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Comment Re: Not available by Windows update either (Score 1) 195

OK, so Windows 10 is free for about 65% or more of the existing user base. That is a lot of people.

I think that the relatively low, now almost flat adoption rate for Windows 10 is that people don't like the 2D interface. Plus, it is not as stable as Windows 7 and it has crap stuck on the start menu that you need to fiddle with to get rid of. It also has more "telemetry" built in. None of the so-called improvements are particularly useful (Cortana is a great example). It seems dumbed down so that it will work on mobile devices. I think that is why there is a market for the older version that has more features (Windows 7 Ultimate), which doesn't have all the downsides.

Comment Re: Not available by Windows update either (Score 2) 195

The GWX (get windows 10) Control Panel is a great tool. It lets you kill everything associated with the W10 upgrade. You can pick it up at several places including

I noticed that Windows 7 Ultimate (basically Windows 7 Enterprise edition for consumers) is selling for $300 over at eBay now. Should tell you something.

Comment Re:Yeah, that's the problem (Score 1) 137

Don't leave out the part about lobbying, PAC money and bullying by the insurance companies. It is a major issue at this point. I agree that it is going to have to get even worse before most Americans wake up and realize what has been done to them by corporate control of the government and money in politics. Even the news media are now owned by huge corporations, including defense contractors (e.g., GE), and so the news isn't what it used to be either.

Submission + - George Lucas: 'I'm Done With Star Wars' writes: Entertainment Weekly reports that George Lucas has compared his retirement from Star Wars to a break-up – a mutual one, maybe, but one that nonetheless comes with hard feelings and although Lucas came up with story treatments for a new trilogy, those materials, to put it bluntly, were discarded. “They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were gonna go do their own thing,” says Lucas. “They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway. But at the same time, I said if I get in there I’m just going to cause trouble. Because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore. All I would do is muck everything up. So I said, ‘Okay, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’” Lucas says he was going to tell a story about the grandchildren of figures from the original trilogy. “The issue was, ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,’” says Lucas. “So, I said, all I want to do is tell a story of what happened – it started here and went there. It’s all about generations, and issues of fathers and sons and grandfathers. It’s a family soap opera.”

Although the team behind The Force Awakens acknowledges they’re taking the story in a different direction from what Lucas intended, they maintain affection for his original creations and the man himself. “Before I showed up, it was already something that Disney had decided they wanted to go a different way with,” says J. J. Abrams. “But the spirit of what he wrote, both in those pages and prior, is everything that this movie is built upon.” Some fans question why there was no “Based on” credit for Lucas in the poster for The Force Awakens. “I don’t know why it isn’t on the poster, but it’s a valid point. I’m sure that that will be a credit in the film,” says Abrams. “We are standing on the shoulders of Episodes I through VI.”

Comment Re:Yeah, that's the problem (Score 5, Informative) 137

The US is the only highly developed nation without national universal health coverage as a human right. Here in the US it is much more important for insurance companies to be highly profitable than it is to take care of everyone. And as long as voters keep putting the corporate controlled politicians in office, we will continue to get corporate controlled legislation.

Comment Re:Conflict of Interest? (Score 1) 80

Agree completely. I have been over at the MS Windows 10 forums where lots of the "Insiders" debate Windows issues. The attitude from many of the Insiders is incomprehensible. It seems to be that they know best, and they have to repeatedly remind everyone that they "are not stupid" and MS is not stupid, so they obviously have gotten lots of negative feedback to be that defensive.

So MS is going for a free OS, app-store-on-the-start-menu revenue stream, and I just don't think that is going to pull in the kind of money that selling the OS to most businesses and government agencies had done for them. It's a big gamble, and risks losing even more of their vast user base. I just don't see them breaking into the mobile market to any great extent, so the entire push to make a one-size-fits-all-devices OS doesn't seem like a good business decision.

I guess we will find out if they are or are not stupid over the next few years.

PS, I hate the default setting of not showing extensions, and it is the first thing I change when I install Windows on a machine for someone.

Comment Re:Conflict of Interest? (Score 1) 80

I would love to know what made them go for the flat monochrome look. It is hideous. What I was hoping they would do is make themes much more robust (rather than eliminating them). I would love it if they had standard themes for XP, W7 and W8/8.1, all of which could be infinitely customized further. It would be fun to be able to switch to Windows XP theme, and then click on the Windows 7 theme, and have everything just the way it was. Or you could choose the standard W10 theme. So themes would be more than a look, it would also change the way the OS worked to make it like the original in both look and feel. So for XP through 7 you would have the control panel, but for 8 and 10 you would have PC settings. This way everyone is happy.

Comment Re:Smart man (Score 1) 378

How do you equate neuroscience with psychology? I love it when folks at /. know what field another commenter is or isn't in by reading their comments. Very strange indeed. Embryos don't have fully formed human brains. They are single cells, or a blastula composed of a small number of cells. I used to make hybridomas for monoclonal antibody production way back in the 1990s, and we froze cell lines away in liquid nitrogen all the time (90% fetal bovine serum, 10% DMSO). That is completely different from freezing a human brain solid and bringing it back without severe pathology. You sir are the one who doesn't sound anything like a "real scientist" as you so oddly put it. And you are showing signs of the Dunning Kruger effect.

Comment Re:Conflict of Interest? (Score 0) 80

The first job of the" managed security services group" at MS needs to be, Windows. Once they get that figured out, they can then offer their services to others. But they seem to be more interested in turning Windows into a targeted advertising platform, so I am not sure that their own product is even on their managed security services group radar.

Comment Re:Smart man (Score 1) 378

There are so many issues that make it seem both unlikely and unnecessary. First, the biological problems of very long term space flight may be unsolvable. Second, the expense goes up exponentially over robots. Third, the seemingly wasteful nature of spending that much money just so a human could go, is a tough sell. Fourth, the distances and times are too great. Short of freezing people solid, you would add in a vast array of new problems that needed to be solved to keep people from atrophying away while cooled down but not frozen. It just isn't practical, even if it makes for fun movies.

Comment Re:Well then (Score 1) 342

Actually, I don't care what they think, I was trying, apparently in vein, to make a joke. But I will also add that on some smaller sites that have only a few non-animated ads I will turn ad blocker off. I expect a battle of ad blockers being blocked, or big companies paying the ad blocker programs to white list them, and then new ad blockers coming out. When money is involved, people get very motivated and devious. But then again, that is what capitalism is all about these days. It used to be that companies cared about their products, took pride in them, and wanted to provide the best product available for a fair price. Those days are long gone. Now it is morphing into the Google economy with everyone trying to make money off of crap, crappy targeted ads, tracking and selling info. So I agree with you.

Comment Re:Smart man (Score 0) 378

Like I said, we started the fight. We were not attacked by Iraq or Syria prior to us invading. The first thing I would do is stop sending arms to the region, the entire region. No more goodies for Saudis Arabia, Israel, Egypt or any rebel group. No ammo either. Then I would work out an arms embargo with Russia, Europe and China, to make sure that the arms flow stopped. Let's see how long they can fight without guns, parts and ammo.

That would be my first step. And unlike your seemingly genocidal suggestion, the plan I outlined could work fairly quickly. Or hadn't you thought of that?

Those who claim the dead never return to life haven't ever been around here at quitting time.