writes "I learned from CyberInferno's Slashdot comment that Microsoft PAYS people to use Bing search!
1) To get people to use its search engine, Microsoft feels that it is necessary to pay.
2) 31% of Yahoo’s revenue comes from Microsoft paying it to use Bing.
3) Yahoo paid Mozilla Foundation to change the search configuration of Firefox without notice. I imagine that most people won't know what went wrong or how to re-configure Firefox. When people have problems with Firefox, they may switch to another browser, like Google's Chrome.
4) People may think they are using Yahoo search, but there is no such thing as "Yahoo search". Actually, without being notified, Yahoo customers are using Microsoft Bing search, and their search information is being given to Microsoft.
5) Microsoft pays Yahoo to use Bing. Yahoo pays Firefox to use Bing. Eventually, when the news about why Bing use is increasing is more widely known, people who don't feel comfortable with the situation may switch to Google Chrome. In effect, Microsoft is paying for a powerful ad campaign to get people to switch to Google Chrome.
6) Those who want to be paid by Microsoft must use Bing directly, not through Yahoo.
7) The trickiness and dishonesty may cause further collapse of Yahoo. In effect, Yahoo is being paid to decrease the popularity of Yahoo.
8) In effect, Mozilla Foundation is taking money to decrease the popularity of Firefox.
9) In effect, Microsoft is paying Mozilla Foundation to make Firefox less popular.
10) That may be a way to artificially increase search traffic, But It's Not Good (BING). To me, that's another example of Microsoft DIE, the Dastardly Insertion of Evil.
11) And, of course, all of that is bad for Microsoft's reputation, decreasing the popularity of anything from Microsoft. So, Microsoft is paying to decrease the popularity of Microsoft.
That is so WEIRD that I feel compelled to joke about it. (WEIRD = When Every Idea Rates Dumb)"Link to Original Source
writes "What has been your experience with the reliability of backing up data on Blu-Ray discs? Do you generate error correction files? Which error correction program do you use and why?"
writes "We are seeing 4 kinds of problems with Windows XP today at 2 remote locations:
1) One kind of problem is similar to the one in this April 7, 2014 story about computers in Australia: Pop-ups irritate Windows XP's remaining users. Microsoft Security Essentials on computers in the United States give pop-up messages about the MSE service being stopped.
2) Computers are requiring far longer to start, perhaps 12 to 15 minutes. Then the MSE pop-up appears.
3) Microsoft Security Essentials now calls into question whether XP is genuine. These are all computers that have run without issues for several years. The customer bought licenses when Windows XP was first released.
4) We have seen problems with the Windows XP operating system detecting a key stuck down when no keys were pressed on the keyboard. That is a software problem, not a keyboard hardware problem. It causes the system to be un-responsive because the key being detected is not one actually pressed, but is actually a key combination. Again, that is happening on computers that have been trouble-free for years. That problem began happening after a Windows update.
Microsoft said it would support MSE on Windows XP for another year. See the Microsoft article, Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP. Apparently that support is not happening in the normal way."
writes "Windows XP did not instantly become unsafe on April 8, 2014, the date Microsoft calls the "end of life" for Windows XP.
"End of life" is a way for Microsoft to make more money. Governments and
big corporations are often influenced by people with no technical
knowledge. Because of their ignorance, governments have already paid
Microsoft probably more than it costs to fix the few security defects found each
year. However, the taxpayers of those governments will not be allowed to have the fixes.
It's like Toyota told all owners of older Toyota vehicles that the
vehicles are unsafe now and owners must buy new vehicles or pay millions
of dollars to keep them. Except its worse: Software doesn't have
This article contains tips about how to use any version of Microsoft Windows safely that can be shared with people you want to help. Unnecessary computer maintenance is an ugly way to make money."
writes "Are Blu-Ray discs reliable for making backups of data? What has been your experience?"
writes "Slashdot's Auto-Refresh is annoying. I go to another window to do something, and when I come back, what I was reading is not there!
How do I turn Auto-Refresh off?"