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Comment Re:Loaded title. (Score 3, Interesting) 147

after having uninstalled and hidden their updates related to Win 10 they actually unhid them and had those "optional" updates checked so that if I didn't do the research they would be re-installed again.

They've also yet again pushed out the Win10 nagware update, KB 3035583, and marked it Important to it's automatically (re-)installed even if you got rid of it the previous times they've forced it on you. This was within the last day or two, so check your PC to see whether it's been re-infected recently.

Comment Re:It's not an error (Score 1) 102

I wonder if the CIA ever did something like this... had a spy change the measurement on some engineering specs just slightly, make them waste a ton of money.

In that case someone should tell the CIA to stop messing with US defence programs (F35, Zumwalt, SBX, GMD, etc). The mess they've made there makes a Russian hangar pale into insignificance.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 397

if there's anything that describes the US military brass, it's "relentlessly competent"?

This goes back to (at least) WWII, where there was a saying among the ground troops that "When the Germans flew over, the British ducked. When the British flew over, the Germans ducked. When the Americans flew over, everyone ducked".

There's a - possibly apocryphal - story of Patton nominating some USAF pilots for the Iron Cross after being strafed by them three times in one day. Less apocryphal is that more US troops, including the highest-ranking casualty in the war, a Lt.General, were killed by USAF pilots than Luftwaffe pilots during D-Day (Operation Cobra, in which US ground troops fired at their own planes in frustration).

Comment Re:GOOD GRIEF! (Score 1) 568

bottled water is now on track to overtake soda as the largest beverage category in two years.

Everyone should note that for the most part bottled water is just "tap water" that has been filtered.

The OP forgot to mention "fruit juices", which is fruit that's been peeled (to eliminate all that nasty fibre and vitamins in the skin), pulped, the juice extracted (to get rid of any remaining fibre) and then processed so that what's left is a huge dose of good, healthy(tm) fructose and not much else. So now you can be healthy(tm) and natural(r) while drinking something that often has more sugar in it than Coke/Pepsi/whatever.

At least expensive tap water in plastic bottles isn't obviously unhealthy for you (except that it's not subject to the same stringent regulation as what water utilities provide, so it can be less healthy than tap water, but then I'm sure a little e.coli never hurt anyone), all you get is the environmental impact of all that plastic.

Comment Re:Google is mining my user data? (Score 4, Funny) 103

I know your post is funny, but let's not overlook the opportunity to critique what is possibly the worst Slashdot article ever.

They forgot to give us Bennet Haselton's thoughts on the subject. That would have been the finishing touch that made it the worst article ever.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955