* Posts by Michael Habel

1672 posts • joined 21 Aug 2007

Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

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Re: Mint

Are you sure your doing it right? For starters, are they even on v17.3? I know older, or even some ~slightly older~ versions loose their sh-- when the repos eventually get the yank. But, as a devotee of Mint Linux which I first read about on this Site um about Two Years ago now? has never given me any problems with its update system. I generally hit this Terminal only a few time each month. because I need to do something that I can't do directly on my Phablet. So I'm almost constantly bombarded with updates I click the Sheild bit, punch out my password and click Ok.

End of story. About the only thing to my chargin that faild to update was the Pale Moon Browser. But, I downloaded that manually and, used its installer. So I can't fault the updates for that one. Having reran the Pale Moon Browser Updater again I was able to get my Update(s). I just kinda wished I had a better wanning then Youtube stating that the Browser was outta date, and would I kindly be interested in installing Chrome.

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Re: while we are on the subject

Put KB3123862 on the shit list. It appeared and -2664 reappeared again after being hidden again. If I'm going to have to instruct non-techs on how to dodge these bullets, I might as well be instructing them how to click yes and type their password when some popular Debian derivative is about to download a bunch of fresh packages.

Well assuming anyone still actually uses a PC for anything other then checking their eMails, Fleebay items, anymore I'm sure they'd be mighty thankful about it. Those still hell bent on Office (ya know from the bad 'ol days when it was off-line), could just run that though WINE, and not know any better.

Again the Astroturfers, and Trolls might like to say that *nix is somehow more bug ridden. Hell I'm certainly not gonna sit here and, call it perfection. Since its clearly not the case. But, again when was the last time anyone here has read about a rouge update via Apptitude, or Mint Update. That has gone on to log every keystoke into your Bank Account? I'm gonna guess probably never. I'm not gonna say MicroSoft are that low.... Yet... Since we really still don't have a clue as to exactly what they are logging. Other then the fact that they are logging us.

Which is bad enough in, and of itself. But, this incessant need to push everyone onto Windows X no matter what! And, most of the time without any warring See KB3123862 for example, amongst the other dozen or so attempts at sneaking Win X onto Systems that DO NOT WANT IT! Downloading Gigs of useless Data chewing up peoples Bandwidth, and Caps without any say in the matter. And we're still supposed to trust these 455clowns?

Well I for one trust that Windows 7 was damed well my last Windows. Mores the pity, that they had to leave such a huge pile of crap over it to um... Encourage those hangers on to go take a hike, or move to Win X, and join the borg.

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Re: Lets look at the facts!

Again let's assume for just one brief moment, that bovine excrement was able to hold some cred. Again I still have a modicrum modicum of trust for say Canonical. Who have themselves made some poor decisions regarding user privacy in the past. Unlike MicroSoft however that setting was both simple to opt out of, and having turned it off, rest comfortably that it would go sneaking off when you've forgotten about it. And, then go and turn itself back on again. 'Cause its you civic duty to keep the Ad Men fed, and wattered.

Which is why I insist on Ad Blockers on all of my Devices. Fork Ads, and Trackers!

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Well its nice that they reconsidered their policy of keeping mum on the updates. The thing is I'm still highly sceptical of the stuff they're NOT gonna tell us. And I don't have time to play whack the Spyware Mole, at their leisure. Nor to wait until each update had been vetted, as such. One might try counter arguing that *nix updates are just as unkown. But, then we don't have stories in masse about how some single update, that would get snuffed out faster the you could spit a lightly fried Stoat in a Bun. Has somehow managed to do what Windows X does outta the Box, and its older brother Windows 7 also now does. Should you be lax on applying such updates that aren't Windows X related as such.

I have to say this whole Telemetry malarkey, has probably done wonders for getting people off of priated Windows, more so the Activation ever did.

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Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one

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Re: Microsoft had a Mobile strategy, just not a Windows Phone marketing one.

Having a really ugly botch tiled UX with hangers on the far edges was, and is more the enough to have put me off WinPhone. Really I prefer the cleaner way Android presents its Desktop face. Kinda makes me wonder if WinPhone, even has any custom Launchers, and if they're any better the the Stock offerings.

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Re: Activist investor?

Has Ballmer suddenly become like Carl Icahn or Elliott Fund Management? Is he demanding a seat on the board of the company he stepped down from?

Perhaps, not... But, he is the single largest Shareholder in MicroSoft Inc.

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Layoffs! Lawsuits! Losses! ... Yahoo! is! in! an! L! of! a! mess!

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Didn't MicroSoft just recently do he right thing, and drove a huge stake though whatever was left of Infection Exploiter? Cause I thought thing that comes with Win X was the new thing. Yeah sorry my apologies for not keeping up with MicroSoft's newest nomenclatures.

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I wonder if they still have any sellers remorse for not having took Balmer up on his deal back in 2007? For me that moment of refusal marked the death of Yahoo for me. Granted it would have likely marked the death of Yahoo anyway. As the only people more clueless at running a Search Engine then Yahoo, would have to be MicroSoft. But, the difference now, it would have been their problem.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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To get people off from older OSs onto more modern and secure versions like Windows 10 is good for all of us.

>Implying that Windows 7 is somehow insecure than Win X? Sans the creepy data slurping telemetry updates that MicroSoft will pitch at you, behind your back, and are now flatly outright refusing to disclose. (e.g. even more creepy sanctiond malware.)'Cause they know that such disclosure would be the death of such updates. (i.e. anyone with a brain would avoid said updade like the plaque.)

Nope its not a question of being better secured, it's a question of trust, and MicroSoft has lost mine. It was one thing to implement this stuff in Win X. There was absolutely no need to back port it to Windows 7. And is a genuine disservice to those that bought it as Ultimate at retail.

So they can go fsck them selves!

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I already upgraded my Computer

...To Cinnamon Mint 17.3.

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Brits send Star Wars X-wing fighter to the stratosphere

Michael Habel
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Must be a disgruntled survivor, of order 66.

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

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Re: Rooting

As well as they should. But even the Warranty won't last forever. And by the time it lapses your most likely these days to be at least three major revisions back, as the OEM, would prefer you kindly buy their new Device that does the exact same thing, but unlioe your current Device with 4.4.2. Kitkat, the newer version.... Might, just might come with Marshmallow 6.0.x. if your lucky!

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Michael Habel
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Re: It's a tradeoff, just like with IOS

Thankfully my Phablet does Miracast, so no need for MHL Cables.

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Michael Habel
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I root for only the one reason, and thats to get the fork away from all of Googles Ads. That the only Device I have that even has NFC is a Neuxs 7 (2012), I can only yawn over Google Pay at the moment.

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Michael Habel
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At least your S5, has Lollipop. Some of us with the Tab Pro,still have to get on with Kitkat.

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Michael Habel
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So Google are expecting us to keep Samsung, and Co. well fed, and watterd then? 'Cause I for one refuse to update my Phablet every year 'cause Samsung can no longer be arsed into supporting a Device that had only came out, but a year (or so ago). And have gone on record as stating that said Device was never gonna see an update, past the stock Firmware it shiped with.

The Twetwater has it right fork Google! And, use Plastic that only concerns me, the Seller, and my Bank. Its like those scamy Loyalty Card things. For the life of me, why I should want to feed the Machine with more of my personal Data, is somehow, lost on me.

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Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

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So the next logical question...

Can the Metadata itself be encrypted, PR at the least of it pruned to be as minimal as possible?

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

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Re: Think about it...

Which Countr(y)ies still give you decent interest on savings? Perhaps I could move mine there too?

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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Re: So long old friend

Yeah it was always fun getting a close up look at the Cockpit. I guess they don't do that anymore though. But, yes those were the days!

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Re: I Don't Invite Strangers To Vomit On My Lap...

Setup a local proxy with them (AdBolck Browser)...

Its more secure then say rooting. lol Enjoy giving whoever runs said Proxy all of your Passwords, PINs, and or Bank Account Numbers. To the person(s) behind whatever Proxy in use on the day.

I'll be sitting here with the rooted 'droid with Adaway installed. It kills all the other anoying as [REDACTED] InApp Advertising as well! Double lol

Thanks but, I think I'll carry on with AdAway. This might not be the Silver Bullet to stop 'em all. But, I would still have yet to find anything that could do the half of what it does. Let alone do that much of it any better.

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Re: Adblock's next step?

Re: Have I considered...

Yes I have considered that Ad's are for for other people, less brave enough to root their Device, and so not, install AdAway onto said Device, and as such Money (to be made), will be made there.

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Michael Habel
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Re: Keep on with the autoplaying auto-expanding video, sound, and light-show free-for-all

Doesn't AdBolck Browser not require you to use their unknown / untrusted Proxy? Yeah, and you have the audacity to say running root is somhow more dangerous?

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Re: He has the money to build a proper network

Is any of that Capital even real? Who the hell would invest in Facebook expecting it to be the next Google? Mark might have sadly as many eyeballs, but I do my damendest to avoid the click-bait ad's.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: The more they push - the harder they will fall

Thats whats so laughable the Linux's of yesteryear were a bit of a pain, where you had to setup your own partitions up just to install the damned thing. Thankfully now installing Linux is as easy if not even easier to install then Windows 7. That almost every Distro that matter also has Open Office, and GIMP as standard. Means I don't have to waste my time installing M$ Office, or Photoshop Elements. Whoever thinks that a simple copy of Mint can NOT stand against Windows 7 is likely either a Gamer or a heavy professional so locked in to that ecosystem to care.

For everyone else, who'd just need a simple browser, email (as

Iikely Yahoo, Hotmail or, Gmail), along with a decent Word Processor. Mint has you well, and truly coverd. Moreas the shame that Valve aren't pushing Linux as hard as they should be doing.

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An Open Letter to Intel, Qualcomm & AMD...

MicroSoft has recently asked you nice folks to neuter your more recent products for the good of Windows 10. I just like to inquire if such limitations shall be placed on other non-MicroSoft Systems, and how you felt about this?

... So can anyone else smell the desperation from Redmond yet?

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Whatever Android-ChromeOS mashup looks like, it's gotta be better looking than this

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Re: Great interface...

If rthey were I'd wish they'd apply it to their god awful Phone UX. Hell that change alone could do wonders in sales for them.

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Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work

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And because I did the installs, I can turn off all of the data-sucking options for them. :-)

'Till MicroSoft deceides to hit secretly hit the stealth switch behind your back, and turn those wonderful options back on again. And yes this has already happened.

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Re: Why keep reporting these stats

In my 'bubble' of home users most seem to have moved to Android or ios for daily use and their PC's are gathering dust between the rare uses. The students have MacBooks and iPads.

Ain't that the truth,no matter how the PC Master Race moan on. The PC has its place, as a Dev Tool to update my Phablet with the latest version of AOSP, or to learn a bit of C on the side. For crap like this I just use my Phablet. So much greener, and economical then my old 500w C2D nVidia Tower. For me the PC in that sence is as dead as the 90s, and I know I'm not the only one that feels that way.

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Re: Why keep reporting these stats

Odd, nearly every person I know has moved to Windows 10 at home now. They certainly can't afford to move to Apple stuff!

You are correct Apple are overpriced. Which is why I moved my production over to Linux Mint, and my consumption (e.g. browsing this Site amongst others), to my 'Droid Phablet. It might be a bit early to call time on MicroSoft, but their best days are behind them me thinks.

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TV streaming stick brings the movies and the network backdoors

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Re: Public security ratings

All new network devices should receive a "security rating" that is publicly displayed on the box.

And praytell us whos going to actually enforce said raitings on Security? Sans the issue of actuall trust that the Chinese aren't just rolling through the motions. Besides even if the Vuln is real. I'd have to assume that the chances of 'infection' are only slightly better then hitting tonights PowerBall $700M Jackpot. So Storm in a Tee Cup much? No? What of thst IoT Boiler you have that supposedly selling your Mom up the Data Path?

And here I thought, this is what we had Firewalls for.

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Re: Raspberry pi

get_iPlayer seems to be pretty specific to the BBC. Any suggestions for those of us on the left side of the pond?

Oh I dunno how about Kodi (formally of XBMC fame), for Raspberry Pi, add, a decent VPN, and you'd also have access to their BBPlayer.

Kinda makes me wonder whos at fault here, Allwinner, Amalogic, Rockchip, or some other.

There would have been a time when I would have said they all kinda suck om the support side. Since the bulk of this crap is likely running 4.4.2 Android IF THAT! But, the bigger boys *cough* Samsung* are starting to pull the same sorta crap on there Devices now too. And are refusing to at least update the bulk of their Tab Pro (2014), line to 5.1.1 Lollipop. Seems like nobody cares about updates, or the abillity (if needs be), to complile custom ROMs for said Devices that ultimately fix these stupid issues.

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Amazon, Azure and Google in race to the bottom ... of cloud storage pricing

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Re: Is it sad that

I thought it looked a bit like Gran Turismo, or looking more closely at the Bonnet Forza for a second.

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Google to end updates, security bug fixes for Chrome on 32-bit Linux

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Re: 2016 will be the year of...

So by your argument then 2016 will be the year of Windows 10 then will it?

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Michael Habel
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Re: I always kept hearing...

Linux has better support for Graphics Cards lol! I wish! Then again it just might have been that shitey S3 Deltachrome IGP, in my Dads AMD x2 Shuttle and that chepo Laptop, that had it where I was either forced to install Seven, or live with software rendering on the Notebook.

But plaese do not say that Linux has better hardware support. And yes I know its the Venders (i.e. S3), for neither building, or at the least releasing source for said Drivers. But it hardly changes the fact that it can not, and will never fully work under Linux.

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Re: I wonder...

but I suspect a definite minority. XP and older are likely to be 32 bit only.

Not unless they're running a P4 or older. We've had x64 since way back with the AMD Athalon ~2004/5 IIRC. And then with Intel's Core 2 Duos about a year or so after that. You'd have to be on so e really ancient hunk of junk to not be x64. MicroSoft however strangly never saw an opportunity to push a new OS *cough* Vista as an x64 OS only. Probably cause they were still running on PII's I guess.

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On one way this is kinda F'ed up! On the other hand, I concede that this should have happend over ten years ago now. I susspect the only ones to get hit are those that still use Netbooks, with only 1GB of RAM, 2GB at most, and no DDR link. Sure the Intel Atom is purportedly a 64bit CPU, but I have my doubts about being able to run one.

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Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

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RIP

Sad to see such talent disapear like that.Kinda makes me wonder just how flawed the open source community is? Thinking of that other guy who built RiserFS.

On another note does anyone even bother with Diebian (Outside of Ubuntu), anymore? it seems to me they might as well merge together, and call it Debuntu. As if you need some info on how to do something in Debian. 99% of the time its been answered on their Forums.

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Google Adblock shock a load of cock – users mock post hoc

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Re: Need to adapt or die...

So if we block the anoying turds, and just simply ignore the less smelly ones that are otherwise by design benign. How else do you prose to make Ads work?

And, even if I were to belive that rooting my device was the security risk tha Samsung, and Co. make it out to be, Knox, Android Pay etc... That shalln't stop me from rooting anyway if only to be able to install and run... Of all things AdAway.

This thing is so awsome it even blocks the shitey Ads in Spootify, and for that, alone I'll take my chaces on root!

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Michael Habel
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Re: Bully people and they leave

There is no sure fire way to force people to do things they don't want to.

This or use NoScript, along side ABP.

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China wants encryption cracked on demand because ... er, terrorism

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Re: Easy for manufacturers to comply

Users then install whatever third party or open source apps they feel might be useful.

I think you might have missed the bit where this Law would apply equally to App Manufacturers as well as the OEMs. Nice try though, sadly no dice for you!

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Re: Well, that didn't take long

How is this any different from RIPA? At least you know where you stand with the chinese.

Yeah right up against the wall!

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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

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Re: Multinationals

Microsoft has lost quite a lot of leverege...

To Tablets be the Apple or Samsung. Plus the fact that unless you live in that PC Mustardrace minority you're still riding out that old Core2Duo rig from nearly 10 years ago now Because it still works, or at least enough. 'Cause your NOT in the Mustardrace to care about pidly feamerates in that new muder sim. Is it really any wonder why the Industry is now imploding?

Seems kinda logical to me. Though I wish they hurry up on that tactile touchscreen tech to make typing on these things a bit more natural. Otherwise unless its only something that can be done on a PC like updating some Firmware for some IoT Device (or Phablet), I just really have no need for it or MicroSoft. So yeah if they aren't careful they will be history before long. Of couse I imagine that Mr. Gates will have a quite chuckle before sheading a tear, as he lets the last of his Stocks in MicroSoft go.

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How long until we can build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

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Re: We're not...

Yeah it's almost too bad that it's looking to ex-terminate you!

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Michael Habel
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Re: Are they sensible anyway?

Not sure what those two are supposed to be. But it looks like an Akria Kurosawa Film so thumbs up! But, wouldn't Laurel & Hardy have not worked better as a reference?

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That moment whan...

Your shiny new AI decides that Humankind is expendable.

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Michael Habel
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Before we get on to Rosé the Maid(bot)

Where are our flying Cars and, 3D Hollo TV's?

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Press Backspace 28 times to own unlucky Grub-by Linux boxes

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Re: Scare story?

Windows security holes get patched on Tuesday

That was once upon a time, and not that long ago. When MicroSoft were willing to let you dig up (at you own leisure), some information, other then "Fixes a critical flaw in Windows" about, any given Update. Now a days they come whenever, and unannounced.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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Re: And you thought Ballmer was bad...

Are you sure you ment it that way? 'Cause as bad as Steve was. Nadella is far more toxic to MicroSoft then he ever was.

Actually upon rereading it more slowly I got it. The first time I read it it scanned like a pro Nadella post.

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Michael Habel
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Re Tuners...

I'm fairly sure most of em infact do work. Or at least should work by now. But, I traded up my VDR HTPC for a Droid Box. Since Astra 2 shrunk its beam outside of Europe. Thankfully though most Brit channels are carried under IPTV.

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Re: Oi Microsoft

That will help, but with MicroSoft going all mum with whats actually inside any given update, muchless info about, what it's supposed to fix. How the **** can you trust them to not implant the same BS via the backdoor?

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