* Posts by tekHedd

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

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rm -rf ...

I can't help wondering if the number of affected customers on those 67 servers is just about 1500...

"It was a fake, a troll. Really!"

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

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Facepalm

Left his phone at home?

What kind of person leaves their phone at home? Someone who has a full time assistant to make thier phone calls and a driver? Someone really, really old?

I realize I'm a geek, but I don't know anyone, well, no really not anyone, not even my mom who is over 70 and a piano teacher, who goes out and doesn't take their phone, much less "I forgot my phone, which is also my primary way of paying for things." Why do we care about Woz's opinion on mobile devices when clearly he's such an atypical user?

I mean, he's right, but in this case he's just sorta stating the obvious. What good is a super-expensive, ugly watch that can barely, if you're lucky, tell time by itself? Surely the large majority of us who see the total uselessness of the Apple Watch as anything but an faux-ostentatious fashion statement with a very short half-life can't have been totally missed during the design phase of this project.

In other words: "Duh."

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Re: “We all wore Bluetooth in our ears for about a week,”...

Well, actually they're pretty handy when you're making a phone call.

I think what he really means is "Bluetooth headsets aren't interesting to me because they fail to make a fashion statement and are purely functional."

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Linux command line mistake 'nukes web boss'S biz'

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ServerFault community

I saw the thread while it was up, and checked his history--he did a good job of establishing a history with some properly noobish questions, so it looked legit to me--no surprise people were fooled.

What really impressed me was how politely and helpfully the ServerFault community responded. Best response was something along the lines of "you're out of business; call a lawyer". But everyone took him seriously and was very helpful. So... not normal for the Internet.

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Embrace, extend – and kill. Microsoft discontinues RoboVM

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Pint

The "AOT"

By using an "AOT" compiler, sometimes called a "compiler"...

(Sorry for the double-post, waited exactly 9:45 before realizing this. Is it beer time yet?)

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So it begins

I knew I should have ported to Java over the winter. Maybe this fall.

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Ad slinger Phorm ceases trading

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Extended version

In this case, I believe the extended version is appropriate:

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Apologies in advance to all Christians......

"It was weak wine compared with the wine of today, and consumed in vast quantities. The diet coke of the ancient world."

Yeah... back in those days nobody got drunk, certainly not at a wedding celebration. Yeah.

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Pint

So it's made up? So what?

So we freely admit that the FSM is made up; so what? How does that make it not true? How does that prove it's not also divine revelation? Revelation is coming up with something out of nothing, with no basis for the revelation other than that that you suddenly see it in your mind--except that it's also divine. And nobody can read Bobby's testimony and remain untouched.

Just because the holy teachings are most likely made up on the spur of the moment doesn't mean that they are not true. So what if some FSM follower's don't believe? What if half of us are only pretending to believe in the FSM? How does this make our believers any different from any other popular religion?

Yes, I wonder, sometimes, if some of the obviously made-up scriptures might not be divinely inspired. Maybe there is no FSM. Maybe there's no beer in heaven. But even when my faith is shaken by the tyranny of "facts", I always have hope.

As my mother says about Christianity, (paraphrased): "I'm going to continue believing because I want to believe, and neither you nor the facts can stop me."

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Hacker reveals $40 attack that steals police drones from 2km away

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Distance?

"you have to be within 100 metres"

What if you have a directional antenna? Probably also need some really good binoculars too, and maybe a friend to keep the antenna aimed on-target while you guide it on its unscheduled voyage. Assuming you were the sort of nefarious prankster that would do such a thing. Which you're not.

Of course if the xbee link is hackable it's probably moot.

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Microsoft to make Xamarin tools and code free and open source

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Re: Fantastic

Funny, I loved C# until it started adding the new features you talk about as the great advances. LINQ and var enable much of the easy-to-write-but-nearly-impossible-to-read code I see turning up on github. C# has taken many steps towards coolness-over-maintainability in recent years.

async, now, that's a different matter. Pure awesomeness. So of course people combine that with LINQ to, yes, write more unreadable, barely-maintainable code.

Sorry, just not impressed with the recent "advances" in C#.

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

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Dave, stop!

I can't help thinking my parents would have loved the opportunity to "put me to sleep" and spent some time deleting and resetting my personality when I was growing up. Or probably this week also.

Not much of an AI experiment if you keep hitting the reset button.

Anyway, clearly more of a "chinese room" experiment than an "AI" one...

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How one developer just broke Node, Babel and thousands of projects in 11 lines of JavaScript

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Re: @timcroydon

Actually, I was reading about WTFPL recently, and it is a valid open source license. (see the FAQ) I mean, come on, what's more open and free than "do what the f- you want"?

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Third of US banks OK with passwords even social networks reject

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Max of 8 characters -- finally extended?

My credit union (PSCU) recently extended the password length, which was limited to 8 characters. They extended it to 15.

Aside from security considerations, they're a great credit union. Hmm. That's hardly a glowing endorsement of one's financial institution, is it?

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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If you only block systems that serve intrusive ads...

you block all of them.

I don't use blocklists, and only block sites that serve ads that are just obnoxious. Now I see no ads at all. Funny, that.

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Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha

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Re: " rescue neighborhoods from terrorists"

Saw what was written.

Heard: "We're the good guys: give us unlimited power."

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Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

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Re: Hardware quality also to blame

And, conversely, just because it fits your use case doesn't mean it works for everybody.

Given a choice, I prefer 16:10. So I use 16:9 monitors everywhere. :}

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Re: Argh! - EPSON

...and I assume your HP printer is nothing like my next door neighbor's which he says is bankrupting him buying ink cartridges. He doesn't print fast enough to run out, but they're always "expired" when it's time to print.

Last HP printer I owned wouldn't feed paper. Period. It either jammed or fed two pages. Didn't matter whether I bought HP's special paper or not. Never mind the ink expenses. I threw it away because I'd have felt guilty giving it to a friend.

So, er, I assume your experience with HP printers has been better. I guess. I'd certainly never even look at another one.

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Microsoft acquires Xamarin: An obvious move not without risks

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Re: Miguel de Icaza and Microsoft

Well said! (Or as I put it, "Oh bloody hell.")

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Bleeping Computer sued by Enigma Software over moderator's forum post

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Re: Uh

Uh, actually, you are stating exactly what the El Reg article says. "According to Bleeping Computer, Spyhunter is said to employ..." Yes, according to the article at BC, other sites linked to said these things. That's exactly correct. Easy to read it differently, though, isn't it?

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No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids

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Methodology? Yeah, just more clickbait.

So... once you normalize for starting price and reserve level...what happens? Right. Clickbait title on a moderately interesting article.

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

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Re: Barack Hussein Obama is giving Microsoft plenty of money....

The thing is, I agree with everything in this comment. Except for the unnecessary jingoism/racism. Downvoted for being a... I can't be bothered to figure the right word actually-- downvoted for ruining a perfectly good comment with partisan BS name-slinging.

And they wonder why I drink.

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Let Europeans sue America for slurping their data – US Senate

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We're in a place called Vertigo.

We spy on our own people and they're OK with it. And you, well, you're foreign. We *will* have your data too.

It's not a threat, just... look. You can't stop us. We're going to take your data. If you don't like it, we're likely to invade you, depose your little european dictators or whatever repressive government you have (I hear one country even has a queen, for gooness sake), and set up a modern democratic government, or, you know... to be honest we're most likely to destabilize the region and then leave an occupying force for a decade or so. No, no, don't get so upset, it's not a threat, it's just the way we are. You can't expect us to behave other than the way God made us. We here in the US are perfectly OK with invading and/or remotely bombing people in other countries; and, again I know this is going to sound like a threat, but, well, all the countries in Europe are *in other countries*. Look, I'm sorry, but you're *foreign*, OK? It's not that we want to invade you, it's just a thing that we do. Just give us the data, OK?

"Just give me what I want, and no one gets hurt."

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Carly Fiorina makes like HP and splits – ex-CEO quits White House race

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Carly For President...

because you don't know anybody who work(s|ed) at HP.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

tekHedd

Can move all but the game machines...

No more "contemplating a change" crap here.

I've moved the DAW and one live performance system to the new macbook (ouch there went my new toys budget), so the big gaming notebook can go on ebay shortly. The jukebox player netbook really should be replaced with a cheap android tablet. I had considered building a MS based media center but now that is out of the question. My parents are on Macs and I never get tech calls from them any more. My next door neighbor just bought a new notebook and I feel very sorry for him, but you know what my advice will be in the future.

We'll see how long vigilance and GWX Control Panel can keep the two dedicated gaming PCs tolerable. We all know how much Microsoft hates PC gaming. When will the "Buy an XBox" popups start appearing? They don't get it--the only reason there are 6 windows PCs in this house right now is because Windows runs games. This is the only reason there will still be one or two left by summer...

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Someone please rid me of this turbulent Windows 10 Store

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Wondering where the time went...

I'm calling it Microsoft's mid-life crisis. They waited too long and now feel the icy stare of the grim reaper, so are trying really hard to act like a young, virile company. I'm not sure which part of their product line is analagous to a Corvette, but I'm darn sure the Win10 ad popups are as attractive as the middle aged man hitting on high school girls...

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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Ripped CDs... on Apple...

Well, if you're on Apple and you own an iPhone, you're already there and then some. Musician friend of mine just ditched his iPhone because it wouldn't let him put his albums on his iPhone unless he purchased them through iTunes. Because that's piracy you know. He waited till the next upgrade cycle, but he's on Android now.

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Worked great for me!

Convinced my parents to buy Macs last year when their old PCs passed the threshold of pain support-wise. They are extremely happy and have had very few support issues. I now recommend "move to Apple the next time you need a PC" to the various neighbors that I help with windows computer support. (Yeah I know *sigh*.)

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Options

Well, that's just it. What are the options?

Increasingly, the preferred route for pro audio is to either disable all network interfaces and keep your stage/studio systems airgapped, or get a Mac.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

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In modern internet terms, it's like if you write an Amazon review and receive dozens of upvotes, then change the review completely, but keep the upvotes.

The comment about editing is spot on. the original really has a better flow. Anybody who hasn't seen the original cuts in 20 years, watch the original version again--it's surprisingly much better than you remember, because what you remember is watching the special editions. (Oh right, you'd have to torrent illegaly to even see it, wouldn't you. :P So never mind.)

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George's Vision

Meh. George's vision sucks.

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Facebook brings creepy ’Minority Report’-style ads one step closer

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If they really could predict...

When I think of Minority Report style ads I think of a system where they just ship you a product and charge your account without asking, because you're gonna buy it anyway. Advertising not necessary.

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux lands on Microsoft Azure cloud – no, we're not pulling your leg

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There is no good news regarding the CLR. Ever.

I have been using Mono and .NET for cross platform development for the past 10 years. Any news worthy of reporting about either platform means my deployments will be broken and I'll be back to downloading tarballs again.

This fall, we actually reached a point for once where you can install monodevelop on RHEL7/CentOS7 from the official yum repository, and it just works. The latest build of mono, even. Everything just works. So of course Microsoft has to do something--can't buy Xamarin,.. I know, why don't we push the "official" core over to the platform, deprecate Xamarin's repo, and break everything?

You know what happens when you assume? That's right, you look back on 10 years of experience and extrapolate. This isn't cynicism, this is experience.

Bet you a beer this will push us back to building our own RPMs again. There is never good news for CLR users on Linux.

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Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

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I paid money to get the Warp beta. After my third failed several-hour-long attempt to install, I was overwhelmed by a dark vision that OS/2 was going to fail.

I did eventually get it to run. I still like it. It did fail.

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Sony finds some loose change, flings most of it at lawyers ... the rest at staff hit by 'North Korea'

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North Korea DENIES responsibility?

North Korea /not/ taking responsibility for basically a successful attack? That's like an admission right there. They're probably afraid Sony will buy them and force a J.J. Abrams rewrite of their history.

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New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

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Man, I'd miss that QI charger.

I don't know if I could go back to life without wireless charging. They're awesome, mind you that's assuming you find a charge pad that works reliably through the case you've chosen.

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

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Sick to death of Microsoft

I'm sick to death of the stupid Windows 10 "upgrade" nag. Whose computer is this?

I was shopping for Macs online today. I'm not saying "I'm voting with my wallet" or anything like that. I'm simply reporting, after the fact, what my behavior has been this week.

What I've always liked about Windows over Mac was that it gives me a decent amount of control over my personal computing platform. Since leaving DOS, every consecutive release of Windows has had slightly less of that feeling of control.

So, while I'm not in love with it, Windows 7/8 is a way to run my pro audio apps and games on reasonably priced commodity hardware. Windows 10? I don't want anything it has to offer. Obvious bait and switch is obvious. GO AWAY.

But now it seems like every Microsoft(R) Windows(TM) computer in my house is an advertising platform for the new improved Windows 10 upgrade. I reserved a copy on one computer and it keeps trying to auto install as a pre-selected "optional" update that downloads and installs without asking. I hid the optional update and a new version of the Windows 10 Upgrade Update with the same name started to autoinstall *while still hidden*. That was basically the final straw for me.

I need Windows to run my games. For everything else, why do I have it again? (And Microsoft tries so hard to make all their games run badly on Windows, pushing the X360? Do they want me to ditch Microft products entirely?)

Sick of it.

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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RADIATION!

Radiation! You here the most outragious lies about it--do gooders telling everybody it's bad for you. Pernicious nonsense!

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AdBlock blocker biz bought

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Unacceptable ads will continue forever

...as long as you allow "acceptable" ads on a per-ad basis.

I don't use anybody's block lists. Using a new installation of Ublock Origin, I can load about three web sites, blocking only servers that send me flashing, blinky, intrusive ads, and suddenly I notice there are no ads whatsoever. I have to manually block about three ads per install, and maybe one or two more a month later.

Allow "nonintrusive" content through from a company that, without an ad blocker, serves unacceptable intrusive ads? No. If you can't behave well without an ad blocker regulating your content, I don't want to do business with you at all. End of story.

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Fiorina: I rushed out HP servers to power NSA snooping. Mwahahaha!

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She's a PATRIOT

Get it? PATRIOT? Get it? Never mind.

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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So then in music...

If I record a track using an arpeggiator, does Roland own my track? If I sequence it and record the results, does Ableton AG own the performance? All I did was set up the sequence, push start, and wait.

When you play, say, a saxophone, all you're really doing is blowing into it and covering some of the holes. And, sometimes, sound eventually comes out the other end. If you are lucky enough to have set up recording equipment ahead of time, blown air at the right angle, and held down the right buttons, it might even be a note. Someone who carefully prepares and holds levers at the right times might even be lucky enough to record something that, to the untrained ear, sounds like music. When in actuality, the saxophone is the content creator here.

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Why the 'Dancing Baby' copyright case is just hi-tech victim shaming

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Fair use is not past its sell by date exactly...

DMCA is already being abused; broadening copyright law indiscriminately is not a silver bullet.

While the bulk of the article is useful, it doesn't really give Fair Use its due. Stealing medical articles might have received a free pass under fair use at one point, but this is a poor example of fair use. Using only this as an example misrepresents fair use pretty badly. While it appears to support the "simpler stronger copyright laws good" argument, in fact it's just another slippery slope argument. Fair use doctrine does not naturally lead to widespread copyright theft.

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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

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Expecting the entire article to cut me off without a signal

Jeep Cherokee, the car of choice of the agressive douche for more than 20 years!

Well, maybe that's not true where the cars are right-hand-drive, but here in Colorado... About 15 years ago, I heard a singer/songwriter perform a song with a chorus that started "it's just another asshole in a Jeep Cherokee,.."

Pretty decent song actually.

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

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Past tense?

That's funny, I'm still like "WTF" every time I use GIT. So convoluted!

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"Does Windows need a new file system? Too bad, deal with it."

I instantly imagined the corresponding MS Windows-oriented article.

I've been moving large files on a USB stick between a Linux and Windows box this week, and of course NTFS is the only real option. Icky poo. And now all of my other devices (PS3 etc) can not use the USB stick, so I have to reformat it again if I want to use it anywhere else.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Do they explain them now?

"This patch fixes issues in Windows" or some such. And you click on the link, and go to a page that says the same thing, but with more headers and footers.

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

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It's Complicated

The question is not whether to frack, but when, where, and how. Of course, to answer those questions you have to understand fracking and exactly what is necessary to do it responsibly in various situations. That requires learning more about fracking than I ever, ever wanted to know. It's much easier to just scream "ban it" or "allow it" and act like a total idiot. Or in other words, like everybody else.

I wish we could trust companies and people to be responsible. Wouldn't that be nice?

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Intel's Compute Sticks stick it to Windows To Go, Chromecast

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Windows... for Bing?

I was totally with you right up until "Windows 8.1 for Bing," at which point I tuned out.

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Botched Google Stagefright fix won't be resolved until September

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I thought I would be behind the times

When I first started playing with third party ROMs, I thought I would be more vulnerable because I wasn't on the mainstream update system. After, what, more than a year running Dirty Unicorns, I have learned to expect the opposite.

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

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Downloading?

I said no, and it was downloading at every boot anyway. Had to remove the updates and clean the disk to make it stop.

One thing I like,.. well, liked about Windows is the feeling that I have some control over my OS. I've decided that every "advantage" about Windows 10 removes something I liked about Windows up until now.

Now I get errors at boot from an ASUS utility that expects its TEMP files to live forever, but at least the darn thing isn't installing without permission.

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