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It's Microsoft's greedy, audacious anti-consumer attitude that is the problem. I'm sure you'll have fun with the device itself.
I have more integrity than that. I would go back to tic tac toe on a piece of paper before I would buy an Xbox One, or any other Microsoft product or service. (I've already got Windows 7 which will keep my current games running for the foreseeable future... there will be no more Windows purchases for me. I honestly thought they were turning over a new leaf, with the quality and friendliness of Windows 7 but they completely switched gears)
Microsoft. Dying one (self inflicted) paper cut at a time.
Re: Which one ? Windows 8 with luck
I don't have any "trouble" at all with any functional computer operating system. Knowing the concepts is most of it and I can usually figure out what I have to do fairly quickly given a list of commands and their synopses OR... a graphical user environment. They are supposed to be discoverable ("intuitive" though I do hate that particular buzzword) and I must say that Windows 8 is poor in that regard.
Note that I already know how to mitigate the undesirable aspects of Windows 8, but that isn't the point. I very much dislike working with the Windows 8.x user interface though and THAT is the point. It isn't that people can't, it's a disconnect. A regression.
Windows with no controls. Deliberate hindrance of multitasking. Direction to spammy tiles and Microsoft's products, services, software store, and their "partners" who pay for the privilege. It's designed for lock in. Everything tries to direct you to using a Microsoft account.
An email program that doesn't do what most people need, POP3 email. No, instead you're supposed to abandon the old ways that they don't want to support and move to their systems. It's smack dab in the middle of the spammy tiles, one of the first things people see, yet useless to most people that use ISP email accounts. You can also still get that crummy Windows Live Mail client of course which is what most people need because of lock in (data migrated from Outlook Express from XP, into Windows Mail in Vista, into Windows Live Mail on Windows 7 and they just kept on that train). I can't believe I'm actually recommending Microsoft Outlook, as the only decent, functional mail client that I can still get their data into.
These assholes are already calling most of the programs people use "legacy software" in favour of "TIFKAM" apps, too.
Regressing to keyboard shortcuts for GUI functionality. There is nothing wrong with HAVING keyboard shortcuts, when you display them along side a menu entry, as a choice for people to use but expecting people to know them to efficiently navigate the GUI without a touchscreen is a serious mistake. I am thankful for ClassicShell, which saved me from having to upgrade my customers' Windows 8 computers to Windows 7 or Linux. Linux is easy to get set up, at least for me. Windows 7 is trickier because you have to track down drivers from the actual component manufacturers rather than being spoon fed by a PC vendor. Also, you have to employ "licensing tools" as Microsoft does not honour downgrade rights for consumer editions of Windows.
It regresses to command line utilities with ugly syntax for simple things like managing wireless networks, as well.
You shouldn't bandy the word idiot around like that, because your usage and workflow isn't everyone's. I wish I had a dime for everyone who has told me "It just takes time to learn it". It probably took me all of 10 minutes.
I just realized I made a mistake in my post. While it was only mentioned incidentally, what if someone wastes their time trying that and doesn't realize it's not working only because it's wrong. All I can do now is reply to it with the correct info.
The sequence of button presses was supposed to be LB, RB, X, LB, RB, X to revert a System Update on Xbox 360.
That's go to System Settings, and in Storage highlight your XBox 360 hard disk and press LB, RB, X twice (Left bumper, Right bumper, X button, Left bumper Right bumper X button)
Fuck off, Microsoft. People are dropping their Xbox Live Gold memberships in droves.
Since installing hostile updates that force an account confirmation, with account lockouts if you don't comply (or succeed) and email confirmation codes that DON'T WORK, many people are simply reverting the last system update (with hard disk selected under Storage in System Settings, press this sequence of buttons twice: LB, LB, X) disconnecting their Xbox 360 units from the Internet (so they can still play their games and access their local saves) and cursing and vowing that they will NEVER buy an Xbox One and when the time comes, will be purchasing a Sony Playstation 4. Does Microsoft really think that their meddling, consumer hostile policies are going to convince people that it will be less hassle to just go and buy a new console? Yes, that's right, they hate Microsoft even more right now than they hate Sony.
They've pissed off the majority of the PC user base, hardware vendors and now gamers.
So, brilliant move, Microsoft. Trying to tell gamers that they can't use swear words? I don't think I have ever been on any kind of game server where people haven't sworn. Take your arrogant, authoritarian, anti-consumer policies and go smoke a turd in Hell.
First off, your post is just the one that happened to motivate me to reply. Not all of this is directed at you. I also like ClassicShell and I install it for a lot of people. In fact I insist. The evil side of me first likes to watch their pain for a few minutes when they get their first Windows 8 computer though... then I spring ClassicShell on them and give them back what they were used to.
There's just more to it than that, though.
ClassicShell is very good, and solves the problem but Windows h8te is still a dumbed down, shit OS. It's a regression and people have every right to be complaining about it.
ClassicShell is also a third party shell "replacement" (actually it's implemented as a shell extension that just adds functionality to the already existing Explorer tile and makes it the default simply by automatically bringing it in the foreground... that other fecal matter is still running in the background for the unwary who click the wrong thing). Most people aren't going to go and get ClassicShell, they'll just get the shaft.
The whole thing exists to direct you to spammy tiles with Microsoft partners and services, as well as the Microsoft Store that they desperately want to force developers and end users into.
I see people saying how it's got a lighter footprint. That's not significantly true for the OS but yes Microsoft gutted the GUI, of course it's more light weight. It's not only visual bloat that's been removed... wait until you actually have to do something that they've removed, or dumbed down to the point of being dysfunctional like a lot of the network management. You'll just love the syntax of the command line utility that you will have to use to operate on the list of stored wireless networks, for example.
I could fix you up a light weight OS that runs from a 1.44 Mb floppy disk if you would like. Oh wait, it wouldn't have all the desired functionality.
Re: Something to remember
Yes, it is often distributed like foistware (I do not approve of that tactic, for any software, good or bad), but a lot of people like it. Under the hood, it's very good software. Fast, reliable and relatively self contained.
It's not only foisted on people through bundling, but every time people go to Google they see "Browse the Internet with a faster browser - Google Chrome" (or something to that effect) and they download it and are not sorry.
(I also don't approve of every stinking browser pushing people to make it their default. Many people don't understand the implications of that... that it's the one that's going to come up automatically when web content is launched)
I get people who ask for Google Chrome when I'm setting up their software on a new PC or new Windows installation. I'm only too happy to comply because they'll live happily ever after.
But no, it's not so much because of the user interface. I think most people would agree that it's lame but it also does what most people really need it to do.
I use Chromium myself (Linux)
I don't CARE if it makes the road safer, it's not a justifiable action to take. There are many good reasons why someone might need to use a cell phone in a vehicle that have nothing to do with operating a cell phone while driving. There could be 4 other passengers in that car, and any of them may use their phone.
You and your ilk simply do not have the right to judge the reasons why a cell phone call might be necessary. It could be an emergency, or to report an accident, crime or other catastrophe or for other reasons that are important to someone. It may not be safe to stop the car, for whatever reason.
Fortunately those who make decisions will consider the consequences of such a jamming device. You can only legislate safety so far, because the world does need to function.
It's because those things WASTE bandwidth. Streaming movies is literally just throwing bits away. I don't allow anyone to do that on my network. (I don't mean youtube, that's mostly just a trickle and the clips are rather finite)
Those "Roku" set top boxes for the TV (that do Netflix and other streaming services) are especially stupid. People don't realize what a waste that is. It's no wonder that most ISPs meter data transfer now. (It used to be practically unheard of here)
Re: No dude, it is all YOUR fault.
You pulled the words right out of my arse. Now I don't have to comment. Oh wait... I just did :-)
Nowadays, it doesn't matter what it is, experts have concluded that it's umpteen percent more frightening than they thought.
A fearful population is more easily controlled and placated. Yes, yes, the infrastructure is degrading, taxes are going up, your job is gone because some capitalist gave it to someone in India but look on the bright side. You didn't get hit by a meteorite today, even though you were 7 times more likely to.
Re: I voted entirely plausible
Well... it's far more feasible to write one or more bytes of data to corrupt the bootstrap routine of a BIOS (CIH/Chernobyl style) than what you are arguing is plausible. (especially not on a diverse scale)
Yes, I too have run into tenacious rootkit backed malware that has given me a run for my money. There's nothing supernatural about that either.
Re: Strange Logic
Americans love their hunting, and in Africa... life of all kinds is cheap, and bartered every day. The bottom line is they want that particular rhino shot anyway. Unless you go there and volunteer, I doubt there's anyone that wants to collect that rhino's sperm :-)
But if expressing your outrage over this makes you feel better that's fine, it's just that those you are admonishing wouldn't be moved by it, even a little.
I mostly agree with what you're saying (and this does seem ludicrous at first thought) but I understand it and it doesn't incense me. I don't personally hunt animals (I have in the past but I choose not to), but in North America it's prevalent and ingrained in people's culture.
On a farm, a serious one that is a business, not a hobby, if you get an animal that's aggressive and doing harm to the others (or it's dangerous to its handlers), you ship it off for slaughter (or just kill it if it has no market value) rather than keep it for breeding.
That's why you should just turn silly nannying site ranking/search result checking filters like that off. I don't care if it's that McNorton shit, or AVG, or Google's "phishing and malware protection" in Chromium/Chrome it's the wrong approach. You can't blacklist the whole interent.
That kind of "security" just results in sites that no longer have (or never had) malware serving ads being on the shit list, and sites with malicious content that they don't know about unfiltered. That's most of them. It has always been that way ever since the first "Site Ranker" product. (That McAfee bought)
Checking sites against databases is extra gyration that you don't need, too. I turn stuff like that off wherever it exists.
Re: Bricked or somewhat confused.
No, the term "bricked" doesn't necessarily mean there isn't a low level recovery procedure. Some manufacturers anticipate bricking.
In this case though, it's just the embedded OS that's messed up (as is often the case, while low level firmware is still viable) but a user would consider it bricked because they can't recover it by normal means.
For example most "bricked" routers can be recovered with built in routines that allow you a brief opportunity to put a firmware image using tftp. Barring that, they have special communications ports (JTAG) inside that you can solder on to and connect with software and erase buggered firmware and get it to the point where you can upload a new image.
Yes, that's right. If we can't have search engines that don't meet big media's approval, I want Google, Yahoo and Bing charged with promoting fraudulent goods and services. Moreover, they are directly making money from it, by selling ads and ranking to anyone who will pay.
Microsoft should actually be sued for endorsing fraudulent products, for selling "Microsoft Gold Partner" status to anyone who will pay. It's how those scumbucket registry cleaners and the like are marketed.
Re: Just an idea
I think all the Microsoft fanboys that facilitate this crap should just go jump in the river while wearing a straight jacket, so the rest of us can have a better computing environment.
Re: Good news and bad news
You're either disingenuous, or a victim of believing your own bullshit. You weren't even close to having "emphysema".
I live in a country where a sizable portion of the population uses it routinely. I know people who have smoked it every day for 40+ years and they aren't bedridden and wheezing. In fact I know a lot of people. (and one of them first hand) I am not saying that smoking anything is good for you, but cannabis is not likely to kill you anytime soon.
Cancer is a bit tricky though. If you are susceptible to it, and your immune system doesn't go after cancer cells, you're probably going to get it in some form. You simply cannot say that "stopping smoking" (tobacco or cannabis really) prevented you from getting cancer. You could still have a problem with it in the future, or not. Hopefully not ever.
THC doesn't have to "clear out of your brain cells" either. The THC itself is in fact gone from your body in a few days (most of it in a few hours), what persists in fatty tissues and are excreted slowly are its non pharmacologically active metabolites.
THC binds to receptor sites for chemicals (anandamides) in your brain that have similar molecular structures and properties. Yes, your brain has cannabinoid receptors. It therefore changes your brain chemistry, but regular users' brains simply adapt to it. It doesn't turn people into "nitwits", they already have those traits to begin with.
Yes, it can cause temporary loss of concentration and other cognitive abilities while people are under the influence of it. Less so in chronic users, who will be more likely to be enhanced by relatively small amounts of it than impaired.
Leads to harder drugs? Not in itself. What leads to harder drugs, is having to buy it from illegal sources who also deal in other drugs. It's also a matter of perception. Someone is already using illegal cannabis without serious harm, so it's not much of a stretch to seek out other substances. They are already comfortable defying the establishment and worse... they might think that worse drugs aren't harmful either, since none of the brimstone and fire happened to them.
Umm, so what? You'll have tens of millions of dollars in no time, just by playing the game and buying investments etc.
You better throw them a bigger bone than that, lest you insult.
That's like in court, they make us swear on the Bible. (I'm in Canada... I don't know if they do that in the U.K.) It's only symbolic, but to me, that's utterly ridiculous. Do they mean, I'm going to Hell if I lie to the court? Wow, I'm so afraid. A pompous ass wearing a wig not only wields the power to have me clapped in irons, but he just condemned me to eternal damnation. Reminds me of the church. But you just have to accept it, for its neither the time nor place.
If they said something as simple as "you swear on your honour" that would mean more to me than a book, or threats of perjury. (Don't get me wrong... it's not that I would never lie, if I had to, I'd just feel more guilty about it lol. It doesn't feel good to lie, but show me a man who says they'd never do it under any circumstances and I'll either show you a liar or a fool)
But any atheist should know that sometimes you just have to accept some customary speech that's derived from religion. So something like "God" in a pledge can be taken with a grain of salt. The real act of pledging should be on your honour. You'd have to be some kind of an asshole not to celebrate Christmas in some way if you have children growing up in our societies too.
I'm an atheist and I very much dislike religion, but I try not to be one of those people who need to get over themselves and I try to tolerate the customs of others when it does not impose on me.
Re: Over my cold dead browser
Yes it will make a difference. It will mean that we can't compile our own open source web browsers anymore. That may not matter to you, but it certainly does to me.
With the exception of my Windows installation that exists only for commercial games, I refuse to use any software that I can't compile myself, especially not web browsers.
I don't do "DRM" so it doesn't really hurt me in that respect. There's no way I would ever pay for something with such strings attached.
Re: the usual "everyone else but me" nonsense from the 1%
So just because a "jury of his peers" (such sanctimonious bullshit) ruled against him, it's the final word according to the lord, your god?
So we can always assume that juries are completely objective and even in that case, that they are not acting on false or misleading evidence? A proper jury will have no choice but to convict, when their decisions are based solely on the evidence presented. The defense cannot even mount a defense.
That's the way the courts work, in that perverted country. It's like a game... even when it's not national security being invoked, if a defense is inadmissible, you're not even allowed to bring it up. So the judge and jury never know about all the circumstances involved. It is like a chicken before egg scenario sometimes. This is illegal, so you can't bring it before the court, therefore you have no defense and are treated like any other criminal and sentenced by the book, with a mandatory minimum penalty even though there really were circumstances to take into account.
Yes, but Microsoft would be too arrogant to keep and maintain the Blackberry OS. They'd want to open their flaccid sphincter and extrude Windows onto the platform.
Everything that made Blackberries what they are would be gone.
There wouldn't be much point to that acquisition for Microsoft anyway. From their perspective there's no reason to eliminate a failing competitor.
I may be commenting from a different perspective here. I've only recently (in the last few years) gotten the hang of console controllers (Xbox360 and Playstation 3 at friend's houses), being used to PC gaming with a keyboard and mouse.
Console controllers were purposely designed to be similar. They have similar buttons, triggers, sticks etc. so that game developers can use similar mappings for all the games, that users are familiar with.
I don't want to have to learn to use a new type of controller all over again. It took me so long to even be able to move/aim/shoot in Call of Duty games with the XBox360 controller.
So probably, I won't be getting one of those. It doesn't really make a lot of sense for me (in my opinion) to get a Steam Box anyway, because it's going to be PC hardware and you can build your own box for it and install your own OS. (either SteamOS or regular Linux distro with Steam client). So since it's essentially just PC gaming to me, there's little incentive for me to move away from the keyboard and mouse.
I only PREFER a controller (e.g. I have an XBox 360 controller for my PC) for games where driving is significant. A controller is much better than a keyboard for driving (accelerating and steering), because the controls are incremental, not just on/off.
Yes, I didn't mean to imply (nor did I) that it had anything to do with Spamhaus. My server's IP network is not on any known blocklists except at Microsoft. It was only related as part of the rant about this kind of blocking in general, another example of spam blocking foolishness.
I was actually talking about my personal and business email (I provide mail services for my family too, my mother uses it for business dealings as well) I cannot reply to anyone on Hotmail. I could very easily say "fuck hotmail" (I couldn't count the number of times I have) but what's worse is, Bell provides their customers with rebranded "hotmail" accounts for their bell.net and sympatico.com email addresses (accessed through POP3 mail clients, using SSL or through webmail). I can't reply to any users (existing or potential customers) on probably the biggest "ISP" (also phone company and provider of highly annoying satellite television) in Canada because of those twats.
I was also talking about Spamhaus and other blocklist problems I had on other servers that I looked after. These servers had forums and things using email confirmation, and email notifications etc.
My heart just pumps purple piss for these nazi anti-spam organizations. I hate Spam, but these blacklisting organizations are a classic example of the cure that's worse than the disease.
Yes, they blacklist spammers, but also entire networks of innocent web servers in datacenters that want to do nothing but let people get their forum registration/notification emails and the like. I've been on the receiving end of that crap too many times with servers I have been charged with setting up and looking after.
I've written to many an ISP mail administrator to get the IP addresses of the good netizens in my care whitelisted, but these block list organizations that are run by tribunals of power tripping idiots are a different story.
I nearly cheered when SPEWS was DOS'ed out of existence. I certainly don't cheer for spamming and DOS attacks, but when SPEWS went away, so did my problems.
I run my own mail from my own domain, on a server in a good datacenter. I've enjoyed trouble free mail for several years now, my domain has a good reputation, my hosting provider has a good reputation (no tolerance for spam) and I'm not on any of these blacklists. The only problem I have (recently) is fucking Microsoft. I can't send to hotmail/outlook.com/live accounts, nor any ISP mail that outsources their mail to Microsoft (e.g. Bell in Canada).because my IP network is in their own blocklists. There's no recourse, no admin contact to get whitelisted... nothing but a FAQ that I (or the "ISP" I am supposed to contact about the problem) must conform to. This isn't something the users can add to their "safe senders" lists either, because it never even gets to them.
So tell me folks, how many times are email communications thwarted by these creeps? How does that make you feel, that email is unreliable? You send someone a message, and you have no guarantee that they will ever get it. You're waiting for a message to confirm registration to subscribe to some service, or obtain a license key for something you bought and it never comes. There's a good chance that you can thank blocklist zealots like these.
Re: The club won't have been payed .....
Well, it does say "credit card" in the article. I didn't think Amex cards were charge cards anymore. The only difference is that charge cards have to be paid in full at the end of the billing period (i.e. month) whereas credit cards let you keep a balance as long as minimum payments are met. The merchant gets their money from the card issuer in both cases, it has nothing to do with whether or not the card user pays their bill.
Perhaps Amex hadn't payed out *yet* but as far as I see it (with the information given), that's pretty dirty dealing if they do not.
Perhaps the key to this is that Oracle claims the card was used fraudulently (essentially "stolen"). If the user was authorized to use the card, then the payment to the merchant should not have been withheld.
I don't understand. If a credit card was used for the purchase, isn't it between the credit card company and the card holder? If the user refuses to pay the bill, why would the strip joint be out the money?
If that's the case, who in their right mind would accept credit card payments? With the exception of fraud on the part of the merchant, how can the credit card company claw back the money from the legitimate establishment?
This should be the credit card company taking appropriate action against the parties who were issued the credit card and are refusing to pay the bill. As stated in another comment, perhaps the employee is liable... either way, the strip joint should not be responsible for this. Anything else, and credit cards should be relegated to untrusted, risky and basically worthless methods of payment. (Like cheques.)
The transaction was authorized by the credit card company. That should be the end of the story for the merchant, who really has no way of knowing whether the user is "supposed" to be spending that money or not. (One might suspect that it's inappropriate use of a corporate credit card, but that's not for them to decide)
So the moral of the story is, don't take American Express.
Sadly, it is not yet GTA V day for me. I must await the PC version and I think it will be some months.
However, I do play games with a friend on his XBox360, and he will have already pulled the $60 from his tight fisted arse and bought it :-)
(I tend to go visit for coffee on Wednesday nights, so hopefully I'll get to see some of it. Been looking forward to seeing this game in action)
Re: I like Skype
Skype account recovery stopped working soon after Microsoft took over. At first, the password reset codes they sent simply stopped working then not long after that the emails stopped coming. They want people to log in with a Windows Live/Hotmail account.
I feel sorry for people, but I can't help. (I run an on-site computer service and "can't get on Skype" is often in the list of questions). At least, I haven't been able to recover anyone's skype account in some time. They have to register a new one and get their contacts all over again.
Microsoft pollutes everything they touch. That program has gotten even more bloated and nauseating, too.
That "tongue in cheek" video was also genuine. Informing people that he hasn't had anything to do with that software since the 90's (McAfee antivirus used to be good in the DOS --->early Win9x days) so is not to blame for its current state and the misery it inflicts, AND how to fix it. He showed people the "McAfee Consumer Product Removal" tool (MCPR)
There was good advice in that comical video. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of the information as it also had good "slap in the face" value.
They can go and piss up a nylon rope... this is getting out of control. They think they can copyright the order that songs are played in?
I have no sympathy whatsoever for any of these copyright creeps anymore. I no longer respect imaginary property. So that's all they are accomplishing... desensitizing people to violating copyright, for you just cannot get away from it in some instances. People do it every time they bring a blaster to the park to have tunes, every time they sing "happy birthday" in front of a group of other people (and the original wasn't even happy birthday, but "good morning to you"), every time they watch a video on youtube etc.
Re: Dear Mark, they don't exist
Zuckerberg is a parasite. It's all about inflating the perceived value of Faecesbook. Businesses like that operate on a considerable amount of imaginary money. In the end, when advertisers are paying out more than they perceive benefiting, and investors are losing money, it all comes to a head.
So it doesn't matter to him, it's just numbers. The more users he can claim to have, real or imaginary, the more imaginary money he'll have. Just like all those people who request account deletion, but it doesn't really happen.
"Governments can legislate whatever the hell they want. They're the government."
Only because people are too pussy whipped by authority to do anything about it.
Re: Say it isn't so!
I used to use such exploits to defend my IRC channel from those pesky Russian kids back in the day. "Ping of Death" didn't work for very long, much like OOB "nukes" (the winsock 2 update eliminated those) but there were still other packet fragmentation attacks like "Land" and "Bonk/Boink" and "Smurf" (if you knew what you were doing... as a last resort) that worked. I had a program that could generate those (and custom) attacks on a Windows machine by virtualizing its own TCP/IP stack (Windows lacked any raw socket functionality for spoofing packets) and hooking into your modem directly using the i/o port. (e.g. 02F8) It was funny that you could take down just about anyone with a few packets on a dialup connection.
I had a precoded attack for unpatched (Linux 2.0.something or earlier) Linux kernels too, called "Nestea" that was also similarly a fragmentation attack (kernel oops on trying to assemble offset packet fragments if I recall)
It's funny that Microsoft got something like that wrong again :-)
Advertisers and data mining
I of course understand the outrage, but this is something that hasn't bothered me. Tidbits of data that are useful to Google (in this example), but trivial to me. If I have to endure advertising, I'd rather it at least be relevant anyway.
So if I get an email from my proctologist, I don't care if I see ads for "Arseholes R'Us" instead of "Fix your PC now!" etc.
I similarly don't care about ad network tracking (e.g. cookies) either. It's all the same annoyance to me, if it somehow helps them it's no skin off my ass. I am probably not interested in anything, though. If I want something, I usually already have it or I'll be specifically looking for it.
I notice that the ad networks at theregister display some relevant Canadian ads for me. They looked up my IP address... the cads! (some people genuinely would be bothered by that)
Nosy American security agencies aside (they can go and get stuffed... I certainly do resent them), that mass of data that Google has isn't really a big privacy concern. Google uses most of that information to facilitate my use of their services. They let me opt out of any social networking crap that I don't want, too. I use Gmail (for forum registrations and mailing list stuff) and Youtube and that's it.
However, no, I do not trust third parties to handle my own mail (business or anything else important) but this is more for reliability than privacy reasons. I run my own mail from a server I have in a datacenter. Nobody is going to be reading that, without a warrant or court order. I provide mail services for my family too. I also place greater trust in my own setup, as I have complete control over it. It's been quite reliable over the years, more so than ISP mail accounts.
I'm so sick of Java that unless I know that someone is actually using it (even most silly things on the web that used to use java use flash now... Pogo Games still has a lot of Java based games, for one notable exception) I remove all versions of it outright. They can get it again if they need it and at least it will be the latest version (which I don't really trust not to have more unfixed vulnerabilities)
No banking or government sites use it here (that's a common story I read... "my bank requires Java" etc.
I'm tired of cleaning rootkits on my customers' computers and finding the original vectors in the Java deployment cache.
It's time for Java to die as a Web technology. (the biggest problem is its use as a web plugin) Relegate it to a runtime environment for those who insist on having programs written in that language.
Why do people think they can tell other people how to be? I would immediately tell her to go and get stuffed.
I refuse to put on airs of professionalism for anyone. My customers all like me for the work I do and don't care about my "potty mouth" and they appreciate my bluntness. Those who don't can learn to like the taste of my ass.
Torvalds is a real person too.
Re: Innapriarte reaction
Thumbs up for that post. Some of us are clever enough to interpret sarcasm correctly. They say it's the lowest form of humour... but humour it is.
I agree with most of what you say, but no... there needn't have been any punishment for that. If they felt the need to investigate, fine, but that's their prerogative and they need not escalate the situation when it's found to be harmless, warning him that it's very unwise to talk like that in this day and age would suffice, and there need not be any more justification than "We thought we'd investigate, just to be safe". A surprised teenager would most likely take the time to talk to them without a warrant. Sometimes politely knocking on a door works far better than a swat team breaking it down.
That's the thing with the style of authority you find in the U.S though... they are always looking for ways to exert it as far as they can.
Re: Exception: the Ribbon
The "slam it down their throats" approach to the ribbon resulted in people perceiving a free, open source office suite as being more like "Microsoft Office" than Microsoft Office itself is these days.
Yes, I have seen that mindset hundreds of times, with real users in my computer service business. I have taken considerable money out of Microsoft's (and other software vendors') mouth by showing people alternatives. Not just home users either. Most people hate that ribbon interface, just like they hate Windows 8 Metro (the original name for that "train wreck")
Gamers hate the Xbox One already and it doesn't even exist yet.
I don't care much for Kaspersky either. While it's certainly some of the best protection you can get, it's too aggressive and hardware intensive. That's a good case of the cure being worse than the disease. You might not notice it so much on high end hardware (and it's subjective if you're used to it anyway for your usage of the machine), but it's crippling on low end laptops and the like.
Not that I think Norton is better (or even in the same league), especially Norton Internet Security and Norton 360. I think they must call it "360" because it gyrates in complete circles. It'll happily let you run a lot of malware that other scanners object to as well.
But wait! Before you bash Norton, you should give credit where it's due. They do have one really good program... it's called The Norton Removal Tool, that works rather well in removing all Norton bollocks from a PC. It's their most popular program (top of the google results when you start typing "Norton")
McCrappy has a similar one, called "MCPR", the McAfee Consumer Product Removal tool. I think it's their best program as well.
Another Canadian agrees
I made that decision more than 10 years ago... I always make sure my servers are not in U.S. datacenters. (I explicitly ask where the datacenters are and in fact have used those same words. "It's subject to Canadian law only, right?")
Re: @Tom 35 Nice ... Nice ...
"I am still to this day LIVID that since installing Windows 95 Microsoft have simply assumed I want to load Windows every time I boot my PC. What was wrong with WIndows 3.1 and having to type "win" at the prompt if you wanted to load Windows?"
Again, sarcastic trolls, you could easily override that behaviour in Windows 95, just like you could make your shell progman.exe to get the old Windows 3.1 UI back. You could also still use the Windows 3.1 file manager (winfile.exe) if you preferred it, as long as you were careful not to break LFN aliases by renaming shit.
A simple edit to c:\msdos.sys (a text configuration file in Win9x), BootGUI=0, would return the old behaviour of starting Windows 95 to DOS and typing "win" to run win.com and start Windows.
Tell me again why people can't have a more classic user interface in Windows 8, when it's clearly demonstrated that a third party can trivially add that functionality back (for free, even)? I'll tell you why, because the system is arbitrarily crippled to direct people to the fugly tile screen with spammy tiles and Microsoft's software store.
They tried that with Halo 2 and Vista... and the game was total crap. I bought it, expecting some nice graphics taking advantage of DirectX 10 but all I got was a shitty console port (an original Xbox game), with retarded bugs, that looked like Hell and had terrible performance for the poor quality of graphics. Cripes, I had an Nvidia 8800 GTX and that game felt like trying to piss kidney stones through a priapism.
It takes a lot more than that to save monstrosities like Vista and abominations like Windows 8.
Re: So. Linux then.
Nah, it only proves that misinformed people are a vector for FUD.
Don't believe everything (anything?) that comes out of Microsoft funded studies. Much of the cost of migration was in having to port specialized applications to the new platform. Those studies also did not differentiate between migration costs and normal maintenance costs that would have occurred had the systems all stayed with Windows, even counting updates as "migrations" to show that Microsoft software incurs less costs. The study also incorrectly attributed IT costs with the migration, for example thousands of IT staff that had other roles besides maintaining systems and would have been overhead anyway. The studies even added in "support contract costs" (based on Canonical's enterprise support fees) that the city did not pay for.
So says the city of Munich.
Also, in my opinion, as long as you have employees that resist the change (empowered by those vocal Microsoft fanboys you'll find in just about any organization that know nothing else... this is often why MIcrosoft wins, over better alternatives) it's going to be more trouble than it should be. I've seen that sort of shit first hand.
I'd speculate that a real business may not have had quite as much of a "failure", because a real business would not have to put up with as much employee nonsense. There is nobody like pencil pushing government employees for entitlement issues and obstruction.
But they won't have one of these warrants in hand when they come. You can call their bluff and have everything cleaned up if they show up again, escorted by real police officers.
Personally, to be "squeaky clean" I would just have to dd a few virtual machines (I'm not PAYING for unwanted Windows versions just for testing a few things for support purposes) and everything else I use for work computers is Linux and free software. (I also have a legit Windows 7 install on one rig that I use only for games, with no other commercial software in it)
They'd look pretty silly if they ever came here and I would not make it easy for them.
I snag any video I want to snag for replay or to watch later, and of course there will be no ads or annotations in the resulting files.
If I didn't hate Microsoft so much, I'd say that was cool. But it's not. They're wankers :-)
(That is of course despicable, to have an "app" that filters out the ads and stuff, as if it's Microsoft's own service. I do get that)
Re: As a contractor...
... and unless you did everything by the book, and documented everything, and kept all receipts an audit is a nightmare even for the most honest operator.
I don't cheat (I can't be arsed and the gov is pretty good to me, really) but my weakness is not bothering keeping very good books. I'm a technician, not an accountant and I don't give a crap. I just want to make enough money to live on.
But that's the way I feel about it... I don't even claim a lot of stuff that I could be claiming, because I'd rather pay some tax and stay under the radar.
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