Re: Windows 10 continues to be a lure for PC buyers in the wider enterprise space(?)
Um, I'm pretty sure it's because of the rise in mobile tech rather than anything to do with what version of Windows (or OS in general) a PC is running...
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@Marshaltown: careful there - reg forum rules say that direct accusations (in particular, the use of the "s-word") can get your post pulled and even result in a ban.
But yes, having actually taken a look at the post history under this handle, it looks like you're bang on the money...
"That bad boy would've had a wipe and reimage before it got more than 4 feet away from me."
Heck, I'd have gone full BOFH and wiped the entire thing right there in front of him, with a commentary along the lines of:
"No you can't take a backup, whatever's infected it will just get onto your USB stick... when did you first notice the noise? Ok, well you can't restore any backups from then until now, there's a risk that they're infected..."
That sort of user is just begging to be reduced to tears and having the fear of god put into them at the idea of trying it on again...
Said it before and I'll say it again:
The thing I've learned these days is that whoever writes the matching algorithms that recruiters use should be sacked.
My pet hate is that despite never having done contracting (and most roles on my CV being in the 3-5 year duration bracket), I still get scalper emails offering contract posts. Most of them get ignored. However, occasionally I get a complete howler - only a couple of my "secondary skills" matched at best, completely the wrong location, etc...
I now have a copy-paste template for such howlers, which gets emailed back, the appropriate replacement bits blatantly copy-pasted from the scalper's own email (ie: their font etc), stating how concerned I am at how bad a mismatch the role is, that as a professional software developer I feel I have a duty to point out how their crap algorithm is costing them time and money, and they should have an audit immediately with a view to fixing it.
This also gets CC'ed to their company's generic info email as well.
You had such an opportunity.
You could have tested Windows 10 to death, possibly even set up a "revert to Win7" theme (for the UGLY FLATSO haters), and above all, focused on security and privacy, and limited telemetry to crash reporting at the absolute most... with Google and Facebook increasingly coming into question about how they use the data they gather, you did have a shot at re-inventing yourselves to all but the like of those who are still stuck in the browser wars...
... but no. You had to try and do the same damn thing as Google and Facebook. And you had to do it badly. Is it that you just can't stand someone else being the villains or something???
"...could have been worse... Facebook was looking to buy DeepMind
The thing about Farcebook is that you don't have to create an account with them to do anything apart from use Facebook. Okay, so their tracking and "like" begging-buttons are all over the web, but judicious use of blocking software soon takes care of that.
Whereas when you fire up your brand new (non-Microsoft) browser for the first time, what's the default search engine?
And then there's Android, where you've got almost no hope of blocking Google's spyware unless you're willing to jump through numerous hoops...
"Google are good guys. They don't hide behind confusing privacy policies (Microsoft)"
I'll just leave this here:
"when these perpetual children physically age to the point of running the country"
But hey! At least when this happens, it'll finally be the year of Linux (albeit a very robot-y, Google-tied version) on the desktop!
"...and using the same code repositories that were facilitating student malpractice," Ofqual said."
So basically Ofqual, you want the means of gaining a certification in the subject of Computer Science to be completely at odds with how said subject is used out in the real world.
What he f*** planet are you on???
""Thank you for respecting my privacy,"
The irony of a Google employee saying this has blow my mind...
... or could it be that they are brainwashed with some Google-sanctioned definition of "privacy" upon signing the contract, hence they don't consider the recording of their making a public address a breach of privacy...
"you use that to WRITE the algorithm, and once done, you NEVER! HAVE! TO! TEST! IT! AGAIN!!!
... until your business requirements change and you have to modify said algorithm so that it returns a different results set under circumstances x, y and z, but otherwise must return exactly the same data as it has been doing until now.
That is the value of full and proper unit test coverage - it's not about making sure your code works right now, but ensuring that it continues to work as expected after modification. Otherwise, the chances are you're just playing whack-a-mole with bugs.
The idea that "just writing it right in the first place" is an archaic throw-back to the pre-internet era when systems were monolithic and updated once in a blue moon by a single big-bang operation. Businesses now expect new functionality to be delivered rapidly and seamlessly, and as developers, we have to adapt or die.
The irony is that until a few years ago, I used to think along the same lines - "what's the point of unit tests? I've manually tested my code and it works!" But now, when faced with modifying a chunk of code that was written a year ago by someone who is no longer with the company, finding a good suite of unit tests that document how it's supposed to work and catch what I might accidentally break is not only reassuring, but also vastly increases the speed I can work at.
"/me swings a clue-bat and a cat-5-o-nine-tails at ANYONE calling that so-called 'modern' 2D FLAT crap "modern" [and actually believing it]"
A couple of roles back, I once made the mistake of forgetting to lock my desktop before going to lunch... okay, I may have sent a couple of prank emails from similarly unlocked machines prior to this, and possibly have changed a couple of desktop wallpapers... you know, nothing malicious.
Oh, kharma... how sharp your teeth can be.
I got back and found that pretty much everything had been hit. Not just the things I had half expected on the way back from the sandwich shop when - in a moment of dawning horror - I realised what I had done, but everywhere.
I got the email signature switch before it could do any damage - but there are a few commits in that company's git repos that will forever immortalise that day before I spotted the vandalism...
I recall at one point that there was a trend (in my area at least) to have a tune from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". I can't remember the name of it - it wasn't the main theme - but it was someone whistling.
I had a second job in a pub at the time. Every now and then, it was entertaining to start whistling the aforementioned tune myself, and watch half the punters diving for their phones...
"I base my opinions on actual history..."
"would be FAR LESS than the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS spent on moving to Win-10-nic"
To quote from the above link: "From what I've been able to glean, thanks to Google's translation facility, the problems that have been stated fall into three categories: hardware support, interoperability and training and user adoption."
"All that the court cases can do is to decide if Google or Bing is the dominant search engine."
I would say that the ruling against Microsoft for browser tying should set precedent here: upon first trying to search the web, the end user be presented with a series of search engines (in random order), and choose the one they want.
In an ideal world, there would be rankings for categories such as "quality of results" and "privacy" displayed for each as well...
... ah well, I can dream. Until then, I'll use DuckDuckGo...
"This amateur blog is a joke."
If I were a betting man, I would be willing to wager that you were one of the ACs who used exactly this "joke" every time Windows Phone was mentioned and just can't stand it when it gets turned round and used on google...
"Google may have let Uber off the hook for possibly conspiring with its former engineers to steal its trade secrets but it sure as hell is not going to let its former staff off the hook."
Which is pretty much as expected - it's a lot easier to hound an individual into bankruptcy (or capitulation due to imminent bankruptcy) than it is another company.
What I would be interested in finding out is how much Google's search results for "Anthony Levandowski" have changed since (say) a month before this whole thing kicked off to how they appear now. After all, there have been previous reports of search results manipulation, and I for one would not put it past them to start serving up the worst dirt possible on the guy.
"if consumers still demand YouTube and Gmail, then Google wins"
"And you KNOW they wouldn't "accomodate" nor "embrace" your DISAGREEMENT. Because the people doing "that kind of thing" are ACTIVISTS, NOT satisfied until they _CHANGE_ you. By force. (which IS the problem)"
So next time we read anything about ".Not", "Win-10-nic", "UGLY FLATSO UI", etc., etc...
"DuckDuckGoOnion, Palemoon, no phone, no social media."
Nice going. If I knew who you were, I'd salute you!
You're right - those things are not really needed for a happy modern life. But the fact is that the vast majority of people do use these things.
Given that we of the technical community are charged with the responsibility of leading the way in this field, the fact that there are so many who still quite happily use the likes of - and even advocate - Google, Facebook et al's services while whining about Microsoft's data policies and track record gives me a sense of dread. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
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