responsible for wasting resources? pashaw

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

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Lotus F1: 38°C? Sand in your Vblocks? Must be building a data center in Bahrain again

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re robots

"How long before the cars are driven by standardized robots as well, to completely remove the human factor?"

I honestly don't believe it will happen in F1, given that a lot of the purists want to strip the ground effects, spoilers, front wings, traction control and most of the electronics, assuming they got their way. Their logic was given the rate of technology being infused into these vehicles, what does the driver do other than monitor gauges?

The car's launch from the pit or from a dead stop is all computer controlled and only when it's moving close to speed does the driver take over.

Personally, I hope the human element is never stripped from f1, because that's what keeps it exciting for me. I mean it's basically driver's skill and engineering efforts. Good discussion tho...

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Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

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The end of MS evolution

It just dawned on me... Microsoft has essentially turned itself into AOL 2.0

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Steve Ballmer praises Twitter job cuts after buying 4% stake in ailing micro-blab site

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Wow Steve!

Celebrating people losing their jobs, what next, evicting orphans? Stomping on baby ducks? DOUCHE!

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Re: Stupid move

No freaking way it was accidental. More like a large scale test on seeing what kind of telemetry they could collect before it got too hot for them. I'm absolutely convinced this was planned, including the canned "pardon our faux pax".

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@ Garry Perez

You and I have a lot in common... I started my experience with MS with DOS 1.0, and I've been an on again off again shill for Microsoft since the mid 80's. No more. I am in the process of converting my last spare machine to LINUX Mint as well and will only maintain Windows 7 for as long as this hardware holds out.

To say I'm livid with the idiocy behind MS's latest stun is a bit of an understatement. If/when I decide to upgrade OS's, it's on my schedule, not theirs. and it's sure as heck not going to happen blindly, without vetting the most important (and expensive) applications I use. While those apps will probably work with Windows 10, there's always a chance they won't and then I'm either out of luck and have to purchase more software because of Windows 10, or I have to spend at least a full day restoring my machine.

Needless to say, this whole experience has placed Microsoft in a very negative light, with me, and like you, I plan on conveying the virtues of LINUX to all of the friends and family I support, and recommend they consider abandoning MS, as well.

I've had it with all the creative liberties that MS (and Google & FB) are taking with my equipment,by collecting metrics on my usage patterns, at my expense. I am not their guinea pig nor am I one of their beta users. I am their soon to be former customer and should have a little bit of respect given to my property.

In conclusion, Microsoft can suck it and take their latest disaster of an OS and stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

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@ Stewart Longland

Fixed that for you...

Dear Fuck Sticks,

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Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used

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the facepalm would be awesome, but I'm holding out for a "fuck you!" button, like those weenies would ever allow something like that to go out...

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Search engine can find the VPN that NUCLEAR PLANT boss DIDN'T KNOW was there - report

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That's by design. Two words: Plausible deniability. Don't get me wrong, I certainly hope executive management would take a bit more interest on the inner operations of their facilities, but maybe I'm just being too optimistic?

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Microsoft's HoloLens: Here by 2016, mere three THOUSAND dollar price

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@ Doug S

You beat me to it. I was just going to say price doesn't matter either, as I know a number of people who have both Sony and xbox gaming rigs, that is in addition to any gaming latops and or desktops they may have.

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AD-NNIHILATION: Apple-approved iOS tool blocks ALL ads in apps, Safari, Apple News

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Love it!

Perfect test: Words with friends... Totally ad free!

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Linux kernel dev who asked Linus Torvalds to stop verbal abuse quits over verbal abuse

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Coat

Re: It's fine...

"Some people are uncomfortable with the swearing and blunt assessments"

Fuck em...

KIDDING!!!! Getting my hat & coat

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questionable

three sides to every story, side a, side b and the truth. All of my experience in dealing with the UNIX development community is that they take serious pride in the end products they deliver, AND take whatever internal steps necessary to ensure all those involved offer the same level of output. Some may find those mechanisms distasteful or off-putting.

Conversely, I followed the link to her web page and read her statement, in her own words. While I have never personally dealt with the likes of Linus or some of the more senior stake holders, I do realize their commitment and what they are both personally and professionally risking. Furthermore, her experience was communicated to the rest of the world through a set of subjective proper/improper observations.

Abuse, as I've been always taught, is a form of neglect and/or torture, which is not normally something done to someone who's respected, be it professionally or personally. It sounds like she just didn't have much experience dealing with blunt people who may just have a caustic method communicating, especially while debating. And after reading through the groups she's been affiliated with, I'm wondering if she's not more of a quiet genius type who was never exposed to other types of genius, who simply didn't have any tact or social graces? Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to trivialize her, her contribution to the project or her belief system, but, based on a little more of what I know about the situation, she just needs to realize that not everybody deals with conflict resolution the same way and maybe drop the histrionics.

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Re: "It has taken many years, but governments are starting to enforce social laws in cyberspace."

AC's,

When people who are absolutely passionate about a particular project or have a tremendous drive for perfection get together in confined spaces, sometimes there is friction. In very large endeavors like LINUX, friction can be almost constant. I'm not saying it's right or acceptable, but that's just the way it is. And after spending almost 30 years in an environment like this, I see where some people resort to humor or means of communications that aren't necessarily fit for use in the general public. My take on it is sometimes that's what you have to do to get your point across or your opinion brought into the forefront for team consideration.

As I alluded to above, no, it's probably not acceptable or even civil, but in retrospect, I've done some of my best work when motivated by pure rage and spite. My advice to her would be to check your ego at the door and get some thicker skin, unless you don't completely believe in the goals you're working towards.

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Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

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Re: They killed Palm too :-(

What about the iPAQ? I had one of those long before I ever owned an apple phone or droid and I was actually really happy with it. that is until HP got their mitts on it and cheapened it up to the point of uselessness.

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Like your job at Sprint? Yeah, about that ... $2.5bn in cuts coming

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They must be managed and staffed by CSC

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Microsoft gobbles Chipzilla's Havok 3D physics unit in cloud gaming play

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Microsoft play well with others?

Yeah, right...

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Aircon biz fined $1.3m after boss set up attack websites slamming critical punters

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what a douche bag!

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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

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Comparison to Jobs?

Throughout my career I've met the likes of both Steve's (Jobs & Woz) and Bill Gates. And while I never met Mr. Cray, he was definitely at the top of the list of all the people I've ever wanted to meet. I think the comparison needs to be worded to reflect Mr. Jobs being "the Cray of micro and hand held computing".

From what I've only heard about Mr. Cray, he was relatively soft spoken, in comparison to the other gentlemen and was obsessed with building the absolute best. In my humble opinion, in his day he was the epitome of the digital revolutionary and everything everybody else did was nothing more than the next logical evolutionary step by giving large scale computing to the masses. I'm pretty much convinced I'll get down voted for this statement, but Mr. Cray was light years beyond Mr. Jobs, or any of his contemporaries.

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

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The whole concept is a disaster

There's almost an infinite number of places on the web where once can make statements about others (true, false or otherwise), so even if the concept didn't suck, I can't see this being very sustainable much past the initial curiosity. I think given the less than warm reception, along with the rather strong reaction to the sanctimonious, self-righteous statements made by their CEO, I'm thinking the investors, if there are any left, will probably looking for less controversial investments.

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Weird garbled Windows 7 update baffles world – now Microsoft reveals the truth

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Infuriating

It seems MS is obfuscating more and more information regarding patches and hot fixes and is expecting us to just "trust" them. While I appreciate their efforts in streamlining the patching process, I like to know and make the decision on what is or isn't getting installed on my property. Furthermore, I recall being told by a MS engineer that not all patches were generic or to be installed blindly, only install the ones that are needed for your machine or critical OS patches.

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Is Windows 10 slurping too much data? No, says Microsoft. Nuh-uh. Nope

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@ largefile

Those stats are obviously based on new PC/MAC sales. Let's be honest, most people aren't rushing out to buy a new PC for a number of reasons, and I would further guess that the vast majority of those with Windows 7, who haven't upgraded to 8.x or 10 either don't want to or don't know how to. I'm afraid to say the only way Microsoft is going to grab a larger market share with Win 10 is at gunpoint, er... attrition.

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@ Novex

Did that about 3 weeks ago myself, and I'm just kicking myself I didn't do it sooner. Not only does my machine run much faster, but I got a ton of disk space back. FU Redmond! Thank you for making the decision that much easier for me.

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