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Comment Re:Clickbaity summary title (Score 5, Informative) 155

Windows 8.1 is a "service pack" for Windows 8. Microsoft only supports the "service pack-less" version of an OS for one year after the service pack has been made available. So, if you want support for your Windows 8 machine, you need to update to Windows 8.1. It is the same for Windows 7, by the way. Support for Windows 7 *without service pack 1* has already ended in 2013.

Comment Re:Sure. (Score 2) 130

Not at all, those of us who were alive at the time who watched the rover on televison would recognize the frame instantly, just as we would recognize the ascent and descent stages of prototype Lunar Module either together or seperately. You must be young.

Except that it does not look anything like the actual lunar rovers which were sent to the moon, because this was only a prototype for testing various components...

Comment Re:Let's be clear on what this does. (Score 2) 212

This feature shuts off WiFi when the WiFi connection you're trying to use, has crappy throughput, and uses Cellular instead. Just like Every Person In The World with a smartphone would do, when the WiFi they're trying to use is crap. Maybe add a popup saying "Hey, your WiFi throughput is crap, we switched you over to Cell, data charges may apply, click here to say OK, click this other box to say "Yeah I get it, never show me this again", " would have been nice, but come on, a freaking class action lawsuit? Only people who benefit from that, are the lawyers.

Problem is that the default behaviour changed and people used up their cellular data when they absolutely did not want to do so - when they were at home, in range of their home WiFi and used data intensive apps (like watching movies, installing updates etc.) BECAUSE they were sure only WiFi would be used as long as they are in range of their WiFi access point. But WiFi assist means that the phone can switch to cellular data even while you are still in range of your own WiFi, which was never the case before and which was not sufficiently explained by Apple when the iOS update was made available.

Comment Re:WSUSOffline (Score 1) 288

Exactly, this. It allows you to blacklist updates. You then create an update DVD which you use on the clients, or you start the updater from a network share.

Or set up a WSUS server and do not approve the updates responsible for the W10 upgrade (of course not practical for a single private computer, but maybe an option for a school - although I'd hope you'd already have something like that running there...).

Someone else created a script which disables all the currently known telemetry/W10 updates for the Windows online update service. Problem is that these updates sometimes get replaced by a newer update, so you'd have to add updates as they appear (by which time they might already have been automatically installed...).

So some way of updating AFTER the patch day is better, I think.

Comment Info from the actual article (Score 5, Informative) 527

I know, I am crazy, I actually READ the article. And this info is in there:

Now they have been launched the positive news is KB3075249 and KB3080149 have been classed as ‘Optional’ in Windows Update. This means they won’t install without Windows 7 and Windows 8 users giving them express permission to do so (a key difference to Windows 10).

On the flip side KB3068708 is classified as ‘Recommended’ which means Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs with Windows Update set to automatic will install it by default. That said for the update to appear in the first place you will need to be a participant in Microsoft’s Customer Experience Improvement Program, an opt-in program which already has you agreeing to send user data to the company.

Comment Re:dry ink (Score 5, Informative) 223

Same problem here, same problem for my parents. I owned a HP colour inkjet printer years ago, cartridges always dried up and I ended up using over half the ink via "cleaning mode" just to make the damn thing work again when I wanted to print a page again after a few weeks. Even worse for my parents, they bought an inkjet printer, I helped set it up, it worked, a couple days later it already had missing lines in the printouts due to clogged-up print heads. Of course my father was pissed, "every time I just want to print out one or two pages, I have to clean the damn printer for five minutes before it works again!"

So I bought a €100 black and white laser printer for my parents, they are happy with it and the 3000 pages toner cartridge will last them forever. I myself had already switched to laser printers years earlier, I bought a colour one last year (previous model to this: ). Cost me €250, the toner lasts a long time, print quality is very good even for pictures (of course not suitable if you REALLY want to print out glossy photographs on high quality photo paper) and a third party set of toner (all colours) costs about €30.

Comment Re:Target practice? (Score 2) 49

shooting practice

At night? The only option real option here is to ignore them.

If the Royals are doing things that piss people off and thus live in fear of them, then perhaps they should stop doing those things.

I think it is not so much about "doing things that piss people off", but instead more about not wanting to find photographs/videos on the internet of themselves undressing before taking a shower/going to bed.

Comment Re:meh (Score 1) 281

Who wants to trash a valid working version of 7 or 8 rather than beta test a fresh install of Windows 10. This would be great if the free license was for those who install and beta test a fresh version of Windows 10 on a PC without having to upgrade an existing copy first.

Well, lucky you - because that is exactly how it is. You download the (free) technical preview build ISO, install it, and then later on it will be upgraded to a (free) fully licensed copy. Only requirement is that you have to sign up for a Microsoft account (just create some new email address for that).

Or, in easier words, the full version of Windows 10 is free for everybody who participates in the technical preview.

Comment Re:So that means it's free to everyone (Score 1) 281

Sorry, I work in a restrictive FCA and PCI compliant environment. (Think card processing/banking type environments).
I do have Windows 10 running in a secure sandbox, giving it internet access is a PITA, so many hoops.
It's already been decided, Windows 10 due to the sheer number of activities it wants to perform which are internet based is too insecure and bleeds too much data to the web to be allowed into our environment.

So you based your decision on whether Windows 10 is appropriate for your environment or sends too much information to the Internet on a technical preview which clearly states in the user agreement that it regularly sends usage information about everything back to Microsoft, because it is a technical preview and wants to collect usage data. Got it.

Comment awesome actor, he will be missed (Score 2) 96

What an actor, one of the great ones. Nobody could do the sophisticated villain like him. And what a voice! And he definitely led an interesting life - he was in the secret service, and I remember that one scene from the LotR "making of" videos in which Peter Jackson talked about how Christopher Lee explained to him what "someone getting stabbed in the back with a knife" really sounded like. And how Peter Jackson was not all that eager to find out how exactly Lee knew that.


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