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Comment: Windows 8 has fundamental design flaws (Score 1) 578

by Cowmonaut (#43907143) Attached to: A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

One feature is massively broken in some ways: The entire Windows Store and "metro" app feature; the core feature of Windows 8.

If you are running Windows 8, take a look in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps sometime. Notice anything? The *version* of each app is included in the directory name of the app.

So you get fun things like: - Multiple copies of the same application eating up disk space, because the Windows Store service doesn't uninstall the old version - Pinned shortcuts on the Start Screen don't (or don't always) update to the latest version of the metro app. It can still point to the older version

Other problems I have with it in general: - Metro apps are user profile specific (despite being installed in C:\Program Files) - The update process is a manual, GUI driven event by the end user; there is no way to manage it for several machines - Updates can just fail to install and the only recourse is to (again, manually) uninstall the app and re-install it from the Store - LOB or home made apps can only be installed with a 30 day temporary developer license. Installing the dev license requires running a PowerShell script with Admin rights (okay so far) that launches another GUI driven event that requires putting in your Live Account information with no way to automate it for easy install. - To side load a LOB app you have to pay for a separate license, which you can't do if you have an SPLA agreement (of any kind).

And don't get me started on how the Start Screen layout is actually stored and all the files you need to grab for it. To me its bad enough that, on a machine with 16 Store Apps installed, I have 1650+ MB (42888 files) in over 60+ directories, including at least two versions of most applications (Microsoft's official "Bing" apps and third party apps). Any uninstalled applications get put in a "Deleted" sub-directory and not removed from my computer, as far as I can tell.

Better still, there are two resources used by all apps: VCLibs and WinJS. Both of these also are in the C:\Program Files\WindowsApps directory and each time there's an updated version, it gets a new copy and the old one remains. On an x64 system, you get both the x86 and x64 versions as well!

And this is a sliver of the headache Windows 8 has been giving me professionally since it was released. I could write a 30+ page report on issues I've had and why and almost all of it is "by design".

Comment: Re:Windows RT? (Score 2) 118

by Cowmonaut (#41852843) Attached to: Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

Alright, throwing away mod points but you are completely dead wrong. You clearly do not understand how sideloading works in Windows 8.

Per Microsoft, sideloading is installing an app without the Store. With Windows 8 you have to have two things in order to sideload an app:

1. You need either the fully packed installer (which you cannot apparently save on your computer and can only download through the Windows Store app proper; going to the Windows Store page in a web browser doesn't give you any options to install or download) OR you need the unpackaged app including its .MAIN file.

2. You need the product key for the specific app.

Both of these things you will only have if you are the original developer of the app or if the original developer deigned to share it with you. They won't, since that essentially gives you their source code and ability to steal their product from them.

To make things even worse, you need these items in order to "provision" an app (MS' term) prior to running Sysprep on an image.

Basically, unless its a Line of Business (LOB) app that was developed internally by your company, you cannot sideload or provision an app in Windows 8.

It's hilarious, since we are using Windows 8 for a project for Microsoft and their own OS is stopping the things they want from happening. In my opinion, they listened to marketing guys who don't fully understand how people actually use Windows in a business environment so that they could get accurate data for individual usage. Everything they have done is 100% anti-business. The Windows Store is only fit for home consumer use, and even then...

The real clincher to me that Microsoft is losing its mind and trying to piss off their Enterprise customers is that as an IT admin you are incapable of managing the Windows Store outside of disabling access to it. Any updates that need to be done, have to be done by the user. You have to have a Windows Live account for it, logged in, and you can't fix license sync issues with the apps except through a manual process.

Windows 8 is just a disaster for business.

Comment: Re:Where will I then get a Windows ISO (Score 1) 148

by Cowmonaut (#40181969) Attached to: Who Sends Google the Most Takedown Notices? Microsoft
1) Yes, computers these days DO come with the DVD and usually come with the DVD-ROM. I know that this is the case for HP and DELL systems. They also usually come with a restore partition if its a consumer-grade system, and if its for an enterprise your IT can make a restore partition thanks to instructions from Microsoft. 2) You can usually download the ISO straight from Microsoft, at least if you have an MSDN subscription. If not, your friends/family likely have a computer which means they should have a DVD as well, if you lost yours. Also, and I'm not sure if this is still the case, but Microsoft in the past has sent me a replacement DVD in the mail when I had a disc damaged. I did have to provide proof of purchase, and i probably only got it so fast since I live in WA. So stop making up stories to support your argument. It doesn't help you.

Comment: Re:Scientists? (Score 1) 426

by Cowmonaut (#40147547) Attached to: 'Eco-Anarchists' Targeting Nuclear and Nanotech Workers

FYI, Raytheon doesn't just make missiles and weapons. Generally they are defense oriented (war facilitators sounds better), but they've been involved with some NASA and MIL projects in the past. Space based Radar for example (which has non-military uses).

Its entirely plausible this guy was working on studying black holes. They used to have an 'intro' to black holes thing here:

http://itss.raytheon.com/cafe/qadir/abholes.html

But seems to have been taken down a few years ago.

Other (mostly military related) space stuff can be found here: http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/space/

Comment: Re:Treason (Score 1) 616

by Cowmonaut (#39825347) Attached to: House Passes CISPA

When you violate someone's constitutional rights, that's a crime worse than murder.

Please explain how murdering someone does not take away all their natural and constitutional rights.

Missing. The. Point.

Violating someone's Constitutional rights is worse than murder. Why? Because it does not just affect that one person. You let precedence get set that violating X Constitutional right is okay, or not that bad, or whatever and you diminish the rights of every citizen.

If you murder someone, that one person is dead. The family will mourn and it will still be a horrible tragedy. At the same time, it doesn't immediately diminish the rights of every citizen.

In any event both are terrible, but I would value the rights in the Constitution for everyone over my life any day.

Comment: Re:Hopefully (Score 1) 796

by Cowmonaut (#39673841) Attached to: Indian Man Charged With Blasphemy For Exposing "Miracle"

The current crop of atheists is indeed loud, and particularly obnoxious. Maybe they're the ones to blame for the rise in religionism? I mean, when I see the sheer seething stupidity right here on Slashdot whenever religion comes up, I'm almost tempted to join a monastery. In the Seventies we had 'Humanists'; they surely were a whole lot nicer than the current crop of idiots. Mart

How is this sarcasm? It doesn't even seem sarcastic. It just seems like an attempt to troll to be honest. Or to insult a segment of the population on Slashdot.

You need to work on your humor mate. Your post wasn't even remotely amusing.

Does make me wonder though, what causes fundamentalism in people. Doesn't matter if its religion or fanboyism, its damned annoying.

Comment: Re:Start with basic customer service first. (Score 1) 155

by Cowmonaut (#39064773) Attached to: Buy an Elite HP PC, Get Your Own Support Staffer

DELL can figure what out? Their support is a complete joke compared to HP's. I deal with both on a daily basis.

DELL: Tries to squirm its way out of honoring the next business day warranty for every computer that has issues. Their support specialists are script following drones and the scripts are badly written. Even better, they usually 'forget' to overnight equipment and their third party technicians that they dispatch have no quality control and frequently lie about repairs (I've had this happen in US states in the south east and on the eastern seaboard, as well as in Canada).

HP: Will try to troubleshoot and solve the problem with you intelligently. if you already tried something they don't ask you to do it 3 more times. No hassle once its clear its a hardware failure, parts are shipped overnight and techs go onsite and they do what they're supposed to.

I've been dealing with DELL professionally for 5 years and HP for 2 duing hardware RMAs. DELL is worthless. They started out strong, outsourced to India and were fine, then didn't like the deal with their had and went with a crappy helpdesk. Their printer support is still based out of Oklahoma City and is top notch,but for workstation issues forget about it!

Comment: Re:Ron Paul should give away his money (Score 1) 1797

by Cowmonaut (#37818788) Attached to: Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

In a book series by David & Leigh Eddings there was an interesting solution to that:

Anyone who is elected to office has their property and assets seized by the government. Heirlooms and the like get stored, but the money basically goes into an account held in trust by the government. If the economy does well while they are in office, they'll do well personally as well. If the economy doesn't do so well, they'll lose money proportionately.

The idea was to make it so everyone in power had a personal stake in the country doing well. Keeps them motivated. Of course, it lead to people not wanting to be elected but they weren't really given a choice.

Comment: Re:Like the Novell agreement or beneficial to MS? (Score 2) 241

I'll likewise not use my mod points just because I disagree with you. I've been using Windows 7 professionally and personally since its release so maybe it is just me, but I have no idea what you are talking about. Windows 7 is the most newbie friendly Windows OS to date (warning: my evidence being anecdotal). Its not really that much different than XP, and the bits that are are usually changed for good reason (not always, but usually). Its stability is also amazingly better than XP for the most part. Really the only issue I've ever come across is a tendency in a non-domain environment for user profiles to load into a temporary profile, but this seems to be the fault of the anti-virus and is easily fixed. I've seen the occasional Win7 hate on Slashdot but to be honest I'm a bit confused by it. It seems the only complaints are very obscure and a bit of a stretch.

Comment: Re:It can only get better... (Score 1) 111

by Cowmonaut (#37718684) Attached to: Microsoft Finalizes Skype Acquisition

I'm curious, do you really have problems with their software?

Perhaps I'm strange since I only use it as an alternative to Ventrilo, but aside from it wanting to "always run" the sound quality is fantastic and it allows free conference calls. I've only been using it for a few days but I can see why my friends started using it while my computer was down for a few months.

My complaints are, if anything, very minor. Nothing functionally, just "I wouldn't do it that way" sort of things.

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