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Comment My guesses about Microsoft: (Score 1, Interesting) 139

My guesses:

1) Basically, Windows is dead. Countries will have to move away from using Microsoft products, since Microsoft has shown it cannot be trusted in ANY way. For example: Windows 10 phones home (A LOT) even with all reporting and telemetry disabled.

2) Microsoft wants to make money in the Facebook and Google way. Microsoft plans to mine all user data on all computers connected to the internet and sell the information.

3) The reason there will be no more versions of Windows is that Microsoft will do what Adobe Systems has done: Force users to move to a subscription model.

4) Windows users will isolate Windows from the internet, and use Linux on a different network with a cheap 2nd computer to connect to the internet. (But how to allow information interchange between the 2 networks?)

5) In response to users isolating Windows from the internet, Microsoft will make Windows stop working after a few days of no internet connection. Adobe Systems does that, in my experience, with CS6. (CS6 is the last version before the forced move to a subscription model.)

6) Satya Nadella, the new Microsoft CEO, was chosen because he was the least annoying candidate. He is apparently not the real controlling manager, but only someone to advertise.

7) Microsoft has a contract with secret U.S. government agencies to make Windows into what users consider to be malware.

8) Because Microsoft often releases buggy software, possibly because it is paid to do so by secret U.S. government agencies, Windows 10, with its many ways to connect to the internet, is now FAR less secure than before.

Not a guess, because verified by others: Microsoft is shockingly badly managed. The cover of the January 16, 2013 issue of BusinessWeek magazine has a large photo of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer with the headline calling him "Monkey Boy". See the BusinessWeek cover in this article: Steve Ballmer Is No Longer A Monkey Boy, Says Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The BusinessWeek cover says "No More" and "Mr.", but that doesn't take much away from the fact that the magazine called Ballmer Monkey Boy -- on its cover.

Slashdot commenters called Ballmer "Monkey Boy" for years before BusinessWeek called him that on the cover of its magazine.

Worst CEO in the United States: Quote from an article in Forbes Magazine about Steve Ballmer: "Without a doubt, Mr. Ballmer is the worst CEO of a large publicly traded American company today." Another quote: "The reach of his bad leadership has extended far beyond Microsoft when it comes to destroying shareholder value -- and jobs." (May 12, 2012)

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 472

No, it's not. I drive a manual without a hill hold feature. I've never even considered that such a feature would be nice to have. It's just unnecessary. To start on a hill, you let out the clutch enough to hold the car, while very quickly letting off the brake and touching the gas. Once gassed, let the clutch out the rest of the way and you're off. Doesn't matter if it's an icestorm on a hill or any other conditions; that's what you do. With a little practice, you can use that procedure without any roll-back at all, in any conditions, on any hill. Trust me; I do it all the time.

Comment Opera Mini (Score 2) 90

Opera Mini intercepts all web traffic in order to reshape/recompress

It acts like a sort of "Man n the middle" for web traffic.

Put on your tinfoil hats boys and girls, this will be a wonderful ride.

PS: Also, think of all the Symbian(S60)/ASHA(S40)/NokiaX phones whose browser and store is handled by Opera now, by way of Microsoft...

Submission + - Your credit card knows what you did last summer - and tells everyone near it

An anonymous reader writes: More and more credit and debit cards are being equipped with NFC. It promises fast and convenient payment. But did you know, that many also reveal your past chip and pin transactions, including the date, amount and currency? What privacy implications do you see? See if your card also shares this information with anything reading it's NFC tag. Does your bank's ToS or Privacy Policy include this?

This story has already been picked up by Computer Bild, a popular German tech blog. Read the original story at here:

Submission + - Why Stack Overflow Doesn't Care About Ad Blockers

Press2ToContinue writes: Forging a bold step in the right direction, Stack Overflow announced today that they don't care if you use an ad blocker when you visit their site.

"The truth is: we don’t care if our users use ad blockers on Stack Overflow. More accurately: we hope that they won’t, but we understand that some people just don’t like ads. Our belief is that if someone doesn’t like them, and they won’t click on them, any impressions served to them will only annoy them-- plus, serving ads to people who won’t click on them harms campaign performance."

"Publishers can’t win by forcing ads — especially low-quality ads — in people’s faces. Think scantily-clad women selling flight deals, weight-loss supplement promos or wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube-men promoting car dealerships."

It's possible that this declaration by SO might help to clarify to advertisers that it is the overabundance of low quality ads that practically force the public to seek out ad blockers. But seriously, what is the likelihood of that?

Submission + - Vladimir Putin's Internet advisor wants to tax Apple and ban Microsoft Windows ( 1

anderzole writes: German Klimenko, who was recently appointed to be Vladimir Putin's special advisor on all Internet related matters, already has some big ideas about how Russia should adjust its dealings with companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google.

Seemingly not content to see the smartphone landscape effectively dominated by Apple and Google, Klimenko, during a recent interview, exclaimed that both companies should pay a whole lot more in taxes to the Russian government.

"When you buy an app from Google Play or the App Store anywhere in Europe, VAT is charged at the place of payment, but not here in our banana republic,” Klimenko frustratingly explained in statements originally relayed by Bloomberg.

While government officials seeking to pad tax revenue is hardly earth shattering, Klimenko's opinions on Microsoft are a bit bizarre as he reportedly wants to ban Windows from all government computers because Microsoft "complied with sanctions over Putin’s annexation of Crimea by halting all business with the peninsula..."

Submission + - Could we cheaply create express tunnels for small robocars? (

Robofenix2 writes: The idea is that you have a traditional intersection, but dig in one or both directions, a special underpass which is both shallow and narrow. One would typically imagine this underpass as being 2 vehicles wide in the center of the road but other options are possible. The underpass might be very shallow, perhaps just 4 to 5 feet high.

The underpass is available only to vehicles which fit, which is to say ordinary height passenger cars or even just ordinary height half-width vehicles.

Why is this such a good idea? It’s vastly cheaper to make such an underpass. Because it’s so shallow, it is cheap to dig and shore up the walls. You can start the downramp much closer to the intersection because you don’t need to go so far down. It’s a tiny fraction of the cost of a regular overpass or underpass which requires lots of space to go up and down, and must be high enough for big trucks to pass underneath.

Submission + - The sexual misconduct case that has rocked anthropology (

sciencehabit writes: An investigative report Science’s describes allegations of sexual misconduct against noted paleoanthropologist Brian Richmond, as well as the field’s response. The story highlights a major shift in how academic communities deal with sexual misconduct, going beyond delineating rules on paper to striving to change the culture of the field at the institutional level. This shift – “a long time coming,” according to many researchers – was spurred in part by recent high-profile cases in astronomy and biology. Now, as Balter notes, “paleoanthropology is responding to its own complex case.” The first public allegation against Richmond, the curator of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, inspired a cascade of other allegations about him. This in turn motivated several senior paleoanthropologists, including one of Richmond’s key mentors, Bernard Wood, to explore the allegations with peers. “As I talked to more and more current and former students at [George Washington University],” Wood said, “I became more concerned and alarmed about what I heard.” In light of their findings, Wood and others in the field of anthropology are now tackling sexual misconduct head-on. The article details additional institutional efforts to stop sexual misconduct in science while trying to balance the rights of victims and accused, and provides the latest update on investigations into Richmond.

Comment Maybe Wired needs new management. (Score 1) 606

Wow! From the Wired story: "For $1 a week, you will get complete access to our content, with no display advertising or ad tracking."

From $0 to $52 per year, in one jump? Maybe Wired needs new management.

"Wait for AdBlock subscriptions to be updated with rules that bypass Wired's ad-blocking blocking."

Exactly. Ad-blockers can pretend to download the ads, but not show the ads. Not detectable by a web site.

I just saw a Wired ad. To me, it was deeply offensive. To sustain a woman's interest, a man should give her things that cost a lot of money?

Submission + - A great tool for writing desktop agnostic applications (

sysrpl writes: If you are haven't seen or used the free open source Lazarus recently then you should probably watch this video. It presents in brief a broad overview of Lazarus and some of its key features demonstrating what makes Lazarus a great tool for writing platform agnostic desktop software. Also included in the video is a gallery of desktop software written using Lazarus. If you need to writing desktop applications give this tool some due consideration.

Submission + - Automation of Jobs Accelerates in USA and India

Robotron23 writes: Portentous changes to the labour economies of India and the USA due to job automation by machines and robots continue to make headlines. Demand for hardware and software automation is seeing implementation burgeon in both countries, as companies seek efficiency by exchanging human labour for machines. Generally the trend sees erosion of wages in areas previously unaffected by automation — including varieties of programming — while new, albeit highly specialized, engineering jobs are created. Both articles encourage mindful changes in education, although how schools either side of the world can adapt to automation's blistering pace is unclear.

The latest volley of job automation news has arrived in the weeks since the Davos' forum predicted that machine automation will result in a net loss globally of over 5 million jobs before 2020.

Submission + - Skylake Breaks 7GHz In Intel Overclocking World Record (

MojoKid writes: Intel's latest generation of processors built on the Skylake architecture are efficient as well as seriously fast. The flagship, Core i7-6700K, is an interesting chip as it's clocked at a base 4GHz, and can peak at 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost. Of course, as fast as the 6700K is, overclocking can always help take things to the next level, or at least temporarily explore future potential. In Chi-Kui Lam's case, he did just that, and managed to break a world record for Intel processors along the way. Equipped with an ASRock motherboard, G.SKILL memory, and a beefy 1.3KW Antec power supply — not to mention liquid nitrogen — Lam managed to break through the 7GHz barrier to settle in at 7025.66MHz. A CPU-Z screenshot shows us that all cores but one were disabled — something traditionally done to improve the chances of reaching such high clock speeds.

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