Re: Even happier I chose a PS4
Why? Because Sony have such a wonderful record on security, etc?? (I have both One and Four so clearly I don't care myself)
662 posts • joined 30 Mar 2011
" critical backup computer and anti-virus server" on Windows 8.1....
If you're running a critical server on a client OS then you really need to have a longer harder look at how you do things.... And if you're not keeping a really good eye on the updates that get installed on said "critical" system then you're asking for even more trouble.
My point is not the amount of money but the motivation. Give somebody enough motivation and the willpower will appear. How about (some hyperbole here!) we say quit or we'll kill your nearest and dearest - that would be quite cheap......
It's surprising just how much people can do if they really want to. Some people just don't want to quit - fine - do what you like but don't do it near others.
"What most non-smokers don't understand is how hard giving up smoking is. Nicotine is just about the most addicitive chemical there is."
Tosh. Utter tosh. It's about being strong minded. If you are weak then it is hard. If you are not it isn't. If you offered a smoker 10 million pounds to stop there and then on the proviso that they were monitored to see if they started again they would all quit there and then (unless very rich I suppose). It is about motivation and strength of will.
I am an ex-smoker.
You know what the 100% way of banning smoking in public places of any kind would be. Ban it. So what it goes underground and follows other illegal drugs. You know the effective way of quitting smoking is. YOU STOP! Just grow a pair and stop - use some mental strength and stop. It's what I did. I decided to stop and I stopped. I am not offended by them - I simply don't want to partake of their chemicals. How would you like it if somebody walked up to your half finished pint of beer and topped it up with orange juice - after all it's still a drink but better for you......
N0 Windows is not a service and I don't have to use all the bits I'm talking about. Pretty much everything linked to onedrive / outlook / etc.
My most private thoughts and activities are very private - they simply don't go online at all. I will start to worry when they can read my mind.
All of those things are being done and have been done right across history without technology. These companies and corporations only have power over me if I allow them to. We're more influenced and controlled by the press and governments. If you're weak enough to have affairs, or a gambling problem or buy into homeopathy then I'd say you gave the power away long before installing Windows 10...
Oh - and lobby your government so you don't have a healthcare system that can charge you like that. (I'm in the UK).
Lets look at the worst cases and see if all that effort is worth it:
Store cards - Tesco tries to sell you other stuff and annoys you with adverts.
Amazon - Amazon tries to sell you stuff and annoys you with adverts - possibly one of those adverts shows a present you were buying as a surprise. More annoyance.
Ebay - It goes wrong and things you don't want in your history appear in your history. Worst case is similar to amazon. Unless you're buying illegal stuff then you go to prison and too right.
Google - Google knows where you are and pesters you with ads, etc....
So the worst here is, depending on what you do, either mild annoyance or prison.
As I'll never go to prison for buying tat on EBay then I take the risks and don't worry.
Can anybody else show me any worse results. I'm still waiting for a realistic example of a bad outcome that doesn't rely on paranoia of accepting all the defaults in Windows 10
Yes - I do care - but not enough to worry.
I also view it more like an economic transaction - I pay in privacy for the use of a service. Generally I think I am getting a good deal. After all I recon you could find out pretty much anything about me with little effort.
Saying that I don't have a twitter account (not that I use) as I tried it once and just don't see the point.
And in total violation of the rules of internet discussion I am going to say you seem like a sensible chap and I've enjoyed our little exchange - have a virtual beer.
I understand the issues surrounding privacy and value mine - heck it's why I spend so much time away from any electronics living in the woods under piles of sticks (seriously I do). But I also understand that all the trappings of modern life are linked and information is a sought after currency in this brave new world. I happily give away a little of my privacy to use things online. I allow MS, Google, Amazon etc. access to a lot of my information. But personal things I cherish I don't freely share online - I don't need to and don't want to. In all this I have the control as I let lose what I allow online.
I give information away but what I do is with my consent - but then I'm not daft enough to just click [Next], [Next], [Next] on any software installer.
There are, after all, far worse things to worry about in the world today and if people don't see that then perhaps they aught to get their news form places other than the Reg.
... how many people complaining about these privacy settings have store cards, credit/debit cards, bank accounts, or use Ebay, Paypal, Amazon, Google services, etc. Our information is all out there and none of it is really private unless you go to great lengths. And to me those lengths simply aren't worth my time or effort. I don't care if Microsoft knows where I am, what I'm searching for, etc. If the state wants to know all about me - it damn well will do and I can't do anything about it. Seriously, though, what is the big issue? What harm can be done to me with any of this data gathered about me? That's a serious question folks - somebody actually give me an example of any kind of harm.
“The defaults are still to point all kinds of crap at Azure/Office365. On my stuff, where I am still working old skool domains, there is now endless, pointless knobbing around and setting accounts that have zero relevance.”
ok - It took me exactly the same number of clicks on Win 7 as it did on 10 to add a new PC to a domain. which is the more obvious, though?
Control Panel -> System -> Change Settings -> Change (Button in Computer Name Panel)
Settings -> Accounts -> Work Access -> Join or leave a doman
There is less jargon and more explanation in 10. Also Join or leave a domain IS THE TOP entry in the list - making it the most default option....
Except for the first paragraph I could have written that word for word... Well said - let's hope MS can do something about it. I have resorted to Android because there is no good UK OS mapping app. I am hoping for something good from what I suspect to be surface phones from MS as I have heard that one of the OS map companies is planning a universal app version.
Ermmmm. Desktop windows on a tablet is done already. I have 2 (and a half - one is RT). I even have full and usable visual studio on them. One has an 8.3" screen so it seems you presume too much.
As for taking a Macbook air, etc.... That'll be a surface pro then,
I go and buy a car and in the Top Gear style turn it into a boat and sail the seven seas. Do I have to pay compensation to the ship-building industry or to the car makers? No. That would be silly...... Though I wonder if applying logic to the law is akin to putting shoes on a snake....
I see you get it too. If only they had done that in the first place. I really like my Surface 2. It's the best made tablet I've had and I've cone through a few. Had it since a couple of months after launch and it seems almost like new. Unlike other tablets and other windows installations the major plus it has is that it has never slowed down due to the gathering of app junk or windows cruft. Shame to see them go, really.
1. I use two clicks to start all the things I need.
2. I use Windows 8.1 and all my icons are in groups.
3. I currently have 16 windows open in 8.1 - all over the place in various states of size and position.
4. I can see all that is running. Again in 8.1.
5. A quick look at any screenshot of Edge will let you see some tabs pretty much. I wonder if you don't actually care to look.
I'm bored at this point and clearly you have no clue.....
You seem to have used the word "We" a lot there when you meant to have used "I".
"I get touch even if the kit is not touch capable
I get tiles even if I don't want them in a gazillion years
I get Cortana when I say 'Cortana go nuke yourself'.
I get MS trying to be of so helpful everywhere and ending up getting in my way"
Try dealing with lots of older and infirm PC users - they don't have 30inch screens - they have normal sized ones. They actually like tiles and like the PC being a helpful thing. and there are far more of them than there are IT geeks like us.... MS has to look at more than just us when they design their OS.
... that Windows 8.1 isn't all that bad after all. Once you get beyond the FUD cast liberally about just because of the start screen there is a good stable operating system there. More and more PCs are hybrid/tablets nowadays and that seems to be the way things are going and for these Windows 8.1 is just brilliant. Though I doubt the Reg will ever see it that way.....
1. There may be more system running a flavour of unix. but NOT on the desktop / laptop there isn't. If you include mobiles then you're realistically only talking about iOS and Android and to the user they aren't unix of any kind.
2. My experience differs - I get fewer calls for help with W8 a than W7. Your suspicions don't match my real world experience.
3. PCs cost very similar if you buy with windows or buy empty and have to install linux. The vast majority of users have windows pcs at home and at least have some familiarity. You are missing the cost of training in your calculations.
I really don't agree with any of your points. We all have to remember that us IT folks are the minority - nearly all users have windows PCs at home and will prefer to see that when they get to work.
Wow - whoever explained / trained her in using Windows 8 was terrible. I have entirely the opposite experience having installed it for another 80+ year old. She loves Windows 8 and I get far fewer requests for help than I ever did. You just need to configure it right.Give them a big screen with a few large images and voila they know where they are going.
I have an elderly friend - in her late 80s. She recently purchased a new PC with 8.1 on it and for the first time actually finds windows easy to use. 10 mins customising the start screen and everything she wants is there with big pictures. The only advice I really needed to give beyond that is "If you get stuck press the windows button" and she's back to the start. For people who aren't so tech savvy 8.1 is great.
I spend most of my time writing Payroll software. The old HMRC site was brilliant. You had a big section for all the stuff you may want to know - it's like they listened and made it easy. The new site makes me think that they are deliberately trying to annoy me!! Information I used to have easily to hand is now obtainable by GUESSING and editing links to other information! Some of our support staff just gave up sating that information they need to do their jobs doesn't exist any more. I've had to make a mini HMRC page that's links to all we need to know.
Still it looks nice - oh hang on - it looks terrible - huge text, wasted space, horrible colour scheme.
I had to do the whole "Put me through to cancellations" Sky dance. but They gave in in the end and for free send an engineer out, replaced the dish, the box and out multi-room box all for free. They threw in a £5 a month discount too. It's a pain to have to do the "I'll cancel then" thing but it does seem to work.
He also says that the attitude of doing so "pisses him off". He hates the idea of it. He hates it because he cannot really fathom that richness is beyond money. He seems to know that other people are going to say that richness is beyond the material but I don't think he really sees it himself. There are so many contradictions in the original article that you can't he's explicit - fucking or not...
This missed the point totally.... Making something may take more time, money and effort than simply buying it. But that doesn't make you poorer if you richness is measured in how you spend your time, money and effort. I spend a lot of my time hand carving wooden utensils and tools. I could go and buy them. But I would not have the "riches" of the enjoyment of mastering a craft. That mastery has taken me more time and more money and far more effort than a trip to Tesco. But I am richer in that I lead a more fulfilled life.
...there was another way to get light from a candle other than spending £50 for another pointless gadget. It's even more amusing that the makers market it as a green solution! Get a UCO lantern; costs half as much, will never break down and provides light for twice as long on one candle!
Another Leaf Owner... In the UK here.
I don't understand the range explanation given - looking like you would never do over 40 miles - we regularly do. We can drive ours from Yeovil to Bath and back on a charge (about 75 miles round trip) and not worry if the charging points are not free at the Bath park and ride. We regularly take it to Weymouth (60 miles round trip). The daily commute that it is used for is a round trip of over 40 miles and there is no worry about that.
We had a free charging point installed and there are loads to use all over the place. We swapped the tax/insurance/fuel/servicing costs of a ICE car for the charging/funding/insurance of a brand new leaf. And we also got all the gubbins and whatnots of a top of the range car.
Agreed - in no way could it be used as a 300 miles in a day motorway cruiser. But that's never been the aim - perhaps technology will manage that one day.
We have ours on a 3 year lease option so that we can upgrade to the next version or even the cheaper tesla when it's out.
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