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Comment W10 Fix Pack (Score 1) 282 282

Hopefully someone will release a noob-friendly, W10 Fix Pack that removes all the unwanted crap, disables all included spyware, and installs useful things like Classic Shell, Firefox & Chrome, some other useful utilities/codecs etc. and optionally freeware games. But you'll see the mandatory updates (which should make MS liable for any damages, but that's beside the point) will quickly break this.

Comment Microsoft (MSFT) to buy Slashdot (Score 1) 550 550

Microsoft chairman John Thompson announced today its intention to buy Slashdot Media from DHI Group Inc. "It's our intention to buy these two properties [slashdot & sourceforge] from DHI; first thing we'll rename it to Backwardslashdot, as that's more in line with our corporate culture, and that other thing we'll need to look at." Asked as to the reasoning behind the acquisition on the financial reporters conference call, Thompson added "It's a bit like when Ballmer bought Skaip... Sky-pee... this will all become clear in the near future."

Comment Re:That's copyright for you (Score 1) 292 292

You misread. OP specifically writes the current copyright laws. And yes, they are ridiculous: overbroad, ridiculously complicated, in part based on undemocratic "trade agreements", and with a copyright term that is utterly absurd, clearly meant not to protect the work itself, but to prevent competition from historical works with contemporary works. Just imagine each and every audio/visual recording from the 1970s and before becoming public domain, what an enormous wealth of culture would become available, for free or a minimal access fee, to everyone. Even if you assume that for a "Creative Industries Improvement Fee" of say $250,000.00 per work a copyright could be extended for another 20 years (e.g. a "Star Wars", "Star Trek: The Motion Picture", or the "White Album" by the Beatles, etc.).

And I currently pay hundreds of dollars per month to access and/or own licensed copies of copyrighted material, many of which I could just as easily access for free, thank you very much.

Comment ...At All Cost! (Score 1) 119 119

Nadella says the company is committed to bringing Windows to as many computer form factors as possible

No matter how much we have to destroy the classic, functional "WIMP" experience for desktop users by forcing the "Fingerpaint Interface", no matter how much we have to dumb it down, no matter how much stuff we have to hide, but WE WILL put windows on every Form Factor (the cheapest, simplest crap being the Common Denominator, of course).

Comment Install TorrentBlock Plus by MPRIAA! (Score 1) 327 327

World-renowned developers MPAA and RIAA banded together and are proud to present: TorrentBlock Plus! Download now for Firefox, IE and Chrome! This browser add-on will reduce your network traffic by blocking out magnet links and links ending on .torrent!

An unnamed DOJ government official used a thick envelope that he happened to have in his inside pocket to make a quick calculation that shows network traffic can be reduced by as much as 50% (actual results may vary. See details in store.)

Comment Re:Because titan has ice, pluto isn't even a plane (Score 1) 98 98

Pluto is a planet. In fact it is more of a planet than Mercury or Venus are, because unlike them it has its own satellite that orbits it (Sharon).

Your language betrays you, Galilee. It's Charon, which is pronounced with a hard k. The alternative spelling for the ferryman of Hades is Kharon.

I prefer the original Klingon, where it's K'haron.

Comment Re:Well, well, well. (Score 2) 316 316

Isn't funny that Musk's name isn't mentioned in the Summary or article? Every other time SpaceX is mentioned, his name is featured prominately.

That's because we were able to include "Microsoft" in the summary. Every time you can combine "Crash" or "Failure" or the like with "Microsoft", the /. crowd is satisfied.

Comment Re:The possible long "O" Pron[o]unciation (Score 1) 57 57

an Aussie

You know where the modern term Aussie comes from? Aussie is a resident of AUS, which is the same as USA except the A isn't at the end, it's at the front, because they're on the other hemisphere. But the sphere of influence of Hollywood is the same, so are the people that are calling the shots behind the scenes.

Comment Sad part: nobody cares (Score 1) 301 301

The real reason is that nobody (present company excluded) cares about these things. They just do what they want to do. And if they can't: all you get is *shrugs*. But then the "blokes" will have their ales and discuss "footy".

It's about time politicians, at a sufficiently high level, start feeling that it'd be more to their advantage to listen to consumers, than it is to keep collecting from their "campaign-donating", "wining-and-dining", "meeting-and-greeting" corporate media-industry lobbyists.

Comment Music Download Festival! (Score 1) 134 134

Maybe their paymasters thought it was a Music Download Festival and thought it'd be a good idea to have incriminating evidence complete with mugshots (nice for the world-wide facial recognition database) of the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against the hard-working, living-off-scraps music community.

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990