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* Posts by Wade Burchette

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Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches

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Re: So for Intel is always bad but the sweet AMD is fine? PLEASE!

Are you having nice weather in Santa Clara today?

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Honda pores over in-car navigation software with Alibaba – report

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Re: Give me a car with

I bought a car with navigation. This was in 2004. There have been no more updates since 2013. Because of this, I now use the GPS of my phone. It is always up to date, I don't have to pay for those updates, and it has traffic. I've now decided that I will not buy a car with GPS built-in no exception. You are not going to fool me twice. I might consider a head unit with GPS built in. If the updates stop for that, then I can rip it out and put a new head unit in; can't do that with a built-in GPS. There is only two features I want in my radio: Bluetooth and iPod compatibility. (The old iPods which had plenty of storage space for my lossless CD rips. You know, devices so good they had to go.)

I already know the car manufacturer's response: but a new car. Sorry, but my vehicle is paid for and works well. I have spent very little on repairs and maintenance, and most of that was normal wear and tear. No major mechanical problems at all. Why should I replace? Just keep updating your navigation data!

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Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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Re: Not acceptable

In addition to tracking, I also noticed that javascript within an ad is not considered unacceptable. That javascript definitely helps with the tracking. But is also means that malvertising will still exist. Two days ago, I was helping someone on their computer and every time we went to yahoo.com, his browser was redirected to a scam "Microsoft alert!" page. This happened every time, and each scam page was a different domain.

This whole situation just seems like a distraction. Tell people you are concerned with only acceptable ads, make the definition of acceptable purposefully weak, and then tell everyone you care so don't use an ad-blocker. This is an ad-slinger trying to trick you into letting them make more money off you by pretending they care.

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Container-flinger pushes Win 10 transformer for legacy apps

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Re: It would have been nice...

I think this referring to making Windows 7 programs run on non-x86 systems or in systems where you do not have permission to install programs but do have permission to use an app store. The article is not clear, but I think it is the latter.

And it a program, not an app. Yes, technically an application and a program are the same thing. But before Microsoft went "mobile first (and customer last)" they were called programs. Apple and Google used the word apps. And, of course, apps are bought from an app store where conveniently Apple and Google make money, a lot of money. Microsoft being the great copiers that they are decided they too wanted to make money this way and so started to call programs "apps". I believe one day Microsoft will ban any program not installed through their app store "for your protection", but in reality so that Microsoft can make a percentage profit off every sale. Now, when I think of a program today, I think of software that does not require an app store to use. I have been resisting calling everything apps because I don't want Microsoft to succeed in forcing everything to go through their app store, and thus succeed in controlling what I can and cannot do with my purchase.

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FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it

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Linksys is now owned by Belkin

So there is your problem right there. Everything Belkin is pure garbage. The garbage in my trash can becomes even less valuable when I throw away something from Belkin.

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Love the Hendrix reference

That is all.

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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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Re: Theft or not

"Of course, that's impossible, tax law in the EU is a mismash of compromise and ambiguity because there isn't a snowball's chance in hell of all EU members agreeing to a common, centrally-managed, tax code or business structure."

And if the EU members did agree to a common tax code, then Apple and many other business their regional headquarters to an European country not in the EU. Even when the Brexit happens, the EU cannot boycott the UK without severe consequences. So Apple could just easily move the offices to Northern Ireland in such a situation.

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The sun rose, you woke up, and Qualcomm sued Apple three times

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Re: Mutually assured destruction

The only winner will be the lawyers.

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Ad-filtering fiend Eyeo: Morning has broken, like the first morning

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Simple rules

I have yet to see advertisers obey my simple rules for ads, rules that were once implemented when the internet went from luxury to necessity. If they worked once, they can work again.

(1) Absolutely no tracking of any kind for any reason, no exception. (2) Absolutely no javascript or something similar in an ad, no exception. (3) Absolutely no pop-up or pop-under ads, no exception. (4) Absolutely no ads that require Flash or Java or any other plug-in, no exception. (5) Absolutely no autoplay video ads EXCEPT only when I click on a clear link to a video. (6) Absolutely no ad that attempts to determine my location, no exception.

Follow my rules, which were successful once, and my adblocker will be turned off. Websites that complain about my adblocker are asking me to respect them while they are unwilling to respect me. Don't ask me to do something you are unwilling to do. Lead by example, and follow my simple rules that do work.

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Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

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RE: Whats the proposed solution?

My tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Samsung has long since stopped supporting it. So I installed Cyanogenmod and later Lineage OS on it when Cyanogenmod died. Both have extra privacy built in. In the settings, you can override the privacy settings of any app, including Google's. That is your best choice, to see if your device supports Lineage OS. If that isn't available, you can check to see if you can root your device and manually uninstall any bloat apps you don't want and install a privacy app with root access. I did something like that with my Galaxy S3, but I forgot which app I used.

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Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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18 months

18 months of guaranteed updates is at least 30 months too short. That is not even two years. Moving to a new phone takes a lot of time. As such, I want to hold on to my phone for at least 3 years, maybe 4. The one thing I would like to see on Android is to bypass the carrier for all updates. The second thing I would like to see is to allow us to uninstall any bloatware; only block apps that required for the phone to work. For example, I want to uninstall Chrome, a bunch of Samsung junk, and a lot of carrier junk. As it stands now, I can only disable some of that.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Interesting

The safest speed is slightly above the posted speed limit. A maximum speed of 60 MPH is not safe on a 70, 75, 80 MPH highway. Driving slow makes people behind you impatient and angry and thus you will do things you might not usually do in your rush to pass. These vehicles need to be able to drive highway speeds.

Other than that, I like this. If enough recharging stations are available, then the 30 minute wait for trucks isn't a big deal like it is for passenger vehicles. Truckers need 30 minute breaks to stretch the legs and to help prevent drowsiness.

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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What if ...

What if I am an Amazon approved courier. And what if I have a friend who is a thief. I deliver the package but conveniently leave the door slightly ajar so that it does not lock. Some time later, my friend comes by with gloves and a mask on and robs the place while I continue to deliver packages. My face will be on another camera at another location so you know I wasn't there. And how can you prove that I made an honest mistake?

Or what if I have a friend and we work in tandem. My friend finds the cable and phone lines on the side of the house. We time it out so that I deliver the package and begin to walk out the door. But my friend disconnects the cable and phone lines so that the internet dies, whether it is DSL or cable. Then we rob the place. As we leave, we break a window from the outside so that it looks like a neighborhood robbery and reconnect the internet. How can you prove it wasn't just a random outage or glitch in the equipment?

Trusting people to be honest is about as smart as trusting Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, et al with your privacy. Yet millions upon millions of people are naive and do so. Letting people in your house to deliver a package is a bad bad idea. Far better to leave it an approved drop center where you can pick it up.

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Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

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Re: Translation :

Exactly. I care not about how it looks, I care about how easy it is to repair and how good the parts are on the inside. I shouldn't have to remove a keyboard to remove a hard drive. I shouldn't have to take out 10 screws to remove the battery. I shouldn't have a hinge that breaks after 2 years of use of my laptop. And I shouldn't have to buy proprietary parts to repair a desktop. I'm looking at you, HP, on that one. Why do you have a proprietary power supply?

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Re: Sigh

I will tell you what will happen. These devices will reach market saturation at some point. This means that Amazon and Google will not be making much money on these devices, not enough to cover the research and running the servers. So they will have two choices: (1) make the oldest ones obsolete by pushing out an update that is required to use the servers and conveniently is incompatible with the oldest units; or (2) use the microphone for better targeted advertising. My money is on both happening.

And can you imagine the information that can be gleamed by listening: Alexa hears a dog bark but no cat meow, Amazon now knows that somefamily123@yahoo.com has a dog and will start to show dog food on its home page. She also hears a woman's voice late in the evening but not in the middle of the day for a few days but then all day for a few days. Using an algorithm, Amazon determines that the wife of somefamily123@yahoo.com is a nurse and will start to show ladies nursing scrubs. Alexa also hears a man's voice, and he quite often talks about basketball to a younger male's voice. Now Amazon knows that somefamily123@yahoo.com has a child who plays grade school basketball. And I could go on.

If the police offered to put a device in your home for free that would listen all the time for gunshots, you would reject it immediately. Even if you lived in the worse neighborhood in the world and even if it really was for your protection. Yet people gladly pay for a for-profit company to listen to them all the time.

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Call me paranoid

What is to prevent the police from taking your iPhone, pointing at your face while you are in custody, and access every bit of information on it that they want? You aren't testifying against yourself because you said nothing and did nothing. So how is that more secure than just a pin code alone?

The same with fingerprint readers. What is to prevent the police from swiping your fingerprint off a public device you touched and then creating a fingerprint device to unlock your phone?

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Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states' net neutrality, privacy rules

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Re: Lisa Simpson said it pretty well

9 out of 10 richest communities in the US are in the Washington DC metro area. It has been said that the US has the best money government can buy.

Truth be told, a politician's two jobs are to be elected and re-elected. Our wants and needs are a distant third. Elections are not cheap. Hillary Clinton spent $1.2 billion (thousand million) and the Donald spent $600 million. Where did the money come from? Anonymous donations? Royalty checks? Wise business deals? Mr. Trump made a lot of money as a businessman, but he didn't make $600,000,000 from it. They made this money from lobbyists. And why do lobbyists give money? Because they like the politician? I can't think of two more unlikable people than Hillary and Donald. Lobbyists give money because they want favors. Political favors. Follow the money, politicians only throw us a bone every once in a while.

And along those same lines, I know a man who was a card-carrying Democrat. About 30 years ago, he went to a local Democrat rally. He said that every word out of their mouth was, not what they could do to make the country better, but how they could beat the Republicans. He left the meeting and never voted since. I will bet money it has gotten nothing but worse since then. I never met anybody who told me they went to a Republican rally, but I am quite confident that every word out their mouths would be how to beat the Democrats, and no words about what is good for the country. And I also would be quite confident if such an attitude held true in most political parties all over the world.

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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Reminds me

When I was in college, I helped my friend in his heating & AC business. One of his customers had an expensive computer-controlled Carrier system. Each room had a device that looked like a thermostat, acted like a thermostat, but was really just a monitor. The system was set up to lie; it displayed a temperature reading but that was not always true. Knowing the office ladies each had a favorite temperature (the men working there never touched the thing), the monitor that looked like a thermostat would lie about the temperature. The computer controlled each room's temperature, and you needed a computer with proprietary program to change anything, and the only copy of that was on a laptop that never stayed on-site. So when one of the ladies turned the temperature up on the monitor thermostat, the temperature displayed on the monitor would faithfully go up even though the room temperature stayed the same. And then when another lady came by soon thereafter to turn it down, the temperature on the display went down too. It lied, and the people in the office never knew it lied.

It showed me the power of the mind. If you see a thermostat say "74 degrees" then you think it is 74 degrees even if it is 78 degrees. Never once did the office ladies complain about the thermostat not working.

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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Meanwhile in a random board room

Advertising executive: "People are using ad-blockers and commercial skippers. They are tuning out our ads. They don't like being tracked all the time. So what should we do?"

Mild-mannered employee: "We could make adverts less annoying and stop being so in-your-face. This way they would be less inclined to tune them out."

Advertising exec: "You, mild-mannered employee! Pack your things! I want you out of the building in 10 minutes!" (gives the mild-mannered employee the bum-rush out the door) "Now, what do we do about this problem?"

Sleazy employee: "We make them view our ads to view our website. And what is more, we blame the victim by calling them moochers. But under no circumstances do we show them any respect."

Advertising exec: "BRILLIANT! Do that! What else can we do?"

Hard-working employee: "We make the adverts part of the show. We will call it 'product placement'. So, for example, if have the police officer drive a luxury full-loaded SUV that costs more money than he would make in 5 years."

Advertising exec: "What am I paying you for, hard-working employee? We already do that! I need ideas people!"

Another sleazy employee: "We could find new ways to cram ads into their life. In video games, at the McDonald's drive-through window, anywhere people are and in anything that has their focus. We also research how to put ads in their dreams, in their self-driving cars, and so on."

Advertising exec: "I'm giving you a raise!"

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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Re: User swap battery

If I had my way, every device with a battery would be required to provide instructions on how the user can change the battery themselves. This would require, of course, every device to have a battery that can be swapped. This rule would apply to phones, laptops, tablets, everything.

And if I also had my way, every phone must have a headphone jack. And while I have a wishlist, I would require every phone, tablet, and laptop to use an industry standard charger. A USB-C for phones/tablets and other low power devices and something universal for laptops.

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US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

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Re: A dangerous hands-off approach to hands-free driving

A big problem for Americans drivers is they tend to view driving as a right, not a privilege. As such, it is easy to get licensed to drive and even easier to drive without a license. The last time I had to renew my license, I did it all online. I didn't take a sign or vision test. I just confirmed my mailing address, paid by credit card, and a week later I had my renewed license.

The result of this is that there are many people who are driving who ought not to drive. I personally believe that every person should be required to take a sign test, a driving test, and a vision test before each license is renewed. The driving test would require you to drive at highway speeds because the safest speed to drive is slightly above the posted speed limit.

A second problem is too many people today cannot go 1 second without talking to someone. So they start their large SUV that seats 8 but almost always has 1 person in it, turn on the engine, and then immediately pull out the cell phone and call someone. This is distracted driving. A hands-free is not as distracting, but still is to a point. And then other distractions like the confusing radio in the vehicle, the road under construction sign that has been up for a year even though the road work has been finished for 8 months, the guy who thinks blasting his music so that you can hear it 1000 feet away is a good idea, and so on.

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Nobel Prize for boffins who figured out why you feel like crap after long-haul flights

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Re: It's the same for fruit flies

I think only a fruit fly can comfortably fit in the tight coach seats now found on airlines.

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Microsoft gives all staff a marked-up 'Employee Edition' of Satya Nadella's new book

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Joke

I heard that the last book by Microsoft had the font enlarged so that only one paragraph could fit per page. They were calling the 'Metro reading style'. Metro reading style worked reasonably well on a small screen, such as a smartphone, but on anything larger it was liked by only a few people, who had nothing but bad things to say about the majority who did not like it.

And I hear the book by SatNad "listened" to customers complaining about the Metro reading style, and so restored the font back to normal size. But instead of giving us what we want -- a logical, traditional reading style -- the paragraphs are written in strict alphabetical order. Most of us like reading things in a natural logical progression just like we like our start menu to be a natural logical hierarchy. But remember, the new Microsoft really cares about our feedback, which is why the book has many paragraphs per page again. But Microsoft also knows better than us, so they know we don't really want a traditional reading style, but the one they give to us.

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Smartphone SatNavs to get centimetre-perfect GNSS receivers in 2018

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And yet ...

And yet Google Maps will still annoy you to turn on the "high precision" accuracy of your phone and if you do not, randomly self-gimp itself. On some drives, I had Google maps tell me it was searching for a signal every 2 or 3 miles. I switched to Waze and Open Street Map, the location was always working and accurate. Went back to Google maps, same problem. I still don't want high-precision accuracy enabled on my phone because who knows what Google will do with it.

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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Re: Thriller

"The best version of MS Office in recent history."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Oh, that was funny. Now, if by recent history you mean "since 2013" then yes, you are correct. But if you define recent history as say, since 2010, then no you are not correct. And, if you are like me, and define recent history since 2000, then you are even more wrong. Office 2003 was the peak. Then 2007 was bad, 2010 slightly better than 2007 but not as good as 2003, then 2013 was much worse than 2007, then 2016 was slightly better than 2013 but not as good as 2010. As such, I expect the trend to hold and Office 2020 to be the worst ever with a special fixed unremovable emoji ribbon (in addition to the existing ribbon) that will please hipster doofuses and SatNad but not paying customers.

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Bing fling sting: Apple dumps Microsoft search engine for Google

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Jack of all trades, master of none

Or, as I like to say "those who do everything do nothing well". At one time, Microsoft did a few things well. Now ... what do they do well? Windows, garbage. Bing, inferior. Office, has gone downhill since 2003. (To be fair, 2016 is much better than 2013; but that is like saying living in a shack is much better than living in a cardboard box.) Microsoft needs to stop trying to be all the other tech companies and start focusing a few things again. And they also need to stop listening to know-nothing know-it-all experts who couldn't predict 12:01 at 12 noon, and then start listening to their customers instead.

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Cloudflare coughs up a few grand for prior-art torpedoes to sink troll

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One idea I have is a "use it or lose it" clause for businesses. Either you use or maintain the patent in question in some way or else it becomes public domain. This rule only applies to businesses, it would not apply to individuals. Now obviously, a business would have a reasonable time to start using the patent.

Another idea is to ban back royalties and have a specialty court that deals with patent disputes. If a company is really infringing on your patent then this special court would decide what future royalties are to be paid out. This would make patent trolling much less profitable.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Bill Rewriting History again

"It was billg's decision about what to do with that interrupt, if anything, so he is responsible for that."

If I remember correctly, there was some malware that looked exactly like the Windows logon screen. It's purpose was to steal your logon credentials. But it was simple. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DELETE would reboot the computer. So Bill and Microsoft decided that to log on to Windows NT, you would have to press those three buttons. If there was that password stealing malware, the computer would reboot. If it was legitimate Windows, it would intercept the call and allow you to log on.

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Amazon wants to be king of the nerd goggles

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Oracle promises SLAs that halve Amazon's cloud costs

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Re: "the 30 minutes a year the database won't work will be planned downtime"

Nor will idiot directors ask "What kind of company is Oracle?"

Remember when Oracle made their employee sign a binding arbitration clause, and then lost in their own kangaroo court, so Oracle then sues their kangaroo court to have the decision reversed. Even if Oracle gave away any of its services free for 1 year and then promised to always be cheaper than competition, I still wouldn't do business with them. There are few companies that delight in punching puppies and kicking kittens, and Oracle is one of them. There are things more important than costs.

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

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Except Office 3.1 didn't have that accursed ribbon to deal with, just the logical easy-to-understand, easy-to-use "File Edit ..." menu structure.

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Sprint CEO straight out accuses Verizon counterpart of LYING

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My dad had Sprint once. He called support to get a copy of his bill and instead of "can you confirm your mailing address" he was asked "why?" He didn't have Sprint much longer.

For the record, I have AT&T and I am not happy with them. However, I am not unhappy enough to switch because I am grandfathered into an excellent rate plan.

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

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The ONLY time when an autoplay video is acceptable is when I click on a clear unambiguous link to a video.

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Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

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My complaints with Edge

My complaints with Edge are twofold.

First, the user interface just feels wrong. It doesn't look like a proper browser with most important things hidden, such as scroll bars. I always hated how Chrome hides all the settings under one hamburger menu. There is a reason why the ribbon is a curse on my life, and it is because it does away with the easy-to-understand, easy-to-use, traditional "File Edit ..." menu structure, something Apple doesn't even get rid of in OS X. The UI is the primary reason why I prefer Firefox over Chrome. (A second reason is Firefox supports NoScript.)

Second, to get any add-ons you must use the Windows store. Hmm ... I wonder why that is. By having it in the Windows store -- just so you get used to using the Windows store and thus buy your "apps" from Microsoft instead of somewhere else -- they have once again made the browser part of the OS. A browser should be self-contained and require no reboot to update.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

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Re: Host File

No. The telemetry ignores the HOSTS file. Your only option is to block it at the router level. Not too hard with DD-WRT. There are tutorials on how to do this with Asus routers too.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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"a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'"

At that price, Apple will only attract the hipster doofuses who have more money than sense. These are the kind of people say to Apple "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!" For the rest of us, the majority of us who have a life outside a status symbols, they will look elsewhere.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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My wishlist

(1) Return the headphone jack

(2) A USB-C charging adapter instead of a proprietary one

(3) An user replaceable battery

(4) MicroSD card support

(5) Make the pressure-sensitive screen off by default

(6) Return the old way of unlocking the phone so I don't have to do two actions or use my fingerprint to unlock it

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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Re: It amazes me ......

Sounds like my experience install Microsoft Exchange 2013 on a test server. It was a virtual machine inside of Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

On a clean install of Server Standard I follow the instructions from Microsoft to the letter to install Exchange. It installed, but I could not get into the web interface. I always got the "something went wrong" message. And the Exchange powershell console didn't work either. Over the next week I spent a lot of time trying to repair the failed install with no success. I then tried to uninstall and re-install, which didn't work. So I clean installed Server Standard 2012 R2 again. Follow the instructions to the letter yet again. This time it worked. But 10 days later I could never get into the web interface. I didn't change anything. All I did was Outlook for the calendar and Firefox to get into the web interface to see how fast the calendar updated between Outlook, the browser, and my phone. I actually had Windows Update turned off. The Exchange powershell worked and the calendar part worked. I just couldn't log in to the web console.

I have a Windows 8 virtual machine that I use only to restore backup files. It is turned off and updates disabled until I need to restore a backup. I have to do this because I have cataloged over 30 updates that break the Server Essentials client restore program. That is right, Windows Updates break a Microsoft program. I stop recording which ones did this when I created this blank virtual machine. (Surprisingly, I never found any updates that broke the backup for the original Windows Home Server. This was the second best OS Microsoft ever made.)

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Microsoft sets the date for Fall Creators Update

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Everything, except what we really want

Let us see if Microsoft finally gives us what we want. Of course, what we want is (1) Complete removal of all tracking; (2) A logical and proper start menu; (3) The option for full Aero support; (4) Permanent banishment of the ribbon and an apology for placing it everywhere; (5) The ability to control when we install updates and which ones to install; (6) The return of a pre-boot F8 so I don't have to wait for 3 unsuccessful boots or hold down shift and restart just to get to a recovery console; (7) and STOP HIDING SYSTEM RESTORE!

In other words, a Windows that knows it is a desktop/laptop OS and isn't about listening to unwise but educated hipster doofuses. An OS that knows we are the customer, not the product being sold.

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Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

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Re: What are lawmakers doing?

It has been said that the US has the best government money can buy. 9 of the 10 richest communities in America are in the Washington DC metro area. Elections are not cheap, and those that give the most money do not do it because they like the politician or believe his message; they do it because they want special favors in return. All politician's jobs are to get elected or re-elected. The needs of the You and I are a distant third. The wants of the ones that help him get elected are at the top of the list.

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PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years

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Re: Astrology

IDC and Gartner's have a successful prediction rate of somewhere around 0%. Companies like IDC show that you can almost always be wrong and people will still pay for your future prediction. Why can't I get paid to do that? Wake me up when these people are actually right.

Well, I predict that PC sales will increase. I base my prediction on a few things: (1) IDC and Gartner's already said PC sales would fall, and they have a poor track record of successful predictions. So if every instinct they have is wrong, the opposite must be true. (2) Tablets have already reached market saturation and most people are only going to replace, not splurge. (3) Unfortunately, Windows 7 machines will wear out soon and require replacing with horrible horrible Windows 10 machines. The vast majority of people do not know Linux even exists and do not want to pay a Mac premium.

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Re: Wasting the courts time

The hypocrisy of it is what disgusts me. Oracle makes you waive your right to sue them but not their right to sue you. Rules for me and rules for thee.

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

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I was giving a contract by an advertisers. In it was a binding arbitration clause. They had several ways of me signing the contract. One way was to print the first page and email the scan to them. So I printed the entire thing, crossed out the binding arbitration paragraph, and emailed the whole contract back to them. The advertiser sent me a thank you note a few days later. This shows that the advertiser did not read their own contract. Probably because almost everyone is too lazy to bother reading the contract so they assumed I was too.

One of the reasons why I have not installed Windows 10 is because I read the terms and conditions and I do not agree with all of them.

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"but it wouldn't have happened under Hillary's administration, or a 3rd Obama term if that had been possible. Nobody cares about you."

Which is, sadly, exactly right. A politician's two jobs are to get elected or re-elected. Our needs are a distant third. Hillary Clinton spent $1,200,000,000 in the presidential campaign. Where did that money come from? I can promise you people they didn't give the money to her because they liked her. Quite frankly, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two of the most unlikable people. The people who gave her all that money want political favors. Nobody cares about you because you don't have enough money to make the politicians notice.

I just ride it through. Every administration does some things I like and many more things I hate. If they had the answer to our problems they wouldn't be politicians.

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Toyota, Intel, Ericsson team to get cars talking to the cloud

Wade Burchette
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Re: A hackers delight

I was thinking of it in a different direction.

"But officer, I wasn't speeding and I did not run that stop sign!" "Well, let me just check the telemetry data that was sent to the cloud ... Yes, I see. According to this data, you did not drive slower than 4 MPH in the last 10 minutes and your maximum speed during that time was 66 MPH, but this is a 55 zone. And stop signs require a full stop, not a 4 MPH rolling stop."

Not that I am defending speeding or running stop lights/signs. But can you honestly say you do not speed? Would you like that information stored safely in the cloud available to the police even if they have a warrant? Everybody makes mistakes, would you like your mistakes preserved so that they can be later used against you?

"But officer, I didn't rob that bank. In fact, I wasn't anywhere near the bank while it was being robbed!" "Well, according to your vehicle's telemetry, your car was parked in the bank's parking lot at the exact same time as it was being robbed. Now how do you explain how your vehicle was at the bank while it was being robbed while not having a verifiable alibi?"

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Re: I could go postal!

If I had my way, I would require all devices with a battery must allow the owner to change that battery in a short amount of time. And I would also make it illegal to use glue to seal anything except the screen so that the owner can fix the product or replace equipment. And I would require all laptops to use an industry standard universal charger and phones and tablets to use the USB-C connector to charge. And I would require every device that can play music to have a headphone jack.

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: How-to

(1) If you are using Windows 8 or 10, install Classic Shell.

(2) After install, click the start button for the now proper and logical start menu, right-click 'This PC' or 'Computer' in Win7, then left-click Manage.

(3) Find System Tools, then expand Task Scheduler, then Task Scheduler library, then Microsoft, then Windows.

(4) Find the 'Application Experience' task list and 'Customer Experience Improvement' one and disable all tasks therein.

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Core-blimey! Intel's Core i9 18-core monster – the numbers

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Re: Average use case

I love competition. Do you really think Intel would release these if not for the AMD Ryzen Threadripper? I can't wait for actual benchmarks from independent testers on both the i9 and Threadripper. These are obviously niche products, but it puts pressure on the prices for mainstream products, which means our wallets win.

We need to remember how good of a design Ryzen is. Rumors are the yields of the Ryzen are great. But the beauty of the design is that AMD can link cores together in a mesh. So when Intel needs a 16 core CPU, they have to make a large one. And the larger the die, the lower the yields. When AMD needs to make a 16 core CPU, they just make two 8 core ones and mesh them together. I can buy a 16 core Threadripper for $999, or a 10 core i9 for $999. The choice is easy. But the best thing is I actually have a choice. Intel must copy AMD's mesh design. But even if Intel started today, it would still take over a year to get to market.

The next thing I hope is that the Vega video card is a winner. We need to put pressure on NVidia's prices now. I love competition: lower prices and better products. What is not to like?

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Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

Wade Burchette
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New strategy

"Our strategy is to build best-in-class platforms and productivity services for an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge infused with artificial intelligence (“AI”)."

I noticed the new strategy doesn't involve actually giving what their customers want, such as the permanent banishment of the ribbon, a proper and logical start menu, no more forced updates, absolute and complete respect for our privacy, the return of a proper backup program, a working pre-boot F8 again so we don't have to wait 3 unsuccessful boots to start in safe mode, and Aero or at least an option to enable it. I am convinced that Microsoft is now run by hipster doofuses who have book knowledge and buzzword knowledge but absolutely no wisdom and who live in a reality bubble shielded away from the real world and do not realize how much people hate their product outside that bubble.

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Canadian ISPs do not Canuck around: Bloke accused of piracy grilled in his home for hours

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Re: The true nature of big corp

"Even the police can't just do whatever they want to you in your house, private individuals or corporations certainly can't and should be heavily dissuaded from doing so, the only way they understand."

And the only way to do that is to directly punish the decision makers, not the corporation. You punish a large corporation with a fine, it is just a write down for their business and at most a temporary stock drop. You punish Dr. Evil with a large fine and his minions who carried out his orders with a fine, then these actions will stop. You must directly punish the individuals responsible for the decision, not the faceless soulless corporation.

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