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Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 482 482

Google harvests your data to sell you ads. The data is one of the most valuable things they own. They'll begrudgingly hand it to the government on demand, but they won't sell it to anyone else, because then they lose the value of that data.

Neither are a good place to store data, but I certainly trust Google more than Microsoft.

Comment Re:Well, now we actually know several things (Score 4, Interesting) 88 88

Had this part been on the plane at the time of a "gentle" ditching, it likely would have been dragged to the bottom with the rest.

It's a flap (and high-speed aileron). In a 'gentle' ditching, it would have been one of the first things to hit the sea, at over 100mph. I'd be amazed if it wouldn't be one of the first things to be torn off the plane, after the engines.

Hopefully Boeing can work out whether the damage is consistent with ditching or an uncontrolled impact, but I wouldn't make any claims yet myself.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 2, Interesting) 482 482

I've been running Windows 10 on a couple of systems that are six years old. Boot and shutdown times markedly better than Windows 7.

As I understand it, that's because Window 8 and above don't actually shut down, they do some weird partial hibernate thing.

Besides, my Windows 7 box boots in under ten seconds anyway. Most of that is in the BIOS.

Submission + - MH370: Found Airplane Debris is believed to be from missing Malaysian 777->

McGruber writes: Air crash investigators have 'a high degree of confidence' that a piece of wreckage found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion is from a Boeing 777 — the same model as the doomed MH370 which disappeared in March 2014. Investigators will need to examine closely the wreckage to link it to MH370, but MH370 was the only Boeing 777 over lost over water.

NOTE: The Daily Mail article I'm submitting has the best pictures of the debris that I've been able to find.

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Comment Re:Just another case.... (Score 4, Interesting) 180 180

Devices working perfectly in other OSes is no indicator that the device is no at fault. Witness the vast amount of crap laptop hardware, whose disastrous ACPI implementations only worked because their Windows drivers were chock-full of workarounds.

Back when I was writing Windows drivers for plugin cards, there were certain motherboards that we'd detect and switch the motherboard bus to the slowest possible speed, because the chipset was a heap of junk that didn't work properly at higher speeds. Anyone who said 'but it works on Windows!' clearly had no idea that it only worked because we'd intentionally turned off most of the features.

Submission + - Windows 10: A Potential Privacy Mess, and Worse->

Lauren Weinstein writes: I had originally been considering accepting Microsoft's offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After all, reports have suggested that it's a much more usable system than Windows 8/8.1 — but of course in keeping with the "every other MS release of Windows is a dog" history, that's a pretty low bar.

However, it appears that MS has significantly botched their deployment of Windows 10. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised, even though hope springs eternal.

Since there are so many issues involved, and MS is very aggressively pushing this upgrade, I'm going to run through key points here quickly, and reference other sites' pages that can give you more information right now.

But here's my executive summary: You may want to think twice, or three times, or many more times, about whether or not you wish to accept the Windows 10 free upgrade on your existing Windows 7 or 8/8.1 system.

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Comment Re:Look for the gaps (Score 1) 293 293

Amazingly enough it seems like the best way to reduce crime is to simply reclassify it.

Much simpler to not record it in the first place. Given how useless the British cops have become, many people I know there wouldn't even bother reporting a crime to them unless they needed a crime number to make an insurance claim.

Comment Re:What happens if they turn off 750,000 CCTVs? (Score 1) 293 293

The UK has hundreds of thousands of surveillance cameras in use on public streets.

Actually, I was there a few months ago, and the local newspaper said they were turning off a lot of the CCTV in town, but, don't worry, because CCTV hadn't actually reduced crime rates anyway.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll