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Comment Re:Translation: (Score 1) 330

You may want to also consider Windows 10's increasingly heavy reliance on OneDrive (photos, music, backups) and MS cloud services for your phone, computer, tablet and refrigerator. As people are encouraged to use more space and dump more things online, they will quickly approach the new limits, and will hopefully buy more space from the convenient nag prompt that appears at 4.5 GB.

I've had a few free SkyDrive / OneDrive accounts for a while, and have gotten some bonus space via photo sync, reclaimed the extra 15 GB to counter the reduction to 7 GB, etc. So now they might be taking 10 GB away from me, in addition to the "Camera roll bonus" which is another 15 GB? I'm not sure what the final count will be... Possibly 15 GB out of currently 40 GB usable?

I didn't fill up their space, but it was nice knowing that was available to me. Oh, well. The last thing I bought from Microsoft was a force feedback Sidewinder wheel in 2000, so I'm hardly their target customer anyway.

At least I had the foresight to stock up on some free 50GB Box accounts during their various promotions. It's probably also time to figure out how to get OwnCloud running on the NAS, fighting Apache SSL and ports, rewrite rules, NAT, etc. For free, the external cloud services with paltry storage might work for important documents, frequent files, and current projects.

And the Chinese services give away 1TB for free to anyone with an email address. As long as you don't mind the Party admiring your photos and other collections stored there...

First it giveth, then it taketh away - QoTSA

Comment Re:Holy shit (Score 4, Interesting) 235

The only thing MojoKid (1002251) wrote for this submission was "Check out the demo. It's pretty impressive," while the rest was plagiarized from the "Hothardware" article written by Paul Lilly, who does seems to be breathlessly impressed by an internal demo of an unreviewed application.

I'm going to call this a formatting error and a sad omission of credit, because I refuse to believe that someone would shamelessly lift words that they hadn't written and posit them as their own. Maybe it's the editors' fault. In either case, it's sloppy posting and comes off as skeezy no matter what the excuse might be.

Hell, just submit the rest of the article next time - why bother linking to a source or crediting an original author?

Comment Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (Score 2) 640

Classic Shell is a brilliant piece of kit for certain, but I can't imagine any business or institution relying on it for all their forward-facing GUI. Typically problems like a broken GUI are something you require the vendor such as Microsoft to repair. So while I agree that Classic Shell deserves to be mentioned in response to most naysayers, it is not reasonable to expect a corporation or institution to install such a lovely and clever hack to tweak every Win 8 box, especially when it doesn't play with Group Policy and "support" is handled by one or two people - even though it is open source.

Comment Re:All security is illusory. (Score 1) 126

Please reference many years of comics culture and style that GP is emulating.

The repeated consonants or vowels, usually at the start of a sentence or thought, indicate heightened emotion--usually fear, trepidation, worry, or embarassment. The halting flow of the language is representative of those conditions, where the speaker's confidence is not sufficient to continue the strings of phonemes without retrying / restarting the word or phrase several times.

I hope this clears up your questions and possibly takes away some of your anti-stuttering bias. I feel better now too.

Comment Better predictors available, according to Moss (Score 1) 104

- Why? Yes! Because that website said you were going to die at 3pm, didn't it?
- Did it? I can't remember.
- How could you forget? It clearly stated that you were going to die, today. At precisely 3:00. Unless it was tomorrow. But no, it's today, at 3:00.

Some phones are meant to have a weedy vibrate setting.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

Comment Re:Transparency Centers? (Score 1) 90

Cute - I was thinking something more along the lines of:

"Hello, and welcome to Microsoft Software Security Assurance Enterprise, Small Business, Government, and Education Transparency Center number 6!

You'll notice that there's a beautiful and fluid whiteboard set up over here to the right. These lines represent our data flow between all of our convenient and secure value-adding services to our customers, and these dots with arrows pointing to an unlabeled blue box are transfer nodes, which Microsoft has decided are not applicable to this Transparency Center presentation.

Now, if you'll look directly in front of you, there's a window that you're free to gaze through to observe Microsoft's server operations for a period of 32 minutes. Please don't touch the glass, and thank you for visiting Microsoft Transparency Center, or as we on the the Security Assurance team lovingly refer to it, 'MSTC6.' Please visit us again soon, and don't forget to accept a complimentary Microsoft gift bag including some enticing software discounts!"

Comment Other famous gaffes that affected public opinion (Score 1) 312

Or Klingon opinion, anyway:

"Captain's log, stardate 9522.6. I've never trusted Klingons, and I never will. I can never forgive them for the death of my boy. It seems to me our mission to escort the Chancellor of the Klingon High Council to a peace summit is problematic at best. Spock says this could be an historic occasion and I'd like to believe him. But how on Earth can history get past people like me?"

"Everybody is talking about the weather but nobody does anything about it." -- Mark Twain