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Comment Re:Privacy in danger (Score 1) 277 277

You definitely don't mean Microsoft. If anything, with regard to privacy and data mining, Microsoft is becoming more like Google. They've still got quite a ways to go, though. Google's whole monetization scheme involves data mining users' data. Microsoft is just trending in that direction.

Comment Re:My ancient i7-2700 (Score 5, Funny) 95 95

I have an 8008 in a piece of equipment I could go in the other room and turn on. And 3 or 4 full tubes of Harris (Intersil clone) 6100s if I want to run the PDP-8 instruction set. My Kaypro has an 8080 in it, and isn't just a gutted part either.

You're welcome to mow my lawn if you're just going to stand there.

Comment Re:Win95 original "meme" (Score 1) 268 268

What is the 8 bit operating system that was written for a 4 bit controller? The 4004 processor never had an operating system that I know of. CP/M started out on the 8080 processor. Possibly the 8008 I suppose.

Incidentally, I spent much of the 90's writing software for 4 bit microcontrollers. In assembly language, starting up from the reset vector. Operating systems are for casuals.

Comment Re:Will Edge be ported to Windows 7? (Score 2, Informative) 255 255

I tried Edge on my Windows tablet and wasn't impressed. The controls were smaller and harder to manipulate. My IE shortcuts were not imported to Edge, so I would have had to start all over.

I installed Windows 10 on my tablet, tried Edge, then uninstalled Windows 10 from my tablet.

The changes in Windows 10 make it more of a desktop OS, but make it much harder, imo, to start the programs you want on a tablet. The large buttons on the Metro 'Start' menu are gone. Apps open in floating windows. Essentially, everything became tiny and hard to manipulate with the touch screen.

It wasn't enough to keep Windows 10. Luckily there is an 'uninstall' option and my tablet is reverted back to 8.1 now. You have 30 days after upgrading to revert. The revert was quick, it only took about 20 minutes.

Comment Re:Amazon doesn't understand helicopters (Score 1) 142 142

Aside from being meaninglessly recursive, it's also a definition I expect the FAA to ignore.

I would hope so, too, but Amazon is a large and powerful business now. It isn't the offbeat bunch of nerds selling books via the web and email that it was in 1998. The biz people have climbed aboard and there's government for them to spend on.

Comment Re:What Percentage (Score 1) 257 257

Aaaaand, I have now installed and uninstalled Windows 10 on my Asus Transformer Book.

My first observation is that they've3 nerfed all the advantages of Windows 8.1 on a tablet out of Windows 10. You need to poke at really small spots on the screen to bring up the Start Menu. The big friendly start buttons from Windows 8 are gone. It's probably an improvement on Windows 8 for desktop machines. It's rather bad on a medium sized tablet. It would be really really bad on my Dell Venue 8 Pro (8" x86 Windows tablet).

The uninstall was really fast, it took about 20 minutes to rip Windows 10 off the machine and bring it back to 8.1. According to the Uninstall Screen I accessed, it's only possible to revert to the old version of Windows for 30 days after you've upgraded.

I'm glad I uninstalled it and went back.

Comment Re:Really? (Score -1, Flamebait) 684 684

Ka-Wank, Ka-Wank, Ka-Waa-Waa-Woo.

I was wondering why it was taking so long for a one-button Mac user to chime in.

Furthermore, this whole study seems to have used Mac Users who run Chrome as the whole basis for usage. That's a pretty rarefied sample.

I'd say get rid of those flipper keys on either side of the spacebar that have some weird symbol on them. Make them Windows keys, maybe, for people who've upgraded their Macbook.

Comment What Percentage (Score 5, Insightful) 257 257

This is Slashdot. Shouldn't the question be "What Percentage of your machines will you be installing Windows 10 on?"

I have machines that already have 8.1 that I will be updating, and machines with Windows 7 and XP that I won't be updating. In particular, my Asus Transformer (Windows Tablet) will be getting Windows 10 first because it's already an 80% touch based machine. (it has a keyboard dock with a touchpad, but is seldom used that way)

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