* Posts by WatAWorld

1249 posts • joined 24 Feb 2012

Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: Where's his missus?

Except that the video shows him passing entire rows of unreserved seats, vacant side-by-side pairs across the aisle from vacant side-by-side pairs, as he gets on the train. That is what was in the first car, before he went to the second car, the one whose photo The Guardian, er The Reg choose to post.

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Is Corbyn another version of Tony Blair or another version of Donald Trump?

"Meanwhile, an unopposed Tory Government is running the country off the rails entirely"

You raise a red herring.

The issue of whether Corbyn has the moral fiber to lead is central to Labour's current lack of leadership.

Is Corbyn a grandstanding egotistical goof who embrasses ideology to futher personal power?

Is Corbyn another version of Tony Blair or another version of Donald Trump?

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Re: On the CCTV and breach of privacy policy issue...

Jeremy Corbin released the information himself in a lie.

I'm distressed to see a journalistic publication that I'd formerly respected claiming that there is no public interest in revealing politicians lies.

I dare say, if this had been a Conservative politician lying this lame excuse of privacy agreements overriding national interest on issues where the individual involved had waived privacy -- it would never be brought up.

Pure partisanship on the part of the press ignoring standard press reasoning because they want to protect their ideological leader from legitimate debate and exposure as a liar.

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Gee a newspaper ignoring industry standard 'public interest' reasoning

Gee a newspaper complaining about private info being released.

Isn't the standard reasoning "public interest". You print what is supposed to be confidential because there is an over-riding public interest that overrides standard procedures.

Without the 'public interest' reasoning every newspaper in the UK, USA and Australia would be blank, because privacy rights extend to everything government does that involves members of the public and government employees.

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Why did The Reg not show the other carriage with the mass of empty unreserved seats?

The Reg's selected photo shows the second carriage, where most seats were reserved.

It was the first carriage that had the mass of unreserved seats, including entire rows of seats.

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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?

It is a reflection on the state of Linux and the public image of Linux that it can't give away for free a commodity that normally costs $100.

I do not doubt that if Linux took over consumer desktops that we'd find it had a many vulnerabilities as Windows 95. That is why specifically targeted organizations (defense establishments, banks, and high tech) generally using Windows when they can -- most of the holes have been discovered because Windows has been checked over far more thoroughly than MacOS or Linux.

The 'security by obscurity' that comes from using a less common product evaporates when you're a special target for which organizations will develop custom code.

But if you disagree, and you might well be right, then it points even more strongly to the Linux teams' images and marketing skills. Torvalds should completely step back from being the public face of Linux.

Personally I think it is a mix of Linux having far more holes than Linux fanbois think and Torvalds corporately unacceptable image.

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The press release seems to say that OEMs have backed down. They're paying for it.

So I followed the link you gave us

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/11675/windows-7-windows-8-1-skylake-systems-supported

and I see a different story than the article gives:

"For each of the supported systems listed on the OEM pages, the OEM has committed to additional testing, regular validation of Windows Updates, and publishing drivers and firmware for Windows 10 on Windows Update which will help unlock the security and power management benefits of Windows 10 once the systems are upgraded."

That is, the OEMs have backed down. They're paying for special support by writing the drivers and doing the necessary testing. That is how I read what the press release says.

But oh no, the hardware types have got to bash MS.

As I explained to the MS bashing hardware types, regardless of what hardware sales executives like to say, it is not MS's business to sell computers.

'Gosh' knows, if your customers decided en mass that preferred (or at least were prepared to tolerate) Linux you'd en mass ditch MS and install Linux.

Any failure to sell hardware is hardware vendors fault. Especially since hardware vendors have their choice of multiple operating system vendors.

PC and hardware isn't selling because hardware is not providing new useful features that make old hardware obsolete. A smaller desktop computer does not mean the desk itself can be any smaller. And in a typical office switching from florescent to LED lighting will save much more energy at much less cost than going from a Core i3-nnn to a Core i3-5nnn.

Hardware vendors will shortly find their laptop and phone sales declining for the same reason, although not declining as much because portable stuff is much more likely to physically break.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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I see MS making money the way software companies make money, not the way search companies do

I expect that MS will shift to making money the way money is made off of Linux.

An increasing portion of the revenue will business clients paying for training, support and additions to the operating system.

It will also make an increasing portion of its revenue from cloud services.

Apple, Adobe, Sun (and Java), Mozilla, they all make money advertising other people's products, and MS does too.

But I don't see MS going down the path that Google did and becoming primarily an advertising company.

For one thing, MS is widely used in governments, businesses, classrooms and they'd loose that business if they tried pushing ads in the volume Google does.

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Re: What's next for Windows 10?

"No. Google pushes ads at you when you ask it a question, it by and large leaves you alone the rest of the time. MS controls your desktop and so can interrupt you whenever it feels that it won't cause you to hit the screen. "

1. You're ignoring Chrome, and

2. You're running an Ad Blocker on Youtube so you don't see the constant inundation of advertising.

3. AdWords -- that is Google. Google does advertising on maybe 80% of web pages served up.

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Re: What's next for Windows 10?

Either you've drunken the Apple Fanbois CoolAid, you're letting your imagination run wild, or your computer is infected.

So far there are no ads in Windows 10.

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Another lazy hardware bod looking for someone else to do his job

Apple is in the business of selling computers. If you're a hardware vendor maybe look at what they do.

But unlike Apple, MS is insisting that you can't sell minimally powered soon-to-be-obsolete new machines labeled for the current operating system.

No, MS is not in the business of selling your computers for you. Neither is Linux.

MS has a split interest in appealing to vendors, but also protecting its customers.

And since it makes much more revenue from customers (for software and training) than vendors that split is not even. MS is watching out more for customers than for vendors.

Yes, Windows 10 Anniversary Update boosted the requirements for a Windows logo sticker on NEW machines. This is to ensure that newly purchased machines don't go obsolete too quickly.

NO, Windows 10 Anniversary Update does not require any additional resources from existing machines.

In addition, there have been very few desktops and laptops sold in the past 5 years with less than 4 GB, so I don't know what inspired the following strange statement:

"Windows 10 Anniversary Update – which we recently revealed has been freezing computers – puts more pressure on the hardware, demanding at least 2GB of memory, so only those running really recent machines with Windows 7 and 8.1 will realistically be able to start running the Anniversary Update"

I suspect that the freezing computers are often occurring because neither MS nor users nor admins are checking their antivirus is compatible with the Anniversary Update.

That is a mistake I made.

In my case my issues were solved by uninstalling and reinstalling my Kaspersky Total Security.

Let us have more honesty and less hype. Let us have people doing their own jobs and not expecting other people to do their jobs for them.

Windows 10 will run on phones for gosh sakes, so it certainly runs on first generation 2 GB Core i3 laptop systems, provided they don't have exotic peripherals or software.

Of course it helps a great deal if the person doing the update knows to check for AV, video, sound, network and printer compatibility before doing the update. Home users have a bit of an excuse since they can't be expected to know that -- home users can legitimately complain that MS should be doing that for them. But an IT professional lacking that knowledge? It points to a failure in hiring and training.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Re: Cortana loves you so much

"without her you can't search even local files on your own computer. you can't turn her off."

1. I just did a search without Cortana using Windows Explorer.

2. Cortana can be turned off, I did that earlier this morning.

3. I just looked at Windows Indexing in the Control Panel and it looks exactly like it did last week.

They've added some features to Cortana apparently. I suppose that is nice for people who like that kind fo thing. But those of us who don't are not being forced to use it.

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Re: Where does this leave the PC Builders?

This leaves PC builders (and tablet and phone builders) having to figure out how to improve their products if they want to sell them.

Maybe they should spend as much on engineering as they do on marketing and Hollywood CEO salaries?

For decades retail users and sysadmins alike have complained about bloatware in Windows.

Now MS is removing the bloat and optimizing the code.

That is good for MS, its retail customers, and sysadmins. But it won't do the job that PC builder staff and executives are paid to do.

PC, tablet and phone builders are going to have to find their own improvements to move their products.

For now they probably have a reprieve, due to 3D applications. They need some new 'must have' for after that.

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For decades critics have asked MS to end application bloat. Now they've got their wish.

I have to agree that there is nothing visibly useful in the Anniversary Update.

In other words, MS is finally reducing application bloat, something critics have long badgered MS to do..

Windows is becoming more and more an operating system, rather than a bunch of bloated applications bundled with an operating system. This is what we've been asking for. Although now they've give it to us, yeah it is boring.

What the Anniversary Update is good for I suppose is what the other updates this year were good for: Closing bugs, security vulnerabilities and reducing wasted cycles.

But I wish they'd have made the desktop look more appealing, easier on the eyes, with a 'finished look'.

The Anniversary Update color schemes are garish and butt ugly. Sadly, in most of the real world appearances count for a lot more than performance. I don't know how I'm going to convince any one a product that looks this rough and ugly is worth trying on staff computers.

That was the thing with Steve Jobs and Apple. Nobody cared that their products we "me toos" of someone else's creative idea. What mattered was they were astonishingly pretty and packaged like meticulously, like designer perfumes. (They looked great before they were secreted away inside of ugly rubber iPhone condom cases.)

MS just doesn't understand how much looks matter over substance to lay-people and hobbyists. And executive ranks are all made up of lay-people (even CIOs are mostly sales people, not techies). Appealing to lay-people is a business essential for IT, since the folks we work for are lay-people.

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Installed fine, didn't bomb, but there are problems.

The update installed fine after about an hours processing. And it hasn't crashed.

1. The Anniversary Update seems to have turned off System Restore and deleted all the restore points.

It did this without warning. If I hadn't done a fullish settings check after the update I'd never have known.

And it didn't turn System Restore back on again, I had to do that manually.

2. Active hours can't be changed from 8 AM to 5 PM.

In Settings > Windows Update you are supposed to be able to set active hours, the hours you're using the computer during which it isn't supposed to do updates.

I wanted to change the active hours to noon to midnight, and it wouldn't accept that. It wouldn't accept any change. It kept the active hours at 8 AM to 5 PM.

3. The available colors for the desktop are wildly garish, blindingly white, or dank and dark.

4. The desktop is still totally 2D. On large screens this reduces the intuitiveness of the interface. It makes it all look blah.

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Australian Banks ask permission to form anti-Apple cartel

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"Under normal circumstances, if they formed a cartel-against-Cupertino, the banks would take a battering from the competition regulator, so they've asked permission to negotiate as a group."

Cartels are generally illegal when they are for monopolies.

Other cartels are, when openly formed, like those for hardware standards, or to bid on defense contracts, are legal.

This cartel is fighting to break-up Apple's monopoly. So the competition regulator should be pleased.

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: I don't care ...

What makes Clinton II the bigger risk is that she'd actually stay in office for at least one full term, and the bureaucrats would obey her.

If Trump wins he'll first be ignored, and ignored far more than Obama ever was. The CIA director and several top generals have already said they'll ignore illegal orders from Trump.

If congress fails to over rule Trump's actions first, the SCOTUS will over rule them.

Then Trump will probably be impeached.

And if he isn't impeached, sad to say the US is the country where everyone has the "right to bear arms" to prevent tyranny. So sadly I see a Trump sharing the fates of Lincoln and Kennedy. (I'm against violence, but I'm a Canadian, not an American.)

So I'm not worried about Trump. The USA has plenty of legal and illegal checks and balances to counter him.

But when Clinton is elected, and she will be, she'll successfully continue the establishment's "US War on the Middle Class", on the world's middle classes, and on the sovereignty of foreign governments.

So Clinton is the real risk.

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As Obama said to the press regarding Trump, "I hope you're proud of yourselves."

Obama said it at the White House Correspondents dinner: The press is responsible for Trump being where he is. The press pushed him and covered him, and paying equal attention only to Hillary, paying little attention to the other candidates, and ridiculing and ignoring the best candidates.

They took a guy who ran for office to get some publicity for himself and his brand, and put him in the final running for the White House.

As Obama said to the press at that dinner, "I hope you're proud of yourselves."

What you're seeing is the Wall St establishment and the idle rich using the newspapers and TV networks they own to give the middle class the choice between another rich candidate with a history of successfully defeating the middle class and a kook.

The press covered Clinton and Trump, while suppressing and ridiculing the reasonable candidates, like Sanders, Ron Paul, and so on.

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Re: Americans...

The Brexit thing is actually a good idea, nothing to be embarrassed about.

As for Boris Johnson, I suppose you're fooled by the light-colored fly-away hair into thinking he has anything in common with Trump. Johnson doesn't.

(I wonder if you're a Canadian. Canadians have a history of often picking PMs on the basis of personal appearance and charming looks, rather than past performance and policies.)

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Re: "Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt?"

Considered and rejected based on mountains of evidence.

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The US government set the precedent that governments can legally hack foreign computers

"Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Trump said: "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press."

I personally have little doubt that Israelis, French, Germans, Brazilians, Mexicans and Iranians have also hacked into US government computers, and that at least the Israelis, French, Germans had success.

>> So Trump is merely asking the Russians to look at their copy of the emails that have since been deleted from US government and Clinton personal mail servers, copies they made back before the emails and backups were deleted.

It would be pointless to ask them to hack in and find the emails on US government servers now, they're all deleted from US government and Clinton private email servers. <<

Now, the USA has publicly stated that federal agencies can legally break into foreign computer systems, including foreign government computer systems, and the intelligence services of other countries are all federal agencies, and to them US computer systems are all foreign computer systems.

The USA has set the precedent that it is legal.

Nobody at the NSA went to jail. The US does not consider it a criminal act for one government to hack into another government's computer systems. Rather, when discovered it is just a case for diplomatic tit-for-tat gestures.

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Jacob Appelbaum is a bullying sex pest, says ex-employer Tor Project

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I read the story and I thought about Linux

I read the story and I immediately wondered about Linux and whether or not that is a similar situation waiting to happen. Whether or not, I have no idea.

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The USA has a lot of "at will" employment contracts, which basically put employees in exactly the state you say. But I doubt Applebaum, a senior executive, had such a contract. More likely he had previously negotiated golden parachute to cover him in events like this.

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what burden of proof

To defend against a libel lawsuit, probably a "preponderance of evidence", what ever that means in the particular jurisdiction concerned.

Certainly not "proof beyond reasonable doubt" (as standard that only police insist applies to their employment contracts).

Certainly not "a balance of probabilities".

To defend against a wrongful dismissal lawsuit, that depends not only on the jurisdiction but also the employment contract, either "balance of probabilities" "preponderance of evidence".

I'm not a lawyer, but I think cases where the employer has done a press release explaining the dismissal as being for sexual harassment, in the USA and UK the potential damage from a libel lawsuit tends to dwarf the risk from a wrongful dismissal lawsuit.

Basically that press release is going to hurt chances for ever being trusted by a 'first world' employer again. I expect future jobs will come with close supervision.

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Re: Takeover of TOR

Except that when you put something in a press release, when you put something in a reviewed and edited document, and publish it for the world, it is no longer "pub chat".

If there wasn't sufficient evidence for a civil court, there could be a libel suit and that could cost TOR dearly. So no, formal press releases are "pub chat".

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

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As a google customer I was going to be very upset with Google, BUT it is okay for now

"Full report sent to LastPass, they're working on it now. Yes, it's a complete remote compromise. Yes, I promise I'll look at 1Password."

Okay good, I was going to say that I didn't appreciate Google paying people to make life difficult for myself and other Google customers.

But he's sending the report to LastPass first.

Hopefully he realizes that even a small company like LastPass can take a couple of months to create and test a fix up to the level where it is ready for production release.

People who make their living writing code know, rushing out fixes to commercial software in a blind panic can open more holes than it closes.

Google needs to remember that we customers don't only use Google products, we use other products to. And making Google customer lives miserable would affect Google's business model and profits.

However, doing a service like this, where the report is sent to the product vendor and the product vendor is given sufficient time to design, write, test, re-write, re-test, beta test and release a well thought out fix, that is actually Google doing something good for us customers.

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Starbucks bans XXX Wi-Fi

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Re: I don't Understand Western Puritan Culture....

"Have to agree. Society would be in much better shape if the taboos were on violence. That people weren't so desensitized to human suffering."

It isn't "western culture" that has a boob phobia.

It is American culture.

And many people in a lot of other western cultures are sickened by the amount of raw graphic violence on, simulated torture and murder, on American broadcast TV even before 9 PM down there. Cannot be broadcast in Canada until after 9 PM.

Most other western cultures, even a few miles away here in Canada, a boob is okay on TV after 9 PM.

Penis phobia, "wide open beaver phobia", yes we share America's phobias of those in Canada.

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Re: Pointless....dangerous

"moral majority"

Wow, a real life 1960s era hippie.

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Re: What?

"Trump's policies (should he get elected) will probably violate at least the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th ammendments to the Constitution. Does that stop him? Like hell it does."

Trump won't get in, and if he did, anything that departed greatly from what congress and the SCOUS likes would be overruled and voided.

And if they somehow failed, well, we sadly know what some Americans are like when they don't like a president. Some "right to bear arms" will take the law into his own hands and trash it again.

Anyways, violating the US Constitution and international treaties is regular practice in the USA. Look at the sub-section of the Geneva Conventions the US has signed on to. Look at how they abrogate them. Look at the old "Bird Amendment" on international trade. Look at what 'Clinton the First' did to blacks. Look at the patent trolls. Look at citizens in DC not getting a representative in congress. Look at how cops treat non-wealthy male civilians and how prosecutors, courts and politicians ignore it.

Rest assured, after the election things won't change vastly no matter who is elected. And anyways, Trump won't get elected.

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Even in Germany, shops that have sex toys and visual erotica on open display

There are "dirty pictures" and there is "pornography" as legally defined in a nation's criminal code.

Very few countries tolerate kiddie porn, bestiality, or photos of actual murder or torture created for entertainment. I think we'd all be fine with companies blocking that sort of actual porn as defined by criminal law.

But doubtless this American company will, in the USA at least, be baring sites with bare breasts and wide open crotches -- the common definition of "pornography" in ordinary American usage.

In other words, Starbucks will be barring "dirty pictures" (visual erotica).

But Starbucks are often crowded, you can take kids in there. I think it is reasonable to block the pictures -- at least in US locations.

Even in Germany, shops that have sex toys and visual erotica on open display have red lights or beads hanging across the doorways to warn you not to bring your kids inside.

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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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The high incidence of advertising posing as 'journalistic content' (impartial content)

The high incidence of advertising posing as 'journalistic content' (impartial content) is probably a big driver of ad blocker adopation.

If only ad blockers would include blocking click-bait websites.

Here in Canada, in a printed publication an advertisement can only imitate the fonts and style of the host publication if it carries an "Advertisement" label immediately above it, to differentiate the advertising from (hopefully) impartial content.

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One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC

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It is interesting that Gartner didn't realize this from day one

It is interesting that Gartner didn't realize this from day one.

I'd have thought it obvious that in an eco-system where there were no new high-demand applications and where 'must have' hardware innovations were completely absent, that hardware sales would be dead.

What would a person have to be smoking to think that a new version of Windows (or Linux or MacOS) would drive hardware sales?

Hardware makers and hardware vendors are going to have to work for their sales themselves. They're going to have to make useful improvements to their products, or create applications (like 3D) that require more horsepower.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: Perhaps ....

"Apple has about 50% of the market with college kids"

I suspect your sampling is likely 90% liberal arts and fine arts students.

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The penguin struggles to reach 4% market share with a free product

The penguin struggles to reach 4% market share with a free product.

With all of MS's many failings, reasonable regular consumers and IT professionals still choose it over Apple and Linux.

I'm not saying MS is wonderful. I am saying that your penguin is nude.

Esoteric is not a virtue. Having a rude, abusive and harassing pseudo-hipster CEO is not a commercial advantage.

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Chrome seems to have been growing okay. Re: Amazing

"KGB OS down everyone's throats"

Chrome seems to have been growing okay.

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Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple.

Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple. People only resent it when MS does it.

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The sad thing is that Windows 10 is great and adoption would have been higher if MS had been polite

Push something on a person, and they'll naturally resist, even if you're trying to give away bricks of gold.

The sad thing is that Windows 10 is great and adoption would have been far higher if MS had been polite and respectful in its upgrade offer.

A once-a-month explicit easy to opt-out-of offer of the free upgrade,each month, and nothing more.

Instead MS chose to make a total nuisance of itself by screwing up the daily, weekly and monthly work-flows of previously loyal customers, all the while incurring unplanned training and support costs on those same previously loyal customers.

Windows 10 is much better than Windows 8 and 8.1, and is much faster than Windows 7 on multi-core machines.

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FTC lets Nest off the hook over Revolv IoT hub bricking shame

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Why single out MS for copying what practices Hotbot, Macrovision, Adobe and Apple pioneered?

That is the thing, justice and an absence of hypocrisy require tolerating MS doing what we've tolerated Apple doing.

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Remember the iPod 4.

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Re: Home Server

Yeah, because after laypeople spend $200 on a device they're ready to spend $500 on a server to support it.

Let us face it, the company that made the devices is still in business, just it has been purchased by Google.

And Google could easily be running the required servers. But by abandoning devices sold a mere 30 days earlier Google opens up sales for the Nest product it is continuing to produce.

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It has been reported many times that many Google alumni populate the Obama administration

It has been reported many times that many Google alumni populate the Obama administration.

And Google founders have been big supporters of Clinton.

So it would not matter the merits of the case, whether it was likely to succeed or not, there would be little chance of a prosecution being attempted.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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EU is that it is in many ways more Scandiavian than European.

One of the reasons that the UK doesn't fit in well to the EU is that it is in many ways more Scandiavian than European.

The benefits levels are too high. The assumed 'work ethic' is too high.

This BBC article explains it:

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-35374822

Possibly the UK, Finland and Sweden should leave the EU and join with Norway and Iceland to create a new union.

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Re: Did UK make ever something positive to make EU stronger?

Potemkine your comment makes me wonder why the French and Polish fought the Germans in WWII.

I mean, if you want an undemocratic mindless bureaucracy that endorses socialism and state intervention in the economy at every step, the enforces allowing big business to create standards to exclude small business, and that has a racist immigration policy, you could have had it decades earlier.

Subtract the death camps (which I will admit is a really big subtraction) and the EU is not that different that what you would have had. The old nationalism of Germany being replaced with the new nationalism of free migration for white Europeans.

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EU migration policies are far more racist than anything the UK ever had

IF you think racism should play a factor, remember that the EU practices systemic racism -- regarded in North America as one of the worst forms of racism -- in its immigration practices.

Yes, under North American definitions, those 'elites' calling you 'plebs' racist are amongst the most racist people in the developed world.

The EU's immigration systemically discriminates against non-whites because we EU citizens are overwhelmingly white. Yes quite convenient that.

We grant free immigration to EU citizens and it is "purely coincidental" that 99% of the time that means whites.

EU system rules that systemically create a race-based immigration system that fulfills racist objectives, without the need for individuals to take racist actions on their own.

And these EU racists have the gaul to claim that those who'd prefer the UK set its own immigration policy are racist, despite the fact that the pre-EU immigration policy was far less racist.

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Readers in North America should be aware of the differing UK terminology

In the UK "middle class" has a different meaning than in Canada or the USA.

Here in Canada the middle class is pretty much anyone whose income is between the bottom 25% and the top 1%, maybe top 0.1%. And your occupation doesn't matter. You can be a tradesperson. A professional. Or living off of an inheritance.

In the USA the middle class is pretty much anyone whose income is between the bottom 25% and the top 0.01%, maybe top 0.01%. (Some multi-millionaire business owners consider themselves middle-class.) Again, occupation doesn't matter.

In the UK tradespeople used to be -- and apparently still are -- excluded from the definition of middle class. So no electricians. No technicians. No plumbers. Rather than the middle class being the middle 80% of the population it is maybe 40%, maybe less?

Maybe Andrew could clarify his definition of middle class for us in a boot note. Is it people who neither sweat for a living nor inherited a title?

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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

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why would a promoter sell a $600 ticket for $100, unless money was coming back via a backchannel?

Promoters and vendors should not be taking kick-backs from ticket agents and second-level ticket agents in deals kept secret from artists.

When an second-level agent can step into the middle and confidently buy up 90% the tickets in seconds to knowing with complete certainty they can be resold for a several hundred percent profit that pretty much indicates something is wrong.

Why would a promoter sell the tickets for so much less than their obvious value? Why deny himself and the artist their just rewards?

It points to the need for forensic audits to follow the path of the money. Are agents and promoters getting rewarded via some path that cuts the artists out of the loop?

I don't know the answer. But why else would a promoter sell a $600 ticket for $100, unless there was some means to make the money back via a backchannel?

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Re: Ummm ...

"How about just making it illegal to sell a ticket for more than face value?"

That used to be the law, at least in Canada.

Then the tickemaster-types lobbied government to get the law changed.

That was a big mistake that really hurt the public so that a few could get rich through no effort on their own part.

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'Nobody cares about your heart-rate'

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Re: Complacent^n!

A quick google search reveals he is the person responsible for McAfee's current "prestigious" placing in the world of IT security.

https://www.vbprofiles.com/people/michael-sentonas-52d7cb03843bac2c180000d3

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Re: 'Nobody cares about your heart-rate'

Do you consider this to be part of the "tabloid press"?

http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-10-deadly-heart-problems-dont.html

Note: "Since teenager Paul Houle's story, similar incidents have been reported of people seeking help on noticing abnormal heart rates being measured by their watch."

Pretty much means that the watch or fitness band was the initial warning.

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Re: The targets aren't single individuals

I think you're forgetting high value targets, spearphishing, and so on.

Some people have heart rates that are worth knowing, and those people probably have no idea of that fact, or how easy it would be to find out their heart rates. Political leaders. Business leaders. Engineers, Lawyers, Celebrities.

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