* Posts by arctic_haze

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Is there a blessing for Windows 10?

Just like in the case of the tsar in Fiddler on the Roof, there is a proper blessing:

May God bless and keep Windows 10. . . far away from us!

Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

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It seems the bot passed the Turing test!

At least if you agree that the Twitter users fit the definitions of humans.

Adobe will track you across all your devices with new co-op project

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No Adobe here

This one year old laptop has never been infected by an Adobe product. I never needed Java and luckily one year ago most Web pages I use stopped demanding Flash.

And yes, I use Foxit for PDFs (and think about switching to Sumatra).

You'll say I'm being track anyway by Microsoft. Maybe but this is a Windows 7 box with all the known tracking updates blocked.

Microsoft stops accepting Bitcoin in Windows Store

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Re: Illegal in Russia?

Knowing Russia, the reason they banned it is they could not figure who should be shaken down.

Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

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"in the rear-view mirror"

Like the T-Rex in Jurassic Park?

The only difference is that Microsoft is driving in reverse gear.

And remember: Objects in the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear,

Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

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What happens in August?

I wonder what happens when Windows 10 stops being free. Will Redmont still try to shove it up my ass?

Until today I thought the nagging will stop in August but now I have doubts. Maybe they will lengthen the free period for "late upgraders"? Like one or two extra months. Because it would be next to impossible to force me to an upgrade which wants your Credit Card number to bill me? Or maybe I'm naive here?

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Re: As many PC users think IE is the Internet...

What kind of free market is it when it's next to impossible to buy a PC without paying the Microsoft tax?

R you ready? Open source stats come to Visual Studio

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Re: R is useful

>>syntactically a little odd if you are coming from C-based languages<<

It's true. And I am.

But that's the fun. I like the way R treats vectors the way C treats integers and I always try to write in R without using loops. I succeed 90% of the time.

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R is useful

Generally R is a beautiful language to work on data.

To make even the accountants interested, I share a one line script to hide all the quarters when the company was in the red:

Quarterly.results <- Quarterly.results[Quarterly.results>0]

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Re: Good move

I believe moderation jumps in if there is anything Microsoft related in the article.

Microsoft: Ditch your phone biz and do crazy hardware experiments

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waiting for the 950xl

Hasn't it been released in November?

Alien studs on dwarf's erection baffle boffins

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Re: The headline

Yes but it makes me sad.

My absolutely profanity free technical comment awaits checking by a moderator for an hour under another article while possibly the same person invents this "titillating" title.

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Alien

A space mine

An open pit mine and a spoil tip.

I wonder what they were mining for?

Flash is too fat. A glut of supply means growth is slower and slower

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WTF?

OMG!

For a moment I thought they meant Adobe Flash as the future.

Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

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FAIL

Re: @Cynic_999

"They only have to prove you have on your premises (actually worse than that in your household) an apparatus for receiving TV signals (and note the apparatus does not have to be able to decode said TV signals)."

This can't be true. Any piece of wire is enough to receive a microwave signal. Well, so is water, meat (that's why microwave ovens work) and even yourself.

Of course a TV dinner will not decode the TV signal. But it does receive it. So it needs a license!!!

Good eye, Hubble! Space 'scope spots furthest-ever object

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Hubble is old enough to rent a car

A pity it can't any more rent the Space Shuttle.

Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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Megaphone

Boycott them

I certainly will do no business with Port of Tyne. If I ever acquire a tanker-full of some expensive stuff, I'll send it to another port!

Hackers use Microsoft security tool to pwn Microsoft security tool

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No worrries

As long as all my data are safely with Microsoft and NSA, why should hacking be a problem?

Ukraine has a Eurovision pop at Russia

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Re: if Brexit....

The problem with Brexit supporters is they will not be satisfied with their success, even if they achieve it. The world problems will still exist. The Polish plumbers will still be there. The Eurovision will still be there. Even worse, Britain will have to abide to rules created by various international bodies.

So the next thing they will demand would be for Britain to leave the United Nations or the Soar System.

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Re: Terry's gone now...

"In a better place, given that there's clearly no Eurovision."

No, he has not moved to North Korea.

Easter Islanders didn't commit 'ecocide' after all, says archaeologist

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Orlowski is not a pop science writer

Rather, he is an alternative Universe science writer. That is his views may be true in another Universe. Or not.

Boffins' gravitational wave detection hat trick blows open astronomy

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Re: Curious how they eliminate one potential source of error

The mirrors are suspended to avoid vibrations of similar frequencies. So if it came from the Earth crust, it must have been pretty strong to shake two facilities 2000 km apart. So why it was not recorded by seismometers? And with a frequency of up to 75 Hz, we would actually hear this continent-wide chirp. Finally, seismic waves of acoustic frequencies don't travel far. That's why we do not actually hear them.

Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

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Re: Winning back trust

"Microsoft didn't invent the host file."

Well, they invented one that does not work.

Scary RAM-gobbling bug in SQL Server 2014 exposed by Visual Studio online outage

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Yes, but why pizza?

Have I missed a joke, here?

It's 2016 and a font file can own your computer

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Firefox solution

Toggle gfx.font_rendering.graphite.enabled to "false" in about:config.

Why a detachable cabin probably won’t save your life in a plane crash

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I wonder why the detachable section does not include the pilot cabin. After all the thing would then at least have aerodynamics better than a flying barn.

Is this to penalize the pilots for their mistake? Or to allow them a safety landing after they drop the peasants over Niagara.

Speaking of dropping passengers. The crazy German second pilot who killed everybody on-board flying into the Alps, could have even more fun dropping the passenger cabin with the captain still in the loo on top of the Matterhorn and flying into the sunset.

Facebook kills 'Parse' mobile dev platform

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An idea

Maybe they should also add a "Me too" button for former AOL users.

Mozilla slings web push notifications into Firefox

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Re: Hasn't it been a plus

> No matter how you delve into about:config I have found that (at least I) have not been able to find a way to keep Firefox from updating by itself.

Have you tried changing app.update.channel to something different, like null or fcuk?

PS. Actually "default" is strangely the right value for getting no updates.

US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

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Not only Eratosthenes but also Aristotle himself, who noticed that the round shadow of the Earth on the Moon during lunar eclipses, regardless of how low over the horizon the Moon was, could only be explained with a spherical shape of our home.

And Aristotle was a founding stone of the medieval Church teaching. So it seems medieval monks were more advanced in science then millennial generation rappers.

Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: Enough of this.

"I need a Win32 compatible environment."

What's wrong with Windows XP run as a virtual machine?

Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

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An idea

What if I stop upgrading until the free Windows 10 offer runs out? Will they stop trying to install it on my laptop after the date?

Exploit kits throw Flash bash party, invite Crypt0l0cker, spam bots

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Frends don't let friends install Flash

Every month there are less and less reasons to have this Hacker's Delight installed.

Mozilla warns Firefox fans its SHA-1 ban could bork their security

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Isn't The Reg one Firefox iteration late?

In the release notes of the brand new Firefox 43.0.4, the most important change is:

"Re-enable SHA-1 certificates (Bug 1236975)"

Enjoy!

Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned

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Braces in the same column

You would be mistaken for me and the other way. I believe this is the old school.

However, I would support tracking down and isolating from the society all the developers who started with BASIC.

Oracle ordered to admit on its website that it lost the plot on Java security

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Shouldn't Flash be next?

Adobe should also say sorry for the state of the #1 hacker target, the tight-as-a-sieve bugfest called Flash Player which is still demanded by so many clueless websites...

Bigger than Higgs? Boffins see hints of bulbous new Boson

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Re: @arctic_haze Something new in physics. Finally!

Oh, the faster than light neutrinos seemed crap to me from the first time I heard about them. I believed they overcompensated the relativity corrections of the GPS signal (counted them twice) but the truth was even more mundane.

However 2.6 sigmas in one sensor and over 3 sigmas in the other, is something. Not enough to announce a new particle (you need 5 for that) but it is still 99% chance it is not a fluke (unless you have a systematic error like the neutrino experiment).

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Something new in physics. Finally!

The Higgs boson was something expected. Its nonexistence would be much greater news thaan its discovery.

However this new boson, if real, is something outside the Standard Model. Which means it's new physics!

I wonder if they discovered the lightest supersymmetry particle. Or the WIMP, the particle of the elusive dark matter. Hopefully both at the same time. This would be something worth more than one Nobel prize!

Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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OK but is there a solution to make Windows Update work?

My wife's Windows 7 laptop does not get any updates for a few months now. Checking it with antivirus software, using Microsoft tools and fixes for Windows Update did not work. Third party scripts re-registering all the required DLLs and their dog had no visible effect. Even installing manually the newest Windows Update solved nothing.

I know my wife is safe from Windows 10. But maybe there is a way to install all the security updates without doing it manually which is a process I do not wish my worst foes.

It's nearly 2016, and Windows DNS servers can be pwned remotely

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Re: Anything lurking there for us Win7 users who have no intent to upgrade/downgrade to Win10?

It was the first one I checked. But it was easy: it was the only non-security update. As I do not expect Microsoft to add anything useful to Windows 7, it must have been another ploy to push Windows 10.

Microsoft encrypts explanation of borked Windows 10 encryption

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The second Tuesday of the month experience

After the latest Microsoft Tuesday which almost killed my Windows 7 touchscreen device, I will try to remember my vow to wait at least five days with any Windows updates (and also hide anything that may be a Windows 10 installer in disguise).

Beardy Branson bangs birds on Boeing

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LauncherTwos (?)

Am I the only one to think that the 747 would look better with a pair of LauncherOnes under its wings? How to say it... more businesslike ;)

Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Re: My corporate Windows 7

If you have administrative privileges, just get rid of all of the following updates that you have on your system:

KB3022345

KB3068708

KB3080149

Europe didn't catch the pox from Christopher Columbus – scientists

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Re: Mine's a pint!

A better question would be how popular were the whores visited by the sailors...

Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station

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Re: Isaac Asimov on the subject of rocket fuel

"The cannonical book of liquid rocket fuels is Ignition! An Informal History of Liquid Rocket Propellants by John D. Clark."

The Asimov quote is from the introduction to this very book.

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Re: Isaac Asimov on the subject of rocket fuel

But still the quote is popular among the rocket scientists (the actual ones!).

I've first see the quote on the door of someone in ESTEC (the ESA center in Holland).

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Isaac Asimov on the subject of rocket fuel

"Now, it is clear that anyone working with rocket fuels is outstandingly mad. I don't mean garden-variety crazy or merely raving lunatic. I mean a record-shattering exponent of far-out insanity.

There are, after all, some chemicals that explode shatteringly, some that flame ravenously, some that corrode hellishly, some that poison sneakily, and some that stink stenchily. As far as I know, though, only liquid rocket fuels have all these delightful properties combined into one delectable whole."

Pause Patch Tuesday downloads, buggy code can kill Outlook

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Windows 7 log-in problem

The same November upgrade pack (possibly the very same update KB3097877) makes it impossible to log in on touch screen equipped Windows 7 machines. I had this problem today.

One alleged solution is to unplug the USB touch screen. This was impossible in my case as I use a Samsung Windows 7 tablet (yes, there are such things).

Luckily the other solution worked for me. I plugged in a USB keyboard from my wife's PC and started the tablet pressing F8 multiple times. I was able to go into the restore option and restored the Windows to the state before the last update.

I'm writing this down in case anyone else seeks help in the Reg.

Einstein's brain to be picked by satellites

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Re: Will the insurers try to claw back some cash?

I would bet some money they were not insured. NASA does not insure its launches and I would expect ESA to follow this practice. The reason is in the long run you must be paying more for insuring than not insuring. The difference is the insurer's premium.

It is very similar to why car rental companies are "self insured" (that is they are mot insured at all). I the long run they have to lose money insuring their cars - and they operate in the long sun (as do the space agencies). You need insurance only if the costs of a single mishap can be too much for you to handle and for state run agencies on yearly budget a single failure in not a financial catastrophe.

Windows 10: Major update on the Threshold as build 10586 hits Insiders

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Time to be careful

Tomorrow is the Update Tuesday. I must watch if any of the upgrades wants to change my Windows 7 computers into spyboxes.

Ice 'lightning' may have helped life survive Snowball Earth

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Does not compute

Life could survive in sub-glacial lakes but not photosynthetic species. We know that cyanobacteria produced oxygen long before the global glaciations. In fact, the oxygen concentrations increased shortly after the "snowball" episodes. There is no light under hundreds of meters of ice so something is deeply wrong with this new hypothesis. I would rather bet volcanoes sticking through the ice provided heat for surface lakes or lagoons to exist during the global glaciation.

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