* Posts by Snake

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

Snake

Re: Enough is enough!

This started because I can't leave Windows behind, and I am quite sure that is true for many businesses. I am dependent on an industry-specific app that, even if I switch to a different supplier, would still be on Windows. The second app I use constantly, a 14-year old legacy Windows image catalog that I could switch away from as the images themselves are standard, has a database with included user-field comment data that I would lose.

After that, I am dependent upon the bane of all Windows users: Adobe Creative Suite, CS6 in this case. Linux simply had no replacement of quality for the InDesign/Photoshop combo.

Finally, I have a label printers and a Silex USB to Ethernet bridge that all need driver support.

So Windows is the only true option, as going Linux would only add an unknown factor to any support issues. Also, my boss would never give me even a second to get an alternate system running.

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

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AMD to fix slippery hypervisor-busting bug in its CPU microcode

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Excellent article

Lovely analysis and, unlike so many tech blog posts including ones right here on El Reg, a useable explanation including the register dumps with an explanation of the suspected logic flow error thereby giving readers more than just "It went boom, now it's fixed" insight.

Well done!

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Verizon only cares about fiber, lets copper nets lapse into ruin – gripes

Snake

Verizon's accused criminality

"So next up will be a plea from Verizon for government money fix the infrastructure?"

You forgot: Verizon already got paid by the government to work on the infrastructure and then failed to follow through. Look up NYC's Verizon FiOS performance, such as

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/did-verizon-ny-with-help_b_7800816.html

et al, including many additional stories such as

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/01/fcc-urged-to-investigate-verizons-two-faced-statements-on-utility-rules/

and

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/06/verizon-ordered-to-finish-fiber-build-that-it-promised-but-didnt-deliver/

to discover the history.

NYPSC and Verizon signed an agreement that granted Verizon a series of rate increases under the promise that the rate increases would allow Verizon to implement FiOS across the city. Verizon got their rate increases but failed to meet the promised FiOS implementation goals, by a very significant amount, so New York has started an investigation.

If you note, the ArsTechnica article regarding NYC attempting to force Verizon's performance is dated June 2015, and quite specifically states, quote:

"Verizon also failed to meet broadband promises in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but those states let the company off the hook."

So, from this ElReg story, we can say to ourselves, regarding that last quote, "Not anymore!"

An additional internet search comes up with a very interesting article from yesterday, 22 February:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/new-reports-expose-verizo_b_9287970.html

It appears that Verizon has been cooking the books: Verizon is being accused of moving costs off the wireless and FiOS ledgers and on to the legacy land system in order to make the landlines appear as "money losers" to the regulators, so that said regulators grant landline rate increases whenever Verizon has asked for them.

And, if found guilty of all these charges, do you know what will happen? NOTHING. Verizon will get a typical, corporate 'slap on the wrist', no human individuals will be found guilty or at least culpable for these deceptions and maybe outright frauds, and Verizon will go on as if nothing serious has ever happened.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Snake

Re: For AUTOMATED NTFS ACL rights plus reg edits

If you have more than a few computers to enact these changes on, then working out the automation makes sense (or, conversely, if sharing an automated solution with others). The concern is that, unless you have / had at least the 80 (!!!) preexisting registry entries to know what to include in the deletion cycle, you'll miss some - and, if there are more than that 80 in someone's system, you'll miss those extra for sure.

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Snake

Re: Snake - so far, this is what I've constructed to automate this... apk

Just do a text search in

C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

for

KB2952664

and delete anything you see; sometimes the CAB's, and their associated CAT / MUM / XML / etc. files are placed individually into the directory, rather than a UUID-labeled subdirectory.

If the reg entry deletions do not work then you must take ownership of the base [sub]root folder.

Also, note that KB2952664 can be referenced in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\PackageDetect

as well as

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Packages

I left references in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\RecalledPackages

untouched, as "recalled" sounded plausible to leave alone.

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Snake

Re: Good catch Snake... apk

APK, I had a typo in the second mention of the correct KB: the correct KB number is

2952664, as mentioned in other parts of the post

not

2852664, as noted in your wusa uninstall!

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Snake
Holmes

Re: ~50mb of remnants of Gwx removal trick... apk

Oh, it seems to be much worse than that - it also leaves install files for KB2952664 in the download distribution install folder, which seems to be enumerated at every bootup thanks to redundant entries in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\PackageIndex

Up to 70 redundant entries, on my machine at least, actually. Each time you reboot the system seems to parse the subseys and then compare that to an enumeration of the distribution install subdirectory, where it then determines if each iteration of each subversion has been either properly installed or verified as to be ignored.

I believe this is where the "mystery" reinstallation the Windows 10 nag reminder is coming from: even if you uninstall KB3035583, it is actually called by KB2952664. If you uninstall KB2852664 and then hide it you are only hiding ONE version of numerous version numbers that Microsoft applies to the same patch; with different revision numbers, each one counts as a different install instance. There is no need to download a different instance of KB2952664 to reinstall it behind your back - the cached versions in the distribution download folder will do very nicely.

I am in the middle of testing my theory; I have manually removed all the registry entries for KB2952664 as well as KB3035583, plus deleted all downloaded install files for those updates plus the GWX folder from Windows and added the GWX registry hack override. So far, at the very least, there is a NOTICEABLE speed difference in bootup...VERY noticeable! Who knew?

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

Snake

Re: If only that were true...

IMPORTANT UPDATE!

I've figured out how Microsoft is doing this: They keep reissuing KB2952664 with different revision numbers then marking the update as "essential", forcing Windows to download and install it automatically without user intervention and even if you marked a (previous) revision as "Hidden".

If you check

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\PackageIndex\Package_1_for_KB2952664[~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~0.0.0.0]

(numbers enclosed in [...] may change)

plus numerous other registry keys, you'll find the various revisions that your computer has been forced to download and install, each one seen as "separate" and individual due to the revision number but, of course, exactly the same.

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Snake

Re: If only that were true...

"I had updates set to check but do not download, I deleted KB2952664 and checked for updates. Checking the list KB2952664 was not present, so downloaded and installed the security ones. After a restart the magic KB2952664 was again on my win7 computer and all my hidden updates were again revealed."

And that is the exact vehicle which is causing the Windows 10 nag to reappear - as I stated, Microsoft is overriding our choice of Hidden updates in order to force KB2952664 back into systems.

Very NOT appreciated. Where the hell is the lawsuit regarding monopolistic practices and infringing freedom of choice? I DON'T want Win10 but Microsoft is very (very) close to forcing us into it.

MAKE SURE you remove ALL of the following updates:

KB308149

KB3075249

KB3021917

KB3035583 (IMPORTANT)

KB3044374

KB2990214

KB2952664 (IMPORTANT)

KB3068708

KB3080149

KB3075249

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Snake

I have personally nailed it down as absolutely having nothing to do with "sentience", Microsoft keeps re-assigning update KB2952664 as "urgent" and "important". This KB update then will load KB3035583, the GWX nag helper.

The only way you'll catch the KB2952664 'rearmament" is to set your Windows Update to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them", as ANY other automated setting causes the KB to download in the background and, thanks to that Microsoft setting, take the soonest opportunity to self-install.

Happened to me just this morning: even though I had previously and quite intentionally set KB2952664 as Hidden, Windows Update just tried to slip it in to today's patch updates, quite behind my back! So you must actually examine each Patch Tuesday update plan to see what Microsoft is trying to hide.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

Snake

Re: Oi Microsoft

It is actually TWO

KB3035583

KB2952664

x664 will actually reinstall x583, so unless you get both you won't truly get it. Not all systems have x664, as it mostly arrives via a confirmation of the Windows 10 invite, but you must check for both and then remove both.

See my instructions on how to do this properly at

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-win_upgrade/disable-windows-10-download/8f978f15-7a51-4a69-9bb0-f290e61c3d5c

(10th reply)

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WoW! Want to beat Microsoft's Windows security defenses? Poke some 32-bit software

Snake
Stop

Re: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

"If you have specific evidence that the 64-bit OS is responsible as opposed to PS64, feel free to provide it."

That's too easy. Everyone who downvoted me gets the same response:

Are you actually telling me that it's OK for the OS to freeze when a 64-bit app crashes?

Who cares if Photoshop 64 is buggy, it should never take the entire OS down with it. Are you people actually implying that it should?? Because that's exactly what your position is when you exclusively blame the app for this fiasco. I am quite sure that, if Linus Torvalds was told this about Linux, he'd have an absolute shit-fit.

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Snake

Re: I call foul. You require two rarely used-together malware-magnets: Windows and Adobe xxx

Lol, great reply.

If you do any form of graphic design work, you're using Adobe. Almost exclusively.

For lack of a better choice, really.

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Snake

Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Running 64-bit native may be nice for system security but when a 64-bit program goes buggy, say goodbye to your overall system stability (go on, crash Photoshop 64, I dare ye!)

Running 32-bit WoW allows far more gracefully recovery from app crashes but then allows security intrusions.

Fist, meet Face. Head, meet Wall. Get to know one another.

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World's most frustrating televised Linux install just got more frustrating

Snake

Re: It's 4chan

"On their computer board, telling people to install Gentoo is the solution to every problem."

Really??

"I got clap from my last trick"

"Install Gentoo and call me in the morning"

Awesome repartee.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

Snake

Re: Sankes [sic] with legs are still around

"No, they are not."

Yes, they ARE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_skeleton#Vestigial_limbs

Pythons and boas have vestigial limbs in their skeleton.

And I know this because? I don't have that handle for nothing - I adore reptiles, snakes in particular. My Burmese python's pelvic spurs were very apparent...for those who bother to pay attention.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

Snake

Re: In other words, "When to act"

"No, we're worried about being inconvenienced, making sacrifices, paying a damn sight more money, for no fucking difference what-so-ever. We're not all hair-shirt wearing, guardian readers you know."

So. Better to do nothing at all, and save MONEY, than try..

Good to know what the average reader around here is more worried about. Selfish greedy bastards.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Snake

Dear Reg, the new look is fine but it needs some tweaks

Reduce the both the image and font size of the leading headline article - it takes up too much screen real estate, especially I'm sure on small mobile screens.

Increase the width of the column gutters slightly to create additional white space between columns, as the text is just a touch hard to differentiate between. Reduce font size on sub-article headlines / tag lines 1 point to compensate if needed.

Actually, reduce ALL font sizes a bit (say 2 points) as there is not quite enough white space; the content-per-space quotient is a bit low upon initial viewing of the website's landing page.

That is all. Keep up the good work!

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Snake

A measureable improvement

The large variety of replies are from, well, computer techs, geeks and nerds with no experience in publishing.

Since I HAVE experience in publishing I will say: Thumbs up.

Fellow posters have no idea of "white space" in a publication, they think that a page should be a continuous sheet filled with words, data and images. They can't understand the concept that white space increases readability to the human eye and is necessary for increased comprehension. Your new format cleans up and increases column gutters, a very nice graphical change. The drop-down menu is dynamic and creates an instant level of interactive feedback, very modern and a good use of space. The single headlined image is a VAST, VAST improvement in layout dynamics - I can't stress that enough. Tremendous!

The system will need tweaks to come up to everyone's expectations but I say "Great job!" to the designers, writers, programmers, layout artists, editors and contributors all at The Reg.

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Tesla battery fire pushes beleaguered firm's share price even lower

Snake

I will have to agree with this sentiment.

What is with moronic midwest-America drivers running over towbars?? Is it the new Wack a Mole?!

Get off your DAMN CELL PHONE, pay attention to the road and the general idea is NOT to hit anything!

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Microsoft delivers baker's dozen of patches on Tuesday

Snake

"Banker's dozen"

Does that mean that the patches take your data, charge you for the privilege of stealing it, pretend that they didn't do anything wrong and when caught run away with all the goodies anyway?

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Ready to bin your USB cables yet? Wireless USB hops on WiGig bandwagon

Snake
Gimp

"Wireless USB with power"? A problem with an existing solution

...in the form of the preexisting device, the USB to Ethernet Bridge.

You add them to any Ethernet system, wired or wireless via your access point, and presto! you have your USB devices accessible via wireless. Plus something else: you can share your USB devices with multiple computers.

Been using them since 2006, first the Keyspan and now the Silex SX-DS-4000U2. Yes, powered USB for your devices plus sharing of devices to multiple hosts. Why wait another 3 years since their original promise of Wireless USB devices on your system when you can implement it now?

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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

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LOL I wonder how many people remember/get that.

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

Snake
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Re: "news"

Hear, hear

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IT now 10 percent of world's electricity consumption, report finds

Snake
Childcatcher

Thoughtful yet ironic statement

"Unless people can get a clear idea of the overall impact of their digital world, then the cost to the planet will remain forever obscured.

It is ironic that you end an environmental awareness story with such a phrase, for in our capitalist societies we have almost never had an idea, or been charged for, the overall impact of our living.

For example, in the United States, let us take the lessons of Niagara Falls, New York's, Love Canal. Hooker Chemical manufactured, and sold, chemicals for decades from this plant and made a modest profit. After closure of the plant, a toxic waste site of the company's design was discovered on the site, one of the most contaminated locales in all of the United States. It has cost the taxpayers of the United States $400 million dollars for the cleanup of the site, money that neither Hooker Chemical, nor the customers of its products, ever paid in to. The new owners of Hooker, Occidental Petroleum, did have to pay, only $129 million...and it STILL cost the taxpayers millions in legal fees to forward the lawsuit that brought about that verdict, decades after Hooker itself was out of business.

Corporations sell pencils for, what $0.02 or so each? Does that take into account the toxic waste of caused by the production waste, the (full) environmental impact of the logging industry (which most of you are unawares; I, on the other hand, have been to both logging forests and wood processing plants O.O ), the processing and waste of creating the graphite sticks, and every other part of the production chain?

No, we don't, do we? We only pay the "up front" costs - the cost of the materials used to create the supply materials used in manufacturing, like gasoline for the trucks, etc. We simply don't factor long-term costs, like water treatments and cleanups into our products, mostly because we treat them as "Out of sight, Out of mind".

This HAS to change (as China is quickly realizing) or we'll all pay a huge price in the future.

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Shareholders hoping to squeeze cash from Kodak are deluded, says court

Snake
FAIL

Re: @Robert Sneddon

IMHO I believe Kodak's major failing was the fact that they had no digital camera manufacturing abilities - Kodak always used third-party suppliers for their digital camera business. For the SLR's they built on Nikon bodies, for the compact point-and-shoots they used Chinon.

This was a MAJOR mistake. The early digital market was point and shoots, as dSLR's were simply too expensive to even resemble "mass market", but Chinon was in no real condition to compete once Nikon, Canon and Sony got into the market. For a while, Kodak was just about the only major name brand player in town, in regards to digital compacts, so people bought the Kodak products. Once Nikon and Canon started up their own product lines, however, Chinon, and therefore Kodak, were not equipped to compete - Chinon's tech stagnated and by the time Kodak fully integrated Chinon into itself, in 2004, it was too little, too late.

Kodak did itself no favors by having only a strategic agreement with Chinon in the early years rather than do everything in-house.

Then again, now that I think about it more, Kodak lost its compact camera design mojo by the 1970's and maybe this was inevitable, considering the wholesale industry paradigm shift that digital brought which killed photographic supplies sales and shifted the market to (almost) completely hardware based.

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Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

Snake

Olympic comparisons? Not really.

"Oddly, the design and engineering deficiencies of the Titanic didn't deter travellers of that age from embarking on the Olympic (Titanic's sister ship)"

Do you mean before or after the Olympic's refit to increase safety: the new double hull, the new davits, the raised watertight bulkheads?

Add in the fact that Imperator wasn't a slight on Olympic's luxury accommodations (read Imperator's refit nomenclature), including the fact that White Star's Olympic class had no steerage (while Imperator still did), and that left world-class supership travel to a competition between White Star and Cunard (as it always was, back then).

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Xerox admits there's no fix yet for number-fudging copiers

Snake

Ouch -_-

Only in our modern world does a "copier"...not do (correct) copes.

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PEAK Apple: Cupertino's hopes died with Steve Jobs, says Larry Ellison

Snake

Re: It's all gone a bit Princess Di

No. I don't see it that way.

Jobs' impact is HIGHLY overrated due to his cult of personality. In REAL terms, in the terms of what he actually accomplished and his input into the devices sold, Jobs was a stylist. Jobs was at the level of Henry Dreyfuss, but since most people don't even know who that was or the level of impact Dreyfuss' designs had on modern society, they have no frame of reference to properly classify Jobs' skills. So they tag him as "inventor" rather than his proper designation as "designer and salesman" - he personally did not build not electrically design a single product, but he personally oversaw the physical and operational attributes of all the products his company came out with.

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

Snake
Alert

Re: Plastic Vs Aluminium

PLEASE someone tell me this whole wiring story is not true. :-(

For all the self-professed techies around here, I guess it is apparent that most have no interest in aviation technology. Brittle wire? To learn what it can do Google "Kapton", and then "Kapton Swiss Air", and learn the horrors.

Yes, you can indeed make" brittle" PTFE coatings - the PTFE is combined with other ingredients in hopes to gain additional advantages. PTFE might be flexible in native state but it has other problems - it does not have the utmost in abrasion resistance and, even worse (from an aviation perspective) according to Wiki's tech article, it degrades over time with exposure to temperatures over 79 C / 117 F. If you think that those temperatures are never reached in an aircraft, I would advise you to study NTSB's TWA Flight 800 technical briefing at http://www.ntsb.gov/doclib/reports/2000/AAR0003.pdf and hit section 1.16.5.1 starting at page 124 / PDF page 142 :o

Anyway, the EXACT quotation from the source material story regarding the Teflon wiring is:

"To my amazement, I have been told by someone in the know, that the Teflon insulated wire being used on the Dreamliner is so fragile (emphasis mine), mechanics are prone to saying, "Don't look at it too hard or you'll break it." Teflon insulated wiring helped save weight for an airplane Boeing billed as 20% more fuel efficient."

This may be the EXACT the same failing of Kapton - in this case, the PTFE insulation may have been made so thin, in the name of weight savings, that it simply cannot stand up to the physical abrasion / heat-cool cycles that an airliner places on it. The suspected cause of Swissair 111 was Kapton abrasion and this lack of abrasion resistance was what led to Kapton being BANNED by the U.S. Navy and the FAA ended up issuing numerous AD's (Airworthiness Directives, the highest level of 'recall' notice) to cover it. Millions of dollars were spent after Swissair 111 in rewiring aircraft to get rid of Kapton in various systems due to lack of durability and if they have created the same situation in the new PTFE wiring, in the name of weight savings, we are in for serious trouble.

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Hey mobile firms: About that Android thing... Did Google add a lockout clause?

Snake

Re: So in other words

@Craigness:

Indeed. And there's the joke of it. To merge two news stories:

People are throwing out personal information by the bucket load and have no qualms with it...as long as (a) it is to a private entity and (b) if it gives them some level of convenience. And then get their knickers into a bunch when this same information gets into someone else's hands. Like their government.

[cue Apple theme] There's a Benjamin Franklin quote for that.

Ironically, WinMo didn't collect any information on you at all. Sometimes I feel I should have stayed with the WinMob crowd, at least you know who is doing what behind your back.

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Snake

Re: So in other words

"Consumers choose Android because they want Google services..."

No. I certainly did NOT choose Android because I want Google services; in fact, I do not use Google services on my phone at all. I have no data entered into any Google service in the phone (for example my phonebook is saved to the phone only, not to a Google account, and then I sync with my laptop via MyPhoneExplorer) and all Google sync services are deactivated (yes, that does include the location services).

I bought Android because I didn't see much of a CHOICE - there were only two significant players in the market when I purchased, Apple and Google, and I had to pick the lesser of two evils. And that is the choice I believe a lot of people are making. It is not "I want Google", it is "Do I go with Apple or [other]?" For most people, "[other]" is most likely Google because they are the only other mobile OS with significant support.

This is a small but significant difference: one type of choice is 'positive' and based upon actively choosing a product while the other choice is 'negative', deciding you DON'T want a certain product but being forced to purchase the other due to the market reality of only have 2 major players to choose from. The same choice is there if you decide to buy a gaming console - XBox or PlayStation. You can make a 'positive' choice and say "I want ________" or be forced into your purchase only because you said (to yourself) "I DON'T want 'X" so I guess [my only choice is] 'Y'"

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Big browser builders scramble to fix cross-platform zero-day flaw

Snake

Re: I explain the graphs as MS making a much more secure browser this month

I don't understand why you are using all three addons when NoScript does what FlashBlock does (a Flash embed won't load until you give permission in NoScript). Most ads are JS enabled and therefore NoScript blocks those, as well.

So why use all three?

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

Snake
Mushroom

Re: People are so F'en dumb, AC 05:08

I'll agree with AC 05:08 - people ARE F'en dumb.

"People who say they are ok with this level of surveillance have simply not touched the boundaries of their prison yet."

You have been at an even HIGHER level of surveillance for YEARS, probably closer to DECADES. You've been tracked, IP recorded, email archived, phone calls referenced, credit card recorded, cookied, purchase history mass mailing targeted, banner ad spammed, Twitter feed documented, Facebook listed, Google Scroogled and customer feedback traced by just about every single private for-profit (and, let's add, non-for-profit) business entity in practical existence.

Yet THAT does not bother most people. And THAT is what AC 05:08 is saying.

You idiots give out your personal information to just about any private entity that asks for it - hell, there are SANDWICH SHOPS that ask for your home phone number just to 'register' a bonus points card where I work (all true) - and people don't give it a second thought.

But when the GOVERNMENT gets just a SECTION of that data...ooh, terror!!

But what, exactly, are the businesses that have the information in the first place DOING with all that info? Making money off of it [you], that's what.

And what do they DO with that money?

THAT'S where you people should be paying attention...because you've happily been told not to look at the man behind the curtain. While he throws money at politicos to get his way with one hand...and stabs you in the back with the other.

Robots, one and all.

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Opera rewrite comes to Android

Snake
Unhappy

Tried it this morning

and regretfully uninstalled it less than 10 minutes later.

Looks nice, shiny new features...code bloat city (versus previous version). Did not run well on my phone so I went backwards and it looks like I may have to stay there for a while.

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Google 'DOES DO EVIL', thunders British politician

Snake
Mushroom

Re: An open letter

We all know EXACTLY what Google is doing:

'Thank you for purchasing our ad program, Mr. Smith! Sign here...just disregard that the invoice says "Google Ireland' even though we're both here'

Smoke and mirrors, indeed. Many companies pull these shenanigans and yes, in this case it is only to say "We don't sell here!" when in actuality the accurate statement is "We just don't invoice, here'".

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Firefox 21 ships with performance-profiling Health Report

Snake

Re: WTF

Isn't this a violation of EU privacy laws? To submit data (even anonymized) without express permission of the user?

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Oi, Google! Stop LIBELLING us Germans, fix your autocomplete

Snake

Re: Is this a defence?

"We believe that Google should not be held liable for terms that appear in Autocomplete even though we created it, we manage it, we market it, we enable it, we embed it and we feature it on all of our web pages. Just because we are linked inexorably to a creation of our own design does not mean that we should actually be liable for it."

There, Google. Fixed it for you now.

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Snake
Stop

Re: "Germans are ..."

Yes, we have two problems:

- You being a self-righteous egotist

- Making universal declaration on a group different than yourself because you simply must know better than they do

From playing the 'screaming minority lazy Socialists!' card to declaring what the average German citizen 'do[es] not care about', you've managed to hit all the "Fool" buttons with a single hand swipe. Good work!

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El Reg drills into Office 365: What's under the hood?

Snake

Re: The Popping sound..

But of course.

"better and more like TIFKAM (the interface formerly known as Metro), or Modern User as it is now called, than ever before. "

Only in this review has TIFKAM ever been listed as a positive attribute!

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BadNews, fandroids: MILLIONS of Google Play downloads riddled with malware

Snake
Stop

Re: Come on El Reg

Your limited viewpoint is only due to you believing that, personally, you have the power to decide the definition of "useful activity".

That is not your definition to decide. That definition is for each individual user to decide, and since Apple has a LARGE number of things that they will not allow to happen on an iPhone, for example

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/burnette/apples-new-iphone-restrictions-and-the-5-stages-of-grief/1904

your reply is a complete and utter FAIL.

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Flame

Re: Come on El Reg

"Then what's it for? Just for carrying around, to show that you can't afford an iPhone?"

But why would I WANT an iPhone? To only show that I simply MUST follow a trend, to show that in order to be 'accepted' I will be judged by a DEVICE that I use? To use a locked-up, walled-off, nanny-stated interface to the real world, where Big Brother Corporation has the nerve to tell me what I can and cannot do with my own device? To have to go to the effort of "jailbreaking" my own, personal device - when jailbreaking is even available, as every time Big Brother Corporation does a firmware update they strengthen their hold on your personal thoughts by intentionally nullifying the jailbreak options you have applied - just to get around BBC's thoughthold on me?

If I want to watch porn on my device that is MY choice, not theirs. If they have a problem with an adult making adult choices for themselves, sell and market the device only to children and have the parents sign a permission form that gives Apple ("BBC") the right to censor the device content for "the good of the child". IN THE MEANTIME, I simply refuse to revoke my own freedom of will to a company simply to own their petty little device so as to feel like I belong with the REST of the blind sheep who have all *already* forfeited a portion of their adult choice simply to own said petty little device.

The free market is a form of willful, voluntary voting. Apparently, a large number of people throughout the world have voted for the idea that "Yes, we are willing to give up certain self-evident adult decision processes for the advantage of paying you to own your product". And then, a lot of these same people bitch and moan when they even *think* that the government may be considering the exact same thing.

What does this tell you? Sheep stupidity for profit = 'OK by me! Sign me up, the bauble is worth more than the absolute ability to exercise the choice of free will!" Remove bauble from benefit vs cost ration = "No! Never! I will never give up my rights and free will!"

Loki from The Avengers (Avengers Assemble!) had it right - humans ARE sheep looking to be blindly led.

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Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn

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Re: Don't Beggar Thy Supplier

BINGO!! I wondered if at least ONE person here would realize this.

Foxconn is a contract supplier. If the contract no longer meets a benefit vs cost ratio, any sane contractor will reexamine the cost of doing business with the customer and say "No, thank you!" to the next contract. Foxconn may not do this in its entirety but, considering the well documented difficulties with manufacture of the iPhone5's design and final finish requirements, don't be surprised if Foxconn decided to have much more say in the next iPhone design: "We can not manufacture that design to your satisfaction, so we won't. Redo the design so that we can actually built it".

As a manufacturer, I / we have certainly said "No, thank you!" to repeatedly difficult clients. After a while the benefit vs cost is simply not worth it; we have indeed used the line 'We can not manufacture this design to your satisfaction, so we won't' several times in the past.

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Vinyl sales reach 15 year high, Blighty becomes No. 3 music buyer

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Headmaster

Re: Face it, vinyl sucks

"I think CDs are better than vinyl in every way, and not just by a small amount, but by a huge margin. Eg the noise floor on a CD is so low it almost can't be measured."

And one of these days - and I've been pointing this issue out since the first days of CD - people will realize that noise floor means SQUAT as relative to music.

Proof? Unquestionable proof?! Easy. Which would you rather listen to: Miles Davis playing in the middle of Oxford Street / Times Square, or your 8-year old sister playing in the back study?

Case closed.

There is MUCH more to music quality that simply dynamic range and noise floor, folks.

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Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

Snake

Re: Always on gaming, are these guys allowing for ANY BREAK IN THE CONNECTION?

Since when does common sense have to do with this?

This topic has already been decided and settled - the companies have already won. They decided upon a corporate policy, required always-on, and implemented it. The public had the chance to vote yea or nay to this policy with their feet and wallets - they could have not purchased the products.

But, as history proved, they DID buy the products. Sim City had sales and continues to do so even after the always-on system was pointed out.

So common sense lost. The sales of the product has shown the companies that enough people are willing to purchase the product regardless of the type of DRM in use, meaning that their policy is justified. So this type of DRM use will only INCREASE because not enough people walked away from the company's products to teach them a lesson.

And this is the problem: there are enough people in the world to blindly swallow just about any stupid, bad idea that true failures are hard to come by. The lack of failure breeds arrogance (can we say "banking industry", as a modern well studied example) and the system runs on autopilot into dark oblivion. Happened more times than I care to admit.

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Apple pulls banned content from Chinese App Store

Snake

Re: "Playing nice or rolling over."

Yes, there is.

Rolling over is something you just do.

Abiding by the laws of the land where you operate is the fundamental principles of a working society. If Apple doesn't wish to play by CCP's rules, then Apple should take their ball and go home. As a Westerner, you/we may not want to hear that - we believe ourselves to be entitled to just about any action we deem *personally* acceptable - but laws are laws no matter where they are. And, since Apple is nothing more than a foreign visitor to a host's land, playing by the rules is even more important.

Or should they be the typical "loud American" and be allowed to walk into any country they wish to, and do whatever they wish?

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Gates and Allen reshoot historic 1981 Microsoft photo

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I have a soft spot for one-piece designs such the Heathkit; I preferred the Commodore 4032 more over the Commodore PET 2001 shown @ front-right due to the larger screen, full keyboard and external cassette drive over the latter.

I remember wonderful integrated chassis stuffed with Z-80 cards on S-100 bus with a generous 16K of static RAM. Wonderful!

I also miss 'luggables' They were fun.

But no TRS-80 Model 1 with expansion module in the updated photo! How could you?!

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Speaking in Tech: Forget BYOD, now there's Bring Your Own CODE

Snake

Indeed!

At 9:36, quote:

"When ever you abstract a part of your process away an organization, that's a good thing"

Really? When "you abstract a part of your process away from an organization", you also abstract RESPONSIBILITY away as well. That's reality.

"You make some assumption on the technology staff you're going to use"

Isn't THAT an understatement!

Sure, your abstraction salesmanship belief has always been good on paper, has been for years. Hand the responsibility of dealing with problems off to someone else, you only deal with what you wish to deal with on your end - using the system that someone else manages for you. But the reality has ALWAYS been different. Why don't you ask the aviation industry, for example, who abstracted their maintenance chores out to contractors beginning the 1980's...and ask them how their reliability experience went. The airlines thought they were washing their hands of the 'headaches' of maintenance only to realize that constant oversight of the third-party operations was the only way to guarantee work quality; I recommend you start your search with "ValuJet Flight 592" and work from there.

Or are you so blind to Apple's current Chinese labor issues that you believe this problem to not exist??

"Abstraction" only builds a layer of new management issues between you and the solution, it is *not* the solution. It *can" lower your personnel count, and therefore costs, but you'd better be prepared to deal with consequences. The fact is that you are now handing the massive responsibility of these chores off to a third party, a third party that must consider profit as much or more than 100% up-time (as it must, in order to remain in business). Since they ARE in business profit is required and, if your costs are lower, then their pay is lower and they must still work in a profit from that lower pay scale. So, in the end, something MUST give a bit - it is called "entropy".

You've just added a layer of entropy into your system and you had better have planned for that.

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Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

Snake

Re: Ahhh...@Snake...

Only if I don't have to pay him licensing agreement fees for the rounded corners on my old composition note pads, after I "apologize" with a bat, that is.

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