How about natively booting Linux Mint 17 and putting 7 in Virtualbox if you must have this POS.
My clients typically have one or two mission-critical (to them), Windows-only application that they can't live without. I tell them that I will support Windows only in a virtual machine environment, to facilitate disaster recovery. I boot them into Kubuntu, and install Windows onto VirtualBox.
I'll skip the details, but suffice it to say that they love it this way. Their Windows infections have almost disappeared, and recovery is trivially simple (roll back to the initial install snapshot).
I'm not going to click any links on this craptacular "story."
I did, and it really is a craptacular article. I can sum it up thusly: "Phishers do illegal things, therefore getting more clicks. If legitimate marketers did the same thing, their click rate would skyrocket."
And, "Don't use Windows XP on the Internet." This, by the way, was always good advice. And it still applies to all versions of Windows.
Seriously, there's a reason that the article numbers are less than 1% of the size of the average windows server infection..
There are clearly many more Windows servers on the Internet than there are Linux servers. After all, if Linux had anywhere near the deployment of Windows, then Linux would experience the same rate of infection, right?
believe that Microsoft is right to claim the US government doesn't have jurisdiction over data stored outside of the United States.
This is actually very simple. When you have a presence in a county, you are subject to that country's laws. Period. End of discussion. If you find yourself in a situation where you are subject to two countries' laws, and you are required by one of those countries to break the laws of the other, you must do one of the following:
1) Break one country's laws and abide by the other's laws, and accept the consequences.
2) Negotiate with/bribe one or both countries, and see if an agreement can be reached.
3) Leave one of the countries with conflicting laws, probably abandoning whatever property is within that country.
Microsoft is clearly wrong, and its lawyers know it. Any company with a U.S. presence is subject to U.S. laws, just as any company with, say, a British presence is subject to British laws. If the two conflict, one or more of the listed choices must be made. It doesn't matter if what the Government wants is located in another country. If the company wants to continue operating in the U.S., it must comply with U.S. law.
Wow, if we discover the exact region and mechanism for how consciousness emerges from brain activity, then this, in my mind, is the final nail in the coffin of the Soul Hypothesis
Heh, you haven't actually had to talk to the religious/nutty, apparently. They will defend their absurdly ignorant misinterpretation of the universe with a violent ferver not seen anywhere else. They will simply wait until one of their brainwashers/preachers/ministers/popes/whatever invents the most ridiculously ludicrous explanation for how this actually ties into their fairy in the sky's grand plan for humanity; and bullshit, ignore, and dogmatically shout down anyone who tries to use anything even remotely approaching logic.
No, this discovery will be completely lost on 95% of the world's massively idiotic population.
Withholding that money would be regime suicide (plus possibly population genocide).
If first world countries were to redirect the massive amounts of money spent to invade and conqueror those third world, oil producing countries over to renewable research and development, the end result would comparable: enough funding to end the need to invade and conqueor said oil producing countries.