* Posts by Wade Burchette

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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Meanwhile in a random board room

Advertising executive: "People are using ad-blockers and commercial skippers. They are tuning out our ads. They don't like being tracked all the time. So what should we do?"

Mild-mannered employee: "We could make adverts less annoying and stop being so in-your-face. This way they would be less inclined to tune them out."

Advertising exec: "You, mild-mannered employee! Pack your things! I want you out of the building in 10 minutes!" (gives the mild-mannered employee the bum-rush out the door) "Now, what do we do about this problem?"

Sleazy employee: "We make them view our ads to view our website. And what is more, we blame the victim by calling them moochers. But under no circumstances do we show them any respect."

Advertising exec: "BRILLIANT! Do that! What else can we do?"

Hard-working employee: "We make the adverts part of the show. We will call it 'product placement'. So, for example, if have the police officer drive a luxury full-loaded SUV that costs more money than he would make in 5 years."

Advertising exec: "What am I paying you for, hard-working employee? We already do that! I need ideas people!"

Another sleazy employee: "We could find new ways to cram ads into their life. In video games, at the McDonald's drive-through window, anywhere people are and in anything that has their focus. We also research how to put ads in their dreams, in their self-driving cars, and so on."

Advertising exec: "I'm giving you a raise!"

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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Re: User swap battery

If I had my way, every device with a battery would be required to provide instructions on how the user can change the battery themselves. This would require, of course, every device to have a battery that can be swapped. This rule would apply to phones, laptops, tablets, everything.

And if I also had my way, every phone must have a headphone jack. And while I have a wishlist, I would require every phone, tablet, and laptop to use an industry standard charger. A USB-C for phones/tablets and other low power devices and something universal for laptops.

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US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

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Re: A dangerous hands-off approach to hands-free driving

A big problem for Americans drivers is they tend to view driving as a right, not a privilege. As such, it is easy to get licensed to drive and even easier to drive without a license. The last time I had to renew my license, I did it all online. I didn't take a sign or vision test. I just confirmed my mailing address, paid by credit card, and a week later I had my renewed license.

The result of this is that there are many people who are driving who ought not to drive. I personally believe that every person should be required to take a sign test, a driving test, and a vision test before each license is renewed. The driving test would require you to drive at highway speeds because the safest speed to drive is slightly above the posted speed limit.

A second problem is too many people today cannot go 1 second without talking to someone. So they start their large SUV that seats 8 but almost always has 1 person in it, turn on the engine, and then immediately pull out the cell phone and call someone. This is distracted driving. A hands-free is not as distracting, but still is to a point. And then other distractions like the confusing radio in the vehicle, the road under construction sign that has been up for a year even though the road work has been finished for 8 months, the guy who thinks blasting his music so that you can hear it 1000 feet away is a good idea, and so on.

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Nobel Prize for boffins who figured out why you feel like crap after long-haul flights

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Re: It's the same for fruit flies

I think only a fruit fly can comfortably fit in the tight coach seats now found on airlines.

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Microsoft gives all staff a marked-up 'Employee Edition' of Satya Nadella's new book

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Joke

I heard that the last book by Microsoft had the font enlarged so that only one paragraph could fit per page. They were calling the 'Metro reading style'. Metro reading style worked reasonably well on a small screen, such as a smartphone, but on anything larger it was liked by only a few people, who had nothing but bad things to say about the majority who did not like it.

And I hear the book by SatNad "listened" to customers complaining about the Metro reading style, and so restored the font back to normal size. But instead of giving us what we want -- a logical, traditional reading style -- the paragraphs are written in strict alphabetical order. Most of us like reading things in a natural logical progression just like we like our start menu to be a natural logical hierarchy. But remember, the new Microsoft really cares about our feedback, which is why the book has many paragraphs per page again. But Microsoft also knows better than us, so they know we don't really want a traditional reading style, but the one they give to us.

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Smartphone SatNavs to get centimetre-perfect GNSS receivers in 2018

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And yet ...

And yet Google Maps will still annoy you to turn on the "high precision" accuracy of your phone and if you do not, randomly self-gimp itself. On some drives, I had Google maps tell me it was searching for a signal every 2 or 3 miles. I switched to Waze and Open Street Map, the location was always working and accurate. Went back to Google maps, same problem. I still don't want high-precision accuracy enabled on my phone because who knows what Google will do with it.

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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Re: Thriller

"The best version of MS Office in recent history."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Oh, that was funny. Now, if by recent history you mean "since 2013" then yes, you are correct. But if you define recent history as say, since 2010, then no you are not correct. And, if you are like me, and define recent history since 2000, then you are even more wrong. Office 2003 was the peak. Then 2007 was bad, 2010 slightly better than 2007 but not as good as 2003, then 2013 was much worse than 2007, then 2016 was slightly better than 2013 but not as good as 2010. As such, I expect the trend to hold and Office 2020 to be the worst ever with a special fixed unremovable emoji ribbon (in addition to the existing ribbon) that will please hipster doofuses and SatNad but not paying customers.

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Bing fling sting: Apple dumps Microsoft search engine for Google

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Jack of all trades, master of none

Or, as I like to say "those who do everything do nothing well". At one time, Microsoft did a few things well. Now ... what do they do well? Windows, garbage. Bing, inferior. Office, has gone downhill since 2003. (To be fair, 2016 is much better than 2013; but that is like saying living in a shack is much better than living in a cardboard box.) Microsoft needs to stop trying to be all the other tech companies and start focusing a few things again. And they also need to stop listening to know-nothing know-it-all experts who couldn't predict 12:01 at 12 noon, and then start listening to their customers instead.

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Cloudflare coughs up a few grand for prior-art torpedoes to sink troll

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One idea I have is a "use it or lose it" clause for businesses. Either you use or maintain the patent in question in some way or else it becomes public domain. This rule only applies to businesses, it would not apply to individuals. Now obviously, a business would have a reasonable time to start using the patent.

Another idea is to ban back royalties and have a specialty court that deals with patent disputes. If a company is really infringing on your patent then this special court would decide what future royalties are to be paid out. This would make patent trolling much less profitable.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Bill Rewriting History again

"It was billg's decision about what to do with that interrupt, if anything, so he is responsible for that."

If I remember correctly, there was some malware that looked exactly like the Windows logon screen. It's purpose was to steal your logon credentials. But it was simple. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE would reboot the computer. So Bill and Microsoft decided that to log on to Windows NT, you would have to press those three buttons. If there was that password stealing malware, the computer would reboot. If it was legitimate Windows, it would intercept the call and allow you to log on.

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Amazon wants to be king of the nerd goggles

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Oracle promises SLAs that halve Amazon's cloud costs

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Re: "the 30 minutes a year the database won't work will be planned downtime"

Nor will idiot directors ask "What kind of company is Oracle?"

Remember when Oracle made their employee sign a binding arbitration clause, and then lost in their own kangaroo court, so Oracle then sues their kangaroo court to have the decision reversed. Even if Oracle gave away any of its services free for 1 year and then promised to always be cheaper than competition, I still wouldn't do business with them. There are few companies that delight in punching puppies and kicking kittens, and Oracle is one of them. There are things more important than costs.

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

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Except Office 3.1 didn't have that accursed ribbon to deal with, just the logical easy-to-understand, easy-to-use "File Edit ..." menu structure.

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Sprint CEO straight out accuses Verizon counterpart of LYING

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My dad had Sprint once. He called support to get a copy of his bill and instead of "can you confirm your mailing address" he was asked "why?" He didn't have Sprint much longer.

For the record, I have AT&T and I am not happy with them. However, I am not unhappy enough to switch because I am grandfathered into an excellent rate plan.

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

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The ONLY time when an autoplay video is acceptable is when I click on a clear unambiguous link to a video.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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My complaints with Edge

My complaints with Edge are twofold.

First, the user interface just feels wrong. It doesn't look like a proper browser with most important things hidden, such as scroll bars. I always hated how Chrome hides all the settings under one hamburger menu. There is a reason why the ribbon is a curse on my life, and it is because it does away with the easy-to-understand, easy-to-use, traditional "File Edit ..." menu structure, something Apple doesn't even get rid of in OS X. The UI is the primary reason why I prefer Firefox over Chrome. (A second reason is Firefox supports NoScript.)

Second, to get any add-ons you must use the Windows store. Hmm ... I wonder why that is. By having it in the Windows store -- just so you get used to using the Windows store and thus buy your "apps" from Microsoft instead of somewhere else -- they have once again made the browser part of the OS. A browser should be self-contained and require no reboot to update.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

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Re: Host File

No. The telemetry ignores the HOSTS file. Your only option is to block it at the router level. Not too hard with DD-WRT. There are tutorials on how to do this with Asus routers too.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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"a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'"

At that price, Apple will only attract the hipster doofuses who have more money than sense. These are the kind of people say to Apple "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!" For the rest of us, the majority of us who have a life outside a status symbols, they will look elsewhere.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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My wishlist

(1) Return the headphone jack

(2) A USB-C charging adapter instead of a proprietary one

(3) An user replaceable battery

(4) MicroSD card support

(5) Make the pressure-sensitive screen off by default

(6) Return the old way of unlocking the phone so I don't have to do two actions or use my fingerprint to unlock it

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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Re: It amazes me ......

Sounds like my experience install Microsoft Exchange 2013 on a test server. It was a virtual machine inside of Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

On a clean install of Server Standard I follow the instructions from Microsoft to the letter to install Exchange. It installed, but I could not get into the web interface. I always got the "something went wrong" message. And the Exchange powershell console didn't work either. Over the next week I spent a lot of time trying to repair the failed install with no success. I then tried to uninstall and re-install, which didn't work. So I clean installed Server Standard 2012 R2 again. Follow the instructions to the letter yet again. This time it worked. But 10 days later I could never get into the web interface. I didn't change anything. All I did was Outlook for the calendar and Firefox to get into the web interface to see how fast the calendar updated between Outlook, the browser, and my phone. I actually had Windows Update turned off. The Exchange powershell worked and the calendar part worked. I just couldn't log in to the web console.

I have a Windows 8 virtual machine that I use only to restore backup files. It is turned off and updates disabled until I need to restore a backup. I have to do this because I have cataloged over 30 updates that break the Server Essentials client restore program. That is right, Windows Updates break a Microsoft program. I stop recording which ones did this when I created this blank virtual machine. (Surprisingly, I never found any updates that broke the backup for the original Windows Home Server. This was the second best OS Microsoft ever made.)

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Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

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Everything, except what we really want

Let us see if Microsoft finally gives us what we want. Of course, what we want is (1) Complete removal of all tracking; (2) A logical and proper start menu; (3) The option for full Aero support; (4) Permanent banishment of the ribbon and an apology for placing it everywhere; (5) The ability to control when we install updates and which ones to install; (6) The return of a pre-boot F8 so I don't have to wait for 3 unsuccessful boots or hold down shift and restart just to get to a recovery console; (7) and STOP HIDING SYSTEM RESTORE!

In other words, a Windows that knows it is a desktop/laptop OS and isn't about listening to unwise but educated hipster doofuses. An OS that knows we are the customer, not the product being sold.

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Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

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Re: What are lawmakers doing?

It has been said that the US has the best government money can buy. 9 of the 10 richest communities in America are in the Washington DC metro area. Elections are not cheap, and those that give the most money do not do it because they like the politician or believe his message; they do it because they want special favors in return. All politician's jobs are to get elected or re-elected. The needs of the You and I are a distant third. The wants of the ones that help him get elected are at the top of the list.

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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

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Re: Astrology

IDC and Gartner's have a successful prediction rate of somewhere around 0%. Companies like IDC show that you can almost always be wrong and people will still pay for your future prediction. Why can't I get paid to do that? Wake me up when these people are actually right.

Well, I predict that PC sales will increase. I base my prediction on a few things: (1) IDC and Gartner's already said PC sales would fall, and they have a poor track record of successful predictions. So if every instinct they have is wrong, the opposite must be true. (2) Tablets have already reached market saturation and most people are only going to replace, not splurge. (3) Unfortunately, Windows 7 machines will wear out soon and require replacing with horrible horrible Windows 10 machines. The vast majority of people do not know Linux even exists and do not want to pay a Mac premium.

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Re: Wasting the courts time

The hypocrisy of it is what disgusts me. Oracle makes you waive your right to sue them but not their right to sue you. Rules for me and rules for thee.

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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I was giving a contract by an advertisers. In it was a binding arbitration clause. They had several ways of me signing the contract. One way was to print the first page and email the scan to them. So I printed the entire thing, crossed out the binding arbitration paragraph, and emailed the whole contract back to them. The advertiser sent me a thank you note a few days later. This shows that the advertiser did not read their own contract. Probably because almost everyone is too lazy to bother reading the contract so they assumed I was too.

One of the reasons why I have not installed Windows 10 is because I read the terms and conditions and I do not agree with all of them.

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"but it wouldn't have happened under Hillary's administration, or a 3rd Obama term if that had been possible. Nobody cares about you."

Which is, sadly, exactly right. A politician's two jobs are to get elected or re-elected. Our needs are a distant third. Hillary Clinton spent $1,200,000,000 in the presidential campaign. Where did that money come from? I can promise you people they didn't give the money to her because they liked her. Quite frankly, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two of the most unlikable people. The people who gave her all that money want political favors. Nobody cares about you because you don't have enough money to make the politicians notice.

I just ride it through. Every administration does some things I like and many more things I hate. If they had the answer to our problems they wouldn't be politicians.

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Toyota, Intel, Ericsson team to get cars talking to the cloud

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Re: A hackers delight

I was thinking of it in a different direction.

"But officer, I wasn't speeding and I did not run that stop sign!" "Well, let me just check the telemetry data that was sent to the cloud ... Yes, I see. According to this data, you did not drive slower than 4 MPH in the last 10 minutes and your maximum speed during that time was 66 MPH, but this is a 55 zone. And stop signs require a full stop, not a 4 MPH rolling stop."

Not that I am defending speeding or running stop lights/signs. But can you honestly say you do not speed? Would you like that information stored safely in the cloud available to the police even if they have a warrant? Everybody makes mistakes, would you like your mistakes preserved so that they can be later used against you?

"But officer, I didn't rob that bank. In fact, I wasn't anywhere near the bank while it was being robbed!" "Well, according to your vehicle's telemetry, your car was parked in the bank's parking lot at the exact same time as it was being robbed. Now how do you explain how your vehicle was at the bank while it was being robbed while not having a verifiable alibi?"

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Re: I could go postal!

If I had my way, I would require all devices with a battery must allow the owner to change that battery in a short amount of time. And I would also make it illegal to use glue to seal anything except the screen so that the owner can fix the product or replace equipment. And I would require all laptops to use an industry standard universal charger and phones and tablets to use the USB-C connector to charge. And I would require every device that can play music to have a headphone jack.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: How-to

(1) If you are using Windows 8 or 10, install Classic Shell.

(2) After install, click the start button for the now proper and logical start menu, right-click 'This PC' or 'Computer' in Win7, then left-click Manage.

(3) Find System Tools, then expand Task Scheduler, then Task Scheduler library, then Microsoft, then Windows.

(4) Find the 'Application Experience' task list and 'Customer Experience Improvement' one and disable all tasks therein.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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Re: Average use case

I love competition. Do you really think Intel would release these if not for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper? I can't wait for actual benchmarks from independent testers on both the i9 and Threadripper. These are obviously niche products, but it puts pressure on the prices for mainstream products, which means our wallets win.

We need to remember how good of a design Ryzen is. Rumors are the yields of the Ryzen are great. But the beauty of the design is that AMD can link cores together in a mesh. So when Intel needs a 16 core CPU, they have to make a large one. And the larger the die, the lower the yields. When AMD needs to make a 16 core CPU, they just make two 8 core ones and mesh them together. I can buy a 16 core Threadripper for $999, or a 10 core i9 for $999. The choice is easy. But the best thing is I actually have a choice. Intel must copy AMD's mesh design. But even if Intel started today, it would still take over a year to get to market.

The next thing I hope is that the Vega video card is a winner. We need to put pressure on NVidia's prices now. I love competition: lower prices and better products. What is not to like?

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Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

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New strategy

"Our strategy is to build best-in-class platforms and productivity services for an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge infused with artificial intelligence (“AI”)."

I noticed the new strategy doesn't involve actually giving what their customers want, such as the permanent banishment of the ribbon, a proper and logical start menu, no more forced updates, absolute and complete respect for our privacy, the return of a proper backup program, a working pre-boot F8 again so we don't have to wait 3 unsuccessful boots to start in safe mode, and Aero or at least an option to enable it. I am convinced that Microsoft is now run by hipster doofuses who have book knowledge and buzzword knowledge but absolutely no wisdom and who live in a reality bubble shielded away from the real world and do not realize how much people hate their product outside that bubble.

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Canadian ISPs do not Canuck around: Bloke accused of piracy grilled in his home for hours

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Re: The true nature of big corp

"Even the police can't just do whatever they want to you in your house, private individuals or corporations certainly can't and should be heavily dissuaded from doing so, the only way they understand."

And the only way to do that is to directly punish the decision makers, not the corporation. You punish a large corporation with a fine, it is just a write down for their business and at most a temporary stock drop. You punish Dr. Evil with a large fine and his minions who carried out his orders with a fine, then these actions will stop. You must directly punish the individuals responsible for the decision, not the faceless soulless corporation.

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Oracle's systems boss bails amid deafening silence over Solaris fate

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This makes me sad

I coded all my C and C++ projects on a Solaris Unix computer in college. This makes me sad because every soul Oracle touches withers and dies inside. Just like that lady that was forced to have a mandatory binding arbitration clause in her contract by Oracle and after she won in Oracle's kangaroo court, Oracle sued their own kangaroo court.

It is only a matter of time before MySQL and Java succumbs to soul crushing society of Oracle. If Oracle ever gets their hands on PHP or ColdFusion, then my college days will a time of great sadness because Oracle would have their hands on everything I did in college except COBOL. (And I hated COBOL because I hate accounting.)

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Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle

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Standard operating procedure. Big company buys smaller company, gets rid of everyone who made smaller company, bigger company with no experience of smaller company's service attempts to improve it, wonders why smaller company users are unhappy with the service. This happens every time.

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Boffins throw Amazon Alexa on the rack to extract hidden clues

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Re: Sales of these are going to crash at some point

What is to prevent Amazon (or Google) from updating the terms-of-service and bury in it legalese language that lets them listen all the time? And like many TOS updates, either you agree or you cannot use your paid for product anymore. What is to prevent Amazon from making the microphone mute button become a button that only stops listening to commands but listens for everything else?

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Clear August 21 in your diary: It's a total solar eclipse for the smart

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Re: Flat-Earth Activists

I know two people who are flat-earthers. One is a right-wing nutjob and the other is a left-wing nutjob. Stupid is not confined to Trumpsters or Hippies. I think I will ask them just to see how they explain it. I bet I will get a different answer from each.

(Turn around, bright eyes.)

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Apple exits music player biz by killing iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle

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My iPod stays in my car, connected to my head unit's USB adapter. It really is quite convenient for that purpose. All my CD's are ripped using Apple Lossless and then I use my older version of iTunes to convert that to the highest quality lossy AAC format to fit on my iPod. I have to drive a lot, so it is a blessing when I can avoid the banal music of the local radio stations. (I hate pop music, it all sounds the same even if it is on a rock station, "alternative" rock station, or country station. Now the only difference between pop and country is a fiddle and a southern accent.)

But I've been seeing the writing on the wall for a little bit and started looking for alternatives. I know about Fiio. I also found out Pioneer has a program where you can transfer your music and playlists from iTunes to a program they have. And then that program can be used to put your music and playlist on a SD card or USB drive for Pioneer units. iTunes version 10 and earlier are great at organizing music; version 11 and later is garbage at everything. I found my alternative. I don't have to redo my playlists, I don't need to re-rip my music. And since I like Pioneer head units, I stopped looking.

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iRobot just banked a fat profit. And it knows how to make more: Sharing 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

Wade Burchette
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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

Wade Burchette
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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

Wade Burchette
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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

Wade Burchette
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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

Wade Burchette
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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'

Wade Burchette
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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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