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Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 577

Well I deal with a lot of boxed upgrades as I deal with a lot of SMBs and what happens is it gives you the classic "this software is not genuine" when you get to the desktop on first install.

After that you get the fun of either dealing with a MSFT flunkie over the phone or just using the bootloader hack, frankly I'm leaning toward the latter as I'm tired of dealing with those motherfuckers on systems where the key is either plastered to the tower or in my hand in the retail upgrade box. I've already got several customers looking at Macs and Linux because they do not like how untrustworthy MSFT has become and I've started running various distros in VMs looking at exit strategies. MSFT? Be fucked.

Comment Re:What kind of telemetry (Score 1) 258

Are you dense, or just unable to understand basic logic? Let me break it down...you PAID for Windows 7, this is valued at say $110 for Home, following along? They offer to TRADE, not give, because if they gave you anything then you'd still have your Windows 7 (which you don't) a copy of Windows 10 in exchange for your windows 7 currently valued at $110.

So I'm sorry but they didn't "give" you shit, they took something of value when they handed you that OS and in no universe does trading equal free, no fucking way. You can jump through all the flaming logic hoops ya want fanboy, it won't make 1+1=3.

Comment Re:Get a feature phone, dumbass. (Score 1) 239

You know what's going to happen if you rely on a pager, don't you? Nobody will know how to contact you on that.

Which, indeed, is a feature -- not a bug. Anyone you want to reach you you give them the secret formula: call my pager's phone #, and when you hear the beep enter your phone number followed by #. Or if you need to send text, send an email to myPagerPhoneNumber@provider.com. If you can't handle that I don't want to hear from you.

Oh, and a feature phone is fine solution if it's OK that you can't be reached when you're in a tunnel or some other places the VHF phone band can't reach but typical pager frequencies can.

Comment Re:Here's hoping (Score 1) 22

I've been hibernating. Winter's not so bad when you don't have to go to work every day. I've been more or less steadily writing. I decided last fall to farm the SF out to the magazines before posting them; if one of them publishes me I'll become better known. Right now it's only a couple hundred people.

I never realized how many people write. Even the smaller circulation magazines get hundreds of stories every month, and out of those hundreds only a half dozen are printed. I've come very close so far. Most rejections are form letters, word for word the same no matter what magazine, but one rejection was personalized, from C.C. Finlay, Editor in Chief of F&SF (he didn't like the ending). That's big time!

Right now the magazines have five stories, I have two more I'm editing and three more unfinished (two may never get finished, I'm kind of stuck). I've posted two stories here at slashdot this year.

I'll be moving to the St Louis area in a few months.

Comment Re:Never seen so many allergies in people (Score 1) 132

Now that is a whole other question. Do we or do we not have the right to live like free Neanderthals, to live off the land as we choose and see fit. So royalty gets to choose and well, the rest of us either get killed or put in a cage should we attempt to engage in what is our natural born right. I mean you really do get the difference don't you or do you just consider the rest of us animals and you are the only true person. You seemed to have confused a neutral some what satirical anarchistic libertarian statement with something else based around your own personal greed.

Comment Re:Do you believe this crap? (Score 1) 19

You kind of have to think back to the Soviet era. Decades upon decades of claims that they were wonderful and perfect and all of it memeber countries were wonderful and perfect. Hence a deeply flawed flase image was create about the nature of those countries. The Soviet Union spent decades making the Ukraine look better than it actually was. How bad was it, the Soviet Union had to slice bits off Russia and shove it into the Ukraine in order to try and stabilise it, think about that, for a moment. Russia had to slice of parts of Russia and give them away, to prevent the Ukraine from collapsing into exactly what is it collapsing into today (really great PR job by the Soviet Union, decades latter that still had the EU believing it).

Comment Re:Do you believe this crap? (Score 1) 19

Really it is all about corruption gone out of control. The likely reality most of the hacking was simply insider actions paid for by outside interests, outside of those companies far more than outside of that country. For reasons of simple petty revenge, economic advantage by crippling competitors or protection and extortion rackets. Yeah Ukraine government was a corrupt spos (which is why Russia was so happy to see it gone, regardless of any public claims they make) prior to US led insurrection and the insurrection succeeded because of the corruption and low and behold the corruption that was fuelled to drive the insurrection is now worse than it was before because yeah the US government spent 5 billion dollars fuelling in and now it is a fire out of control. Shh, don't tell anyone but the reason the Polish government wants US troops is not because of it's eastern border (not that it is particularly comfortable with that one) but because of it's southern border(it is really uncomfortable about that one, something to do with celebrating a 'Ukrainian war hero?!?' who mass murdered polish people, who the fuck would not be uncomfortable about that, they are just not allowed to say anything publicly under instructions from the US otherwise no protection and something might happen if they have no protection).

Comment Re:Makes a lot of sense (Score 1) 69

The senior judges are not independent of GCHQ if they were illegally hacked by GCHQ ie let's say they carefully selected judges who have done something naughtier than GCHQ had done and GCHQ can prove this because they hacked those judges (say they are all paedophiles and have a history of collecting deeply disturbing images and perhaps worse, something that is appearing to be quite disturbingly widespread in upper class England). So now the judges must say they were legally hacked or else, they can argue over the legality of the evidence against them in a public court with that evidence publicly exposed. This seems to have become the core method of locking in control of corrupt politicians, both prior and post election (purposefully putting in power those who have already been privately but not yet publicly exposed versus just pandering to their perversions post election and keeping evidence of those perversions).

Comment Re:Just geoblock France already, Facebook!!! (Score 3, Insightful) 106

The only principle here is, if a business is generating revenue in a country, then that revenue can be targeted in a civil suit. The company can not turn around and claim somehow that it should be allowed to make money in a country but simultaneously not be held accountable for how it makes money in that country. To pretend to claim so is just so much legal bullshit. It is bad enough when you have global tax fraud on trillions of dollars of income and the pain, death and suffering that causes in the crippling of social services and the break down of infrastructure, now they are corruptly fighting to not be held legally accountable for their actions when they are done by remote control. All the money and no responsibility, corporations are behaving like out of control toddlers, screaming for more all of the time now.

Comment Re:Wait a mintue (Score 4, Informative) 247

The former. All modern browsers except Firefox have decomposed their browser into multiple processes, so that a compromise from one site will only gain control over an unprivileged (i.e. isolated from other stuff the user cares about) process. They also run plugins in separate processes and have fairly narrow communication paths between them. Firefox is still a massive monolithic process, including all add-ons, plugins, and so on.

This basically means that you just need one arbitrary code execution vulnerability in Firefox and it's game over. In contrast, if you have the same in Chrome, Edge, or Safari, then it's just the first step - you now have an environment where you can run arbitrary exploit code, but you can't make (most) system calls and you have to find another exploit to escape from the sandbox. Typical Chrome compromises are the result of chaining half a dozen vulnerabilities together.

Comment Re:This is a big bitchslap to Mozilla (Score 4, Interesting) 247

It also scales based on processor resources. They hit serious TLB scalability issues at around 17 processes (varies a bit between CPUs, in some systems - particularly mobile - you'll hit RAM limits sooner), so if you have more tabs open than this, you will start having multiple independent sites share the same renderer process.

Comment Re:tom (Score 1) 119

Typically not to end users though. Microsoft sold the BASIC that computer vendors (including Apple) burned into ROM. Microsoft QuickBASIC for DOS contained a compiler that could produce stand-alone .exe or .com binaries, though the free QBASIC that they bundled with DOS 5 and later was a cut-down version that only included the interpreter.

Comment Re:Turing Evolved (Score 2) 203

Robots don't feel those emotions, and have committed no massacres on that scale. I trust robots more than I trust humans.

Do you trust a gun? Do you trust a bomb? Of course not, because the concept is meaningless: neither will cause harm without instructions from a human. Both can magnify the amount of harm that a human can do. Autonomous weapons, of which landmines are the simplest possible case, expand both the quantity that a person can do harm and the time over which they can do it.

During the cold war, there were at least two incidents where humans refused to follow legitimate orders to launch nuclear weapons - in either case, the likely outcome of following the orders would have been the deaths of many millions. The worst atrocities of the second world war were caused by people 'just following orders'. And you think that it's a good idea to remove the part of the chain of command capable of disobeying orders.

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