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Comment: The bigger Problem is their "updates" (Score 1) 8

by Opportunist (#48042031) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Sadly the way updates work with MS they become the far bigger problem. You can easily see this by installing a "clean" system, examine its timing (please don't even think about using system internal benchmarks...), then patch it and notice just how much speed you suddenly miss.

That's a problem you probably won't solve quickly...

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 63

by Opportunist (#48041951) Attached to: Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Really? Wow, I've been living in a totalitarian state the past decades and didn't even notice it. How odd that I could easily travel to the US.

Dude, get your facts straight before you make yourself look like a douche. "Socialism" is a big bad word in the US, but the rest of the world uses it to laugh about you and your irrational fear of something you don't even know.

Comment: Re:PIGS (Score 1) 63

by Opportunist (#48041935) Attached to: Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

And this is what actually is the threat here. The police used to be the "serve and protect" kind of guys. Ya know, back when I was young, there was still a lot of respect and also trust in them. Seeing a policeman walking down the road was something that made you feel safe, secure, protected. It was really a good feeling to know that these people are out and about, you could approach them for aid and even when they knocked at your door, for most people this wasn't something that concerned them. At worst it could mean that someone you knew is either in hospital or had an accident or something like that.

That has changed a lot in the past decade or two.

Comment: Internet of Stupidity (Score 1) 21

by PopeRatzo (#48041901) Attached to: Factory IoT Saves Intel $9 Million

This story has pretty much nothing to do with the "Internet of Things" they are trying to sell us.

I seriously doubt that any of the WiFi sensors in Intel's machinery required an account with a third party company which then collected data on how Intel used their machines.

We already have an Internet of Things. It's called, "things".

Comment: Re:Dear MS (Score 1) 625

by Opportunist (#48041755) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

There is exactly no synergy effect between desktop and handheld devices. There isn't even the same kind of market between them. Look at the appliances on the desktop, then look at the "same" kind of tools on handhelds. Can you imagine using the same user interface on both? Or wouldn't you rather think that the appliance that uses the UI of one on the other is "doing it wrong"?

For reference, see Windows 8. Or WinCE for the reverse. It just doesn't work right, look right or feel right.

There is also not the same market in any other area, be it games, development (just in case anyone is crazy enough to actually develop software on a cellphone...) or ANY other area. It just doesn't work that way.

Comment: A government backdoor == a public backdoor (Score 1) 277

by Opportunist (#48041697) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Any deliberately installed backdoor is usually trivial to find with a forensic analysis and it doesn't take a "licensed" forensic analyst to find it. How long do you think it would take until knowledge of how to use that backdoor to enter your kids' appliances reaches the circles that are interested in peeping into your kids' bedrooms?

Dear Obama administration: Bullshitting people with the old "won't someone PLEASE think of the children" works both ways. In this case, I doubt that you have the better arguments. Faced with the choice of you not having access to their kids' systems and your access offering predators access to them as well, I kinda doubt concerned parents will side with you!

Comment: Re:More Regulations, Please (Score 2) 181

by mcgrew (#48040057) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

The shiny side of the foil needs to be on the outside of the hat. The problem here isn't government intervention, rather a lack of same. The problem is corporate sociopathy and lack of standards. The standards should have been set up before anybody started building equipment. Where government fell down was not mandating that. Not a surfeit of regulations but a lack of them.

And had there been a monopoly there would have been no compatibility problems, but would have caused worse problems.

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