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Comment: Microshafted to the max (Score 1) 126

by deviated_prevert (#49764853) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly May Acquire BlackBerry
Very possible considering the fact that the entire Canadian government web infrastructure and most of the Provincial ones have all become dedicated Microsoft centric infrastructures. The same thing goes for all the crown Corps like the CBC and most universities so the acquisition and dismemberment of BlackBerry at the hands of Microsoft would come as no surprise at all.

It has been the goal of Microsoft to dominate all digital communications in the western world and as far as possible elsewhere. The acquisition, absorption and decimation of all who have stood in the way is almost complete. Acquiring and then dismantling BB makes perfect sense then making certain that there is no competition in Canada other than Google for corporate mail and communications is the icing on the cake for Redmond. Their tactics of using their OS domination position to corner the information market are obvious and very disturbing. ALL HAIL the new and open MICROSOFT! Same as the old.

The statues of the fallen ( and some soon to die as well)


Corel (Word Perfect)

IBM AIX, Lotus software etc and any attempt they made to network businesses with software other than windows based infrastructure


HP Unix

good ol' BSD based Hot Mail


And a huge number of others who have tried to compete against Microsoft in the digital information technology market. The Scroogle campaign has not to date done much to Bing the Google thing but it is obvious that the campaign to undermine, defame and absorb them is still alive and screwing over the market place! Milo Minderbinder has nothing on Microsoft!

Comment: Secrecy in security is not always a good thing. (Score 4, Insightful) 34

by deviated_prevert (#49747861) Attached to: Netgear and ZyXEL Confirm NetUSB Flaw, Are Working On Fixes
Even if Snowden had never blown the whistle on how the culture of secrecy can run amok and abuse privacy, eventually the NSA would have been caught out because of the Hubris a culture of closed doors creates. This latest revelation about how they tried to do man in the middle attacks on android and IOS devices only goes to prove the fact that the more closed the source is the more vulnerable it is to abuse in the long term. The first post to this thread is woefully wrong and was evidently posted by a zombie in his parents basement trying to score points with his friends.

That being said culturally we are being morally bankrupted more by a culture of fear and secrecy than hackers. Gag orders only work to cause public distrust in the long run and so does a lack of transparency.

The vulnerabilities in these devices will not cause problems long term because their code is transparent the same thing cannot be said about closed source devices. Fortunately Microsoft is transparent and does appreciate users telling them about security flaws otherwise I would never use a Windows device again. Naturally the flaws that exist are harder to fix but at least they do try to make their products and OSes bullet proof from the NSA. Touch wood.

Comment: Remember the clicker tv? (Score 1) 77

We had to get up and change the channel when I was a teenager. But my best friend didn't they could afford a new-fangled clicker tv. I swear this is true, one day I smoked up, got creative and learned to imitate the clicker sound perfectly and change the channel. I got so good at it when we did the keep up with the Jones' routine that I drove my parents nuts to the point of distraction by throwing the sound and changing the channel on the Electrohome or turning it on or off but that one was really tricky to do. I can see that in the future there are more interesting challenges ahead for those of use who love to mess with the works just for fun.

Thank you Google! I will go out and practice my dog whistle techniques. Like some I am not from this planet I think some of us were put here just for the purpose of shit and giggles.

Comment: Re:Did the study include Linux? (Score 1) 109

by deviated_prevert (#49715871) Attached to: Microsoft Study Finds Technology Hurting Attention Spans


Certainly not, but perhaps low adoption rate of BSD and Linux on the desktop indicates that the average computer user does not have the attention span necessary to use real operating systems. Thus you have finger painting kindergarten software and OSes like Win8, Android and IOS dominating a market of consumers with lower attention spans than Goldfish. Most of whom could be out classed running Linux or BSD by a trained Rhesus Macaque or properly trained PE teacher for that matter!

Comment: Re:Averages (Score 1) 109

by deviated_prevert (#49715765) Attached to: Microsoft Study Finds Technology Hurting Attention Spans

No, you don't understand. This study is the run-up point to draft legislation that will pour Ritalin into the nations water supply. Fluoridation set the precedent.

I know which stock I will be purchasing tomorrow.

Your attention span has been altered by your precious bodily fluids being polluted by the Commies. Here is proof of the conspiracy! remember to deny your essence to women, then your attention span will return to normal. Naturally if you are using computer to stimulate your senses all bets are off. As far as Ritalin is concerned it can easily be replaced by an XBOX in every living room a cell phone in every pocket and thousands of true believers walking down the street playing this

Comment: Wait until you see windows 10 (Score 0) 198

by deviated_prevert (#49652657) Attached to: What Might Have Happened To Windows Media Center
There is no mediacenter but, don't worry everything revolves around a trumped up XBOX in_your_face front end. Fortunately the default software that is pinned to the new start menu is optional. If they make it so that the DRM centric front end is always pinned to the start then windows would go for a royal shit and they know it.

Fortunately it is still possible to install VLC, essentially the only media software that makes Windows worth using.

People who think that using freeware is dangerous will have to purchase codecs for windows to play any content other than networked stuff though the XBOX connection gui. Of course Microsoft will slyly intimate that it is dangerous to use anything other than software from the Windows Store.

I am certain that the slavering masses of brain dead dedicated Microsoft fanatics will eat this new bull shit up as usual. Windows is becoming a farce, they are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of their customers again by putting choices in front of them that lead them to think that they need an XBOX and Microsoft account to play media files. I think it will bite them in the ass this time, it is a shame watching a company treat their customers as sheep. They are getting as bad as Apple in this regard. Losing Ballmer has not changed anything and it is foolish to think that there is going to be a cultural shift at Microsoft, otherwise there would be full support for codecs and there would also be standard USB audio 2 device support instead of a patch work of a gazillion drivers as there is now.

Here is hoping that some up and coming company eats their lunch because of their narrow focus on dominating the industry and treating customers as if they are stupid.

Comment: Re:Oh, boy... (Score 1) 180

Lost my mod points or you would get em. Another problem is that there is a huge number of scanners running out there looking for known back doors. Here is my log trace for the group that seems to be knocking on my routers, interesting how they use stealth attack vectors but do leave the trace if you know where to look ;-> Looks like they are mostly from Russia with love LOL Notice my whois is not as root. The router logs on the dos attacks tell the tale and are persistent but timed every few weeks. This is the latest but it tracks to russia the same as the other ones that seem to be knocking on my router thinking there is a server behind it.

~$ whois -B

inetnum: -
netname:        RU-QRATOR-20150331
descr:          HLL LLC
country:        RU
org:            ORG-LA267-RIPE
admin-c:        LA27-RIPE
tech-c:         AA8879-RIPE
status:         ALLOCATED PA
mnt-by:         RIPE-NCC-HM-MNT
mnt-lower:      MNT-QRATOR
mnt-routes:     MNT-QRATOR
changed:        hostmaster@ripe.net 20150331
source:         RIPE

organisation:   ORG-LA267-RIPE
org-name:       HLL LLC
org-type:       LIR
address:        5 Magistralnaya, 8A
address:        123007
address:        Moscow
address:        RUSSIAN FEDERATION
phone:          +78003333522
e-mail:         mail@qrator.net
abuse-c:        AR16870-RIPE
mnt-ref:        RIPE-NCC-HM-MNT
mnt-ref:        MNT-QRATOR
mnt-by:         RIPE-NCC-HM-MNT
changed:        bitbucket@ripe.net 20150330
source:         RIPE

person:         Alexander Asimov
address:        5-ya Magistralnaya, 8a
address:        119034 Moscow
address:        Russian Federation
notify:         aa@highloadlab.com
e-mail:         aa@highloadlab.com
mnt-by:         MNT-QRATOR
phone:          +7-499-241-81-92
nic-hdl:        AA8879-RIPE
changed:        aa@highloadlab.com 20100623
source:         RIPE

person:         Lyamin Alex
address:        5-ya Magistralnaya, 8a
address:        119034 Moscow
address:        Russian Federation
phone:          +7-499-241-8192
e-mail:         flx@msu.ru
nic-hdl:        LA27-RIPE
notify:         flx@msu.ru
changed:        ada@comstar.ru 19961219
changed:        flx@msu.ru 20000529
mnt-by:         MNT-QRATOR
source:         RIPE

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Comment: Re:Google+ failed becuase it's GOOGLE (Score 1) 359

by deviated_prevert (#49558683) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

I don't understand why Microsoft wants to go down that path. Their big money comes from businesses. They should be trumpeting private clouds (buy Windows server, install on a rack, run all of the cloudy stuff that you want under control of your company) and privacy to actively differentiate themselves from Google.

Correct if they pull it off but the fly in the ointment is the crappy workstation os situation because of legacy ActiveX based software being used on the servers. The problems all started with Danny Drop Tables and Ms Access SQL IE6 and Excel data base hooks into web pages. For instance this abomination that is a legacy of the province of British Columbia where they sell PCs dirt cheap and still put garbage ware with web dlls on their servers. IF it wasn't for governments like BC and other places where they actively lobby and scmooze their way into the hog trough of public money, Microsoft would be in a world of hurt!

Comment: Re:Google+ failed becuase it's GOOGLE (Score 1) 359

by deviated_prevert (#49558643) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

You just wait until Win 10 launches and practically insists on MSN and THE CLOUD, Xbox for media integration, your mic as a default on device with cortana and sparton, ten tentacles hooked into your nuts and brains for every web service that defaults to bing,

Ok, yes, that's a problem. But its also not a problem.

I accept Microsoft might develop all that crap.
I accept Microsoft might turn all that crap on, or make the default rout. Note I don't necessarily LIKE it.

I also know it all going to be something I can turn off because: enterprise and government.

Those customers aren't going to put up with xbox integration, or MSN cloud signin, or always on microphones, or desktop search talking to bing. Or any of that crap... so I know that not only will I be able to turn it all off, but that it will be pretty easy too. No hacking, probably even GUI tools for it, with preset policy's I can just flip, save, and apply to any computer I buy, easily.

So while I know Microsoft might WANT 'my brainz' I also know they'll ensure they fully support not giving them 'my brainz' in a way that Google never will.

Sure google has apps for enterprise but its a bastard stepchild that is peanuts compared to their search and advertising division.

Microsoft will provide for what the enterprise wants. So when I read about horrible Microsoft feature X... I ask myself "would an enterprise put up with that?" and if the answer is no, I don't worry about it. And so far that's never let me down.

I do worry about Windows as a subsription service. -- Enterprises by and large are already on one. And I figure the 4k drm garbage will be real... enterprises by and large won't give a shit whether the pc's will play hollywood 4k movies or not.

But requiring an MSN account to sign into windows? Yeah I'm not worried about that. Requiring xbox integration? Nope. Not worried. Requiring always on Mic? Nope.

Yes you are correct it will be up to the user to chose as it is with all google services. The way the google search engine works I can turn on anon browsing in both FF and Chrome and google does not give a shit sideways it still does the same job SO I CALL BULLSHIT. Slashdot is starting to become a haven for Microsoft shills. GMAIL does not plaster my ass with adds or track the shit out of me and all this bullshit that has been spread by the SCROOGLE crowd here and elsewhere will eventually come to light when Google gets mad and strikes back by telling consumers the truth about the FUD campaign that Microsoft launched, financed, lobbied in Government and in general started a culture of MUD SLINGING bullshit because they really want to gain traction in web services and advertising revenue.

I am running ten tech preview and even the so called PRO is completely web centric and essentially a PITA to run for purposes like a DAW or workstation. The OS is a bloated mess of integrated web apps that constantly get in the way of everything you try to do with the system and don't work worth shit unless you have connection to the web. Every PC service interface is a royal pain in the ass. BUT I will give them this you can still access control panel but you have to make it work old school to do anything useful and the system configuration utilities are buried so deep that it makes VISTA LOOK GOOD! It can be customized but you have to go at it with a sledge hammer to make into a real operating system. And do follow the links that I posted as that tells the real tale and if it wasn't for Android revenues Microsoft would not even be in the cell phone business because to tell the truth the real dead boat anchor with baggage that they are trying to integrate into the Windows experience is their cell phones. This is what is really going on they are turning into a bitter second class software company and soon they will become the IBM of digital communication their days are numbered because of their loss of focus and the way they are screwing over their business customers by making them buy new work station PCs instead of releasing a decent scaled down work station OS that will run on less resources.
Here in Canada OUR TAX dollars subsidize Microsoft because we buy all new workstations for all government offices and then auction off PCs without the HDDs every 4-5 years. On the flip side places like the Bank of Nova Scotia is still runny XP work stations and refuses to budge because of the bullshit coming out of Redmond. The infected PC virus scam nonsense is disgusting and one of the biggest frauds ever foisted upon the public. There is absolutely no reason to ditch good hardware every OS release cycle and this is going to bite Microsoft in the ass big time this time around! Unless they release a work station OS that can run on 5-10 year old hardware.

Someone is going to start to muscle in on enterprise and it will serve the idiots and shills of the Ballmer era right they will get what they deserve, OUTSOURCING

Comment: Re:Google+ failed becuase it's GOOGLE (Score 4, Funny) 359

by deviated_prevert (#49558331) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

They already have too much of my online attention. Sharing anything except my searches with them is a non-starter. It doesn't matter how well implemented the service is. Because it's Google, there's just absolutely no way I'm using it.

I won't even look at files people try to share with me through Google. I just say, "Sorry, I don't use Google drive!" I feel so strongly about it I don't even care if it loses me business or friends.

You think Google wants your brains? You just wait until Win 10 launches and practically insists on MSN and THE CLOUD, Xbox for media integration, your mic as a default on device with cortana and sparton, ten tentacles hooked into your nuts and brains for every web service that defaults to bing, the news according to Microsoft, search according to Microsoft, the real web browser relegated to "Windows Accessories". Mark my words if you think Google is invasive with trying to control every aspect of your data and digital communications just wait the real beast is about to be released on the unsuspecting masses of slavering digital consumers!

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 494

Just how many Islamists have we killed in Iraq and Afghanistan? Why exactly are we there again?

I bet the body count for Iraqi Islamists killed by US Christians is far higher than the body count of all Christians killed by Islamists over the last 10 years.

The point was; religion and political affiliations are a feeble excuse for the real reasons why we engage in war which inevitably leads to genocides. Genocide and war is an animal base response and is beneath us as a species. Beware of politicians and religious figures that debate this fact. You either ascribe to the theory that we have the ability to evolve beyond war or we continue the primitive struggle for dominance which is coded into us. The equation is simple real humans have choice not to allow war and genocide base humans as primative animals do not.

Comment: Re:truly an inspiration. (Score 1) 494

Yes, but poll numbers show Muslims think Jihad in the name of Islam is perfectly potty, just as long as it isn't Muslims getting whacked. Also, Muslims believe political power comes from Allah, most Western (and Christian, I might add) nations believe political power comes from the people. As long as Muslims indulge themselves in this belief of Allah and political power, they will have no problem killing off non-Muslims, and they will never assimilate into Western nations. They will, instead, look at Western nations as nations not yet taken over.

And the Muslim saying, "if Allah wills it" shows just how morally bankrupt they are. They will never lift themselves above dictatorships or dictatorships masquerading as theocracies. And don't bother pointing at Indonesia as a counterpoint, they periodically have pogroms targeting non-Muslims.

Down to the brass tacks, it is all about dominance and the struggle for resources. We conveniently excuse our brutal primitive tribalism in the name of God, Allah or whatever theology or political system which is publicly currently the rage. Who knows in twenty years Tom Cruise and Scientology might rule the human mind and be used as an excuse to cause wars over resources.

The long and the short of it all is that, killing in the name of God, Allah, the Buddha is blasphemy and bullshit because it is just an excuse for being a mindless coward who subscribes to the religion falsely At least the Nazi's admitted that war was a struggle for resources as they slaughtered the innocent. We are not an advanced species because we are cowards who cannot learn to cope with the fact that we will have to learn to live together to advance as a species!

Comment: Re:Wonder how Spartan will do? (Score 1) 53

You know the most exciting thing about Windows 10 is Spartan. Everything else is just Windows and except for being a re fresh again of Windows 8. I am not
looking forward to Windows 10 except for Spartan. Early feedbacks tells a story of a browser that is really focused on the here and now. I give Microsoft praise
for finally dumping IE for something truly new. I hope its not going to end up riddled with bad code and poorly implemented security. I would think not, given Microsoft's better commitment to security. Although I have been disappointed on how Microsoft of late has pretty dropped the ball on its Security Essentials and Defender products. Will Microsoft throw Spartan out there and forget about it? Or can Microsoft innovate consistently or even gain back any browser users lost to other browsers? I know myself I am fed up with Internet Explorer and anything has to be better.

Sparton will be good for those who are visually impaired. It is designed for voice command. I am thinking of attaching a mic and seeing if I can have some fun with it. But as far as a work desktop interface goes, I do not think that in places like banks, doctors offices and all the other places where professionals use IE and Chrome and things like Citrix every day for real world work you will see them sitting at their desks talking to Sparton and as a file explorer to get their serious work done. The keyboard is not going away any time soon, neither is the mouse because touch screen typing is for finger painters not serious work and that is why many major banks are still USING XP it was still the cheapest and best terminal OS.

Microsoft would shoot themselves in the foot miss and kill themselves if they completely if they do not support mouse and keyboard with Windows 10 and do it really well as a workplace terminal replacement for XP and 7. We will see if they manage to support enough old gear and pull it off. But with this OS I can tell you that 2 gig of ram is now almost impossible and is worse than 7 starter edition so all the 1 gig and 2 gig XP and 7 desktops will have to be dumped. Either they develop it to run on limited resources or they are going be in for a world of hurt next year when they try to peddle it to their real core fan base which is business and governments.

Comment: Re:Sad news.. Internet Explorer dead at 19 (Score 1) 53

Turns out it is not dead it will rise from the grave and go for brains. The Sparton will have to fight it to the death, seeing that Sparton has no brain to go after, it might just win because you cannot uninstall it either once you cross the line and use a brain dead browser with no home button by default that just keeps popping up all over the place in ten billion window panes that you need to swat at to close or go crazy with the single back button to use!

Bugs shmugs it will work fine for touch screens but on the workplace desktop it will suck! Got news for you Internut Exploiter is still there it is just hidden in preview 10061. The truth is Internet Explorer on 10 is very good indeed and is just a more advanced windowing gui using the same core system dlls. Sparton is a mish mashup of explorer with voice command interpretation capabilities. So any bug that effects the core html/xml etc rendering dlls will effect either browser.

They would shoot themselves in both feet at the same time if they drop IE completely for the final release because Sparton is very much designed for touch screens not advanced use by keyboard and mouse. Sparton will work fine for some things on the desktop but it will be a steep learning curve for the work place users so IE will still reign supreme in places like Government Offices, Banks and the like where it is a religion and the users are zombies who cannot cope with any change!

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 53

I threw that intentionally there to give the summary some 1995 feeling. Hehheh.

Hey Microsoft did('nt) fix the start menu OH NOES I AM HAVING AN ACID FLASH BACK VIDEO which is the default player you can still turn off flash in Sparton if you don't want to have Windows 10. There give me the money I fixed a security hole in Sparton for you!

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