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Comment Been doing this for few weeks now (Score 4, Interesting) 867

I had to travel recently, so I took a laptop with clean Windows 8.1 Pro install.

At my destination, I've purchased a SIM (they only had 1GB data packages) and put it into the 3G/wifi router I carry.

I powered the laptop, connected to Internet via said router, checked few things, then went away for few hours.

When I got back to apartment, my data package (and Internet connectivity) was killed because Microsoft idiots decided to start downloading Windows 10 even though I have explicitly closed/rejected all the 'offers'.

Those retards did not take into account the possibility that not everyone running Windows is on unlimited broadband data package. Great planning there.

At home I did a plain install of 8.1 on another computer, and same thing happened - even though I explicitly rejected everything related to Windows 10, idiots made it so download starts anyway. I had to 'hide' the Windows 10 in Windows Update in order to stop it from being downloaded.

Comment Re:Duh (Score 1) 70

Yes, I know some people just use Tor because they don't want the government watching them, but I block Tor on general principal. Most of the traffic coming out of Tor is malicious. The only exception would be if I was running a site with information I wanted to provide to oppressed countries.

You have access to all outgoing Tor traffic?


Comment Chromecast requires Internet connection (Score 1) 158

Be aware, Chromecast doesn't let you stream anything unless it is connected to a Wifi network that has Internet access.

Obviously, Google needs to know what you are streaming from your laptop to your TV in order to provide 'best user experience', I guess.

They failed to mention this requirement anywhere on the box, but they mention "steam local content" quite few times.

So, just be aware of it before you buy.

I got screwed, since wanted to stream content from laptop in place where I don't have Internet. Whoops.

Comment Re:Oh mozilla (Score 1) 351

In my experience most companies do not implement features for fun. They do it because it's feedback they received from a large number of users. The fact that it can be disabled pretty much closes the case in my opinion but I guess some purist fanatics will complain.

And what would that experience be?

In which company did/do you work, which implemented features because of feedback received from a large number of users?

Comment Re:Because of the action of a few ... (Score 4, Insightful) 195

That's the price all of us have to pay when we, the majority, cannot and/or dare not to, control the action of the few

No matter if it's USA or France of Belgium or the Netherlands or Germany, as long as our society can not (and/or dare not to) confront those Islamists and get them to ditch their barbaric behavior, all of us will suffer

Yes, governments are trying to get more control over you and intelligence agencies are wanting more powers because of actions of few Islamists.

I will never stop being amazed at human naivety.

Comment Re:So they petition to protect their hard work (Score 1) 163

Big deal. Everyone does it. You can bet that Google is out there arguing that all of the content should be free so they can sell more ads alongside it. And you can bet that the unions are looking for political influence to protect their hard work too. It's called living in a democracy.

It's called corruption.

Hope it helps.

Comment Re:This is the cost incurred for outsourcing defen (Score 1, Insightful) 337

Without getting into the moral implications of such a threat by the US, this is the cost Germany et. al. pay when letting the US foot the defense bill. The US defense budget pays for a large portion of the defense of the first world. If they don't want to be beholden to the whims of the US, don't depend on the US for defense.

Defense from who, exactly?

From imaginary retro-communist threat, or some "terrorists" that US themselves funded and created?

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982