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Comment: Re:I've never shorted a stock (Score 1) 99

by chr1st1anSoldier (#47953901) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group
I think Microsoft is simply wanting to capture the enterprise market, if you capture the office then all other markets will fall into place. If you have to use Microsoft everyday at the office, and Microsoft continues with the "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" campaign, then only Microsoft will work with Microsoft. If Only Microsoft will work with Microsoft and you are using Microsoft products in the office then you have to teach and use Microsoft in the schools If only Microsoft will work with Microsoft and now you are using it at the office and you use it and learn it in school then you will need to use it at home so you can do office work and school work. Therefor Microsoft could care less about what the home user wants out of their operating system and listen to what big business wants then incorporates that.

Comment: Good decision? (Score 1) 352

MS could have been wise about the whole situation and looked to GNOME and Unity as some attempts at putting a touch screen orientated interface on a desktop environment and the uproar it caused. I am not sure how Microsoft thought they would have any different results. And I think MS is trying to beat Apple to unifying their operating systems; they want to look original when they finish first even though they didn't start first.

Comment: One Sure Way (Score 1) 275

by chr1st1anSoldier (#47877587) Attached to: California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews
I work for a very shady company that has a lot of very negative reviews floating around places like google, yahoo, bing, pissedcustomer.com, bbb, etc. I understand that my employer even spent $10k to have a review removed from one of those places. I won't tell you the name of the company (I have bill to pay and cat afford to lose my job) but they deserve those negative reviews. They treat their customers with contempt, their service is over priced for what they get, they do not fulfill their promises, and they do shoddy work. If you provide a better service/product to your customers instead of seeing them as expendable cash cows you might be surprised at the amount of positive reviews you get over the negative ones.

Comment: Re:This is it. (Score 1) 101

I agree. Lets start with An Open Letter to Hobbyists by our good ol pal, William Henry Gates III from the date of Feb, 3 1976. Thirty eight years later and the mentality at Microsoft hasn't really changed much. Let's not forget the Halloween Documents back from 1998. How can we forget the Initiave for Software Choice led by our friends at Microsoft back in 2002. Dare anyone to forget the Microsoft Get the Facts campaign? Or how about Microsoft messing with OLPC. How about the recent attempt at making us think ODF is bad? I think I am going to have to pull the BS card on this article as well.

Comment: Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (Score 1) 312

by chr1st1anSoldier (#46683131) Attached to: Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Or maybe he just doesn't want it to stop.

I tend to agree with this. They could have repealed the patriot act when Obama first got into office, but all the democrats did was trash talk the right about it and focus on health care. In fact, when the time came, Obama chose to extend the patriot act another four more years. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

Comment: Re:Creationists (Score 1) 269

by chr1st1anSoldier (#46513215) Attached to: Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found
Greetings and peach be with you.

I will respond also and do so as young earth creationist. Now, before I say what I have to say I am not going to sit here and debate or argue with anyone. I have a job and a life and don’t have time to sit and argue on the Internet.

I clicked on the article and read the whole thing in its entirety and nothing has changed. Honestly I think this article attacks people who believe in the Steady State Theory more then anyone.

The Singularity in a gist, Extremely dense, hot ball of matter expands rapidly. The theory of inflation happens in there to deal with the horizon problem. Billions of years later here we are today.

So you found some evidence of a rapidly expanding early universe. Cool, I believe I believe in a rapidly expanding universe too. The Bible says that God stretched out the heaves. Now, see, I get the image of everything in the universe being in one spot and getting “stretched.” Kind of like your theory. The biggest difference is you believe that this happened on its own and I believe that it happens by the hand of a Divine being. You think it took billions of years to get to where we are and I think it took a lot quicker. So we found some evidence that says this happened. Again, you say naturally, I say Divine, but there is the evidence for it. Awesome.

However, those Steady State folks are not doing so hot.

Have a great night.

Comment: The update that never happened. (Score 2) 413

by chr1st1anSoldier (#45710855) Attached to: Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines
How about that update that never happened?

Some of you have probably had this happen. You run "Check for Updates" inside the security center. IE opens up to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com./ It check to see if you have the latest version of Windows Update. Awesome! You have it! Now are are presented with a choice, you can roll the dice and click "Express" and let Microsoft install everything Bing on your computer. Or, you can go pro and click "Custom" where you can select to install everything but the Bing crap. Ha! Jokes on you, no matter which one you click it will just sit on "Checking for updates" indefinitely. You search Google, you find the Mr. Fixit on the Microsoft Knowledge base and run it. It finds everything wrong, it fixes it, you are the champion, you reboot, you try again and the same thing. The green bar mocking you as it checks and checks and checks. You restart the Automatic Update Server, it doesn't help. You go pro again and hit Start -> Run and type "notepad.exe %windir%\WindowsUpdate.log" You are mocked! There are no errors, no warnings, nothing of value! You grab the tower, you give it a DDT, then you expel the foul beast from the office window into the parking lot 5 stories below. You return to your desk the victor, problem solved, life is good.

Comment: Local Group Policy (Score 4, Informative) 408

by chr1st1anSoldier (#45696593) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?
Greetings, As someone in the IT industry maybe I can give you some advice.

Since she is on Vista, you might want to look into Local Group Policies.


You have much finer, granular control over many aspects of Windows through it. It can take some trial and error, but you can setup an environment where only specific applications run and nothing else. Or, you can do things like not allowing application to run from specific locations (E.G. C:\Users\\AppData or C:\Program Data). Doing this can greatly reduce the amount of Malware and Virus infections. You can also prevent changes to things like the Start Menu or task bar, etc. A lot can be done with Local GPOs that doesn't seem widely known to the standard Windows user, but they can really help lock a machine down.

Comment: Already Done (Score 1) 224

by chr1st1anSoldier (#45352961) Attached to: Microsoft Donates Windows 8.1 To Nonprofit Organizations
I can't help but think about Apple already doing this and seeing this as another Microsoft copy cat act. And I pity those that adopt Windows 8. I have clients that use windows 8 and some that have Server 2012. Stop for a second, Why the #%^$%^#@ do you need the metro interface on the server? That's a rant for another day, back to this current one. My current field experiences with Windows 8 have been filled with annoyances and frustration. Want to put a short cut on your desktop that is on the Metro interface but not on the desktop? Push the Windows key on the KB, start tying the application name. When the application appears, right click it. Click some bullshit down at the bottom of the screen. From there, click some other bullshit. From there select "Open Location." When the explorer.exe window open, fine the applications executable. Right click the executable, then select "Send To" then select "To Desktop(Create shortcut)." Seriously, W.T.F. You want to set up a VPN connection using Microsoft VPN? Well, remember the good old days when you could put a short cut of the VPN connection on the desktop, double click it open the actual VPN connection? HAHAHAHA Those days are GONE! Make your little VPN connection, stick the short cut on the desktop, double click it, guess what opens? The little network connectivity sidebar(Sorry, I don't know the proper name of it), where you select your VPN connection, then click the "Connect" button, THEN we are at the point to how it used to be in Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Anyway, I am tired of typing.

Comment: Re:Wait until you get Cryptolocker (Score 1) 138

Yes, paying the ransom works for some but doesn't work for others. I deal with little puck ass ransom ware from time to time, but Cryptolocker is an a class of it own. Whoever wrote cryptolocker is an evil, mad, rich, genius. Last I checked it still remains undefeated.

Comment: Wait until you get Cryptolocker (Score 1) 138

Yeah, Sure, Blocking malicious downloads has the potential for bad, but it also has the potential for good. You get hit with Cryptolocker and not have any good backups then tell me how much you hate a feature like this. I have already seen it too many times, companies that loose data because of that virus and the sysadmins that are too proud to pay the ransom. Or even worse, the employees who get hit with it then doesn't say anything until after the timer runs out. People might hate on features like this, but at the business level it can be a life saver.

Comment: just a thought. (Score 1) 267

The NSA has been caught, granted, but what about other countries like China? They are known for having a cyber army division as a part of their offense/defense. Other countries have the same, recognized and funded divisions of their military devoted to cyber warfare and defense. How deep do their fingers go?

Make it right before you make it faster.