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Comment Re:IE all over again (Score 4, Insightful) 371

Launching another browser presents the usual "do you want me to be default" dialog. It's completely trivial to change your browser preference. Yes, I would have preferred if Microsoft had left my browser preferences alone with the upgrade, but this is blown a bit out of proportion.

It's also a bit disingenuous to compare today's situation to the Internet Explorer case that's literally 20 years old. I find it improbable to believe that anyone using Windows 10 is unaware of alternative browsers availability.

Comment Re:Why should we care, vote down this story. (Score 1) 172

If it is all so simple, here are questions for you than. I have a domain at home, how do I go about getting my free copy of Windows 10? How does one reinstall this copy of Windows 10 so that it isn't a buggy upgrade install? I have Windows 7 Ultimate (OEM as I built the computer from parts), so it isn't like I am caught in the hole of Windows 7 Enterprise.

Those aren't eligibility questions, those are process questions. The eligibility is very simple.

Anyone who is on either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be entitled to a free (as in beer) upgrade to Windows 10 during the first year of the Windows 10 launch. The exclusions to that offer are for Windows 7/8/8.1 Enterprise and Windows RT/RT 8.1. The licenses for the upgraded systems are permanent and perpetual.

Details are in the footnote at the bottom of

Comment Re:Why should we care, vote down this story. (Score 1) 172

Has all the confusion about who would qualify for free Windows 10 been on purpose? This has certainly given MS free publicity.
Lets vote down this story to reflect its true relevance.

I have to believe people are being deliberately obtuse about upgrade eligibility. It's just not that difficult.

Comment Re:"no official statement" (Score 1) 172

Other than the post on the official Windows blog, I guess

Although that doesn't say this is the RTM, just that "this build is one step closer to what customers will start to receive on 7/29"

Can you prove that Microsoft even runs that site?

It's a reasonable assumption that, which uses nameservers, which CAN be proven to belong to Microsoft, legitimately belongs to Microsoft.

Comment Re:Well, she was an interim. (Score 2, Interesting) 467

Ellen made all the hard changes, like clamping down on offensive speech.

"Offense is never given, it's only ever taken."


"He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense when offense is intended is a greater fool."

Brigham Young

WTF happened to the basic American principle of dying for the right of the offensive to be offensive... not just when we don't agree but especially when we don't agree??

4chan is what happened. Who needs another shitty cesspool of Internet assholes?

Comment Re: Sad (Score 1) 452

So the 175.000 people that signed the "get rid of pao" petition are all mods? Wrong.

Hard to say, I don't know how many mods Reddit has and there are sure to be some users that signed. I don't think it's a very significant number, though, considering Reddit gets 2M unique visitors per day (20M per month) and it takes almost no effort to sign an internet petition.

Comment Basically WiFi with Sabbath mode then? (Score 2) 207

There's no scientific evidence to support that lighting a stove on Saturday for use on Sunday is better for the soul, or that having the light come on in the refrigerator when I open it Monday through Saturday is fine, but distracts me from god on Sunday. There are a lot of people that believe those things, so the manufacturer accommodates them.

Comment Re:I think it is the fear of being sacked (Score 1) 381

I'm not sure where you are from, but culturally the work ethic in the US can be quite different than elsewhere.

That's a fairy tale they tell people to get them to work harder for less. It has nothing to do with an "ethic" and everything to do with exploitation.

Even Greeks work longer hours than Americans. Mexicans work the longest hours of any developed country.

"Total number of hours actually worked divided by the average number of people in employment".

I'm not sure what you mean by "even Greeks" but, with Greece's unemployment rate over 25% for the past three years, I'm not too surprised that those who are still working are putting in long hours. Mexico is more equitable to the US in that regard.

Related but slightly off topic, another interesting way to look at it is the number of hours worked against GDP.

Comment Re:I think it is the fear of being sacked (Score 1) 381

I'm not sure where you are from, but culturally the work ethic in the US can be quite different than elsewhere. The assumption you have that the teachers agreed out of fear of termination is probably unfounded. Teachers in the US tend to have strong union representation where cause for termination must be meticulously documented before any action is taken. The hostility directed at you may have simply been because they volunteered and you didn't.

Comment Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 5, Informative) 206

Who the fuck would think it's smart to use some web service like that, where some third party ends up with your passwords, even if they are encrypted in some way?

People who understand how LastPass security works.

LastPass security is actually quite good, and designed to be resilient against data breaches. The attackers haven't gotten any passwords. What they have gotten is hashes, salts, and hints which could lead to passwords, given enough time and computational power.

The clock started ticking as soon as the attackers obtained the data dump. As soon as I reset my master password, the clock stops ticking. Between those two events is the only window of time the attackers have to brute-force the hash or guess my password based on the hint. As soon as I change my master password as prompted by the LastPass email, they have nothing.

If you use 2-factor authentication with LastPass, like Google Auth, even if they crack your master password before you change it, they still have nothing.

Comment Re:What bright spark (Score 1) 48

What bright Spark at HP thought buying Autonomy would be a good idea?

Let me guess ... she's running for president of the United States. And we thought dubya was bad.

Apotheker was the one that put together the Autonomy deal, although I think they pulled the ejection lever on him just prior to it being finalized.

The Shuttle is now going five times the sound of speed. -- Dan Rather, first landing of Columbia