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Comment: Kindle changed my view (Score 3, Insightful) 312

by Secret Agent Man (#44342667) Attached to: Poll Shows That 75% Prefer Printed Books To eBooks
Well, more specifically, Amazon did. With a Kindle book, I can read it on any device (Kindle preferred, of course; love its display), can access my books anywhere with an Internet connection, and can even put documents I want to read on my devices onto my Kindle/cloud/etc by e-mail. Their implementation is rock-solid, and their main device feels just like reading a book to me.

Comment: Windows 8.1 Install Instructions (Score 2) 608

by Secret Agent Man (#44224387) Attached to: The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'
  • Disable SmartSearch (ads? local searches online? No thanks.)
  • Use local accounts (already done)
  • Do not use Metro apps (already done)

At this point, I'm only upgrading for the unified search (not for online, but so apps/files/settings show up in the same blasted window). But now I'm hesitant to even go that far. Am I missing any "please let us have your data" steps?

Comment: Is there anyone running Windows 8... (Score 4, Insightful) 403

by Secret Agent Man (#44141313) Attached to: You Will Get DirectX 11.2 Only With Windows 8.1
...that doesn't want to upgrade to 8.1? It's a free upgrade and, as far as I'm aware, doesn't make any changes for the worse. The only thing I can think of is "local searches are sent to Bing," but since that's easily disabled, I can't think of a reason not to upgrade if you're already running on 8.

Comment: Re:Good Changes All Around (Score 2) 505

by Secret Agent Man (#44117475) Attached to: Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

I dunno if I agree, necessarily. After all, we are talking about an operating system here. Dealing with files and what processes are running are supposed to be the bread-and-butter of an OS, to make our lives easier. They're not whiz-bang eye-catching features that marketing teams like to advertise, but boy do the improve the user experience.

Comment: Good Changes All Around (Score 4, Insightful) 505

by Secret Agent Man (#44116687) Attached to: Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

The biggest thing is the fact that you can search all sections (Apps, Settings, Files) with a single search bar now. No more having to type, mouse-move, click, and then find the option I want! Plus, you can disable the "also search Bing" nonsense, thankfully.

I already run using 0 Metro apps, and live mostly in the Desktop space (truth be told, due to my Windows Key + type letters + hit 'enter' style of start menu usage, the start screen doesn't bother me). I'm glad I'll be able to boot straight to desktop, which will further distance myself from the Metro experience.

Comment: Good. Make them Squirm (Score 2) 148

by Secret Agent Man (#44078909) Attached to: Firefox Advances Do-Not-Track Technology
Do Not Track was silly, being opt-in and so on. And, surprise surprise, advertisers backed out when it started getting turned on by default. Now a fire is lit under their hindquarters since Firefox and Safari (and hopefully others) will simply do away with third party cookie support altogether. Taking away an advertiser's tracking tools is the best way to fight.

Comment: Criminal Liability? (Score 2) 75

by Secret Agent Man (#44078201) Attached to: Facebook Bug Exposed 6 Million Users

Is there any sort of punishment available for this? When a company hoards massive amounts of data, and it gets leaked, does anything happen other than "sorry, guess we goofed"?

This is one of the many reasons I don't like companies (or the government)sitting on so much data like this: If they have it, someone else will get it.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.