* Posts by tekHedd

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Wait, is that why I had to reinstall windows?

I have a Samsung Series 7 Gamer, that's right, the ridiculously bright orange model, and their bloatware is... interesting. It manages to mostly stay out of the way in terms of hurting performance, but there's a lot of it and it's hard to disable any one piece without breaking all of it.

After a clean install of windows, necessary after windows update stopped working and refused to download updates, hmm, OMG somebody please tell me I didn't have to reinstall all of my software because of something they did on purpose... Ugh.

Anyway, after a reinstall from the factory image, there is no way to make the cool "gamer mode" switch to work like it did when the computer was new, it's just a normal power switch. Samsung's "cool" stuff is very invasive and apparently not installable. But I'm somehow less interested in getting it to work, now...

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IT-savvy US congressmen to Feds: End your crypto-backdoor crusade

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Seriously, how stupid are we supposed to be?

In the movies, there is always a secret passage that leads into the castle. The "good guys" use this passage to sneak in. Real castles do not have secret passages like this because a castle with a secret unguarded entrance is stupid.

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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My god, that shirt...

Blue is not his color. Just saying.

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: After the one year upgrade window closes

Good question. My Win 7 is an upgrade (ultimate) edition. XP won't install with the hard disks in modern BIOS settings, needed for the RAID (for Intel's disk acceleration), unless I put the drivers on a floppy disk and install a floppy drive, which is NOT happening, so I have to add an extra drive, switch the BIOS mode, install XP with a bunch of legacy BIOS configuration, making sure that when I switch the disk access mode the BIOS will still recognize the disk with XP so the Win 7 upgrade will install. And then doing a full download-based upgrade install of Win 10 on top of that?

Maybe I'll just wait. My games run fine.

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What are cellphone networks blabbing about you to the Feds? A US senator wants to know

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A Member Of The Senate Expressed Actual Interest In Privacy Issues!

Shock! Surprise! *sigh* We are so screwed.

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YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

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Books

I feel old now. When I was a kid, I had to learn how to make a noose from a book of knots. I can't recall exactly whether it was in the encyclopedia or one of those boy scout books or something. Did you know that our children can just go to the library and read ANY OLD BOOK without anyone to approve it? Libraries should be more closely regulated to protect our children from dangerous information like verbs and pictures. Well, maybe not all verbs, but definitely anything in the future tense.

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NSA domestic dragnet NOT authorised by Patriot Act, rules US Appeals Court

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Metadata, so unimportant

Metadata is so tiny and unimportant and trivial to us that we are going to fight to the bitter end to defend our right to collect it.

Anyway, soon we will go back to denying that we collect any information, because we don't, and if you say you don't believe us we can label you as a crackpot. Whatever happens, don't think about other data that we might be collecting, because we're not, you tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist. Why are you thinking about it? I told you not to think about it! (Sometimes the mind control ray takes a while to warm up..) Anyway, there's no "it." There's no reason for us to even be having this conversation. Why are we here anyway? Look, a sporting event is on the television! Why don't you just watch that, drink some sour, watery, "American" beer made in a factory owned by foreigners, and think about how bad people have it in other countries, while I go... check on something... behind this curtain...

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Samsung S6: You might get a Sony camera in it - or you might not

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This is why I don't own a Samsung TV

One thing is certain: whenever they send one of the Samsung TVs to a reviewer, it has the Samsung part in it. Equal, yeah right. :) I can't imagine this will be any different.

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Re: More component lotteries...

One thing is certain: whenever they send one of the Samsung TVs to a reviewer, it has the Samsung part in it. Equal, yeah right. :) I can't imagine this will be any different.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Like it boots?

So Windows will now launch like it boots? It looks like it's ready to go, but as soon as you click on something you notice it's still lazy-loading, and the login prompt is just there to hit the artificial "see, it launched quickly" milestone. Gets your hopes up then makes you wait.

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Sweden releases human genome under Creative Commons licence

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Genomes and Forking

What, no "pull request" jokes?

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Windows under DR DOS?

I didn't have problems with windows under DR DOS 6, but then the last versions of DR DOS were overshadowed by DOS (er) 5 (?) that actually had some advanced features.

I ran DESQview for a while. Worked great, but wow the strange things we did to juggle processes.

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

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Re: History is not on their side

See also Microsoft/mono/Novell, and just about anything Microsoft has ever done.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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Or as old school gamers call it "A3D"

Object-based surround, aka "positional audio" was something we had! Briefly. As gamers. Before Creative bought them and all the patents, never used it, and stoped trying. Now all our receivers and gaming systems try to give us "virtual speakers". Which sounds exactly as disappointing as you would think.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Or to summarize...

What the hell did they *think* was going to happen?

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Strange

"Doesn't everyone have updates set so that they can have a look at what they're about to download..."

Yes! Have you *read* the descriptions of these updates? (Obviously not!)

"KB0012345: Fixes some things on computers running Windows." And you "click here for more info" which takes you to a web page containing EXACTLY THE SAME TEXT.

No I don't find this frustrating or anything.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

tekHedd

Not Terrorism?

"we do not believe it is related to terrorism" Who is this person? Where is the *real* NSA spokesperson?

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Benghazi benghazi benghazi

I had this explained to me. Apparently this is a Liberal Cover Up of Benghazi, and it's all about the War Between The Parties:

"We" are afraid that "our" precious hillary will be exposed for her role in Benghazi, and that's why "we" are trying to defend her actions. Never mind that I was quite clearly saying that I totally disapprove and this I would not vote for her anyway, but especially after this. Just by talking rationally about how stupid this is I expose myself as a Liberal and am still the enemy.

Divide phase completed. Conquor phase proceeding as planned.

Meh; we know they all do it. The real scandal isn't the coverup, it's her incompetence in keeping her corruption out of sight. Is that just sad, or is it also very sad?

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PATRIOT Act axed, NSA spying halted ... wake up, Neo, it's just a dream in the US House of Reps

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It's all true!

So, NSA spying, giant government conspiracy to cover it up, corrupt officials... almost everything that crazy dude I knew in college said has turned out to be true. What if he was RIGHT about the tinfoil hats too?

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US military SATELLITE suddenly BLOWS UP: 'Temperature spike' blamed

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Defense Meterological Satellite

What, exactly, is "defense meterology?" Some offshoot of strategic weather systems management?

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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reality-based?

"In the United States, can we actually have a reality-based, serious deliberative process about anything anymore?"

No. Obviously. Where have you been for the last 10 years?

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Internet of Thieves: All that shiny home security gear is crap, warns HP

tekHedd

Low tech FTW

The best security is always "a computer that is not accessible at all in any way". The only way to program my Ademco is by punching codes into the panel, which means to hack it you have to have already broken in to the house. :)

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How's this for customer service: Comcast calls bloke an A**HOLE – and even puts it in print

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Re: HOW much?

...well... 25Mbps *peak* service. It randomly slows to DSL rates, then surges back again if you go to a speedtest site. And randomly stops for a few minutes then starts again. But, yes, the peak speed is very impressive. Really not a great deal when you see how spotty it is.

(Cancelled my contract, now enjoying consistenly-fast-admittedly-after-first-fighting-for-a-month-with-a-broken-POS-VDSL-router performance with Centurylink.)

(Beer, because it's *always* beer. What are all those other icons for anyway?)

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US drug squad cops: We snooped on innocent Americans' phone calls too!

tekHedd

Oh, we don't do that any more!

"We stopped doing that." Before, you said you weren't doing it. Why should I belive you now?

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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Still not sure

Was curious whether the first, second, or third comment would be the one that says "he should have known better than to say those things, he knew it was illegal," and otherwise blaming the victim. Stupid threaded view is making it difficult to be sure.

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Hey, bacteria: Resistance is FUTILE – boffins grow new super-antibiotic

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FAIL

Side effects include...

Difficult to get optimistic about a new drug until I've heard about the other things it might do. Should I contact my doctor if I attempt suicide, start bleeding internally, or lose the use of one of my limbs?

(This comment dedicated to CIPRO and the entire flouroquinolone family. Thanks for trying to kill me!)

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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Re: One Foot in Reality

"but surely no-one designs an ADC without a large buffer and a synchronising local clock, do they?"

No, at least not on purpose. I did work once with a chip designed for PCI with tiny buffers--if the PCI bus was not available, it would starve for samples, and audio would Slooooow Dooown. Which was funny. But not in any way related to clock-jitter induced noise.

Buffer underruns and starvation show as dropouts or repeated samples, not as jitter noise, except in badly designed circuits. No half decent midrange DAC with a properly designed power supply and clock is going to suffer from these problems.

(because I just like beer, OK?)

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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Re: LOL - Facebook

"It still amazes me that [people] use Facebook at all (or any other social media)."

You mean, social media like comment forums attached to a news article? Yeah, total waste of time, that.

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#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

tekHedd

Branding

The whole idea of branding is that you can identify the product from the brand. Yes it's a different company, but they share the brand. After all the energy they've put into strongly associating the brand with their product and making it clearly identifiable, it's not the consumer's fault if we accidentally associate that brand with their company. Oh so sorry.

When you license your brand to a completely independent entity, you take a risk. Their problem, not ours.

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systemd row ends with Debian getting forked

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Because Gnome depends on it?

We need this because Gnome's flashy features depend on it? But I don't even care that much for Gnome... what a waste of everyone's time.

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FBI impersonated newspaper to finger school bomb threat suspect

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Shocking!!!

People still use Myspace?

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POISON PI sniffs WiFi from your mail room, goes on rampage

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WiFi network map?

If all you want is a map of the wifi access points, you could just convince any one of the people in the company to play Ingress. Oh, and buy Google.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

tekHedd

Oh, so that explains it.

Reading this, my entire reaction is "what? That's outrageous and unbelievable!" But of course it's not, which I suppose is the point.

Of course the kind of people who do this crap already know it's unacceptable, and of course they won't change because you told them to stop. I can't help by expressing disapproval because I don't associate with that kind of person and therefore my opinion carries no weight with them. So, er, sorry?

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Facebook: Want to stay in touch? Then it's Messenger or NOTHING

tekHedd

And I was getting used to messaging my friends on facebook

Are they killing third-party app access as well? I've been using a mobile app (IM+ Pro) to access various messaging systems from a single app. I don't really use Facebook for messaging, but I was getting used to the idea of contacting *some* of my friends via Facebook as their primary contact, and even sometimes initiating contact to them via Facebook messaging when I needed to reach them.

I guess if they do, it's no real loss... I guess the point is... *SHRUG* Who gives a rats?

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

tekHedd

Sounds normal to me

I have Comcast (ultimate everything) and this seems pretty normal to me.

My contract ends July 30. I've had a countdown running for 6 months.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

tekHedd

And this is controversial?

I can't believe this is remotely interesting. My only reaction is "Duh."

Everybody should learn to play a musical instrument, but not everybody should be expected to become good at it. :)

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Strategy Boutique ultimate 'tech'-gasm: 3D printer drone GoPro vid stream QR code

tekHedd

Penultimate

The "ultimate tech-gasm" is a 3d printer design that allows you to 3d-print more 3d-printers.

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Redmond slow to fix IE 8 zero day, says 'harden up' while U wait

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Re: @ Kristian Walsh (was: Harden your browser)

"Enjoy your cats and porn."

Hmm, last I checked, cats and porn *were* the reason "we" built "this thing". Oh, I'm sure somewhere an academic is crying because his beautiful data compression algorithm is being used in impure ways, but that's beside the point.

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tekHedd

Oh thank goodness.

IE8 is a pox and it needs to die. Just standards-compliant enough to fool you into thinking that it will work, and then you start getting bug reports. The sooner they abandon it the better.

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What a twit: Obama aide FIRED for anonymous gov-bashing tweets

tekHedd

Parody

Technically, calling Sarah Palin "white trash" is not parody*.

* parody: "a bad or unfair example of something" --Merriam-Webster

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

tekHedd

NSA on the job?

I don't understand;aren't they on furlough? Or is spying on citizens considered "essential"?

I'd post anonymously, but what's the point?

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TWELFTH-CENTURY TARDIS turns up in Ethiopia

tekHedd

HOW much?

What's the point? At the prices they charge, it's not like I can afford to watch 100 episodes, in any condition.

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Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

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Re: Err

Yes, it's kind of sad that someone pointing out things that his fellow citizens really ought to know about ends up seeking asylum with the "bad guys" out of fear of, say, ending up on so-called "suicide watch" for 5 years. Democracy starts with transparency. What does it end with?

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tekHedd

Just One Thing

Those who say Snowden is a "traitor" or "hurting the USA," I ask this question: can you name *one* piece of information that Snowden has released that US citizens should not know about.

Not what he might know, or what he could know. I'm talking about what he has released. What information should we, as US citizens not know about. Name it. One thing that makes him a traitor instead of a patriot. I'm waiting.

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NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

tekHedd
Meh

Disappearance

I think "disappearance" is a much better word or phrase than"solitary confinement" or "suicide watch," don't you? How about "waterboarding"? Disappearing is basic common sense under the circumstances, if you're even remotely aware of what happens to whistleblowers in the US.

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US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

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One good thing about Obama

The best thing about having Obama in office is that this makes it acceptable among so-called conservatives to actually get upset over domestic spying, torture, and other things that were vigorously defended during the previous administration. So it's not a dead loss. But it's close, when an administration that speaks openly against these things but does little or nothing to stop them is considered the best of the only two options.

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tekHedd
Meh

Credibility

Loss of credibility is something our administration really can not afford, especially if they have more secret spying campaigns that we haven't yet been told about.

Now that I think about it, make that ADDITIONAL loss of credibility.

Oversight without transparency--can you really call that oversight?

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NetApp: We laid off 100s, profits dived - and it's all YOUR fault

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Meh

Dove

I just came in here to upvote whoever said "profits dove," but nobody did. But I forget I'm at a uk site here... Merriam-Webster online says that use of "dove" as past tense is rare in British English and "equally common" with "dived" in American English, not that I've ever heard an American use it, then gives only two past-tense examples "She dove into the swimming pool." and "The whale dove into deeper water." If it's so common, what about an example? Alternatively, if M-W, an Encyclopaedia Britannica company, is so USA-focused as to only provide US English examples, what's all this talk about the "north Midland areas?" I've never heard of the "Midland." Is this some new politically correct way of talking about Indiana?

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Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

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Re: @ AC (18:56) - Re :

" For future reference, a "criminal" is someone who commits a crime"

True, but not relevant. People are clearly using the term "criminal" here to mean "someone who deserves to be convicted" instead of "someone who *was* convicted." While not strictly correct, the rest of the pedants (and I include myself in this group) seem to be coping just fine. I find that beer helps.

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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

tekHedd

Example of how to maintain core values

Honesty: We understand that we really have no right to this trademark,

Courage: but we're boldly CLAIMING it anyway, even though we know everyone will hate us.

Humility: We never claimed that we somehow deserve it.

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