* Posts by Ropewash

139 posts • joined 17 Apr 2010

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

Ropewash

Re: you are a 1st world problem

>>People don't need protecting

>Yes they do. From products that will harm their health.

Fuck right off. I'll smoke if I want to, drink if I want to and stay up late eating fucking crisps if I want to.

>>children should be taught how to think, not what to think

>Impossible under capitalism

Last time I checked, parents were still parents no matter what system they live under. It's their job to teach the children.

>>Go out and do something, be the best you can

>The proletariat don't have the luxury of choice.

Yes. Yes we do. No-one is forcing us to make shitty decisions, we do that all on our own and often refuse to learn from the mistakes. That's our failure. Every person who ever worked their way up from nothing to have a decent life is proof that the choice is there.

>>ignore them and got on with our lives

>Our lives as consumers right?

I almost agree with you there... But I dare you to live without consuming anything for a week. Being alive means consumption, no way around it. If you'd said hyper-consumers then I would have been on side.

So what is your solution to these ills if I may be so bold as to inquire?

If you suggest socialism I'll point out that Venezuelan real-estate is really cheap right now. Go buy yourself some and live in your utopia. Personally I'll pass.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

Ropewash
Joke

re : "I use p2p for nix based distros."

Damnit...

When are you *nix pirates going to learn. Your freetard ways are robbing the hardworking software writers of their livelihood. Without the support brought in by a measly $0.99 per-program-per-update every time you use apt/yum/pacman/whatever these poor struggling artists are going to have to go try to earn their living busking software edits in subway stations.

Heartless bastards.

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Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

Ropewash
Joke

On the upside...

Maybe it could be used to block telemetry at the kernel level.

Poison can become a medicine and all that.

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Costa Rica complains of US govt harassment over Pirate Bay domain

Ropewash

As usual.

These thickheads don't really get it do they?

There was a functional list of IPs for filesharing "pirates" right there. They really didn't care that you could see them since such a low percentage ever got C&D letters, let alone lawsuits.

No. That wasn't enough for you. Gotta try to take down the whole infrastructure to show you're properly kowtowing to the Hollywood money. Try to force your laws onto other nations. Why not also pressure ISPs into filtering torrent traffic so that even perfectly legal users suffer and/or start obfuscating their traffic.

So once it's all moved onto TOR or similar and they have no access what-so-ever to a handy list of IPs to sue what are you gonna do? Try to make TOR illegal? Probably. Will it work? No.

Good job.

Need any ammo for your other foot?

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FOIA documents show the Kafkaesque state of US mass surveillance

Ropewash

Re: To Constitute or not to Constitute...

At least in a communist society, the sociopaths will easily be identified and Promoted.

FTFY

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Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

Ropewash

Re: Inevitable

FSB & PLA

I can't be the only one who wondered what the frontside bus or a programmable logic array had to do with this story.

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Bot you see is what you get: The cold reality of Microsoft's chat 'AI'

Ropewash

Re: ymmv

@ dbtx - "It bothers me that smart people are trying to "rescue" the less-smart people from having to do it, and teaching each other that it is a worthy goal."

True. The smart people that repair car engines "rescue" the less smart people from having to learn how to do it. The smart people who know how to apply roofing materials correctly "rescue" the less smart people from having to learn (and also from leaky roofs). The smart people who can use a bulldozer to build a road grade "rescue" the less smart people from having to drive to work on a roller-coaster.

Knowing how to use the sed command does not make a person more intelligent than knowing how to make a tree fall in the direction you want it to. (Also, the errors in tree falling make for better .webms than the sed command errors)

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

Ropewash

Re: In five years we could have Triage AI

@ Rattus Rattus - "I'm not sure I want to be part of an operation that requires a surgeon's sense of taste."

Can't see how wearing flared trousers has any effect on surgery...

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It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

Ropewash

Surface3pro

Got one to use as a cheap Cintiq knock-off. A job it handles well enough for a non-artist such as myself that can't justify the Wacom price but still likes to see where he's making marks on a drawing.

It has one major advantage over the Cintiq in that it doesn't have to be tethered to a computer to work.

It has one major dis-advantage in that it's vastly less powerful than the machine it would have been tethered to. Still, it's a decent little machine that runs actual graphics software, even if it does it slower than I'd like.

I would like to replace it with one that has more grunt, but Microsoft have decided to go down the Windows10 route and I can't stomach using that system so I won't be replacing this thing until the battery explodes.

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S is for Sandbox: The logic behind Microsoft's new lockdown Windows gambit

Ropewash

Re: S is for Spyware

@Dave 126

You know... Last time I browsed the Windows store it did not seem to have autoCAD available as a UWP application. I highly doubt there's any CAD/CAM, circuit design or, in fact, ANY engineering or manufacturing software of any sort on the store.

So what "third party applications" are these "engineers" using that the S version of Win10 could possibly offer them? A dictionary? Maybe a new alarm clock? Do they do their design work solely within the world of Minecraft?

Why wouldn't these folks just buy a real windows machine to actually get work done on?

I'm certainly no engineer, but I still prefer Win7 on a full-fat desktop complete with a vidcard you could brew coffee on and an uncanny ability to run any Windows software from any source.

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It's Russian hackers, FBI and Wikileaks wot won it – Hillary Clinton on her devastating election loss

Ropewash

It's odd how they don't mention

The fact that THEY wrote those e-mails the "Russians" made off with.

Not once did I see Podesta or Clinton say that those were fabricated documents spread by her political enemies. Nope. That bit just got whitewashed by screaming Russians!!! loud enough.

The existence of emails in general wasn't the issue. It's what was in them that matters. The DNC wrote what was in them. The "Russians" only made it available to the public.

I think the American people should probably thank the Ruskies for a job well done and encourage them to hack the shit out of all the presidential emails so the people can keep tabs on their leaders.

After all... Their leaders certainly do spy on them.

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Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax, Linux has been here before

Ropewash

In many cases yes, in others...

Not so much.

Blender has grown so far from the 2.4 days that when upgrading to the 2.6 & 2.7 versions I was amazed at how intuitive and easy to use it has become. I now use it as a primary meshing tool on both my windows and linux installs.

GIMP... Not so much. Though I do use it for a couple of file formats it has plugin support for, it's not my primary software. Especially not on the Surface where it's menu driven interface fails hard for me and my big, fat fingers. So for content creation that's a 50-50 split free vs commercial.

As for operating systems I have one dedicated windows machine, one dedicated linux machine and my gaming rig has both installed as the tie-breaker. I try to buy and run any games I want on Steam-linux to show a little support, but realistically most of my gaming is still on the Win7 install. So that probably tips things to 45-55 in favour of the commercial OS given approximately equal usage time for each machine.

Free software is definitely a much bigger part of my life than it was 18 years ago (my first Linux install... Redhat5.2 bought at a big-box store on a whim), but it can't cover all the bases. So commercial software on a free base would be the next best thing.

I've been saying that for all of those 18 years though and it still hasn't happened.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

Ropewash

"On the other hand, it is seriously weird that the biz has been hyping up an operating system release that today still isn't ready for the mainstream."

Since July 2015 at least.

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(You can't) buy one now! The flying car makes its perennial return

Ropewash

Re: Why not

Precisely.

The helicopter IS the flying car. The reason you won't be able to pop down to the shops in your 'flying car' is the same reason you can't do it in a helicopter. You'll blow the neighbour's dog through his basement window, clip the telcomms lines off your home, snag a high-tension cable by the highway and come crashing down right in front of a 40ton freightliner. If you're sober.

It'll get messy after a few pints.

The license, training. airport and flightplans all exist for a really good reason.

Oh... and screw automation. Once you've got a few hundred thousand fliers in the air around a big city you'll get to see the three dimensional version of gridlock with the added bonus of falling out of the damned sky. How would the central control (there would need to be a central control for a city or you'd have absolute flaming chaos) for that many aircraft actually work?

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

Ropewash

Re: My 2 cents regarding ditching Unity

Ditto on the compiz here. Always one major regression away from being usable.

I tried unity when it first came out and was sort-of getting used to it when I noticed something up after an update, my fans were on while watching a video. Why? The system was using 25% processor to run an 8-bit vid, and 70% to decode hi10p. On a quadcore...

Swapped to my ever-present fallback UI openbox and those numbers were 2% and 15%.

Filed a report to the unity devs and got the reply it was a compiz thing and they would look into it. I installed Mint instead. Never went back to Ubuntu and though I departed from Mint quite a few years ago, I've never left cinnamon behind for long.

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

Ropewash

We're all stupid, get used to it.

It's all relative...

Welders know little of the physics of welding and those who study physics can't weld for shit.

A "fake news" filter could easily be installed client-side to filter out anything in direct conflict with the users bias and it would be 99% accurate. To cite the current example in this thread, I'll venture that a vanishingly small number of us have even been to Syria, let alone seen any of the conflict first-hand. Therefore we all spout our opinions based solely on what we've been fed by our sources of choice. Were any of the reporters even there, or are they just relaying third-hand information to us after writing in their own editorial spin?

Also wise to remember that the "stupid" people you talk down about here (those who don't confirm your current views on what makes a human intelligent) not only vastly outnumber you, but also perform tasks of equal or greater value than you and won't even notice if your contributions as a highly evolved paragon of humanity cease to exist tomorrow.

Unless you're the guy who fixes potholes in the road. They are a blessing upon this earth and should be appreciated as such.

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

Ropewash

Re: Fighting back?

Every so often I try to find a flak generator for the modern internet, some little program I could piggyback to the browser that randomly pings various sites off some whitelist of millions constantly in the background. I always come up empty handed and forget about it by the next day. It's easier to go the VPN route than to try and mess the system about for fun anyhow. Though I've always wondered what sort of ads would show up. Probably just as effectively targetted as the ones I get now... Not at all.

Seems similar would be a good idea for telemetry. Just a hook into a valid channel that injects a little trickle of nonsense, like 500,000,000 handwriting examples from some OCR database somewhere fed into their system one line at a time. Anything disruptive would be helpful (or at least fun).

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Ropewash

Respond first, read thread later.

Strangely, if you enter "The Windows 10 Creators Update is a significant step forward, but by no means the end of our journey," into google translate it comes out in english as "Bend over and clench your teeth, because here it comes."

I have never.. Ever.. been so damned happy I decided to turn off updates and purge my system during that GWX onslaught. My Win7 desktop and Win8 surface are doing just fine thanks. Doing things I want them to do that is, not things I'm told to do by the OS developer. I don't need you to look into my workflow during one of your many application crashes to see if there's anything you want to sell to advertizers, steal, or have me sued for stealing... <cough>... I mean, anything you can use to determine the cause of the crash... Yeah. Fuck right off.

Luckily my Linux machine doesn't require this level of developmental input from me. The folks responsible for the various programs seem to be able to fix most issues without needing to know what music I was listening to at the time and what my signature looks like. Thanks guys, that's why this machine is the one actually connected to the WAN.

I actually liked Windows. It was a decent enough general purpose platform for all sorts of uses, but this is just a step/mile/lightyear too far. Open note to Microsoft, if you quit shitting all over your users diskspace I personally promise I won't do the same to the lawn outside your corporate HQ.

Good day.

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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

Ropewash

Humbug!

I can see a great use for this internet connected tat.

Go on vacation and get your mother-in-law or whomever you don't like much to housesit on a few known nights. Log in and fuck with the place until they shit themselves and call an exorcist.

That's the only use case I can come up with though.

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As Trump signs away Americans' digital privacy, it's time to bring out the BS detector

Ropewash

This should be fun.

I do wonder at the mindset of the government bodies sometimes. They bitch and moan about how encryption and tunneling are making their law enforcement (spying) more difficult and then they go and put in (or remove) rules that make it so more people who otherwise would never have bothered are going to encrypt and tunnel.

I wonder if they'll wake up soon, or if it will only happen after 90% of the network is dark.

I'm looking forward to the next decade or so being a good horserace between business/government and the folks writing new encryption tech. Place your bets now.

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Web smut seekers take resurgent Ramnit malware from behind

Ropewash
Meh

Any Adbackers still out there?

Not long ago on this very site a thread like this could be relied upon to bring in a few shills to remind us that without easily exploited advertising systems the whole internet would go bankrupt and collapse into fiery oblivion, dragging us all along with it. Any attempt to actually make anyone accountable was a grievous blow to the free market economy guaranteed to doom the entire world to an internet with zero content.

(mild hyperbole)

Anyone still feel like stepping up to defend these plague spreading rats?

Anyone at all?

I'll restate my stale, old opinion. Ads should go back to how they were long (not really that long) ago. The site that hosts the content hosts the ads and accepts responsibility for vetting them. No middleman, bullshit script linking. Until then my blocks on all ads, trackers and scripts remain fully enabled. Even if half the links I click show up totally blank, at least it's a safe(r) blankness.

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Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit

Ropewash

How...

...How did these folks survive the Geocities era?

Welding helmets?

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

Ropewash

@hans1

Well it IS free software. That doesn't mean it's free for everyone except Microsoft.

As long as they don't violate GPL I don't see the issue.

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Stop us if you've heard this one before: Seamen spread over California

Ropewash
Terminator

Hrm...

Can't tell if Skynet or Borg, but it's gotta be the start of something.

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Ransomware scum offer free decryption if you infect two mates

Ropewash
Trollface

VM's all the way down...

Everyone took this way too seriously and missed the opportunity for fun.

Just keep spinning up and betraying "friends" until the week is almost up for your real machine. These guys will think they're going to have enough coming in at week's end to buy Bolivia and then you send a reply that just says "Nah, Fuck it." spin down all the VM's and format your machine like you were going to have to do anyhow.

This could probably be automated.

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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

Ropewash
Black Helicopters

Re: Open post to the NSA

It's a funny thing but maybe an hour after that post a little lightbulb icon popped up on my Android phone telling me that I should add emergency contact info.

Now I know it's just Google trying to get me to add my relatives to their database for better ad tracking (we see your son has just died, click here for links to funeral homes with big savings), but the timing could not have been better.

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Ropewash
Pint

Open post to the NSA

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Maybe if you'd spent less time trying to jam your finger up your own citizen's arseholes and more time trying to secure the network by fixing exploits instead of hoarding them...

Here's hoping every single one of your dodgy programs gets used on you in the future. Preferably by your own people.

Oh.. and don't bitch when folks encrypt their drives and their comms, it's only a natural response to your continued idiocy and egotism.

Cheers.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

Ropewash
Linux

Re: MS is in decline, but Linux will never replace it

I feel inclined to supply a few more examples since Nvidia graphics cards will always be an issue until they finally stop with the firmware nonsense and release some decent source.

From personal experience with the machine I'm typing this on;

BD burners do not work well out-of-the-box on any Debian based distro. A licensing issue lead to them dropping cdrtools from the repos ages ago. The cdrkit they use is not able to close a BD data disk properly. You can compile cdrtools yourself and fix this, or run a distro that supplies it. Try one that's Arch based.

A Samsung CLP-320N printer doesn't work out-of-the-box on Manjaro. You need to remove their print driver blob and replace it with just CUPS and the Samsung unified driver from ArchUserRepos. This printer worked perfectly out-of-the-box on Mint last time I tried. (Mint 14 iirc)

Hotswapping hard-drives is not always fully supported, even when set to swappable in BIOS/UEFI. It's a good idea to use "sudo hdparm -y /dev/sd<x>" to shut it down before removal since umount won't reliably stop it spinning and park the heads. Newer Linux installs will pick up the new drive when you put it in, but some older ones needed "echo "0 0 0" >/sys/class/scsi_host/host<x>/scan". There may be a more elegant way to do this, but it's one I don't know.

These are all work-arounds I've used for this particular machine, most of the hardware has spanned multiple distro's over it's lifetime. It's been on Manjaro for the last few years and is running almost exactly how I want it to, but I'd be lying through my teeth if I said there wasn't a fair bit of tweaking involved to get it there.

I'm a Linux user and supporter, but I'm not a fanboy.

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Ropewash

Re: Seems to bork "Mouse Without Borders", too.

That is a really cool idea right there that I did not know even existed.

Would be a bit of a pain though if one of those machines was playing twitch shooters wouldn't it? Or is there some trick that prevents un-intentional switching?

I guess I should have said "prevented" if it's not bloody working anymore.

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Ropewash
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Re: Totally unrelated. (almost)

Thanks for the correction.

I think my brain's been cat'ing the MS pop-ups.

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Ropewash
Windows

Re: Windows 10 = Windows Vista

Grove giveth and Gates taketh away.

Such was Vista. A victim mostly of it's own marketing department. The devs had to drop most of the planned features and re-write the system to get something to market since XP had been going on too long for corporate liking. The marketing folks hyped the shit out of it (Vista Wow). When it was released it was un-finished with bad drivers and crap performance on the hardware of the day. This popped the marketing bubble and the resulting implosion did far more damage to Vista than it deserved.

Windows 7 IS the patched copy of Vista that should have been it's actual release candidate if time hadn't been such a factor for Microsoft.

Win10, as you say, has it's own core issues, but it also suffers from the marketing push it's been so ruthlessly given. Forced GWX installs, pop-up ad windows practically yelling at people to upgrade, all the sorts of things that either alienate your consumers through the perception of desperation (WinX Wow), or drive their expectations so high that failing to live up to them is almost inevitable.

Then they release a system riddled with spyware in the era of NSA concerns, and furthermore break it regularily with badly planned update roll-outs. Another bursting of the marketing bubble though maybe this system deserves it more than Vista did. (at least Vista wasn't spying on anyone)

Personally I think they should have doubled the size of the QA department instead of sacking them all and instead should have scorched the marketing department to the bedrock and focused on the development of a quality OS that would have stood up on it own merits.

But I'm not a businessman or a tech... I cut metal. Maybe they know things I don't.

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Ropewash

Re: MS is in decline, but Linux will never replace it

Somewhere between the AC's the truth is buried.

https://nouveau.freedesktop.org/wiki/FeatureMatrix/

A glance down the WIP and TODO should be sufficient to see whether you'll get a great "out-of-the-box" experience on your hardware. Note that NV130 isn't on that chart, so when you drop in your new 1080GTX assume all boxes are red.

I appreciate the hard work the Nouveau guys are doing a lot, especially in the face of the help Nvidia is giving them (none), but it's always going to be a long game of catch-up.

Those binary blobs are still a necessity for many users.

There will always be tweaking and driver issues to consider, especially on newer hardware and obscure devices, but that goes in Windowsland too.

It's just as wrong to say "Everything works perfectly out of the box" as it is to say "Built by developers for developers".

Most hardware works well and you don't need much IT experience above knowing how to google for instructions. So give Linux a try and see how you like it.

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Ropewash
Joke

Windows 10 Titanic Edition

The comparison needs a bit more fleshing out to truly appreciate how incredible Microsoft really are.

Their Titanic version is sailing now while the welders are still working to join the hull. There's mechanics in the engine room that have to dodge between rotating parts in an effort to fix the fact that certain pistons just aren't getting any steam. The captain is currently not at the helm because he's trying to decide which MS ship he should captain next. They gave away all the tickets for free so now are trying to flog high-price food in the restaurant but not enough people are buying it. The merchant area is deserted. The highly mobile lifeboats have been jettisoned due to the fact that no-one was using them while the main ship was floating.

Now there's a few icecubes in the sea to deal with, but that seems like a mere technicality compared to actually keeping the whole boat from simply tipping up and dropping into the sea all on it's own.

All it needs is a catchy soundtrack.

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Ropewash
Joke

Re: @ACx

@a_yank_lurker - There are a lot of factors used to determine the given value for "soon" at any moment for both source definitions.

Dealing strictly with Microsoft's "soon" here;

If it's a fix that will prevent a hacker from accessing your system then "soon" means between the first big media report and the next Windows release.

If it's a fix that allows you to actually use your own machine as you want to then "soon" means 'maybe we'll get to it after the next Windows release, but it'd be easier to just find third party workarounds.'

If it's a fix that effects Microsoft's revenue stream then "soon" means in the next patch rollout if we can actually fix the issue, we'll probably break a few things trying. Eggs - Omelettes. Windows users will understand.

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Ropewash
Unhappy

Re: Totally unrelated. (almost)

Awwww Shit.

I was actually kinda happy about my Windows machine there for a minute and you had to go and fuck it all up.

I'd forgotten they plan to roll out dungball patches in the future for all their releases.

(I was going to say "tarball" but that's already taken by a vastly more respectable application and I refuse to conflate the two.)

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Ropewash

Totally unrelated. (almost)

I finally let my Win8.1 update for the first time since the nagware began and it looks like things are back to normal. The ugly KB's are in the "recommended" section that I'm still ignoring, and the security updates didn't seem to fiddle with my system to log into MS data harvesters. (yet).

I look forward to my GWX-free future.

Wasn't GWX also the "Genuine Windows eXperience"? Kinda odd to re-use their own acronyms.

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@ACx

"Some of us would think of that as a security update....."

They were probably trying to turn the things ON by default to log some more valuable <cough> telemetry to make the Windows experience better for you. Since MSupdate is now Bizarro World, it ended up turning them off instead.

A patch will be issued soon.

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Ropewash

Re: The beginning of the end

"Linux is in the hands of the "developers" and they don't care about end users."

While I've certainly said something very similar to that on occassion, it's not entirely true and also not a game-breaking detail. Eventually someone doing dev work wants to use the program in a way that makes it beneficial for all users.

Sure a guy isn't going to sit down and say "How can I make this exactly what the people who aren't even thanking me let alone paying me want it be?" but he might sit down and say "Shit. This thing doesn't work how I want it to. I'mma gonna change that." Sometimes that change is exactly what everyone wanted. (for a given value of "everyone")

Sometimes the user doesn't even notice when there's a new and useful change;

I've been mounting .iso images and smb shares manually for so long that I didn't even notice that you can click your way through it now. (though the clicking seems more convoluted to me than the mount command, but that's just habit.). As a sub-entry to that, the mount command used to need a flag for smb. Now it just knows. That's pretty useful too.

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New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

Ropewash

Re: The science of psychology

I agree with your experience, having worked with a few like that before.

The crucial thing missing is learning, both for the robot and for the human. If they apologize for the mistake it's good, but ultimately the same mistake must be avoided in the future.

At least they aren't trying to hide it. Those are the worst. The hidden mistakes usually show up in QC, but sometimes it's the customer that finds them and that makes everyone's quality suspect.

Always best to apologize, present a way to fix the mistake (if possible) and then change your process so it doesn't happen again. Once the robots can do this they'll actually be decent workers.

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

Ropewash
Big Brother

SearchBot

Has anyone running the search bots to game this system checked to be sure it's not spam-searching PTHC and similar? I mean it'd be a good idea to know that before a van shows up outside your door.

Still... It'd be good for laugh. "Here's your $5.00 coffee and violent interrogation. Will there be anything else sir?"

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Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

Ropewash

Re: Wow.

"I had plenty of fond memories of Windows ME."

Thanks to those bastards at futabachannel I have an unintended soft spot for the poor, useless thing myself.

http://ultrx.net/books/os-tan/downloads/me/me/me-tan070.jpg

or for those who can read moonrunes

http://ultrx.net/books/os-tan/downloads/me/me/me-tan068.jpg

Yes, I still do have my disk.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

Ropewash

Bob's your uncle.

Seriously? Not even one mention of Microsoft Bob to go with this plan?

They even had the damned dog in the article pic.

The ads could just run on the VR television like in real life, only shittier.

Given that they have made Windows as flat and featureless as possible I wonder how they'll work out a way to do this while maintaining a third dimension. Should be eye-watering.

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Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

Ropewash

Re: reliability eh?

"It's their OS. They can make it do what they want it to do. They always could."

Very close to being true and I'm sure that's how they want things to be. I have a different usage model though. There's no network cable to my Win7 machine at the moment. Let's see them find a work-around for that one.

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

Ropewash
Windows

Lucky me.

After decades of heavy metal concerts and running machinery for a living I no longer perceive any difference in music formats that can't be solved with the volume knob.

The same decades involved enough arc welding and abrasive dust in the eyes that TV viewing is pleasurably vague in any colourspace.

After reading through all these arguments I feel I've truly dodged a bullet there.

Thanks for the info though, lots of things I didn't know I should care about and a few great websites pitching speaker cream to laugh at.

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Google AdSense abused to distribute Android spyware

Ropewash

yep, I just responded to myself.

Too late to edit the last post...

Here's a guy who's sites I would have no issues visiting. I quote from one of our own here without permission or indeed concern.

>>"If the website operators (and the advertisers) are so concerned about ads being blocked, why don't they just buffer up the ads at the website server and deliver them as part of the main page?"

Started doing that at least 10 years ago - Ads are small and I limit the number of them to keep them non-invasive. They are from direct advertisers who contact me about advertising on my sites. First I check out the company. If I accept it, they produce a graphic and email it to me, I check it and minimize it. Pages don't call scripts - I keep the graphics on the server.<<

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@FF22

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/03/malvertising_surge/

https://blog.malwarebytes.org/threat-analysis/2016/05/cbs-affiliated-television-stations-expose-visitors-to-angler-exploit-kit/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/10/pop_prince_perezhilton_pwned_pours_cryptxxx/

Yeah. No need for ad/script blocking at all. Nope.

Won't someone think of the poor poor small publishers who are too fucking lazy to vet the ad companies that get linked through their site? Without the ability to remotely infect your computers and destroy your data they can't make ends meet. <sob> <sob>

On another note...

...I thought ad-sense WAS android spyware.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Re: Devops

Takes me back to Diablo.

Hacks were easy since player data was stored in local memory. Every time Blizzard "did something" to fix it all that was done was to move which value was stored in which block. A little time with a hex editor and your hacks were back up.

Bliz was a pretty large and powerful company by that time and they STILL couldn't be arsed to fix the way their game stored character data. If RIOT is barely breaking even (I haven't looked up their financials at all) then there's no way on earth that they are going to spend the cash and hours required for a fix.

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Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

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Re: What will it take to get people to switch to Linux?

"Of course you are correct that I could write my own DTP software for Linux, or just wait. In either case that sounds like decades of waiting."

Yeah, some thing HAVE taken decades to show up. Some DO require corporate backing and sometimes there aren't enough voices to make a corporation listen. Some companies will just flat-out never code for Linux due to personal bias.

To go a bit more specific to myself, the Linux CAD/CAM world will probably never see a copy of Mastercam, or Solidworks, or actually any of the major applications. There's no real interest on the Linux side to re-create a set of programs of this size and scope, and very little incentive for the software companies to write for Linux. It's just not going to happen.

I cannot change that and so Windows is still a valuable tool.

Sure, some things can run under Wine, some flakey others well. It's not a solution most folks are looking for though. Maybe a few more decades will change that too, who knows? I wasn't denying that there's some things that aren't resolved, just stating there's many things that are.

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Re: What will it take to get people to switch to Linux?

"Torvalds corporately unacceptable image"

The image of an intelligent, technically adept person who cares deeply about his product quality. Yes, I can see where that wouldn't fly with most corporate types.

Personally I'll always take quality work done by an asshole over middling work done by a caring and concerned individual. I want to use things, not cuddle with their creators.

To address the issue of Linux applications not being up to snuff, well that's kinda tied to the way Linux software gets written isn't it? The people who really want certain features have to stump up and either write or pay for such things to be written, just sitting around saying "Linux needs X before I'll use it." doesn't do much because no-one else cares if you use it or if you're ever going to.

They care that it works for them and they go to some effort to make sure it does.

I can't code worth a damn, but I can test and report and I can donate. I can also write emails trying to persuade someone with skill why they might care about a certain feature (okay, usually not with any real effect, but asking politely doesn't hurt anyone) Oddly enough almost all the features I have wanted have turned up eventually, it just took time for someone who had the same goals as me but better skills to turn up.

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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@Aynon Yuser

I think you've only diffused the attack, not defused it.

FB still has a record of everything you ever did while you were on there and access to all your "friends" as well. The demographic info will be shared with any other site that pays for it and the ads keep coming, only less personally targetted.

Maybe the witness protection program could be opened up to include Ex-Facebookers.

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