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+ - Windows 10 Upgrade notifications have started

Submitted by dkman
dkman writes: When I turned on my Surface Pro 3 this morning I got a popup to "reserve" my free copy of Windows 10. It said the software would download in the background and shoot me an email when it was done (I had to provide an email address for that, but there was an option to skip notification. I'm wasn't sure how I would know "when" if I skipped).

Now I see a windows icon in the tray titled "Get Windows 10". It has a "Test if your PC is ready" tool and tells me my upgrade is reserved. I assume it would tell me when it's ready to install.

Comment: Re:Huh? They had full control of the hardware. (Score 1) 46 46

by dkman (#49899847) Attached to: Samsung, LG Smartwatches Give Up Personal Data To Researchers
I came to say that it would have been much more interesting if they were sniffing the data between the watch and phone, which would mean they were capturing bluetooth data (having larger implications).

I'm not quite should how they're seeing files on the watch, so that might be interesting on it's own.

Comment: Re:This is America! (Score 2) 479 479

by dkman (#49884345) Attached to: Freedom of Information Requests Turn Up Creationist Materials In Schools
Yea that 's what I don't get about the Creationists. Evolution is observable and happens, period. If you want to believe that God causes evolution or that evolution is part of God's plan... then fine, but why the hell do they decide to argue that evolution is a lie?

Same thing with the big bang. It makes me want to say "Creationists are retards", even though I'm smart enough to know that saying that isn't productive. It's infuriating.

Comment: 2 points (Score 2) 145 145

by dkman (#49840399) Attached to: Leaked TISA Documents Reveal Privacy Threat

Under the draft provisions of the latest trade deal to be leaked by Wikileaks, countries could be barred from trying to control where their citizens' personal data is held or whether it's accessible from outside the country. ... These negotiating texts are supposed to remain secret for five years after TISA is finalized and brought into force (1). Like TTIP and TPP, TISA could be sped through Congress using Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast-track authority, which has been passed by the US Senate and may be taken up in the House this month. Under TPA, Congress is barred from making amendments to the trade deals, and most simply give yes-or-no approval. (2)

1. How is that supposed to work if no one knows about it?
I assume that the companies doing business would be "business as usual", and the country's governments being bullied by the agreement just wouldn't be able to say they want their citizens' data store within borders. Which sounds ok for me, being in the US, but sounds pretty shitty for them...but that sounds like "business as usual" from what I hear.

2. Congress should always be barred from adding amendments that have nothing to do with the bill. Something related I'm good with, but an amendment to spend money studying ducks in Arkansas on a bill to build a bridge in Massachusetts is bologna.

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 198 198

by dkman (#49705143) Attached to: European Telecoms May Block Mobile Ads, Spelling Trouble For Google
Getting more customers. In business they call it "the cost of acquisition of a customer".

But that's not what I came here to say. I came to say that I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand I use ad block on my computers. I don't generally on my phone, but I also don't browse from my phone often. And I like the idea of blocking ads so they don't consume my data allowance.

On the other hand I don't like my ISP filtering through my content. There's nothing to stop them from playing MITM (looking at you Verizon).

Comment: Re:man (Score 1) 372 372

by dkman (#49640265) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record
I was just being a wise-ass, but that is a good argument.

Then I would point out how we produce that food. Cattle standing shoulder to shoulder and pigs in cages, round-up ready corn, then all of that trucked around. Shipments of peaches from Chile in the off season (don't get me wrong - I like that part).

Honestly, I think our highway rush hour every car has 1 person and we're all going under 10 miles an hour bullshit has more to do with it.

Comment: Re:only a year? (Score 1) 125 125

The idea of VR is still iffy for me personally. I play mostly FPS games right now. For me I can see VR being used as a monitor (which might give privacy, but not much else). I would still need a mouse to "look around". I can't use my head to look around because I'd loose the keyboard if I turned around. And I'd choke out if I turned right a few times (if you follow where I'm going with that).

So I think it might be alright for a rollercoaster sim, where looking at it on a monitor vs looking at it with VR goggles isn't totally different. Though I do understand that you can have each eye independent so it might actually "feel" different - and that's where "it needs to be applied correctly" comes into play.

I think virtual desk kind of applications are interesting.

Driving games are where head tracking might be awesome. Because the keyboard and mouse are gas/break and steering, so you are totally free to look around and give the evil eye to that guy passing you.

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