* Posts by Snake

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

Snake
Facepalm

Re: Dear gods, if we say it, it must be true

The people who downvoted you and, assuredly, will probably downvote me as well, do so without a scrap of knowledge about the actual businesses that involve the use of 3D CAD software; they do so simply out of hair-trigger reaction to anything that says "Linux can't do this".

Go ahead, folks, actually research and learn before you downvote something. Entire industries use 3D CAD systems, some with specialized plugins...that are Windows only.

Go take a look at production - that is, not hobbyist but actual pro-grade - equipment. Go ahead, we can wait here. In 3D printers, milling machines and laser design, you may want to start with:

- www.solid-scape.com/products/3d-software/

- www.3dsystems.com/software#3d-printing-software

- www.rolanddga.com/support/drivers

- www.cncmasters.com/master-software.html

- www.epiloglaser.com/tech-support/epilog-drivers.htm

- www.bosslaser.com/laser-machinery/

and industry-specific CAD plugins and software, try out

- The entire Siemens CAD suite, www.plm.automation.siemens.com/store/en-us/index.html, using specs from www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/solid-edge/design/system_requirements.shtml

- www.stuller.com/matrix/

- www.progecad.us/progecad-professional/

and I could go on and on...

RUN ONLY ON WINDOWS. End of story.

So to say "Oh, look, you can run BricsCAD on Linux" is very much saying, "Oh, look, I can make a CAD mesh and file that I can't do anything else with!"

It is NOT what the rest of the CAD industry is using. That makes it, fundamentally...useless. You don't want to hear that but that's hard-core, irrevocable truth. Every 3D printer in my office (three printers from 3 different companies, plus a 3D milling machine), every piece of product specific software that is required to operate and interface to those devices, every driver for those devices and every piece of industry-specific CAD software used to create files for those devices runs on Windows. Period.

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HTC seeks salvation with squeezy design

Snake

Re: How to do non-pointless tinkering

I'll tell you what would lock in a loyal HTC following: continuous and timely OS updates, a la Google Nexus. If HTC would promise update support for its products, out to 3 years say, I think a lot of people would flock to the phones. They are beautiful, well made and rather cool to use. The problem is that HTC users feel locked-in: you buy an HTC and if you want any updates you end up having to buy something new.

Which leaves the purchaser open to looking at alternatives.

Fundamentally, HTC is not a company that listens well to its users. The termination of Blinkfeed, to be "replaced" by News Republic, is a PERFECT example: News Republic is one of the worst news apps out there, giving you news feeds that you set to ignore because, it seems, they just want to regardless. I got so fed up that I turned off [the remnants of] Blinkfeed, deleted News Republic and told HTC to "shove off". People complained...HTC didn't care.

People complained about Zoe's forced cloud profile requirements. HTC barely cared (they finally, too long afterwards, changed it).

People complained about a lack of security patches for known problems. HTC barely cared and didn't roll out patches to a large number of older devices, leaving them vulnerable.

HTC recently discontinued update support of their own built-in web browser on many devices (!! Imagine! Have an HTC One M7 (for example)? You shouldn't use the factory browser any more because HTC stopped caring about it!) Does HTC care? Of course not.

Therefore...my current phone is a LG, my first non-HTC phone in 7 years. Significantly larger screen in a body size that is only about 15% larger, burningly fast processor, snappy response, nice features and actual firmware updates.

Buh-bye HTC, I loved Sense but you made living with you just too difficult.

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

Snake

Re: So?

"They know that there are many millions of fans that will, in spite of all that MS has always done to screw them over, relentessly insist (time and time again) on having a MS virus running inside their kit."

When an alternative OS can run Adobe CS / CC, plus all the legacy specialized industry apps without overhead or adding VM management layers, get back to me.

We run Windows because we must. Get over it and get it though the gray matter. Businesses run Windows because Windows runs the apps that businesses need to get business done. From Windows-only hardware support to millions of terrabytes of data in Windows-only application files, we are stuck with Windows for the foreseeable future.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

Snake

Re: Chrome works better

"Chrome works better"

You should know better than to make an unsupported declarative. You know that, until 1.5 years ago, Chrome was one of the biggest memory hogs on the Windows desktop, bringing just about any system below maxed-out to its knees after a period of continuous usage. Add in the dumbed-down interface, with few user controls, and the "works better" declaration depends on your point of view.

And what of Firefox? The problem with Firefox isn't the program per-se (hold on for a thorough explanation, it gets complex) the problem is the arrogant programmers *behind* the program, who make changes regardless of user feedback or preferences. Sadly, that has become all to typical in modern programming: the "We Know Better" attitude that the person sitting 6,000 miles away from you knows what you want more than you do. Microsoft with the Ribbon (and lots of other things, too many to mention really); Adobe with...almost anything, really; Firefox with stripping features and adding unwanted ones (who thought that making a Bookmark button that automatically sets the new bookmark to the Recent folder, rather than giving the user a choice, was a good idea??)

Firefox is becoming irrelevant because of the hubris of its open source programmers, who feel that they do not have to respond to users because We Know Better, like the little errant children that they so well emulate. So, users are walking away. Many users like the idea of an alternative to the big boys (Chrome and IE) but then get so disappointed with Firefox's constant little irrational irritations, ones that should have been worked out long ago, that they bail out and simply go to the popular model.

In other words, the market was Firefox's to win or lose. Sadly, the pomposity of the Firefox team has doomed them to the latter.

Signed,

a current Firefox user

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T-Mobile US CEO offers kid a year's supply of chicken nuggets for switching from AT&T

Snake

No pain necessary

"United Airlines also offered him "a free flight to take you to any Wendy's in the world in a city we serve"."

So that's now 1) $400, 2) $800, 3) We beat the cr*p out of you 4) Free flights for nuggets?

Exactly! Best possible response tweet?

We'll fly you for free to any Wendy's, once every month...and you won't get bloodied for it

- @AAAirlines

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Internet Society tells G20 nations: The web must be fully encrypted

Snake

Re: About f'ing time encryption was pushed as compulsory on the internet!

I said the same, on this very forum, a few years ago (I will be happy to link)...and was downvoted. Hard.

The basic protocol is "broken" by not being encrypted by default, requiring each node to implement encrypting itself if needed. This was, and is, a disaster waiting to happen, dependent upon each instance to get the job done, get it done correctly and trust the chain.

HTTPS across the entire internet, all communications, all devices, everywhere for everything. Period. From IoT to email to messaging, it will end up the only way to guarantee any form of both privacy and transactional security.

I wasn't believed then...but as basic trust falls apart, people will be forced to learn: "Only the paranoid survive"

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Toshiba conglomerate: Can we keep going? We don't know

Snake

Re: PWC again eh?

"There's something odd about PwC in Japan - I don't recall the specifics, but it's actually a completely separate entity due to some local regulatory requirements."

The "odd" is visible if you study other recent Japanese accounting scandals: in Japan, the "auditors" (note I use quotes) are, thanks to the pressures of the Japanese society, fearful of upsetting and disappointing the clients. The problem is, in auditing the clients are the very people you need to carefully inspect and, possibly, disappoint.

From Olympus to Toshiba, the auditing system of Japan has suffered a huge loss of confidence, with a few divisions of massive Western accounting firms being reduced or even being closed down. If you read the Olympus investigation's report you'll find the problem intrinsic, again due to Japanese society's pressures of conformity.

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Snake

Re: I wonder

"What about the pension funds etc. who have invested our money in this and failed in their duties to oversee the investment and watch what was going on, I bet our pensions suffer but not the rake off they have or their personal fortunes."

Oh, it is going to be worse than that. MUCH worse. The business papers are reporting that Toshiba's current total debt, which would practically collapse in value if bankruptcy is declared, is equivalent to the Japanese nation's total bankruptcies of TWO YEARS. Their GDP will be hit by a two-year equivalent collapse in a single swipe. And the effect will ripple across the world, as so many products depend upon Toshiba memory and other semiconductors

http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/us/top.html

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Minnesota, Illinois rebel over America's ISP privacy massacre, mull fresh info protections

Snake

Re: Trump revitalizes America...

@AC:

Sadly that is not correct, in order to understand the progression of the ideals of the neo-conservative agenda you must read the history of laws of the land.

The plan is precise: remember that, according to both the Constitution and previous Supreme Court decisions, only the federal government has the power to regulate interstate commerce. Since almost all Big Business is now interstate, indeed as all American Big Businesses now trade globally, all Big Business activities would be the purview of the federal government.

Since their plan is to WEAKEN all oversight and regulatory acts of the federal government, it guarantees that states cannot individuality regulate their activities in broad strokes. The best the states can do is to implement smaller regulations that govern trading rules within their state, not operating rules that govern an entire business or industry. If a state passes a law that imposes too strong of a burden, they'll just sue in federal court under the claim that it infringes their ability to do business elsewhere.

In other words, the regulations would go downward to lowest common denominator. And the conservatives expect to have control of the state houses, guaranteeing the lowest of available lows.

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Snake

Re: Trump revitalizes America...

"This is not how a government should be run. Rather, it's the opposite. Your view is askew."

What you are missing is the irony of the OP's statements.

For the last 20+ years, we (us less-than-backward Amerikuns) have had to listen to the Republicans put up a "small government!" and "states rights!" facade in front of, pretty much, every single pet topic of theirs. From reproductive rights to LBGT rights to privacy and environmental issues, their ideal was an almost non-existent federal government, handling just borders, defense and ports (a la 18th century America, their "ideal" world), with the individual states handling everything else. The GOP held this belief under a fundamental premise that individual states would be, Oh! So Friendly to Big Business, by being both demure and welcoming to the great and varied interests of a practically unregulated "Free Market" economy.

So the GOP pushed this agenda forward, to the point of it truly becoming propaganda: almost nothing could not be cured by their "small government / states rights" proposals. It was a salve applied to all their perceived "evils", from of liberalism to "religious freedom" issues. "The states should handle these issues"...because the conservatives believed that they could steamroller their ideal agenda through much easier at the state government level by easily gerrymandering their home districts and coupling in some Olde Time Religion to their propaganda machine.

So, here we are. A "conservative" president who is welcome and appealing to their viewpoint, trying to implement the "small government / states rights".

And what are the states doing?

The exact opposite of what the GOP has forwarded for the past 20+ years: the states are re-implementing the very ideas and rules that the GOP is trying to strip away on the federal level.

The GOP thought it could wind back the hands of time to a relatively unregulated era, where the interests of Big Business decided so many aspects of our lives. Instead, the states the GOP thought would say "Yes please! We're all for additional pollution and lowering of oversight, if it means Big Business in our states love us!", are, in actuality, saying "Kiss off, if you can't handle the concerns of the individuals that make up our neighborhoods, then we will".

It is absolutely LUSCIOUS. My popcorn bag has been so often used these past 2 months that I have scheduled lorry deliveries just to keep up with the demand. Karma, best served cold.

Absolute zero, if I had any actual say in it.

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Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

Snake

Not understanding the nostalgia

We'll start off with: if you want real headphones, just buy a Stax system and be done with it. £4000 into your Stax system you'll happily realize that this is the last audio system that you will ever own ((a), because nothing else sounds like it, and (b) because you spend so much time and money getting here!)

Anyway, I do not understand the nostalgia that people think they are asking for. The world has moved way beyond the form factor and capabilities of the Psion series, and I think most of the buyers who get the Gemini will realize that truth soon enough (et tu, Apple Watch, et tu?) I think what you really asking for is an updated IBM PC110 or a Toshiba Libretto - real but miniaturized computers running standard CPU's and internal components, capable of running bog-standard desktop OS's (full Linux or Windows) yet carry in a jumbo pocket / small purse . Anything else will simply stall out and not be able to do the modern things that you hope, and expect it, to.

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Pence v Clinton: Both used private email for work, one hacked, one accused of hypocrisy

Snake
Alert

A suprise?

Republican hypocrisy? Better than everyone else attitude? Double standards?

No, couldn't happen! [/s]

Europe just announce possible retaliative actions regarding excessive American border exams of European citizens. About time. The only way to crush arrogance is to show that yes, there *will* be repercussions to your acts and everyone simply won't bow down to you like a slave.

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EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

Snake

Re: What information does Win 10 slurp?

"During the process I was confronted with Cortana, which I attempted to remove or at least disable, only to find that in Win10 'Home' this is all but impossible."

Absolutely 100% completely untrue.

Start with Microsoft's built- in Cortana and general privacy settings in Win10 Home, which are a bit obtuse to locate but ARE there. Then go on to

https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

which works perfectly with all levels of Windows 10, yes even Home.

And then, possibly, consider never touching your wife's computer again.

Seriously.

You have brought up the thought of using your own anti-Microsoft bias in an attempt to force a user into a "solution" that is completely wrong for them and will not work. Rather than put in a bit of time and effort into research to find out how to manipulate the OS to your liking, some of which is built in to the UI itself. Cortana does indeed have a shut down feature within Windows, if only you'd had looked for it.

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Uber, Apple, Amazon and Sully Sullenberger walk into a bar – er, self-driving car committee

Snake

Re: Sullenberger?

Ha ha.

He's there as a safety consultant, of course. Sullenberger's main personal "hobby" lies rather close to mine, system failure analysis and forensics, and his insight into safety concerns has been sought out before.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

Snake

Sure...

As an ex-Christian speaking: the Christian god not evil (because evil, apparently, appeared out of nowhere even though Christians claim their god as omnipotent and "all good")?

You just keep right on telling yourself that, my good man. :rolleyes: You have never spoken to a Jewish holy man, have you?

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Uber's self-driving cars get kicked out of SF, seek refuge in Arizona

Snake
Stop

Schadenfreude

"There is a lot of anti-Uber sentiment here. I think that interferes with the analysis of the situation.

I suspect that Uber actually didn't need the special autonomous vehicle permit."

No, Uber absolutely required a permit just as all the other companies currently testing autonomous vehicles in California do.

Please examine the original article regarding the DMV complaint. Every other company with autonomous vehicles in California required a permit; Uber took the public position that it, somehow, was different than everyone else and therefore did not require one.

So the CA DMV shut them down.

:applause: Way to go CA DMV! Everyone else has to follow rules, I see absolutely no reason why having some money allows you special dispensation.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

Snake

Re: DNC - Remove the mote from your own eye

"Claim that the Democrats Sordid Core Dump has nothing to do with Russia by Robert Parry:

Making Russia ‘The Enemy’"

OK Mr. Smartypants, answer me this: When did Russia become such buddies with the United States that the mere possibility of their inferring with internal domestic affairs is utterly dismissed by the right wing??

Maybe, if you were ever capable of stopping your own backpatting and gloating in self-assurances, you'd find the answer to that question...disturbing.

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Yahoo! couldn't! detect! hackers! in! its! network! but! can! spot! NSFW! smut! in! your! office?

Snake

Meh

I have no problem with this as long as *I* get to say whether it is on or off for my account. In that case it is just another tool; if not, it's enforced censorship and any and all companies that enforce it can stuff off.

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

Snake

A disturbing trend

What concerns me is the apparent premeditation, and more importantly therefore the true motive. He claims his actions were due to purchasing a faulty item but would he have vandalized the store if the video record was not being made?

In other words, was this just truly an opportunity for self-publicity, his 15 minutes of fame, that he simply could not resist?

And, if that is the case, can liberties be taken with said motive and wonder how much narcissism was truly involved in the decision-making process that led up to this rampage?

And I said "disturbing" because in the past few years vandalism is reaching a high, from UNESCO sites to natural wonders (the Oregon coastline and, last week, the Death Valley playa were attacked by vandals). I am personally beginning to feel that narcissism is being fed by the ability of individual persons to promote themselves, and their actions, far more easily than ever before (read: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter et al) and more people feel they can act out their personal wishes regardless of cost to others and expect adulation.

Don't mind me, maybe I'm just being grumpy?

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Microsoft warns Windows security fix may break network shares

Snake

Re: Nothing to see it will be sorted

@ fidodogbreath:

If that's how Win10 defaults to handling user accounts, exactly how will MS explain this fiasco to compliance regulators? "Yes, sir, when we migrated all the customer service desktops in Account Services to Win10 it unknowingly shared all our confidential logins with Microsoft, and after the hackers got access to Outlook that's how we lost 450,000 private account profiles?"

Oh, that won't go over well at all. :grabs the popcorn: I foresee a massive lawsuit and governmental grillings, not to mention the fact that, under these Win10 SOP, I cannot see Win10 ever making compliance approval at all.

Microsoft, you've thrown the baby out with the bathwater on this one!

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Net neutrality victory: DC court backs full rules

Snake

Re: Amazing. Simply amazing

It's not.

Only in America can you get the person in charge of a governmental department hoping for the failure of said department

"Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said he was "deeply disappointed" with the decision and praised the dissenting opinion. He still feels the regulation remained unlawful, unnecessary and counterproductive, and hoped "the parties challenging them will continue the legal fight."

The Republicans have hit the ultra-nee low: get a person into office who is proud to be ineffectual.

What a class act [/s]

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

Snake

Re: Enough is enough!

This started because I can't leave Windows behind, and I am quite sure that is true for many businesses. I am dependent on an industry-specific app that, even if I switch to a different supplier, would still be on Windows. The second app I use constantly, a 14-year old legacy Windows image catalog that I could switch away from as the images themselves are standard, has a database with included user-field comment data that I would lose.

After that, I am dependent upon the bane of all Windows users: Adobe Creative Suite, CS6 in this case. Linux simply had no replacement of quality for the InDesign/Photoshop combo.

Finally, I have a label printers and a Silex USB to Ethernet bridge that all need driver support.

So Windows is the only true option, as going Linux would only add an unknown factor to any support issues. Also, my boss would never give me even a second to get an alternate system running.

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

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AMD to fix slippery hypervisor-busting bug in its CPU microcode

Snake
Thumb Up

Excellent article

Lovely analysis and, unlike so many tech blog posts including ones right here on El Reg, a useable explanation including the register dumps with an explanation of the suspected logic flow error thereby giving readers more than just "It went boom, now it's fixed" insight.

Well done!

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Verizon only cares about fiber, lets copper nets lapse into ruin – gripes

Snake

Verizon's accused criminality

"So next up will be a plea from Verizon for government money fix the infrastructure?"

You forgot: Verizon already got paid by the government to work on the infrastructure and then failed to follow through. Look up NYC's Verizon FiOS performance, such as

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/did-verizon-ny-with-help_b_7800816.html

et al, including many additional stories such as

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/01/fcc-urged-to-investigate-verizons-two-faced-statements-on-utility-rules/

and

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/06/verizon-ordered-to-finish-fiber-build-that-it-promised-but-didnt-deliver/

to discover the history.

NYPSC and Verizon signed an agreement that granted Verizon a series of rate increases under the promise that the rate increases would allow Verizon to implement FiOS across the city. Verizon got their rate increases but failed to meet the promised FiOS implementation goals, by a very significant amount, so New York has started an investigation.

If you note, the ArsTechnica article regarding NYC attempting to force Verizon's performance is dated June 2015, and quite specifically states, quote:

"Verizon also failed to meet broadband promises in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, but those states let the company off the hook."

So, from this ElReg story, we can say to ourselves, regarding that last quote, "Not anymore!"

An additional internet search comes up with a very interesting article from yesterday, 22 February:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-kushnick/new-reports-expose-verizo_b_9287970.html

It appears that Verizon has been cooking the books: Verizon is being accused of moving costs off the wireless and FiOS ledgers and on to the legacy land system in order to make the landlines appear as "money losers" to the regulators, so that said regulators grant landline rate increases whenever Verizon has asked for them.

And, if found guilty of all these charges, do you know what will happen? NOTHING. Verizon will get a typical, corporate 'slap on the wrist', no human individuals will be found guilty or at least culpable for these deceptions and maybe outright frauds, and Verizon will go on as if nothing serious has ever happened.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

Snake

Re: For AUTOMATED NTFS ACL rights plus reg edits

If you have more than a few computers to enact these changes on, then working out the automation makes sense (or, conversely, if sharing an automated solution with others). The concern is that, unless you have / had at least the 80 (!!!) preexisting registry entries to know what to include in the deletion cycle, you'll miss some - and, if there are more than that 80 in someone's system, you'll miss those extra for sure.

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Snake

Re: Snake - so far, this is what I've constructed to automate this... apk

Just do a text search in

C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download

for

KB2952664

and delete anything you see; sometimes the CAB's, and their associated CAT / MUM / XML / etc. files are placed individually into the directory, rather than a UUID-labeled subdirectory.

If the reg entry deletions do not work then you must take ownership of the base [sub]root folder.

Also, note that KB2952664 can be referenced in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\PackageDetect

as well as

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Packages

I left references in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\RecalledPackages

untouched, as "recalled" sounded plausible to leave alone.

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Snake

Re: Good catch Snake... apk

APK, I had a typo in the second mention of the correct KB: the correct KB number is

2952664, as mentioned in other parts of the post

not

2852664, as noted in your wusa uninstall!

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Snake
Holmes

Re: ~50mb of remnants of Gwx removal trick... apk

Oh, it seems to be much worse than that - it also leaves install files for KB2952664 in the download distribution install folder, which seems to be enumerated at every bootup thanks to redundant entries in

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\PackageIndex

Up to 70 redundant entries, on my machine at least, actually. Each time you reboot the system seems to parse the subseys and then compare that to an enumeration of the distribution install subdirectory, where it then determines if each iteration of each subversion has been either properly installed or verified as to be ignored.

I believe this is where the "mystery" reinstallation the Windows 10 nag reminder is coming from: even if you uninstall KB3035583, it is actually called by KB2952664. If you uninstall KB2852664 and then hide it you are only hiding ONE version of numerous version numbers that Microsoft applies to the same patch; with different revision numbers, each one counts as a different install instance. There is no need to download a different instance of KB2952664 to reinstall it behind your back - the cached versions in the distribution download folder will do very nicely.

I am in the middle of testing my theory; I have manually removed all the registry entries for KB2952664 as well as KB3035583, plus deleted all downloaded install files for those updates plus the GWX folder from Windows and added the GWX registry hack override. So far, at the very least, there is a NOTICEABLE speed difference in bootup...VERY noticeable! Who knew?

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

Snake

Re: If only that were true...

IMPORTANT UPDATE!

I've figured out how Microsoft is doing this: They keep reissuing KB2952664 with different revision numbers then marking the update as "essential", forcing Windows to download and install it automatically without user intervention and even if you marked a (previous) revision as "Hidden".

If you check

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\PackageIndex\Package_1_for_KB2952664[~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~0.0.0.0]

(numbers enclosed in [...] may change)

plus numerous other registry keys, you'll find the various revisions that your computer has been forced to download and install, each one seen as "separate" and individual due to the revision number but, of course, exactly the same.

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Snake

Re: If only that were true...

"I had updates set to check but do not download, I deleted KB2952664 and checked for updates. Checking the list KB2952664 was not present, so downloaded and installed the security ones. After a restart the magic KB2952664 was again on my win7 computer and all my hidden updates were again revealed."

And that is the exact vehicle which is causing the Windows 10 nag to reappear - as I stated, Microsoft is overriding our choice of Hidden updates in order to force KB2952664 back into systems.

Very NOT appreciated. Where the hell is the lawsuit regarding monopolistic practices and infringing freedom of choice? I DON'T want Win10 but Microsoft is very (very) close to forcing us into it.

MAKE SURE you remove ALL of the following updates:

KB308149

KB3075249

KB3021917

KB3035583 (IMPORTANT)

KB3044374

KB2990214

KB2952664 (IMPORTANT)

KB3068708

KB3080149

KB3075249

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Snake

I have personally nailed it down as absolutely having nothing to do with "sentience", Microsoft keeps re-assigning update KB2952664 as "urgent" and "important". This KB update then will load KB3035583, the GWX nag helper.

The only way you'll catch the KB2952664 'rearmament" is to set your Windows Update to "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them", as ANY other automated setting causes the KB to download in the background and, thanks to that Microsoft setting, take the soonest opportunity to self-install.

Happened to me just this morning: even though I had previously and quite intentionally set KB2952664 as Hidden, Windows Update just tried to slip it in to today's patch updates, quite behind my back! So you must actually examine each Patch Tuesday update plan to see what Microsoft is trying to hide.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

Snake

Re: Oi Microsoft

It is actually TWO

KB3035583

KB2952664

x664 will actually reinstall x583, so unless you get both you won't truly get it. Not all systems have x664, as it mostly arrives via a confirmation of the Windows 10 invite, but you must check for both and then remove both.

See my instructions on how to do this properly at

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-win_upgrade/disable-windows-10-download/8f978f15-7a51-4a69-9bb0-f290e61c3d5c

(10th reply)

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WoW! Want to beat Microsoft's Windows security defenses? Poke some 32-bit software

Snake
Stop

Re: Damned if you do, damned if you don't

"If you have specific evidence that the 64-bit OS is responsible as opposed to PS64, feel free to provide it."

That's too easy. Everyone who downvoted me gets the same response:

Are you actually telling me that it's OK for the OS to freeze when a 64-bit app crashes?

Who cares if Photoshop 64 is buggy, it should never take the entire OS down with it. Are you people actually implying that it should?? Because that's exactly what your position is when you exclusively blame the app for this fiasco. I am quite sure that, if Linus Torvalds was told this about Linux, he'd have an absolute shit-fit.

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Snake

Re: I call foul. You require two rarely used-together malware-magnets: Windows and Adobe xxx

Lol, great reply.

If you do any form of graphic design work, you're using Adobe. Almost exclusively.

For lack of a better choice, really.

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Snake

Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Running 64-bit native may be nice for system security but when a 64-bit program goes buggy, say goodbye to your overall system stability (go on, crash Photoshop 64, I dare ye!)

Running 32-bit WoW allows far more gracefully recovery from app crashes but then allows security intrusions.

Fist, meet Face. Head, meet Wall. Get to know one another.

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World's most frustrating televised Linux install just got more frustrating

Snake

Re: It's 4chan

"On their computer board, telling people to install Gentoo is the solution to every problem."

Really??

"I got clap from my last trick"

"Install Gentoo and call me in the morning"

Awesome repartee.

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Slippery, slimy find: LEGGY, WRIGGLY fossil shows SNAKES weren't legless. Or ARMLESS

Snake

Re: Sankes [sic] with legs are still around

"No, they are not."

Yes, they ARE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_skeleton#Vestigial_limbs

Pythons and boas have vestigial limbs in their skeleton.

And I know this because? I don't have that handle for nothing - I adore reptiles, snakes in particular. My Burmese python's pelvic spurs were very apparent...for those who bother to pay attention.

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

Snake

Re: In other words, "When to act"

"No, we're worried about being inconvenienced, making sacrifices, paying a damn sight more money, for no fucking difference what-so-ever. We're not all hair-shirt wearing, guardian readers you know."

So. Better to do nothing at all, and save MONEY, than try..

Good to know what the average reader around here is more worried about. Selfish greedy bastards.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Snake

Dear Reg, the new look is fine but it needs some tweaks

Reduce the both the image and font size of the leading headline article - it takes up too much screen real estate, especially I'm sure on small mobile screens.

Increase the width of the column gutters slightly to create additional white space between columns, as the text is just a touch hard to differentiate between. Reduce font size on sub-article headlines / tag lines 1 point to compensate if needed.

Actually, reduce ALL font sizes a bit (say 2 points) as there is not quite enough white space; the content-per-space quotient is a bit low upon initial viewing of the website's landing page.

That is all. Keep up the good work!

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Snake

A measureable improvement

The large variety of replies are from, well, computer techs, geeks and nerds with no experience in publishing.

Since I HAVE experience in publishing I will say: Thumbs up.

Fellow posters have no idea of "white space" in a publication, they think that a page should be a continuous sheet filled with words, data and images. They can't understand the concept that white space increases readability to the human eye and is necessary for increased comprehension. Your new format cleans up and increases column gutters, a very nice graphical change. The drop-down menu is dynamic and creates an instant level of interactive feedback, very modern and a good use of space. The single headlined image is a VAST, VAST improvement in layout dynamics - I can't stress that enough. Tremendous!

The system will need tweaks to come up to everyone's expectations but I say "Great job!" to the designers, writers, programmers, layout artists, editors and contributors all at The Reg.

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Tesla battery fire pushes beleaguered firm's share price even lower

Snake

I will have to agree with this sentiment.

What is with moronic midwest-America drivers running over towbars?? Is it the new Wack a Mole?!

Get off your DAMN CELL PHONE, pay attention to the road and the general idea is NOT to hit anything!

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Microsoft delivers baker's dozen of patches on Tuesday

Snake

"Banker's dozen"

Does that mean that the patches take your data, charge you for the privilege of stealing it, pretend that they didn't do anything wrong and when caught run away with all the goodies anyway?

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Ready to bin your USB cables yet? Wireless USB hops on WiGig bandwagon

Snake
Gimp

"Wireless USB with power"? A problem with an existing solution

...in the form of the preexisting device, the USB to Ethernet Bridge.

You add them to any Ethernet system, wired or wireless via your access point, and presto! you have your USB devices accessible via wireless. Plus something else: you can share your USB devices with multiple computers.

Been using them since 2006, first the Keyspan and now the Silex SX-DS-4000U2. Yes, powered USB for your devices plus sharing of devices to multiple hosts. Why wait another 3 years since their original promise of Wireless USB devices on your system when you can implement it now?

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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

Snake
Thumb Up

LOL I wonder how many people remember/get that.

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

Snake
Thumb Up

Re: "news"

Hear, hear

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IT now 10 percent of world's electricity consumption, report finds

Snake
Childcatcher

Thoughtful yet ironic statement

"Unless people can get a clear idea of the overall impact of their digital world, then the cost to the planet will remain forever obscured.

It is ironic that you end an environmental awareness story with such a phrase, for in our capitalist societies we have almost never had an idea, or been charged for, the overall impact of our living.

For example, in the United States, let us take the lessons of Niagara Falls, New York's, Love Canal. Hooker Chemical manufactured, and sold, chemicals for decades from this plant and made a modest profit. After closure of the plant, a toxic waste site of the company's design was discovered on the site, one of the most contaminated locales in all of the United States. It has cost the taxpayers of the United States $400 million dollars for the cleanup of the site, money that neither Hooker Chemical, nor the customers of its products, ever paid in to. The new owners of Hooker, Occidental Petroleum, did have to pay, only $129 million...and it STILL cost the taxpayers millions in legal fees to forward the lawsuit that brought about that verdict, decades after Hooker itself was out of business.

Corporations sell pencils for, what $0.02 or so each? Does that take into account the toxic waste of caused by the production waste, the (full) environmental impact of the logging industry (which most of you are unawares; I, on the other hand, have been to both logging forests and wood processing plants O.O ), the processing and waste of creating the graphite sticks, and every other part of the production chain?

No, we don't, do we? We only pay the "up front" costs - the cost of the materials used to create the supply materials used in manufacturing, like gasoline for the trucks, etc. We simply don't factor long-term costs, like water treatments and cleanups into our products, mostly because we treat them as "Out of sight, Out of mind".

This HAS to change (as China is quickly realizing) or we'll all pay a huge price in the future.

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Shareholders hoping to squeeze cash from Kodak are deluded, says court

Snake
FAIL

Re: @Robert Sneddon

IMHO I believe Kodak's major failing was the fact that they had no digital camera manufacturing abilities - Kodak always used third-party suppliers for their digital camera business. For the SLR's they built on Nikon bodies, for the compact point-and-shoots they used Chinon.

This was a MAJOR mistake. The early digital market was point and shoots, as dSLR's were simply too expensive to even resemble "mass market", but Chinon was in no real condition to compete once Nikon, Canon and Sony got into the market. For a while, Kodak was just about the only major name brand player in town, in regards to digital compacts, so people bought the Kodak products. Once Nikon and Canon started up their own product lines, however, Chinon, and therefore Kodak, were not equipped to compete - Chinon's tech stagnated and by the time Kodak fully integrated Chinon into itself, in 2004, it was too little, too late.

Kodak did itself no favors by having only a strategic agreement with Chinon in the early years rather than do everything in-house.

Then again, now that I think about it more, Kodak lost its compact camera design mojo by the 1970's and maybe this was inevitable, considering the wholesale industry paradigm shift that digital brought which killed photographic supplies sales and shifted the market to (almost) completely hardware based.

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Make or break: Microsoft sets date for CRUCIAL Win 8.1 launch

Snake

Olympic comparisons? Not really.

"Oddly, the design and engineering deficiencies of the Titanic didn't deter travellers of that age from embarking on the Olympic (Titanic's sister ship)"

Do you mean before or after the Olympic's refit to increase safety: the new double hull, the new davits, the raised watertight bulkheads?

Add in the fact that Imperator wasn't a slight on Olympic's luxury accommodations (read Imperator's refit nomenclature), including the fact that White Star's Olympic class had no steerage (while Imperator still did), and that left world-class supership travel to a competition between White Star and Cunard (as it always was, back then).

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Xerox admits there's no fix yet for number-fudging copiers

Snake

Ouch -_-

Only in our modern world does a "copier"...not do (correct) copes.

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