Let's hope this one makes it, the success ratio hasn't been looking all that rosy recently.
166 posts • joined 2 Apr 2012
Am I just too pessimistic?
My first thought was "How long will it take the trillion-dollar medical industry to try to kill this initiative?", and the second thought was "How crap must the existing gear be if something around a tenth of a percent the cost meets or exceeds it in quality?"
Re: Darn - they saw me rolling back those laptops to XP last week
If you can actually find laptop hardware that works under XP these days you're doing pretty well.
On another note, the uptick in XP can probably be classed as margin-of-error stuff. It will be interesting to see if W10 increases from now draw more from 8/8.1 or 7 though.
Re: EU law
Other than occasionally stinging them for a billion dollars, when has EU law actually brought about meaningful change to Microsoft's (or by extention, any tech giant's) products?
"Windows does not collect personal information without your consent."
Since you're consenting by accepting the defaults, that statement is technically correct, which as we all know, is the best kind of correct.
Requesting an addon.
Anyone able to make an open source addon that randomly varies the timing between characters being entered so as to make this biometric profiling impossible?
Congrats. I'm nowhere near as prolific as you, but I'm happy with my up/down ratio at least. :D
"In total, your posts have been upvoted 963 times and downvoted 39 times."
I can't say I feel bad for them. From what I've been hearing Yelp isn't so much a review website as an extortion/protection racket.
"Say, that's a nice restaurant you've got there. It'd be a shame if someone were to... give it a bad review, wouldn't it?"
Trevor, you've pretty much listed everything that bugs me.
I just dropped Win10 onto a VM to see if it's something I can work with and in short, at the moment that's a no.
I'll wait for a few third party tweaks to come out, specifically for the following things.
- Controlling updates: I want to be able to turn the tap on and off. If that can't be done, I'll just settle for "off". Probably means router-level blocks.
- Colour picker: I cannot work with the few options that have been given. I want to set each colour myself, as in Win7. May not bug many people but it bugs me.
- Phone home: I don't need MS to receive diagnostics from me. May be another router-level block there.
I'll take a back seat for now.
Preferably one with side intrusion beams and curtain airbags.
I don't get it.
Other than registrars, I don't see who benefits from this TLD proliferation. It's going to mean businesses need to defensively register hundreds or thousands of domains, and it means customers have even less chance of picking the "right" domain.
I guess search engines would benefit from the increased traffic and hence eyeballs for ad impressions.
More draws do not a better filing cabinet make.
It's really a brilliant strategy.
Pitch random ideas all over the place, get someone else to develop it and run the financial risks, then if/when the business takes off, claim to have been the original inventor and sue their balls off.
Re: Mods on steam
Personally, I'd rather Valve have my details than random Chinese cybercrooks, if for no other reason than that Valve already get most of my disposable income anyway.
I was doing a Crashplan free trial and would have signed up if not for the fact that they made an AU datacentre, forced people in AU and NZ to use it (without cloning data across, reupload everything pls) and doubled the price. Their explanation: geographical proximity. Ignoring the fact that I'd prefer my data further away actually.
Needless to say, they didn't get my business.
But this geographical fuckery has been happening for years now. Valve seems to think that a 50% AU/NZ surcharge is reasonable on many games. :/
That all seems very reasonable.
I'm sure it'll be thoroughly ignored.
Since caller ID on traditional voice calls is opt-out (IE you can usually enter a code before dialling to not show your number), is there a similar feature for this?
I think it's more of a case of
You make us look like idiots, we'll take your stuff.
Typical playground bully behaviour.
When people start arguing terminology like this
you know they're avoiding dealing with the actual issue.
Spam on Steam is targetted
The more socially-active you are the more likely you'll be targetted. More games, profile activity, even presence on trading websites (or content in your public inventory) all makes it more likely they'll spot you and have a crack.
And I imagine the credit cards being used to validate ($5) these accounts will all be stolen anyway.
You're gonna get so much hate
for the "idiot tax" comment.
Given Russia's recent ham-fisted attempts at propaganda...
I instinctively presume the malware itself is an attempt by Russia to make the West look bad. It's certainly not beyond them to inconvenience their own people a bit just to make a point.
When having knowledge is made a crime
Only criminals will have knowledge.
If Australia is anything like NZ
then the reason for the trickle of mobile broadband is that it's horrendously overpriced. A mobile (prepay or post-pay) monthly packet will usually consist of a set amount of voice, text and data, and wanting to get more data will often come with a bundle of pointless voice and text, at an exorbitant price. A monthly package with a couple of gigs of data can cost as much as your entire fixed broadband package with a hundred times as much data (if it has a cap at all).
Where does this leave Adblockers?
Are they considered to be ad injectors, since they interfere with and overwrite the intended advertising (with blank space, as the user wants, but still.).
Am I the only one creeped out beyond measure by all the search integration stuff? If I'm searching a local drive for "budget" I don't want or need results from my email, the web, onedrive or anything like that, and certainly not based on some learning algorithm which processes all my data remotely and is likely 75% aimed at advertising and only 25% at providing a better result. Just show me ALL the files and ONLY the files with CV in the name (or content if I so specify)...
I still don't understand why this is opt-out instead of opt-in? This level of privacy violation wouldn't be tolerable outside the Internet. It's equivalent to a clothing retailer sewing GPS trackers into your clothes that anyone could use, without telling you, and expecting the average Joe to know that they need to ask for it to be disabled.
Still a credit to the engineering team
that it's doing so well, so much longer than was ever planned or even hoped for.
that these maneuvers came at the cost of a significant amount of maneuvering fuel? What is the expected impact on its service life compared to one that was in the right orbit from the start?
Can someone clarify
where the "trick-cyclists" term came from? I presume I missed an in-joke somewhere. Or it's rhyming slang for something I can't work out either.
Re: More rubbish coding
Had to? I would have thought that on a Mac it was optional, whereas on Windows it wasn't.
"Which is somewhat ambiguous, but it essentially means everyone will get Internet Explorer, except those who install Windows 10 and even then, they can ask for it back."
Please can this mean we don't HAVE to have Spartan either? I really don't want any pointless software on my lean gaming rig, and if they're finally separating a browser I never used from the supposed core of the OS, I'd really prefer it if they didn't ram another one in the hole.
Re: Future, what future
They'll keep pushing the boundaries of what people will tolerate until one day they take one step too far and someone, somewhere will snap, and there will be an avalanche of dissent turning into riots and full-on revolution.
And there will still be politicians sitting there saying "What are you DOING, we're just trying to keep you SAFE!", not realising that they're the problem, not the solution.
Of course they declined.
As they say, ignorance is bliss. Why would you let anyone tell you what the problems are when you can stick your fingers in your ears and remain in a state of perpetual euphoria?
Of course, Paris is the obvious choice.
Sound reasoning, really.
Don't waste time and effort trying to future-proof something against a future you cannot accurately predict (nor will be the one paying for). Just slap something together with second-hand parts and n-2 technology, and replace the whole kit every 5-10 years.
NZ Customs have just requested exactly these rights.
The shitstorm has already commenced. The "If you've got nothing to hide you've got nothing to fear" crowd against the "Privacy is a basic human right" crowd.
But since NZ is a member of the 5 peepers, I'm sure whatever the US Govt decides is reasonable for us, we'll rush to implement.
"As always, our success is built on trust."
Welp, time to find some new foundations for that success. Might I suggest "Close ties with Western governments" as being a natural successor?
Isn't the Knox brand toxic?
I figure they'd have dropped it by now. Unless they're really committed to the "you're not buying a phone, you're only borrowing it, we still own it." stance.
Any cloud storage service
that offers a password or key recovery service is not encrypted to such an extend that the NSA can't get into it. Only if it's client-side encryption with user-held cert is it secure-ish.
So you share something with your friends
and the next thing you know some internet quack is poking around your history?
Have they stopped
screwing with the UI? I'm utterly over "fixing" things with every update, or waiting days or weeks for addon writers to tweak things back to how I like them. I'd rather run an outdated copy than go through that frustration all the time.
"The company had one of the most valuable brands in the computer business and wants that back."
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
Why does the NSA's boss care so much about backdoors when he can just steal all our encryption keys?
"It should be legal to do it, because we're gonna do it anyway, but that way you can't complain."
I have one of these drives but never ran performance tests after the initial ones just after the install. I'll need to re-run them to see how bad it is. In hindsight, things do seem somewhat slower but I'd always blamed that on the inevitable aging and bloat of the Windows install and apps rather than the drive itself.
No mention of the reportedly short length?
5 hours and change for a playthrough? Doesn't seem like value for money to me.
Call me paranoid...
But am I the only person who thinks the NSA's vocal opposition to encryption is all for show, and they've already compromised the back ends of almost anything worth looking at?
If the NSA bleat about encryption, then people will assume that means they can't see the comms, and will feel secure planning their next terrorist attack via the usual channels. If they suspect the NSA already has access they may commission custom comms which would be more problematic to spy on.
So which is it?
Shumay or Shumway?
Re: Not metadata....
They've also admitted that they'd be compelled to hand over all data (not just metadata) in the case of a valid warrant being served. So, backward-accessible wiretapping now available in all homes, free with purchase of a corrupt judge.
WTS: 15 year old 29" CRT TV
Watch TV without being watched. Free rabbit ears aerial.
Starting bid, $1000. Shipping, probably as much again.
Terms & Conditions
It refers to "the above terms and conditions" but there aren't any there. There's a two-line disclaimer, but in these days of phonebook-sized tomes of legalese, I hesitate to assume that's all of it.
Still, unlike the chocolate one, this one doesn't say you'll farm out my details, so I've entered. Thanks!
I suspect shipping to NZ would cost more than the loot itself though.