744 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007
Re: Edge is the most-secure browser
Security through obscurity is not much security at all. So few people use Edge because the UI is confusing and stupid. It just makes more sense for hackers to go after a browser that people use, a logical one with a proper UI like Chrome or Firefox. The advantage of those two browsers is that updates do not require a full restart, and add-ons do not require you to use the Microsoft store.
Re: Correcting Wikipedia
"This was in (relatively) early days of wikipedia, it may have improved now."
Nope. If anything, it worse than ever before.
Something is not right
I say a comment somewhere which proved the people from "CTS" were using a green screen for their promotional video. They easily found stock photos of the backgrounds used in the video.
Regardless, something is not right when you give a company 24 hours to fix a security hole. And the AMD flaws website (what was it again?) was registered in late February, so they at least knew for over 24 hours. And something is not right when the WHOIS records for your websites are registered using Domains by Proxy. Why would would a serious company go to such trouble to conceal their identity? Everything about this feels wrong.
There is a difference between iPad and Windows
The iPad started off locked down and started off fresh. There are no apps 20 years old that you would need to put on it. Windows, on the other hand, started out open and there are programs 20 years old that people still need to use. The same reason why Windows on ARM will never succeed is the same reason why Windows S will never succeed: People use Windows because they want to and can use programs released a long time ago.
Agreed. People use Windows because their programs from 20 years ago still work. It is the legacy compatibility. Windows on ARM takes that away. The whole purpose of it, like Windows 8 and 10, is to pad Microsoft's wallet and not what the customer wants. With Win on Arm you are limited to the Windows Store which conveniently gives Microsoft a cut of all sales. That Microsoft wants it to succeed, because now you will have to buy new apps from them. Windows on ARM will never succeed unless I can still install programs released 20 years ago and 1 year ago.
At no time and in no way should a vehicle ever be connected to the internet. Now, the radio may have some connection to the internet, but it needs to be completely isolated from the rest of the vehicle. In other words, no physical connection to the rest of the vehicle except for the 12V power. If I can unlock my doors with a smartphone, than so can a hacker.
Vehicle to Vehicle communication is okay, provided it is short range and the information sent to each vehicle must obey a standard with all non-standard communications discarded. The information sent must be well-defined and it cannot send commands to other vehicles, just information.
And if I eventually have to buy a car that is connected to the internet, then I would like to see it try working the antenna pulled out. Or with the fuse pulled out.
Re: Funny that
It was also a Sprint exclusive, a company that has perhaps the absolute worst customer service and has a horrible network. My dad had Sprint. He called customer service to ask for a copy of his bill. The correct response to such a question would be "Sure. Could you confirm that your address is ..." The response he got was "Why?" Needless to say, he wasn't a customer for long after that.
Re: "raise property taxes slightly"
"Also I noticed that poorer people (any skin shade) are housed in trailer parks or cheap wooden houses OUTSIDE the town or city limits. I was told it was so they would have no vote in local councils."
Actually, it is to keep tornadoes away from city centers. Rednecks and tornadoes love trailer parks, and if the trailer park is away from the city, then the tornado will naturally gravitate toward that and not the city, thus saving the precious Wal-Mart.
Re: No Windows 10, no Office 2019
The last time I installed Office 2016 for someone (1 month ago), I used the license key and it made me create an Office account before it would activate.
No Windows 10, no Office 2019
I know Microsoft meant this to be a bad thing, but actually it is a blessing. Office peaked in 2003. Since then each version hasn't been as good. But it is like a roller coaster: it goes down a lot, then up a little but not as high where it started, then down a lot, then up a little but not as high as when it started, then down a lot, and repeat.
Office 2003 was great. Then 2007 introduced that accursed ribbon that Microsoft puts everywhere when it should be nowhere. 2010 was better than 2007 because you could customize that accursed ribbon. 2013 was much because the MENUS WHERE ALL CAPITAL LETTERS MAKING THEM HARD ON THE EYES, and Microsoft was full-on stupid (still is) with the dog-butt ugly UI. 2016 was better because it returned proper capitalization to menus, but now it requires your email address to even use it. I expect 2019 version to be absolute garbage. I still have a valid license for 2003 version, and I ain't giving it up.
Re: Height Correction
I wonder why such arbitrary lengths? 325.35 and not 325? Why the extra 0.35? Or the other direction, why not 325.5? 38.6, why not 38.5?
Re: Lobbying is the proof
It has been said we have the best government money can buy. Hillary Clinton spent $1,200,000,000 on the last election and the Donald half that. Where did that money come from? Whoever gave it to them, I can promise you it wasn't because they liked them because I have a hard time finding two more unlikable people than Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It was for political favors. Get ready for "Google presents 'The State of the Union' with President Trump". "This Democratic party response to President Trump is brought to you by AT&T". "My fellow Americans. After the recent California earthquake it is important that we rebuild our country together. And while you are rebuilding, don't forget your Gatorade, it is a thirst quencher."
Re: 'they still won't switch the slurp off either.'
Windows 10 still won't have a proper and logical start menu, Aero, pre-boot F8, or a proper backup program. Those are the reasons why I'm sticking with Windows 7 to the bitter end, because I block all slurp at the router level.
Re: Intel "shouldn't be selling CPUs?"
Um ... Have you seen the benchmarks for Ryzen and Eypc? The only area where Intel has a clear advantage anymore is gaming, on everything else Ryzen goes toe-to-toe with Core i-whatever. And in servers, Eypc is actually was better dollar-for-dollar than anything Intel has to offer before these patches. You can buy 32 core Eypc processors for much much less than a 24 core Xeon. AMD is competitive again. The issue is perception and Intel's marketing. Intel helps fund commercials for companies which promote their product. This is a standard practice, because I have a friend in the HVAC business who has ads paid for by Carrier corporation for his business because he sells a lot of their units. AMD doesn't have the cash to overcome perception and marketing just yet.
Another thing, it takes about 2 years from design to production for each new CPU. Assuming Intel learned about this in July of 2017 and started right away fixing it, that would put them at July 2019 before they have a fixed CPU. And that is pretending they also knew about Spectre at the time too. Pretending AMD learned about Spectre recently, that would put them in January 2020 before they have a patched CPU too.
Intel does lie. What they have been telling people is that AMD is affected too, they have just not told them that AMD is not affected as much as Intel is.
Re: So for Intel is always bad but the sweet AMD is fine? PLEASE!
Are you having nice weather in Santa Clara today?
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!
Re: Not acceptable
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.
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.
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.
Love the Hendrix reference
That is all.
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.
Re: Mutually assured destruction
The only winner will be the lawyers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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.
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?
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
The ONLY time when an autoplay video is acceptable is when I click on a clear unambiguous link to a video.
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.
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.
"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.