* Posts by Ilsa Loving

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Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update

Ilsa Loving

>You can use a pixel 2 without a Google account... And nothing goes back to Google.

>Good luck signing into an iPhone without an appleID and avoiding the apple slurp... It's mandatory.....

Obvious Troll is obvious. If your post was any less correct it wouldn't even be in a comprehensible language.

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Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

Ilsa Loving

Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."

>Unless the problem you need help with is the fact that you can't get online. I wonder how MS intends to deliver help files when your network connection has been rendered FUBAR due to the latest MS update?

>I'll get my coat, it's the one with the recursive Catch 22 trap in the pocket containing the recursive Catch 22 trap in th

The sad part is that that isn't even a joke. Wasn't it last year when MS put out an update that destroyed everybody's DHCP?

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Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

Ilsa Loving

Can Ritchie sue Oracle then?

Java is a derivative work, inheriting a large amount of it's syntax and functionality from C++ and C.

Does this mean Oracle can be sued for that?

If this stands it will be a programming language nuclear war.

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

Ilsa Loving

History

Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.

Those who do not history are doomed to watch everyone else repeat it.

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18.04 beta is as good a time as any to see which Ubuntu flavour tickles your Budgie, MATE

Ilsa Loving

"We have Libreoffice and Thunderbird which are fundamentally very good, but are beginning to look a little dated."

I have to respectfully disagree. Thunderbird is a god-awful mess. Hideous messy UI, convoluted configuration, and irritating behaviours make it a user unfriendly mess. It failed the Mom test miserably. As a matter of fact, I have not used one single OSS PIM stack that didn't have some kind of problem or was missing critical functionality. For example, CardDav/CalDAV support is shockingly hard to come by without having to futz with cumbersome transport tools.

LibreOffice is ok for word processing and spreadsheets, but they really should just throw in the towel with Impress. I have yet to run it on a single system (I haven't tried Windows) where it wasn't fundamentally broken. Half the transition options flat out don't work, and those that do work have shockingly jerky animation on even high end hardware. And this has been an ongoing problem for at least half a decade, and nobody seems to care enough to fix it. You'd be better off flipping through a PDF file.

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Cortana. Whatever happened to world domination?

Ilsa Loving

Re: Alexa puck

"I've run checks on my local network to ensure that no extraneous data is being sent to Amazon, and there's no spikes at times where I don't call it by name to indicate anything is sent except for that which I expect.

This sounds like a blog article needing to be written. I've refused to get one for similar paranoid reasons as others have mentioned, but if demonstrated to behave in a reasonable manner, then maybe it's worth greater consideration.

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Ilsa Loving

Poor first impression

My first introduction to Cortana was when I tried asking it a question... and it promptly locked up the entire user interface and the only way to get out was to ctrl-alt-delete and log out of the machine (or reboot). I tried it several more times with consistent results.

So I disabled it and never used it again.

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Cavalry riding to the rescue of DDoS-deluged memcached users

Ilsa Loving

Resp

>I suppose that the use of this flush_all command is a bit like going on to a neighbour's property to put out a fire started by an unattended BBQ that's grown big enough to be threatening one's own. That is, the neighbour almost certainly will be grateful.

I still remember when a long time ago a neighbour got his internet shut down because he had been infected with spamspewing malware. While I was troubleshooting exactly what was going on, he fumed about how none of this was his fault or his responsibility and his ISP should have protected him.

I told him his only option was to reformat his hard drive and there was nothing else I could do. I sure as hell wasn't going to help him for free.

So yeah, don't count on people stupid enough to set up an unsecured and unpatched memcached server to be thankful that their incompetence was called out.

Simple rules for setting up a server on the internet:

-Is it a backend server? Put it behind a firewall and set up network ACLs to restrict access to minimum required to function.

-does it assist a front-end server? Put it behind a firewall and set up network ACLs to restrict access to minimum required to function.

-Is it a front-end server? Put it behind a firewall and poke one hole the and set up network ACLs to restrict access to minimum required to function. AND also restrict public URLs to only the ones the public should use if your server provides separate maintenance/admin URLs.

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Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

Ilsa Loving

On the upside, if your powermac ever stops working you can still use the mouse to play ice hockey.

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Millionaire-backed science fiction church to launch Scientology TV network

Ilsa Loving

Re: Z-lister club

What do you mean? Of course vegetables feel pain.

I've heard the screams of the vegetables,

Watching their skins being peeled.

Grated and chopped without mercy...

How do you think that feels?

Carrot juice constitutes murder.

Greenhouses prison for slaves!

It's time to stop all this gardening,

lets call a spade a spade!

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Ilsa Loving

"Rumored"?

Wasn't Hubbard specifically quoted as setting up scientology specifically to be a money-making operation?

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Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

Ilsa Loving

Re: Slack? IRC?

SkypeForBusiness, AFAIK, IS Lync. Microsoft rebranded it thinking that would somehow magically make it more attractive despite the fact that it was still a steaming pile of festering donkey smegma.

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

Ilsa Loving

Well no shit

For years now, phones have converged to exactly one general style, with the only improvements being minor bumps in CPU or GPU power.

And they're honestly surprised that people arn't upgrading anymore?

You wanna sell phones? Add back all the features you've been f__king taking away (headphone jack, FM radio, removable battery with the option of an extended capacity) and stabalizing the f__king operating system so that it runs reliably and allows you to communicate with other devices (eg: bluetooth car audio) without me having to spend god knows how much time googling and futzing. Oh, and may mix up the models types a little bit so everyone doesn't feel like they're living through the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits". I would *love* a phone with a slideout keyboard like those old Nokia Communicators.

But no, instead of making a phone that doesn't suck, companies would instead prefer to add all sorts of idiotic features like animated poop emojis and half-assed nonsense that is of no material value to anyone.

There's plenty of money out there for new phones. The problem is, like the article says, that companies arn't interested in putting out NEW phones anymore.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

Ilsa Loving

Re: Games, anyone?

Do they really like windows though? If you look at PC sales numbers, they've been outright collapsing year over year over year. There was already a slump prior to the release of Windows 10, but since Windows 10 those numbers have been in freefall.

Meanwhile, non-Windows machines (ie: Apple. Chromebook, etc) have been either steady or increasing.

Microsoft fucked up Windows 10 so utterly badly that they have caused the Great PC Depression.

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23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

Ilsa Loving

Wait, Geotrust will be blocked too?

The way the article is written, it sounds like Chrome is going to block all certificates under the Symantec umbrella, including RapidSSL and Geotrust.

Am I reading this right? Cause that's going to be devastating.

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

Ilsa Loving

Actually, it's usable for IT work. There are decent clients available for managing AWS, SSH some with, some without X support), and passable remote desktop tools. Oh, and there are VPN clients galore.

It's not great, mind you, however now and then I'm in a position where I need to do some urgent work and the only thing I've had on me is my iPad, and it's worked surprisingly well.

It cannot compete against a desktop or a laptop if the work requires special locally-running apps, but as a remote access device, I consider it an almost-as-good alternative to lugging around a laptop.

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You're decorating it wrong: Apple HomePod gives wood ring of death

Ilsa Loving

Re: Lace Doily

I realize your post was tongue-in-cheek, however, looking at the general aesthetic of the HomePod, I think a nice white lace doily would actually look very nice and complement the unit.

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Playboy is suing Boing Boing over Imgur centrefold link

Ilsa Loving

OMG that video

I couldn't even watch the whole video. And I'm currently feeling this not quite overwhelming urge to curl into a fetal position under my desk right now.

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Flying on its own, Thunderbird seeks input on new look

Ilsa Loving

How about making Thunderbird not suck, instead?

The dated look of Thunderbird is the least of it's issues. It's hard not to think of it as abandonware when there's been no notable improvements in *years*.

It appears to be stuck in the 90s. It's needlessly difficult to use and configure, and is missing a multitude of features that are standard in most other clients, like unified mailboxes or functional calendar (ie: caldav, activesync) and contacts (ie: carddav, activesync, ldap) service integration.

I don't know what the reason is, nor do I really care at this point. I simply now consider Thunderbird to be a client of last resort, especially on Mac or Windows where there are a multitude of other clients to choose from.

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Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

Ilsa Loving

Re: RE: AC

"I use toilet paper. Both sides"

So... A Windows 10 user then? :)

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Bring me your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to see behavioural advertising

Ilsa Loving

Facebook has a "striped down" app?

What, it's only 1/2 a gigabyte instead of 3/4?

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Brit MP Dorries: I gave my staff the, um, green light to use my login

Ilsa Loving

Not surprising

As horrific as this is, it doesn't surprise me.

Politicians are are still people. And for years the general accepted rules for password management have encouraged ridiculous policies that virtually guaranteed that these kinds of issues would occur.

Even the original author (sorry forgot his name now...) has gone so far as to apologize for his original recommendations because they've done overwhelmingly more harm than good.

What this story tells me is that their IT policies desperately need an update. Preferably one that doesn't require people to change their passwords every 30 days, and focus on longer but more easily typeable and memorable passwords.

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

Ilsa Loving

Will this help current phones?

I am assuming that, while this new architecture is good, it won't help current and past phones. This is the architecture Google should have implemented on day one, not 10 years later, after "Landfill Android" became an official term.

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Parity: The bug that put $169m of Ethereum on ice? Yeah, it was on the todo list for months

Ilsa Loving

Jeebuz....

"However, rather than just having more audits, we strongly believe that more extensive and formal procedures and tooling around the deployment, monitoring and testing of contracts will be needed to achieve security. We believe that the entire ecosytem as a whole is in urgent need of such procedures and tooling to prevent similar issues from happening again, in particular if and when the number and complexity of live contracts grows."

Gee, ya f__king think? It didn't occur to you *before*, that top notch security would be necessary in order to reliably handle other people's money?

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US trade cops agree to investigate Apple's 'embrace and extend'

Ilsa Loving

I hope Apple loses big time

The fact of the matter is that Apple's mechanism for screen sharing is, quite frankly, crap. RDP is infinitely better, for a variety of reasons, the most important of which (IMO) is that the resolution of your display is based on your local client, not the resolution of the mac you're connecting to.

I'd been looking around for an RDP based screen server for Mac, and was disappointed I couldn't find one. Now I know why.

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Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

Ilsa Loving

Not so difficult to me

He is speaking from a position of power. He makes no effort to draw a clear line between "personal" and "POTUS" therefore it's only reasonable to assume that they're all "POTUS".

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Apple succeeds in failing wearables

Ilsa Loving

You may be able to take your pulse, but you can't do it continuously, and record the data for further analysis.

It's a niche use case, but a device that can handle that use case well will be very valuable to those that need/want it.

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Ilsa Loving

My biggest concern with the iWatch is battery life. Batteries lose the ability to hold charge over time, and if you can only get 1 day worth of life when you've first taken it out of the box, how much life will the watch have a year or two from now? I'm not one of those people that is willing to drop large quantities of money on updated accessories, so I expect my watch to have a generous life span.

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User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

Ilsa Loving

Re: PBKAC

Way back when a manager was complaining he couldn't log into his laptop. It just wouldn't accept his password. After spending more time than I care to admit checking the caps lock, watching him type, etc, I discovered that he had somehow managed to hit the num lock function, which turned half his qwerty keyboard into a ersatz number pad. After figuring out how to disable it again (as I had never in my life used it once), he was able to log in again.

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Squeezing in little Quake between builds? Not any more: Facebook Bucks up Java compile tool

Ilsa Loving

Shit code

Maybe if they didn't write such mindbogglingly shit code, they wouldn't have issues with compile times being so long. I mean, honestly, the facebook and messenger together are approx 750mb. What in the name of $DEITY and all that is holy did they have to do to bloat their apps up that much?

Their applications are proof that they don't actually know how to write code, and anything they make available should very carefully evaluated before used by others.

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Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo

Ilsa Loving

Who cares about the USB issues...

How do you make those adorable penguin appetizers? I'm guessing carrots and olives... and... cream cheese?

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Kubernetes bug ate my banking app! How code flaw crashed Brit upstart

Ilsa Loving

I wonder...

I wonder if they're also using NoSQL databases for their back end? ACID compliance? We don't need no steenking ACID compliance!

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

Ilsa Loving

Less gimicks, more stability

I wish Apple would go back to making a robust product instead of coming up with goofy gimicks. There are advanced facial recognition systems out there that cost millions of dollars and arn't completely reliable. It's arrogant for Apple to think they can get it working in a $1000 phone. It's a completely unnecessary feature that causes more problems than it solves, IMO.

Meanwhile, I have had more problems with iOS 11 than I *ever* had with *any* previous version of iOS. I had to do a factory reset just to get my Beats BT headphones working properly again. I mean, come on, an apple phone having issues with apple headphones? Really?

Meanwhile the Hey Siri feature has been completely broken with my car whereas it had worked perfectly in iOS 10. And Apple's support response was, "It's up to other vendors to be compatible with us." Yeah, I'll just rip out the entire stereo of my car and replace it then. TYVM.

I think it's time Apple stopped being "courageous" with their product lines and go back to making products that weren't crap.

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Don't put your Node out of joint: Version 8 of JS toolkit now in LTS mode

Ilsa Loving

"Long Term"

How exaclty does 18 months count as "long term"? I have jars of condiments in my fridge that last longer than that.

This just makes me even *more* nervous about NodeJS, in that it is so unstable that 18 months is the best they can hope to achieve for some kind of stable release.

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How to make your HTML apps suck less, actually make some money

Ilsa Loving

I am guessing some kind of porting libraries.

I would guess that the original code was written for Android as Java, and then ported to iOS as an afterthought. So its possible that there's a huge pile of libraries added in to support running the app in iOS without the developer needing to go through a huge redevelopment effort.

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Resellers on Surface: Yeah, go ahead and kill it. What do we care...

Ilsa Loving

Re: Who Is Buying Surface ???

> Segue to a generic rant how I'm ever more reluctant to buy a new product because I don't know if it will be around very long.

This is why I won't consider one. It's a nice enough device, but a) it runs Windows 10 which Microsoft has done a fantastic job of making me despise with all my being, and b) Microsoft has not been able to put out one single product this past decade that they haven't subsequently stabbed people in the back with.

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Ilsa Loving

Re: In another thread...

Considering that it has an intel processor in it and touts paintshop pro, it's most likely windows. AFAIK there is no android version of PSP.

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Onwards to Valhalla: Java ain't dead yet and it's only getting bigger

Ilsa Loving

Cave Johnson here...

I'll be honest, we're throwing Java at the wall here to see what sticks. No idea what it'll do. Probably nothing. Best-case scenario, you might get some superpowers. Worst case, some tumors, which we'll cut out.

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Open-source storage that doesn't suck? Our man tries to break TrueNAS

Ilsa Loving

Re: Fail over?

>There is a heartbeat. The failover is pretty quick and seamless. I have been running one for almost 2 years now, and have only failed over intentionally. When I did fail over, no one but me knew it even happened. I'm running around 30 VM's on mine.

Would you mind sharing some details and rough costs of your setup? I'm currently investigating upgrade options, and your situation sounds similar to mine.

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The URL of sandwich: Microsoft Office blogs redirect snafu foils users

Ilsa Loving

Why would anyone use Azure?

It makes me wonder why anyone in their right might would use Azure, seeing how Microsoft can't seem to go a week without something major going belly up. If they can't keep their own infrastructure running, why would anyone trust them with their own?

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

Ilsa Loving

No headphone jack

Suddenly the inexplicable desire to exclude the headphone jack makes sense.

Apple et al can now honestly say that there's no point enabling the FM chip since there's no longer a way to connect an antenna. Before, they had no leg to stand on because there was absolutely nothing preventing them from enabling the functionality apart from greed.

This is feeling like the whole "IE is a part of Windows" thing all over again.

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Mac High Sierra hijinks continue: Nasty apps can pull your passwords

Ilsa Loving

Re: Plaintext passwords??

They are not stored in plaintext. The issue is that once the keychain is unlocked (which happens automatically when you log in, there's not a lot stopping programs from accessing it.

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Apple bumps up price on iPad Pro as flash costs climb

Ilsa Loving

Re: Cupertino Idiot Tax

Apparently the anti-Apple circle jerkers are out in force lately. It seems that anyone who refuses to soundly denounce Apple as the next antichrist is getting downvoted to heck.

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Ilsa Loving

Don't get a cheap android

Don't do it. Just don't. You will regret it.

I've tried several 'cheap' tablets, and they proved that the "Landfill Android" moniker is justly deserved. They were barely suitable for even the most basic purposes. A couple were so bad that they weren't even good enough to suffice as a basic e-reader. You're also virtually guaranteed to get zero updates. What you got in the box is what you're stuck with.

There have been some important changes in the droid-verse since I last used one... The latest versions of android are significantly improved, especially in the realm of power/process management. Also, there is now an official-ish agreement between several of the major manufacturers to provide at least a couple years worth of updates. I can't remember the details, and they still don't come close to the avg 5 years of updates that Apple provides, but the situation is a heck of a lot better than it used to be.

Oh, another nice feature in recent androids... If your device supports SD cards, you can configure the device to (essentially) group the storages together into one cohesive volume, so you no longer have to play the "Can I move this app to my sd card?" game.

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

Ilsa Loving

Re: People compare apples to oranges, as usual

Ok, at least now we're in the same territory. Now how well do they actually work? (Also, those are still over-head headphones, which make it impossible to wear a bicycle helmet)

I've bought many pairs of sub $100 BT headsets over the years. I had subsequently given up and written off the entire technology because Every. Single. One. Failed. The audio quality was barely better than radio. And that assumed I could maintain a connection at all. The only way I could have reliable connectivity was if I kept my phone within 2-3 feet of the headphones, unobstructed (ie: having the phone in my pants pocket was enough to disrupt signal).

I took a chance on a pair of BeatX headphones, and they are the very first BT headphones I have *ever* owned, that didn't give me grief. Were they expensive? Yes. But I have cumulatively spent 3 times that amount over the years on crap "inexpensive" headsets that I ultimately binned. In fact, the only way I've been able to cause connection issues was to stand near an electrical room that puts out almost enough RF to light a florescent bulb.

So go on and be snide. But the facts speak for themselves.

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Ilsa Loving

People compare apples to oranges, as usual

In the words of Arnold, this appears to be a "teachable moment".

I'm not going to touch on the merits of the case because I don't know the details and so have nothing useful to add in that regard.

But FFS people, think for a minute before you compare a set of $50 set of *wired, over-the-head, heavy* headphones to a $200 set of *bluetooth, over-the-ear, lightweight* headphones. Telling someone that who wants one kind of headset that they are a moron because they don't want a completely different kind of headset does nothing more than point out the stupidity of the person offering the "advice".

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

Ilsa Loving

They won't come just cause you build it

All the problems with Edge arn't technical. One, Windows 10 only. They've instantly limited adoption right there. No one is going to switch to Windows 10 *just* to use Edge.

The bigger reason, IMO, is that it's a Microsoft browser. Microsoft basically did everything they could to destroy the internet with Internet Explorer. They specifically sought out to bankrupt Netscape with it through all sorts of underhanded means.

Recent history has shown that Microsoft hasn't learned a damned thing, and so I refuse to give them the opportunity to try again.

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

Ilsa Loving

Go back to Brick and Mortar

While Amazon et al are very enticing, especially for harder to find or bulk items, I prefer to stick with brick and mortar stores, or at least well established online stores like NewEgg (buying directly from newegg, not their other vendors) for most things.

Yes, it costs more. But I also have someone to contact if something goes wrong. There is someone on the other end with a reputation to uphold, for which it's in their best interest to do a good job. They can't just close up shop and reopen under a new name when they piss off too many people. Or at least, it's a whole lot harder.

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Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

Ilsa Loving
Mushroom

Re: What about auto-updates?

As far as people resisting Windows updates - ask yourself: why is that? Perhaps these people were burned by an update gone awry before, and are now more afraid of the O/S vendor than of viruses and ransomware. That's not a pretty thought, is it?

How do I upvote something multiple times? When my Mac or my Linuxes boxes have updates, I never hesitate. Windows updates scare the crap out of me. We had an entire set of Lenovo "Made for Windows 10" laptops go belly up when Microsoft release their stupid Anniversary Update. All the users lost at least half a day trying to recover their machines, which for most of them involved rolling back the update. One user's laptop needed to be reimaged completely. Thanks to that little episode, I have outright banned Windows 10 at our workplace. I am going out of my way to find non-Win10 boxes and will continue to do so until I have no other choice. At which point I'm going to start calling Microsoft support frequently and demanding free support.

*I* am the sysadmin here. *I* am responsible for these machines, that means *I demand* control of them. If Microsoft wants to control my computers, then they damn well have to take responsibility for them too. They don't get to have their cake and eat it too.

At this point I use Windows 10 for exactly one purpose: To run a gaming laptop, because that's all Windows 10 is good for. Any time I need to do real work, I switch to a Mac or Linux box.

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