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Submission + - Windows 10 update didn't remove spying utility, Microsoft just renamed it (

colinneagle writes: With the release of Build 10586, or Threshold 2, DiagTrack — the Diagnostics Tracking Service, one of the main culprits in telemetry and other user activity gathering in Windows 10 — disappeared, and there was much rejoicing. However, the white hat hackers at Tweakhound (and confirmed by BetaNews) have discovered that Microsoft merely renamed it to the Connected User Experiences and Telemetry service, which throws people off, along with all the utilities to turn off these services, like DoNotSpy10.

Even sneakier, when you install Threshold 2, Windows 10 resets user preferences, so everything you turned off is back on without telling you about it.

Fortunately, the service can still be manually disabled, and no doubt the anti-spying apps will be updated to reflect this.

Comment Re:as expected... (Score 1) 214

Great, another "girl" ruining software...

The sad state of affairs started under the previous CEO — or even before him. Although libxul is available separately and could be used shared by all Mozilla apps, each one of them bundles its own slightly different tree instead. As a result, the sources available for download are perpetually somewhat behind times — for example, at the time of this typing, firefox is at version 42, but libxul is only at 41.0.2 — because fixes go into an application's fork, instead of the main project.

It would seem to me, that a better manager would've pulled the people working on libxul from all of the application-specific teams — and made the apps use the single shared library. From pure technical perspective, this is, how things ought to be. I'm sure, there are administrative and personal problems, but that's exactly, what the CEO is supposed to control.

But, again, the CEO's sex is unlikely to be to blame — she may (or may not) be mediocre, but this problem is an inherited one.

Comment Separate XUL out (Score 1) 214

I suspect thunderbird still uses XUL and other things...

You "suspect"? No kidding... Both programs (as well as some other, less known ones) are just thin layers on top of libxul.

For years I've been puzzled, why they would not separate libxul out — the way NSPR and NSS are separated out — and make the multiple apps use the shared library instead of the current practice of each app bundling a separate copy of it.

Worse, XUL, actually, is available separately, but all of Mozilla's apps bundle their own, subtly incompatible, subtrees of it.

At some point FreeBSD ports-team considered doing the right thing for FreeBSD-users, at least, but was afraid, Mozilla will prohibit the use of the name "firefox" as a result — as happened to Debian/Ubuntu.

Mozilla is running amok. While driven as a corporation, it does not have paying customers, so we, the users, get the worst of both worlds...

Comment Re:Treat it like all other medicine (Score 1) 85

doctors and medical researchers do not understand basic statistics

That is a sweeping generalization that would most likely come from someone who themselves does not understand basic statistics. In the case of the former group, many physicians opt to take statistics in undergrad (instead of calculus) and have had at least a full year before starting med school. Med school curriculum is often rather statistics-heavy, as well. There may be some older physicians still running around who had little or no statistics exposure on their way to MD, but they are in the minority.

As for the second, the PhD researchers can't get anywhere without a solid background in statistics. Frankly nobody earns a PhD in the hard sciences without a good grasp on statistics, and this has been the case for decades. Manuscripts that are not statistically rigorous don't get published, and unpublished manuscripts don't become theses.

Submission + - CEO Paying Everyone $70,000 Salaries Has Something to Hide (

JoeyRox writes: Bloomberg writes that Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, may have had an ulterior motive for his widely-praised decision to pay all employees a salary of $70k while cutting his own salary in the process. "It’s a poignant story, one that I almost wrote. Until I realized Price knew more than he was letting on."

Comment Re:Question for Bernie Sanders (Score 1) 247

Probably not going to complain about "the descendants of the same ones that crucified Christ" dominating the world as Chavez did.

Probably. And he may even be nicer to Israel than Chavez was and than his own core constituency are. But that's not something, that has much bearing on economic and other internal policies... And it is those policies — not the anti-Semitism and not the anti-Israel denunciations — that stalled Venezuela's economy (even while oil was still expensive), destroyed its infrastructure, and quintupled the murder rate and other violent crime.

Comment Some other country will lead the ethics of this (Score 1) 85

Our country is too fond of market-based solutions to matters like this. Once (at least) one company finds a way to make a lot of money off of this, the discussion will be over and we will convince ourselves that it is for the better.

Arguably the bigger loss is in the fact that it will force even more scientists away from ethically sound research and into profit-driven work instead because there won't be any other careers.

e-credibility: the non-guaranteeable likelihood that the electronic data you're seeing is genuine rather than somebody's made-up crap. - Karl Lehenbauer