* Posts by Wade Burchette

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iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: By selling maps of your homes

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Pinocchio

"<<SOME COMPANY>> takes your privacy very seriously."

"<<SOME COMPANY>> values your privacy."

If Pinocchio uttered those words, his nose would instantly be a million miles long. They are meant for you to think they respect your privacy. "We take your privacy very seriously" means "we only listen to serious offers." "We value your privacy" means "your privacy is valuable to our company and we want to sell it to increase our value."

But the saddest part of all is people blithely just surrender their privacy. Benjamin Franklin once said (paraphrasing) 'any society that would give up a little security to gain a little freedom will deserve neither and lose both'. Well, I am saying that any person who would give up a little privacy to save a little money will deserve neither and lose both.

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

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Re: Chump change...

A politician's jobs are to get elected or re-elected. Our needs are a distant third. And elections are not cheap. This is true no matter what country you are in.

The last presidential election, Hillary Clinton spent $1.2 billion (thousand million) and Donald Trump $600 million. Do you think the corporate overlords give money because they like these politicians? Quite frankly, I can't think of two more unlikable people than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Corporations may in public life talk about how much they hate Donald, but in private life they will do what they can to influence him. And every other elected official as well. This is a game, we are the losers of this game.

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Death to strap-ons, says Intel, yet thrusts its little AI stick into us all

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Re: Missed that trendy earner...

Intel is a behemoth, it won't go down quickly. But there are clear cracks in the foundation. Intel is clearly in panic mode over Ryzen/Epyc. So much so that they have to play mind games. The advantage Intel has there is better marketing marketing and managements tend to be Intel fanboys. But what Ryzen/Epyc is doing is fantastic. AMD is reportedly having very high yields on 8 core Ryzen parts and thanks to Infinity Fabric, AMD can 'glue' (Intel's words) 4 of them together cheaply. For AMD to get a 16 core Epyc/Threadripper, they just need to select two of the many good 8 core parts. For Intel to get a 16 core Xeon, they need to pray to God they get one of the batch since they don't 'glue' together cores. What is more, the Intel's have few advantages in performance now.

The problem is right now, Intel cannot compete on price. AMD can make a ton of profit and still undercut Intel. From the leaks of i9 that I have seen, the more cores there are, the slower the chip. Would you be willing to pay $5000 more for faster AVX-512? Only if you use it everyday. Intel is in panic mode because of the FUD they have been spreading. You can only live off your name for so long. They know AMD has a winner again, and this time the OEM's are fanboys.

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Got a Windows Phone 8 mobe? It's now officially obsolete. Here's why...

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Pity

WinPhone was actually pretty good. That, and a true tablet, is the only proper place for the square UI full of tiles. You don't put a nail in with a screwdriver. That is essentially what Microsoft did by taking the ideas of WinPhone and putting that tool in a place it should be within 100 billion million miles: the desktop and laptop. And then when people rightly complained, their solution was to make a mini-Metro full screen and double-down on kicking customers in the shin. Our complaint wasn't the lack of a start menu; it was the lack of a logical, easy UI. That is still our complaint.

The real pity is that where WinPhone rightly belonged it was abandoned and where the ideas didn't belong it was reinforced.

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Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout

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Re: Please explain to me ...

"If you're asking what the benefit is *to you*, you're asking the wrong question."

Ergo, the abomination that is Windows 10.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

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Re: A few things need to be right

This is Apple. Their original TV series will only be available on an Apple device. Roku and Fire TV are much better designed than Apple TV in both UI and remotes. Fire TV is gaining marketshare because you can sideload Kodi on it, and then these people use Kodi to watch pirated movies for free. The Apple TV is good at one thing only: mirroring the screen of the iPad/iPhone.

Anything Apple does won't be free. So just because a person has an Apple TV does not mean they will subscribe to Apple's video service. The only chance of success is to put the service on Roku and Amazon, which I seriously doubt Apple will do.

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Nothing new under the sun

Windows 10 has a nasty habit of disabling/uninstalling things it does not like.

For example, I downloaded a driver for a HP computer straight from HP's website. Windows 10 said it was not compatible (or maybe it said it was a security risk?) and would not run the installer. There were no clear instructions on what do if this was a false positive (which it was). With a bit of Googling, I run a command prompt as an admin, and the driver installed successfully.

Another example. Windows 10 uninstalled Classic Shell 4.2.5 after an update.

Yet another example. I had an old version of CCleaner which Windows 10 said was no longer compatible. I changed the file name to xyz.exe and it ran just fine.

After CCleaner, I sent a feedback message complaining about this. I essentially ask them who gave them the right to determine which program is or is not compatible. I made sure to use the word "program" and I made sure to tell them that when I renamed the file, everything worked perfectly. Like my requests for Aero, a working preboot F8, a full backup program, a logical hierarchy based start menu, and respect for my private life, I know the feedback will be ignored. Microsoft claims they are listening, but only feedback which says "good job" is listened to. What us paying customers actually want is burned with the ashes thrown in a safe and the safe hurled into the deepest part of the ocean.

But I am a sucker, and I keep sending feedback. And I keep telling them that it is their constant douchebaggery is the reason why my primary will be Windows 7 until 2020 and then Linux Mint after that.

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

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Everything, except what we want

I don't care about the new stuff because Microsoft is not giving us what we ask for. We want a logical start menu like in Windows 7 or earlier. We want the ribbon gone but good from everything. We want an option for Aero. We want a working pre-boot F8. We want all tracking of any kind for any reason gone forever. We want the ability to control which updates we get. We want the ability to control which drivers we install. We want your "apps" to stay uninstalled once we uninstall them. Correction: We don't want your apps to ever install.

I personally want a proper backup program to return. I personally want a return to the Windows 7 style recovery console. I personally want Secure Boot permanently banned. I personally want Microsoft to require System Restore to be turned on by default. I personally want Windows to stop trying to be my friend and using non-professional terminology like "We're glad you're here."

I am not pleased nor will I be. Ask 100 random people who use Windows 10 and 99 of them will hate it.

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Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion

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Tough Times at Santa Clara

Intel is in a dangerous position right now. They have the capital to recover but they must be prudent. Many people don't realize how good of a design Ryzen is for the upper-upper end. When Intel needs to make a 16 core chip, they have to make a large 16 core die. When AMD releases Threadripper and Epyc, to get to 16 cores, they can just connect two 8 core chips together. AMD calls it Infinity Fabric. The cost to make a 16 core die is significantly higher than the cost to make two 8 core dies. And that is even considering Intel has some of the best fabs in the world. The Core i7/Xeon may be faster for games, it won't be able to compete with AMD for price/performance. A 16 core Xeon might be better than a 16 core Epyc, but not $1000 better. And with the Ryzen design, AMD can make a 32 core CPU, price as much as a 16 core Xeon, and still make a huge profit.

Add to all that the pressure of ARM CPU's. I don't know how the future plays out, but if people ever decide they don't need legacy support, ARM has an easy path to desktops/laptops.

And why did Intel make Thunderbolt an open standard? What did they gain? This was a prized plum for them. It kept Apple locked in to Intel. But Apple has been getting closer to AMD lately. Look at the new iMac pro with a Vega GPU in it. Some people feel that Apple put pressure on Intel to open Thunderbolt. If so, Apple could be using a future Ryzen APU as leverage for better prices.

Intel has the money and engineers to copy AMD's design. But even if they started today, it still would be years before such a design came to market. Intel won't be able to put illegal pressure on OEM's anymore so they will less AMD like in the Athlon 64 days. If they do, the fines probably wouldn't be worth it this go around. The best they can do is to continue to pay for ads for OEM's like they do now. (That is standard in businesses. My friend has a HVAC business. When he sells a lot of A/C's in a particular brand, that company buys an ad for his business proportional to the amount he sells.) At least Intel understands marketing, unlike AMD.

Intel better plan for the future well. We need Intel. And AMD. And Qualcomm. And NVidia. And other CPU/GPU companies. When there is competition, we all win.

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Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

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<< In July 2013, Microsoft announced that it was ending support for the SkypeKit software development kit within 12 months because "it does not deliver a consistent Skype customer experience or support our cross-platform application-development efforts". >>

In other words, SkypeKit provided a reliable customer experience which no longer fits the vision of Microsoft's Skype. Logically, then, it had to go because it was just too good.

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Florida court's schizophrenic rulings throw mobe passcode privacy into doubt

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Re: Big Surprise

They call themselves Floridians; we call them Flor-idiots.

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Sons of IoT: Bikers hack Jeeps in auto theft spree

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Re: Alarms

It is those accursed GM vehicles whose alarms goes off, even if you use the key that came with it! I hate my dad's Chevy truck, partly because every other month I hear "can you pick me up at the Chevy dealership? My truck has a recall." And it drives like it has an anchor behind it. And then you must always use the key fob to unlock the door or else the alarm goes off.

I don't like using the key for one big reason: The best way to make sure you can unlock your door from the outside is to lock your door from the outside. With my key, I can physically see the doors lock. And it always works (except with that accursed GM vehicle) even when the battery is dead, both the key fob and car battery.

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Russian search engine Yandex's Ukraine offices raided for 'treason'

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Ukraine

I have actually been to Ukraine, specifically Kiev. Although I did not speaking either Russian or Ukrainian, I did talk to a few people who spoke English. The general view I got was that the Russian speaking people who lived under the Soviet Union hated Russia whereas the younger generation had a romantic view of Russia. All the Ukrainian speaking people hated Russia.

I also found out that there is an east/west divide in people. The western side speaks Ukrainian, the eastern side speaks Russian. And the Ukrainian speaking people don't like the Russian speaking people, and vice-versa. It is a lot like the Yankees and Southerners of the US, except worse. (Or British and Scottish for the U of K.) In Ukraine, there is actual disdain by the Russian/Ukrainian speaking sides.

The result of all this is a divided nation. It goes from one wanting to be closer to the EU to one wanting to be closer to Russia. And the cycle repeats. Remember the orange revolution? Ex-KGB Vladimir Putin is smart and ambitious. And jealous. The East/West European culture divide is still alive. It is alive in Ukraine too. I always think Putin is jealous because Ukraine is not fully under his sphere of influence, just half the nation is.

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

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Re: Touch screen

Hold your hand up to your screen. How long before it gets tired? Not very long. This is why touchscreen laptops are about as smart as volunteering to be kicked in both shins immediately after volunteering to be kicked in the groin hard.

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Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all

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A Wise Decision

Making Thunderbolt royalty free will help with adoption. I've seen very little high-end equipment for thunderbolt and nothing was worth paying extra for. With USB 3.1, there is even fewer reasons for paying extra for thunderbolt. And since thunderbolt 3 uses the same cable as USB type C, how many people would know if it was thunderbolt or regular USB?

I think Intel saw the writing on the wall. AMD EPYC has a very real and legitimate shot of stealing server marketshare. It is very unlikely AMD motherboards would pay a royalty fee for thunderbolt. Without this move, I believe thunderbolt would go down in history as a technology that was nice but that nice. Now it has a chance.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

"There's one retailer for garden machinery in my area that needs name, address, DOB and phone number for cash sales."

If any business did that for any transaction, I would politely make it clear to the employee that I will not give that information and would leave without buying anything. I might even go so far as to find the manager and tell him they lost a sale because of asking too many questions. I would not put anything back, make the employees do it. "Why are we putting this back on the shelf?" "Because a customer refused to provide their personal information."

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SSD price premium over disk faaaalling

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What about now?

Last year, I bought a 1 TB M.2 SSD for $240. Today it sells for $330. Will the forecasted price drop just bring prices back to where they were in June 2016? Or will it actually bring it down lower than that? And what about DDR4 prices? Why are they so high too?

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Self-driving car devs face 6-month backlog on vital $85,000 LIDAR kit

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Re: I wonder...

I always thought you would need a combination of sensors: ultraviolet lasers for the front of the vehicle, infrared for the rear, cameras, radar, and a vehicle-to-vehicle communication system. For the V2V communication, I always thought the car could send out a very-high frequency short-range signal that sent out some basic data only, such as the speed it is going and whether the brakes are on.

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Oracle crushed in defeat as Java world votes 'No' to modular overhaul

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"As per normal with Oracle, they only play by the rules when it suits them."

I am reminded of the story earlier this year where Oracle made an employee sign a binding arbitration clause and their arbitrator ruled against them in a pay dispute and then Oracle sued the employee. Their corporate motto appears to be "heads I win, tails you lose".

There are few companies more evil than Oracle. If they are for something, then you know right away that you will be screwed somehow, some way.

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Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

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Microsoft still giving us everything except what we really want

Imagine if you asked your son to cut your grass. When you come home from work, he washed the dishes, swept the floors, and washed the cars. But he did not cut the grass. Would you be pleased?

Microsoft is doing the exact same thing. What do we want? (1) Aero, at least as an option; (2) A proper, logical start menu; (3) Privacy; (4) The ability to control our updates; (5) The ability to permanently disable Cortana; (6) A working pre-boot F8 again. (Everything can be summed up by saying we want Windows 7 with the performance improvements of Windows 8.) What do we get? None of what we asked for. I am not pleased.

SatNad recently mentioned he was worried about a Orwellian 1984 future. Later in the same speech, he talked about the Microsoft cloud. He said this without seeing the disconnect. SatNad worries about 1984 while at the exact same time promotes technology that helps make it possible.

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Re: Won't someone think of the children?!

"I think they could have easily provided the "firewall" functionality at a lower level, e.g. just above the NIC/wifi driver level. Then it would work for all."

Ah, but then someone would be able to add firewall rules to block Microsoft tracking.

An effective family friendly system will require rules to be modified. You could bludgeon it in and wrap the rules tight in the kernel, like Microsoft does with IE and Edge. But that would require a restart for every update. And updates would need to be daily, or at least weekly. People don't like weekly restarts anymore, not since Windows 2000 showed that a stable OS is possible, unlike Windows ME, 98, 95.

That leaves the option open for a registry or file based family firewall rules. But someone will quickly find out how to add rules and will add rules to stop sending data to Microsoft. Microsoft would never allow that. After all, they have the "cloud first, mobile first" philosophy, which is just really hipster doofus slang for "paying customers last".

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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Re: It's not that he called himself an engineer

Exactly right. Traffic cameras have absolutely nothing to do with safety and everything to do with revenue generation. This is why most of them (in the US, at least) are run by for-profit corporations who issue tickets and give a cut to the government. These business have been caught shortening the yellow light to increase revenue and the fact that more wrecks occurred at those intersections was not their concern. Some states changed these tickets from misdemeanors to civil fines to avoid pesky things like courts and due process.

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European Court of Justice lays down the law on Kodipocalypse

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Do you know what would deter pirates?

Do you know what would deter pirates? If it was super easy and cheap to legally get the sports, movies, tv shows, and other content that we want. The stupid myopic media moguls are so wedded to the old way of thinking that they don't realize there is a gold mine within arm's reach. And they can have it for very little work. Their entire collections, and not some limited subset for a limited time, needs to be available at a fair price to content distributors, such as Netflix. And make it easy for people to watch the movies they purchased and not force us to go through 25 unskippable things before the movie even starts.

Why bother watching a pirate stream of a movie from 2016 if I can watch it on Amazon Prime? Why bother downloading a torrent of the 1941 classic Citizen Kane if I can stream it from Netflix anytime? Copyright infringement exists because it fills a need that the moronic media moguls are too greedy and stubborn to satisfy. And so their answer to the need being met is to make it harder for those who play by the restrictive rules to be punished more while the rulebreakers find away around in a few days. Which causes harsher rules, and a cycle repeated ad infinitum.

Copyright infringement will always exist, but it can be greatly reduced if the content providers adapt.

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A quiet market? Nah, Oracle's to pay $850m for ad-tracking Moat

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Great

Is Oracle trying to become to world most hated company? Do they have an office where they punch puppies and kick kittens (after making the puppies and kittens sign a mandatory binding arbitration clause)? I think so. An ad-tracking company in the hands of Oracle ... I think they will cross lines that not even Facebook, Google, or Microsoft would cross. I would not be surprised if the data in your database is mined for a profit. This includes MySQL which is sadly in Oracle's hands now.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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Re: Independent tests?

"I would counter that by saying that most Hipster Fanboi's don't care. As long as it is easy to use they are fine."

No. As long as the Apple logo is always visible on their i-thingy they are fine. They would be happily buy a block of wood from Apple so long as that block had the Apple logo on it.

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Intel loses its Lustre – Chipzilla bins own-brand HPC file system

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Re: Intel bailing on programs

I can promise you that PC sales would uptick dramatically if Windows 7 was available in retail stores.

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

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Oregon Trail

My memories of the Mac were playing Oregon Trail in grade school. I popped in the 5 1/4" floppy and had fun. Looking back now, I wonder why I ever thought Oregon Trail was fun. I guess it was because I rather play a game than learn.

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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This is Apple. Priced correctly is defined differently for them. Apple could build Powell Motor's The Homer, price it higher than a BMW 7 series, and still have people lining up to buy it.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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It hasn't affected me

I have a new Asrock X370 Taichi motherboard with a Ryzen R7. And I am still using Windows 7. All this blackmail hasn't affected me. I just received my April all-in-one security update. (Side point: I hate how Microsoft now bundles all security updates into one package.)

But I was wise enough to block several updates of Microsoft: 971033, 3013531, 3021917, 3068708, 3080149, 3147071, and 2952664 (which keeps coming back from the dead worse than the GWX one did). These are the telemetry updates, which sends your hardware back to the Borg.

I also block a ton of Microsoft spying websites at the router. I found those domains at this website: https://github.com/WindowsLies/BlockWindows.

But you can still give a big middle finger to Microsoft. You just have to get the updates another way. WSUS Offline is the other way.

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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Yet another reason

This is now yet another as to why I will never ever get one of these personal assistants.

Of course, my reason #1 is why would I want a device that is always listening to be in home? Sure, they are listening just for a few keywords now. But what is to stop Amazon or Google from updating the device to always be awake? These things are tied to an account. Look at how much tracking business slurp from you using your browser and computer. Now imagine if an ad company knew you where married, had two dogs, worked from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., had three children, the husband likes to watch basketball games, and so on. Just imagine how much marketing gold can be gleamed just by listening.

My second reason is what happens to the data sent to the cloud to process after it is done?

My third reason is I don't like the idea of all this connected stuff. That is just one more attack vector. Nothing can ever be completely secure. This reason is why I will never a lock, either in my car or at home, that can be locked/unlocked from my smartphone, computer, or so on.

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It's 30 years ago: IBM's final battle with reality

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Re: succesful standard

The PS/2 standard is for keyboards/mice and it is still an important connector. It just works.

And VGA has not been supplanted by HDMI, but by DVI which was supplanted by DisplayPort. HDMI is designed for TV's and has a licensing cost.

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US cops, firefighters to get new emergency wireless network – AT&T to get $6.5bn

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How will this work?

Considering that AT&T has loads of dead zones in the US, how will they cover 100% of the US with a wireless signal for emergency workers? They are going to need more than $6.5 billion to complete a tower roll-out in some of the larger states.

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Web-app devs note: Google wants to banish JavaScript dialogues

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Re: What took so long?

I have seen plenty of legitimate uses for the alert/confirm/prompt dialogs. Better websites now use something like JQuery UI's modal dialog boxes. If you are coding, these dialog boxes can help bridge a gap until you do implement a better dialog box. I use them as fillers when I am working on something, such as when you click on a button I haven't implement yet and you get an alert that says "later", which lets me know my code is working up to that point.

I like the way FireFox implements them. If a dialog box appears more than once, you can check a box to suppress them all until a page refresh.

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Re: Aaah Win 10

Are you sure it is the marketing division and not the people who are straight out of college with no real world experience and who have never talked to people outside their bubble? I am thinking it is the latter because there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. A educated person follows what the book says, and the book says that mobile is the future. A wise person knows to listen to paying customers and not to piss off paying customers.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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It is better than the alternative

I rather have Vista Basic with a single-core Pentium IV and 512MB of memory than Windows 10 on any system.

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Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash

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Re: Disaster Waiting to Happen

"My fear here is that adverts will be tailored, and they can be broadcast not only depending on who is in the room, but on who isn't, so the Google AI can advertise products to children when the parents aren't present, for instant, so they capitalise on 'pester power' marketing."

Or worse. The AI device learns the voices of individuals and uses their searches and voice type to deduce whether a person is a male or female, adult or juvenile. Then that information is uploaded to the Borg and put in their database. 'somefamily1234@gmail.com is a husband and wife with 2 boys and 1 girl, along with 1 dog and 3 cats and an aquarium. They are usually active between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and between 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Monday to Friday because no human voices are usually heard outside those times.'

And I could go on the information that can be learned just by listening. Don't you think marketers would just love that specific information?

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Lawyer defending arson suspect flees court with pants on fire

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Re: Ahh colloquial meanings of words.

When I visited the U of K, I had many locals ask me "Are you here on holiday?" And just about every time, I almost said "No, I am here on vacation." Then I would ride the subway ... er, the underground ... and I saw a sign that said "Mind the gap" and I would think "I don't mind the gap at all". Or when going down a set of stairs there is a sign that says "Mind your head". Americans do use 'mind' in the same way, just not as often. We would say in that situation "Watch your head". And, of course, it is a cell phone and not a mobile phone. (This is because before cellular telephones were created, Motorola already had a device called a mobile phone, so a new name had to be created to distinguish the two. Since the idea was to place towers are placed in such a cellular design, cell phone became the name.)

I always remember that English is a living language. Just because it is different does not mean it is wrong. Just imagine how much difference British English and American English and Australian English and Canadian English would be if not for modern technology.

P.S. To 'x 7', Charlotte is in NORTH Carolina. You might be thinking of Charleston, South Carolina.

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Shopping for PCs? Ding, dong, the Dock is dead in 2017's new models

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Re: Shamefaced admission

I already did. I have my Ryzen 7 1700X CPU sitting on my desk right now. The problem is, I have no motherboard and there are no upper-tier motherboards to be found. AMD correctly met demand; the motherboard makers did not.

Where AMD screwed up was not giving the motherboard makers more time to test. People are reporting dramatic increases in gaming performance after a UEFI update. Windows 7 performs much better than Windows 10, meaning there is *SURPRISE* a confirmed bug in Windows 10. The initial reviews all said it is so-so for games, but great for everything else. I expect when the 6 core version is released, people will say it is great in games due to refinements in the UEFI and the Windows 10 bug solved.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard

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Here is my problem with DRM

The simple fact is that DRM is 0% effective against piracy. It is a system, and it can always be hacked and it always will be hacked. Big Media tells us DRM is to stop piracy; it is a lie. DRM is not to stop piracy but to control how the majority of people use their content.

If there was no DRM, everyone could buy a movie and then turn around and re-encode a version for their tablet. And people could easily remove all the unskippable garbage they have to go through before the movie even plays. And people could make *gasp* backup copies instead of buying a new one if yours goes bad. You are looking at lost revenue right there. With DRM, you have to buy a disc and if you want a copy on your tablet and on your phone and on your child's tablet you have to buy a copy from Apple or Amazon or Google.

Make no mistake, DRM has absolutely nothing to do with stopping piracy but everything to do with controlling those who don't know or are too afraid to break the DRM, which is the vast majority of people. If Big Media was Pinocchio, their nose would be instantly be 100,000 miles long after telling us DRM is to prevent piracy.

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Microsoft slaps Apple Gatekeeper-like controls on Windows 10: Install only apps from store

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Re: First it's optional...

Why do think programs are now called "apps"? This was always the plan. What better way to block viruses than to prevent you from installing any "app" that isn't approved by Microsoft! Hey, it worked for the iPhone! (Except the iPhone is a different tool with a different purpose and had no legacy apps to worry about.) It will be billed as a security feature -- you cannot install any app except through our store -- but in reality it will be a way to prevent you from installing any program you without Microsoft's approval.

"That is a nice program you got there Adobe ... it would be a shame if no one could install Photoshop anymore. But don't worry, you put Photoshop in our app store and pay us 10% of every sale, we will make sure everything will work just fine." The mafia would be proud.

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TWO BILLION PCs to sell in next five years

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You know what would increase PC sales?

Windows 7, that is what. Microsoft lives in a bubble and does not know how much people hate Windows 10. This statement below has so much wrong with it.

"Microsoft talks up Windows 10 as enabling greater productivity and Intel keeps making its silicon faster at the things people care about (mostly rendering and displaying video at ever-higher resolutions). Neither effort seems to be working."

First, Windows 10 has an illogical start menu that actually hinders productivity. Windows 95 to Windows 7 all had a logical start menu whose sole purpose was to make life easier, not push apps that can only be bought from a place where Microsoft gets a cut of all sales. There is so much in Windows 10 that just makes life more difficult: Edge browser has a UI design by idiots who don't spend 1 second asking people what they think but instead only listen to buzzwords and hipster doofuses; free games are replaced by games with advertisements; the default mail program cannot import any old mail messages; and I could go on.

Second, Intel had become lazy because AMD was way behind. While it is true Intel is making faster CPU, what is not true is that those CPU were that much faster to justify spending money on. Every release was only slightly better and a lot more money. Thankfully, AMD Ryzen comes out Wednesday and already it has forced Intel to cut CPU prices. Early leaks suggest a $500 Ryzen outperforms what was a $1000 Intel CPU. It is good to have competition again.

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LG, Huawei unwrap 'Samsung Galaxy-killers'

Wade Burchette
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Quite disappointed with the G6.

So am I. LG took away the two features I love best about my G4: the removable battery and the rear volume buttons. I am still quite angry that all modern Android phones replaced the very very useful menu button at the bottom with a task switch button. There is room enough for 4 buttons.

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Google's Project Zero reveals another Microsoft flaw

Wade Burchette
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Re: Capable of Learning?

"the only way to judge Google is how they respond to similar reports about their software and so far their record is pretty good."

Probably because to fix Chrome does not require a full restart of a computer, unlike IE or Edge.

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Wade Burchette
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Re: Again

Or Edge.

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How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

Wade Burchette
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Re: Not accidental

"The Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules."

A politician's job is to get elected or re-elected; our wants and needs are a distant third. It takes money, lots of money, to get re-elected. The last US presidential campaign was over $1 billion. So with so much money required to get a politician elected, you just know they are going to listen to their corporate overlords. These businesses aren't bribing ... er, excuse me "lobbying" politicians because they believe in them. These businesses want something favorable for their large "donation".

The DMCA is a blight on humanity. It should be repealed immediately. But it won't. The RIAA and MPAA has more money than we do.

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Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!

Wade Burchette
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Re: ugh

"So there's plans to overhaul the Cortana assistant, Which is not available in my region (still)."

I'm trying to figure out why that is a bad thing.

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BS Detection 101 becomes actual University subject

Wade Burchette
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Re: re: fooled by percentages

My college statistics class specifically taught us how to deceive with stats. The side-effect was that it made me appreciate how easy people can be manipulated. It also made me start asking inconvenient questions.

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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

Wade Burchette
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Re: "Without naming the machine's maker"

"The app can track the car and open it and can't be disabled by the owner."

I would like to see it work with its fuse pulled.

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

Wade Burchette
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Non-disparagement clause

In the United States, non-disparagement clauses are now illegal. I seriously doubt PayPal's new terms are enforceable in the US.

https://consumerist.com/2017/02/01/company-demands-thousands-of-dollars-over-negative-yelp-reviews-despite-federal-law/#more-10267435

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Wade Burchette
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Re: Clealry it is Now

Why did "Pay-me-Pal" and "feeBay" ever part ways? The two are a perfect match for each other. Birds of a feather flock together, right?

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