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Comment Re:Windows 10 is tightly locked to Microsoft servi (Score 1) 314 314

No kidding on the "express settings".. Since I'm kinda my neighborhood's "tech support", I've already told several people to be very careful in setting up 10, if they decide to upgrade to it, of course my recommendation is to wait at least 6 months, but I *know* several wanna-be geeks in my neighborhood who will want it on day 1... they're kinda the "oooooooh shiny" type of user...

Comment Justa silly question.. (Score 1) 314 314

Since MS loves their goof-ball product keys, *how* do I get one if I download the ISO? I have several legit Win7 and Win8.1 product keys.. I understand how the upgrade works if you're actually running 7/8.1 on a machine. It knows you're "genuine" so it downloads and upgrades whichever older version of Windows you have.. But I'm not currently running these copies of Windows, but want to have a copy of 10 on hand *if* I decide to run it in the future.. Anybody know how getting a 10 product key works in this case??

Comment Really tired of MS... (Score 1) 257 257

I spent a good part of my working life picking up behind MS products, started with Windows 3.11 in 1991, and ended up on Windows 7 in 2010.. Since I've retired, I've moved all of my home systems over to Linux. I began using Linux off/on back in 1995 with Slackware, and finished my career admining a 100 server Linux cluster, plus ~300 windows boxes. I decided that I didn't want to use Windows anymore on a daily basis. Having said that, I still have a virtualbox Windows 7 VM on both my main desktop and my laptop *just in case*. I also signed up for the "insider preview" and thought the builds of 10 I saw/played with were pretty good, but after reading the over-the-top authoritarian crap that MS is putting on Windows 10, esp the forced updates, I can't see *me* EVER using Windows again.
However, since I am retired, I've become the defacto "tech support" in my church and neighborhood, so I strongly suspect I'll be called on to troubleshoot 10 once it goes live.. Some friends and I have a small business migrating people with older systems that are still on XP over to XUbuntu. Virtually all of the systems we've done in the past year or so have been people who only do wordprocessing/webbrowsing/youtube etc.

Comment Re:Putin, director of Immigration affairs (Score 1) 590 590

Or perhaps Putin will have him killed is some spectacular false flag operation to make the US government look like total tools.

This government certainly DOESN'T need Putin to make them look like total tools.... Obama and his ilk do a bang-up job by themselves...

Submission + - Poor Pilot Training Blamed for Virgin Galactic Crash-> 1 1

astroengine writes: SpaceShipTwo co-pilot Michael Alsbury was not properly trained to realize the consequences of unlocking the vehicle’s hinged tail section too soon, a mistake that led to his death and the destruction of the ship during a test flight in California last year. Responsibility for the accident falls to SpaceShipTwo manufacturer Scaled Composites, a Mojave, Calif., company owned by Northrop Grumman Corp, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined at a webcast hearing on Tuesday. Poor oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which oversees commercial spaceflights in the United States, was also a factor in the accident, the NTSB said.
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Submission + - Dice plans to liberate Slashdot and Sourceforge->

An anonymous reader writes: The current corporate overlords of both Slashdot and Sourceforge plan to sell off the properties:

The Company acquired Slashdot Media in 2012 both to provide the Dice business with broader reach into Slashdot's user community base and to extend the Dice business outside North America by engaging with SourceForge's significant international technology user community. The Company, however, has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base to further Dice's digital recruitment business; and with the acquisition of The IT Job Board and success of Open Web, the anticipated value to the Company of the SourceForge traffic outside North America has not materialized. The Company now plans to divest the business, as it does not fit within the Company's strategic initiatives and believes the Slashdot Media business will have the opportunity to improve its financial performance under different ownership.

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Submission + - Dice Ditches Slashdot and SourceForge->

lq_x_pl writes: After failing to effectively capitalize on Slashdot's user base, Dice Holdings is deciding to sell off Slashdot and Sourceforge. Dice also announced that they would be selling off Sourceforge. The change of ownership is likely welcome, as Dice has been much-maligned by Slashdot's regulars.
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Comment Not Just Win10.. (Score 5, Informative) 316 316

I normally spend my time on my computers in the company of a Linux distribution, but since I'm a retired "Windows Janitor", I get bugged a lot to "take a look" at friends/neighbors machines. Since the last version of Windows I spent any great amount of time with was XP, I figured I'd better see what all the hoopla was about Windows 8/8.1. I came into a retail copy of 8.1 instead of $$$ for some work I did on a neighbors system, so I figured I'd grab a spare laptop drive and install it so I could get familiar with it, so as not to come off as derpy when the inevitable calls on 8.1/10 start hitting my phone. The install was as smooth as silk, and the system looked/worked fine, after installing the MANDATORY ClassicShell. The inevitable WU notification came and told me I had 100+ updates, so I turned it loose to do its thing.. Once the updates installed, and a reboot, I logged into the system and KABLOOOIE.. right after login, one of the new-style BSOD's telling me there was a video_tdr_failure in one of the pieces of the Nvidia driver that WU forced down my systems throat.. After some googling to find that MS, in its infinite wisdom, had changed the old "F8" to get to safemode, I managed to figure it out and installed the latest/greatest from the Nvidia website, which made the Quadro FX770M in my system happy... Now I hear that MS, once again, in its infinite wisdom, is gonna take away the capability of permanently skipping crap updates in Windows 10, I'm getting close to the point of heading back to Linux, and telling friends that "if you want my help, you get rid of Windows and use Linux"....

Comment Re:Who needs Lifelock? (Score 1) 54 54

Providing SS numbers, credit card numbers, bank info and personal info to Lifelock actually may make a person less safe

Ya think? How about WHEN Lifelock gets hacked, and ALL of your data, you *trusted* to Lifelock is up for sale on one of those "darknet" sites.. With all these MUCH larger companies getting hacked left and right, WHY would you trust Lifelock with your private data, so they can ---ahem-- protect you?? Ever since their
CEO put his social security number on their commercials, and immediately got it compromised, I've considered Lifelock a bad joke. I've always wondered what that stupid sounding disclaimer they quickly throw in at the end ot their commecials.. The one that says "network does not cover all transactions".. Sounds like a sneaky way to say "you get your ID stolen, we *may* not help you..." I'm not the least bit surprised the FTC is going after them.. YOU GO, FTC!!!!!.

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