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Comment Re:This guy should be a lawyer (Score 1) 194

I think he refers to an old philosophical question.
The classic example is 'you're conducting a train. You come around a bend, and there's a track split. One track A is, say, a person. On track B is, say, two people. You don't have time to brake. All you can do is pick which track you take. Which one do you take?

What if Track B has five people? One child? A world-class doctor who saves lives? A scumbag criminal? Your wife?

So, say you're in a self-driving car. The car wants to make a left turn across traffic at a four-way intersection. So it advances into the intersection, stops to wait for a break in oncoming traffic, and waits.

Sensors notice a semi coming up behind you, and not stopping. In front of you is an old person crossing the road. To your right is a kid on a bicycle. To your left is a stead stream of through traffic. Where do you go?

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Comment Re:Not quite (Score 1) 208

While not an OEM per say, I have done this with a Windows 7 System Builder version. Install Win7 System Builder, Upgrade to Win10, reinstall Win7. I did not do the rollback: an actual fresh Windows 7 installation which then requires activation. The activation of Windows 7 upon reinstall worked just fine. Granted, System Builder != OEM, but still...

Now, whether I could -for example- replace the HDD in that machine and try to install Windows 10, that I don't know. The hash is indeed for the machine you upgraded with all hardware it had at that point. However, for many machines upgrading is not somethiing that will happen (think laptops). I had planned to try such a situation (upgrade with 4GB RAM, nuke, install 8GB RAM and then install a fresh 10 and see whether it activates), but I have only limited time.

Besides, they're so desperate to see 10 adoption, they'll look a lot though the fingers.

Comment Re:Not quite (Score 1) 208

To be more precise, from what I understand. You upgrade your license (the OEM SLP one or the one on your sticker, which are technically two different licenses. Draw your own conclusion from that and how you can abuse this). During the upgrade process, you get a new product key. This product key, from what I've seen, is the same for every machine that is upgraded. That Win10 product key, for Home, ends with 8HVX7, for Pro, ends with 3V66T. Google that if you want.

What really happens is that a hardware hash is sent to Microsoft during the upgrade process. This hardware hash allows you to use those generic keys in the future (well, depending whether you had Home or Pro... Obviously), which means you can just use the generic ISO Microsoft provides (Finally, an official re-installation ISO! I've been waiting years for that). You can not use those generic keys on non-hashed hardware (Yes, I tried to see what happens). It will not activate.

However, your 7 license will remain fully functional. At least, that's my experience.

What would be an interesting test would be the following: Install Windows 7 in a VM, clone it, but don't run the second instance. Start the first instance, upgrade to 10. Keep it on 10. Now launch the second instance, which is 7 and never upgrade it. See if both remain active. This definitely violates the Microsoft licenses you have, but it would be interesting to see what happens. My prediction: both stay activated, but I'm not sure. I haven't tested it.

Comment Re:Not quite (Score 1) 208

For all Windows machines I have under my control, I upgraded to secure the upgrade that I'll have to do in 2020 anyway. Then in clicked "go back to Windows 7" (well, actually, I didn't... It's easier to image the disk, do the upgrade, and restore from image).
I did this for all machines I have with an OEM license. For some machines, that run Linux, I even bothered to image Linux, install the OEM that came with it, upgrade, put back the Linux image. Why? Because, those machines might still be functional in 2020. It might not be me who will use it, and the future user might prefer 10, so I like to give the future user that option.

That is quite a lot of work, well mostly quite a lot of time, but that way I have the license, and I can continue to use whatever I like (7 or Linux), while keeping my options in the future open.

Comment Re:What about the rights of those injured by firea (Score 0) 1163

If a wizard suddenly made it impossible for guns to exist in America; they could not pass across any border, the ones inside the country simply turned into nothingness, do you think the rates of assault and murder would instantly go down? Or do you think they'd stay the same, just with different methods?

Say, for example, that ten people are killed per year; five by gun, two by knife, two by baseball bat, and one by strangulation. On Dec 31st, the wizard casts his spell.

What do you think the stats will be one year later? Two by knife, two by baseball bat, and one by strangulation? I don't. I think they'd turn to four by knife, four by baseball bat, and two by strangulation.

Guns are a symptom, not a cause. Unless the root causes in American society are addressed, people will continue to die. The manner of their murder shouldn't even be a point of discussion.

Comment This is true. (Score 1) 142

Think about the technology a scientist from a bare fifty years ago, or even thirty, would need to invent, just to be able to BEGIN to work on a sample of wifi communications, or a Blu-ray.

They have to invent the equipment to listen to it, decrypt it, figure out the file formats, and so on. And these technologies are all designed specifically to prevent that.

To communicate is the beginning of understanding. -- AT&T