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Comment Re:Windows 10 takes about 3x longer to set up than (Score 1) 720

My home PC is not something I spend a ton of time maintaining (or I'd be using Linux). Yes, I'm using software for the mirrored RAID, mostly because I was more comfortable I'd be able to swap in a new drive with the software RAID than the hardware RAID, and the hardware RAID configuration was pretty painful. I *was* using the hardware RAID until there was an actual problem and it made it as difficult as possible to diagnose.

The extra time from setting up Windows 10 mostly comes from disabling things. Setting the default browser takes a little longer, there are more pre-installed apps (like "Get Office" and "Get Skype") that have to be uninstalled - which requires finding them in the start menu, you can't search for them if you want to uninstall them. Even if OneDrive isn't configured it still decides to start with Windows and generate notifications, so I turn that off too (usually that gets delayed because it updates while I'm trying to disable it). Plus the trackpad notification. I also clear most of the junk out of the start menu, like Mail, Sports, Finance, and Candy Crush.

I had Windows 8.1 down to about 30 minutes of interactive setup, Windows 10 is about 90 minutes. It would be much longer if we were buying direct from the manufacturer (more shovelware), but all of the PCs I assign out now are Microsoft Signature PCs. Of course Microsoft Signature doesn't exempt you from Microsoft's own shovelware (I really hate the 'Get Skype' app).

Comment Re:uninstall! (Score 1) 720

Yeah, I found it that update had managed to re-install itself as well, I think I've re-installed it twice. Back in December Microsoft said they were going to start auto-downloading Windows 10 so I disabled automatic updates all together. It's kind of annoying to have to manually install the updates for Windows Defender, but it's worth it.

I'm not upgrading to Windows 10 because I have a software RAID and I have no faith in the upgrade process (and I don't have enough storage to completely back up the RAID). It's my last Windows PC anyway, once Apple comes out with a Thunderbolt 3 iMac I'll move to that plus an external RAID, until then I'm fine with Windows 8.1 Pro. I do wish that they would be a bit more respectful of their users, but I can't very well expect good treatment for someone who's leaving their platform anyway.

I also handle IT purchasing for my company, Windows 10 takes about 3x longer to set up than Windows 8.1 machines did, so I'm hoping given the cost of my time I'll be able to convince management it's finally time to stop buying Windows machines. 90% of the users prefer Macs anyway, and you don't have to pay extra for HD encryption or fight with the printer driver to convince it the printer isn't "offline".

One thing Microsoft really screwed up with on 10: I should be able to disable notifications for an app BEFORE it starts generating them. Right now every time I re-setup a Windows 10 PC I have to get the touchpad notification to trigger so I can disable it.

Comment Re:good job (Score 4, Interesting) 129

"GM chief Mary Barra: 'pattern of incompetence' caused fatal recall delay"

GM was completely incompetent, which is why it went out of business. GM was renamed to Motors Liquidation Company and split into trusts to deal with the long term effects of GM's incompetence. The incompetent, decrepit organization was of course transferred to a new corporation, so that it can fail again in a few years.

The new GM made sure it wouldn't be responsible for the legal consequences of the poor quality vehicles it released prior to 2009, so it can't claim the history of the company that manufactured them either. New GM is a brand new company, with the same failed engineering organization.

Who knows, maybe GM will be the Yahoo! of cars, with its ownership stake in various companies worth more than the core business. In any case, Lyft will hopefully do something more productive with GM's money than GM would have done with it.

Comment Re:mongo is webscale (Score 1) 71

Worldwide, more straight people have HIV than gay people, by a huge margin. You probably mean the U.S. though, in which case:

"MSM accounted for 54% of all people living with HIV infection in 2011, the most recent year these data are available."

So, straight people would appear to be 46%, hardly a "tiny fraction of a percent".

Comment Re:Agile/Scrum == hot potato (Score 1) 397

I'm a self-taught programmer, I've been working full-time salary positions continuously since 2007, and I haven't had a single job that's remotely similar to your description. That's a total of 5 different companies. The smaller companies seem to be at least somewhat capable of a proper development process (including the mutual respect that you call "Japanese"). I found the larger companies were great if you didn't actually feel like doing any work (which I hated, thus the jumping around).

You are right that larger companies don't seem to care about security, but that's mostly because they don't care about the quality of their software in general.

I'll definitely believe there are companies that are abusing the visa system, and those companies should be prosecuted aggressively (as in, liquidate the company and throw the executives in prison). But what you're describing is not a significant part of the industry I work in.

Comment Re:Everywhere (Score 4, Insightful) 210

And the punishment for driving on a suspended/revoked license is?

No, there's a simpler solution than that: don't let municipalities keep the money from traffic tickets (or any kind of fine). The payments should be made directly to the state's general fund. Take away the profit motive, no more profit based policing.

Comment Re:Yep (Score 1) 199

It wasn't recording. I had it configured to send me an e-mail when it detected motion (requiring an internet connection) but it wasn't saving anything to the "cloud". (Aside from the still image included in the e-mail).

As for using homegrown solutions, I used to have time for that, I don't anymore. It's just not a fun or valuable use of my time. That doesn't mean I don't protect my privacy, Nest cam allows you to control whether it stores data in the cloud.

Given that the camera can be turned on from the iOS app, I'm not surprised that it doesn't power down (it's also turned off from the app, there's no switch on the device). It still needs a working Wi-Fi connection in order to be turned on again.

Comment Re:Yep (Score 1) 199

You say "cool", I say useful.

I used my Dropcam (back when it was still called that) to catch my landlord entering my apartment illegally. I complained to the management company and got $500 back, more than the cost of the camera. It was ridiculously easy, given that I had an e-mail with a picture of the guy's face walking into my apartment.

There might well be a cheaper solution, but I've found this to work well.

And I don't agree that it's going to get worse, the first versions of these devices will have flaws, but they'll get fixed.

Comment Re:Budget (Score 1) 64

They really should reverse the change in World Service funding. It should absolutely be funded by the FCO. Plenty of places around the world depend on BBC for real coverage when their own local news is just government propaganda. BBC Farsi comes to mind.

Granted, the Intercept found some disturbing information about the BBC recently in relation to remarks by a Saudi official, but I've found the quality of the reporting to be much better than US news sources. I'm American, been reading BBC for at least 10 years (back then U.S. readers would see the "World Service" branding on, and I'd happily pay for it.

Having the Foreign and Commonwealth Office fund World Service was a stroke of brilliance, what better way to bolster the world's view of Britain than to broadcast "the British Point of View" all over the world? I don't understand why the U.S. doesn't do the same thing. It's good, solid diplomacy.

Oh, and the North Korean people will find some way to listen/watch. In Iran people get their hands on illegal satellite dishes. Somebody will figure out something.

Comment Re:Integrated very well (Score 1) 818

I guess I would agree with this. Somewhere in the range of $5K-15K is probably appropriate. However, his father raised as much hell about his son's civil rights, and it really does sound like the son was offered the move to Qatar (and allowed to bring his family along) as a sort of PR stunt by Qatar.

Meanwhile, slaves are still dying in the construction of their new stadium. I find his decision disgusting, he obviously has no problem with racism when it's to his benefit.

Comment Re:Integrated very well (Score 4, Insightful) 818

Well, he's moving to Qatar, so apparently he doesn't like the idea of being American anymore. I can't blame him for that, but I have no sympathy for someone who complains their civil rights have been violated and then moves to a country that still practices slavery.

He shouldn't get a cent.

Comment NYT is clueless (Score 4, Interesting) 89

Once again a dead-tree newspaper demonstrates total lack of technical awareness.

Though they do mention how Binge On actually works (implement the technical requirements, fill out a form, and it works) they try to imply that T-Mobile will choose to exclude services based on their own non-technical criteria.

T-Mobile so far has shown they're not going to exclude competitor's services, and said that they won't exclude services based on content. Of course, NYT's editorial staff probably can't understand the technical aspects of the service, and what they know of the business doesn't fit their narrative. While the NYT might think so, "Binge On" does not appear to be designed to steer user's content choices.

This reminds me of the Washington Post claiming that technical companies could come up with a "golden key" for law enforcement to break encryption and somehow magically prevent criminals from using it (and then accusing tech companies of lying about it). It's just technical illiteracy mixed with contempt for the industry they see as "destroying journalism".

Comment Re:So, they're not fully tested yet? (Score 5, Informative) 350

These prototypes may not be ready for prime time. Personally, I wouldn't buy a car that can't cross the Bay Bridge.

However, other "Google Cars" (like the modified Lexus) are capable of full highway speed. There are several autonomous vehicles that are being tested at highway speed.

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