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Comment Re:One-Way Upgrade??? (Score 1) 314 314

According to which is on Microsoft's site,

Can I go back to my previous version of Windows if I don't like Windows 10?

Yes, while we think you will love all the features of Windows 10, you will have one month after upgrading to revert back to the previous version of Windows on your device.

Comment Re:The OEM UEFI locked with M$ keys issue. (Score 1, Flamebait) 314 314

Microsoft created the requirement to have secure boot with Microsoft keys, knowing very well that the incentives created by that requirement would lead to companies producing motherboards that can only use that and nothing else. Microsoft would not be able to do things that create these incentives if they didn't have a monopoly.

Just because the OEMs can choose not to lock down the hardware doesn't mean that it's the OEMs' fault rather than Microsoft's; the incentives were created by Microsoft.

Remember back when Microsoft were simply creating volume license agreements that made it expensive for companies to ship computers with Linux? They could do it--it wasn't prohibited by contract, it was just more expensive. All Microsoft did was change the financial incentives. But that's enough that it should be considered Microsoft's fault.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 590 590

He's not going to get a public trial because an actual public trial would involve him justifying his acts as whistleblowing. This justification would necessarily involve the content of the information he released. The government isn't going to allow that, both for bureaucratic reasons (it's still classified information even though it was released to the public, so they have to classify the trial), and for the practical reasons that 1) if they can classify it, there's much less chance that the public will hear him and sympathize with him, and 2) it makes it a lot harder for him to defend himself.

Comment Next up, perhaps (Score 4, Interesting) 296 296

Prominent world politicians urge adoption of new changes to the C++ standard concerning private inheritance and templates.

What this is trying to do is imply that because they have technical expertise in how dangerous AI-controlled weapons are, that technical expertise makes them experts about political decisions concerning weapons. It doesn't, and there is no more reason to pay attention to them than to the average guy in the street (who understands that some weapons are dangerous, and may have opinions on their use, but certainly doesn't get a national press release about it).

Comment Re: ... and the hype for Windows 10 begins.... (Score 1) 405 405

I was under the impression that if you upgrade from 7 to 10, your 7 key will no longer be valid. So grabbing your free copy and saving won't work. At any rate, grabbing a free copy wouldn't work anyway because it's the activation key that you need, and burning a free copy to load later on won't mean you'll have an activation key you can use later on.

Comment Re: So the good questions were ignored. (Score 1) 557 557

Does the interviewee go through the original post and look at everything that got a score of 5? That's a fairly low bar to hit, and probably a bit unreasonable.

It's extremely unreasonable. Many of the good questions ended up with ratings of 4. That's because a common strategy to disrupt the questioning is to wait until the last minute and moderate down all the rating 5 comments you don't like so that if the questions are chosen by rating none of them will get picked (and since it's the last minute, the time frame for someone to notice and mod them up again is small).

Comment Re:In Fairness To Chicken Little... (Score 1) 93 93

Yes, but this is different, because the supposed copyright law was in the other direction. If there's anything that the evil geniuses behind our copyright laws would *not* do, it's to make it *easier* to copy works legally, which is what this claims is being done.

Comment Re:No surprised in good ole Mass... (Score 1) 155 155

That's because when the government forces the cost on private businesses, that hides the source of the increased costs. When the government actually has to raise taxes to pay for it, people can figure out that it's too expensive. If the company raises its prices because of government mandates, people just say "greedy companies" rather than blaming the government. Making the government pay for these things directly is an important part of having checks and balances on the government because people notice taxes.

In other words, "if you make the government pay for it, people will complain about raising taxes" is a feature, not a bug. That's the point--the government should make it obvious that it is taking the money, so the public can decide whether it's really worth it. And sometimes they won't.

Comment Re:This just in... (Score 1) 217 217

Google Photos is a different application than backup sync. More at 11.

Nonsense. This is a user interface problem. The whole thing is designed such that someone who runs Google Photos would reasonably believe that Google Photos is doing the uploading and that if you get rid of Google Photos, it will not upload.

User interface problems inherently lead to users not knowing how to do things. Replying "it doesn't work that way, and the user should have known that" is just trying to deny the concept of user interface problems--at some point, the fact that the user doesn't know something is the fault of the interface designer, not the user.

Comment Re:Well, she was an interim. (Score 1) 467 467

It's called a "hatchetman" and is an old trick for business administration. Googling the term produced a lot of dictionary definitions, but not much in the way of in-depth articles. But now that you know what it's called, you can look it up.

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. -- Oscar Wilde