* Posts by zen1

454 posts • joined 29 Dec 2010

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Re: "Oh, and F4 Phantom FTW for modern."

Thrust over aerodynamics prize has to go to the f-104...

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Re: I'm torn between..

Whenever I visit my relatives in Dayton, I ALWAYS stop by Wright-Patt, to see the xb-70. I'm torn between it and the SR-71, but I remember sitting on the front tire of the 70, when they still parked it outside. Man that was humbling! Not as big as the Antonov but still a large aircraft, and I struggle to imagine that thing flying at speed and can't imagine what it would be like to fly in such an amazing plane.

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CSC grabs pistol, plays employment paintball with P45s

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Re: Leaving CSC was the best thing I did

I agree, I was there for a few years, too. And with backward I would also recommend: abusive, unethical and criminal, in some cases. If someone asked me I would discourage anybody from ever working for or doing business with CSC, because they will screw anybody and everybody to make a quick buck.

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'Knucklehead' Kansas bloke shoots self in foot

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Re: Acts of God...

Maybe I'm a bit harsh for a gun owner, but that wasn't accidental, that was stupidity, pure and simple. I've paid a fortune for licenses, permits and classes on safety and properly handling a firearm, and it's jackweeds like him that give honest and responsible people, like me, a really bad name.

In short, I was taught a long time ago that there are no accidents with guns. Period. Either you respect them and treat them properly or you're simply choosing to act irresponsibly and are endangering innocent people. A sock doesn't securely contain a pistol safely, no matter how small. Even a child can figure that one out.

I have not one iota of sympathy for him or his foot! My heart goes out to the woman he injured and as far as I'm concerned, he should be completely financially responsible for any and all medical bills for her, related to this and he should have his ass locked away for several decades, for almost killing someone.

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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

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Although I will give her props for making an interesting putting green design. Challenging, interesting and educational for the younger folks...

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Russia faces Ukraine and Georgia in Eurovision deathmatch

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Re: The stage technology

God I'm glad that show is finally being taken off the air. I lost shortly after they rejected William Hung...

She bang....

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It's a shame I can't up vote this more!

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Microsoft boots fake fix-it search ads

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Re: A classic case of Driving While Blonde

But doesn't Bing still get a lot of reference from Google?

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Is Facebook about to get a Virtual Reality check?

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uhhh

"“Facebook wants to build a device that allows you to be anywhere you want, with anyone, regardless of geographic boundaries,” he’d told the Dublin Web Summit." - has he never heard of a TV? Or maybe a computer? Both of them take me places I could never go now... I know I know... how 20th century of me...

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Motion Picture Ass. of America to guard online henhouse

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Wait... Did they actually call the MPAA trusted'? That is the funniest f-ing thing I've ever read in my 51 years...

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French duck-crushing device sells for €40k

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Re: Ahh the French

I don't know what the big deal is... Lord knows when someone blows their nose it turns into a delicacy somewhere in the world...

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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for christs sake, just whip em out and measure them already and quit holding the innocent citizens of the US and Russia (as well as everywhere else) hostage!

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Mushroom

But what about the environment?

The propellant certainly isn't very green...

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Google-backed Yieldify has acquired IP from ‘world’s biggest patent troll’

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I wonder if they're disguised to look like system generated messages? Oh well, they can all rot for all I care.

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'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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Maybe I'm just dense...

But does this mean he's asexual and creates himself, over and over, through binary fission? Do his parent's know about this? God that would be such a boring existence if I couldn't chase women...

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Google: Trust us with NHS AI

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I'm sorry, but...

Am I the only one who found the whole second paragraph entirely laughable, insulting, as well as a complete and total lie.

Any government department head, minister, director or secretary that would suggest, let alone authorizes google access to that much deeply sensitive and incredibly private information, should be fired.

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Sneaky Lenovo patches hole

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I'm actually rather surprised these idiots are still in business, especially after some of the stunts they've pulled in the recent past.

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US Dept of Defense to shift 4 million devices onto Windows 10

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we're doomed.

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Monster Cloud and an angry customer wanting a refund: A Love Story

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Re: "Everyone's an Engineer"

I's a PC tecnican & custodial/sanitary engineer. hope I get to drive the train real fast some day!

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Re: "We are the engineers"

you say "godlike opinion of one's own status" as if it's a bad thing... </sarcasm>

But seriously, I'm almost tempted to open an account for one day just so I can abuse them of such a bone head move...

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Cybercrooks turn away from banks. Your health records are far juicier

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Ft Knox

They mortgaged the hell out of that years ago...

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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Feinstein...

One of this countries biggest hypocrites. She can go fornicate herself and then rot in a very warm place that probably won't be cooling off any time soon

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: Don't blame users for the UI

I don't know how many times I suggested of at least giving the user a choice between the Aero and the Metro UI's. Since it first made its debut, I have loathed the metro interface, so when MS delivered a hybrid love child of the the Aero/Metro UI's not only was I furious, but I was insulted at such a half fast attempt.

In the company I work for we have thousands of users who will need to be trained, most of which fought the migration from XP to 7. In my little consulting business, I don't how many of my customers who've contacted me to get rid of windows 8.x and 10.

All that being said, IF Microsoft listened to the tester feedback, the OS would be completely different. If that's not enough, Microsoft totally destroyed what little trust and faith I had in them because of their new anti-privacy/pro-big brother policies. I think that's reprehensible of them and I'm annoyed as hell that Microsoft is people, who truly don't understand the full extent of what's going on.

Me personally, I'm committed to abandoning all things microsoft on all of my own equipment. And if I run across one of my customers whom I think can handle the transition, I recommend them to give *NIX a go. Most who've given it a try have liked it immensely and don't ms the Windows drama anymore.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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yawn

I think it's rather hypocritical of Cook to stand there and proclaim a huge victory for privacy advocates, when Apple have pretty much bent over and grabbed their ankles for the government of China and god knows who else.

Furthermore, I find it absolutely laughable for Cook to stand there with a straight face and state he hated to be at odds with "Apple's government", or something to that effect. Apple is a multinational corporation that really doesn't report to just one government. Sure, it was founded in the US, but it has long sold its soul to SE Asia under the false pretense of "shareholder equity".

Finally, I want to make it crystal clear that I am pro privacy and find it pitiful that the FBI (et. al) feels compelled to take the easy route and go to the manufacturer, rather than figure it out for themselves. FFS, as many people who work for DARPA, the NSA, FBI, CIA, DHS, or any branch of the military, there has to be at least one or two people that might have the skills to at least give it a try. Or, they could just fecking outsource, like they have been doing for years.

I think this whole affair is pitiful and I don't know which is worse, Apple or the FBI!

Flame away.

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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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