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Comment Re: Risk Assessment (Score 1) 164

Mod parent more up. Exactly this. It is basic project management. If the danger is "seize to exist", you'll need to avoid that danger, even if the chance is low. Insurance, for instance. You are nat supposed to accept that risk.

Look it up, even his equation is basic project management.

We have the means to avoid this

Comment Re:Google Apple (Score 1, Insightful) 117

I beg to differ, it does count:

1. Entering the american border with an electronic device storing sensitive data is not an option for foreigners. With Android, the resetted device contains both the sensitive data stored before and the keys used to encrypt the device. Apple simply throws away the key stored in the cpu, leaving only unreadable data.

Worse: Some Android manufacturers have not implemented whole device encryption correctly to this very day. And bitlocker is a joke on windows

2. Before Android did a similar thing with Android, I could allow or disallow location information, using of photos or personal data for every single app. On Android it was "accept or decline".

3. As Apple uses standard protocols, I could sync my calendar, my contacts and my notes using a very privacy-aware provider ( Try that with Android, you need additional programs. On Windows, it is not really possible, offering only to sync with icloud or google or microsoft (meaning a sync with the NSA). Owncloud or safer providers are a nightmare for data revenues, so windows and android make it as hard as possible to integrate safer cloud solutions.

There might be some information shared with advertisers and the NSA. The powers that be might be able to track us from time to time. But the privacy gain is significant as it more secure by design. More secure, not "most secure".

Comment Re: A return to performance? (Score 1) 405

I agree. But - as I stated above - on the machines were the assumptions for improved hardware were true, like hardware able to play decent games of that time, Vista was a blessing compared to XP:

Better performance and a 64 bit version that was compatible with 32bit programs (XP 64 bit was laughable), better security, (EAC was a security improvement although it came up too often), easy to work with an administror and a restricted user account (not really possible for many programs on windows xp).

Vista was not that bad if the hardware met the design goal for Vista when it was developed.

Comment Re: Windows Mojave (Score 1) 405

Not on a 64bit system with at least 8 GB of RAM. YMMV, but on a PC able to run a modern game of those times with everything cranked up the performance and security improvements were significant.

XP on 64bit was an incompatible laughing stock and it was ugly and insecure.

Speaking of Vista 64bit on decent hardware with separated user and admin accounts they actually did a really good job compared to XP except for the UAC prompt that came up too often. Windows would sit on about 3 GB of RAM for optimal performance, leaving the rest to applications and games. Windows XP was never really able to be run as a restricted user without some really ugly workarounds like scripts that made you admin, let you install stuff and make you restricted again. Switching to the admin account and installing programs broke the program for the restricted other user account.

Vista 64 bit was decent on good hardware compared to windows XP.

Do not believe anything you hear.

Windows NT, 2000, XP and Vista all needed more RAM and more cpu power compared to their previous versions. But since XP was there for ages people forgot this simple rule. Or they were playing around with the laughable windows 9x or ME versions that crashed often simply because a program crashed and couldn't really handle multitasking.

Windows Vista needed better hardware and the amateurs running crappy hardware complained. But it was an improvement over XP on many levels and since SP 1 it was OK. Remember: XP was total crap until SP 3 that did at least something to address the large security hole that XP RTM or SP 1 or SP 2 was.

And for XP home there is no way to describe what an ugly security letdown it was to restrict users from editing the access paramaeters for files or folders. There was no security until you upgraded to XP pro or edited the access parameters manually. OK, if you were doing the windows homepro hack, things improved. But that was a crude hack, although MS had no problems with it licence wise.

Windows 7 focused on lower hardware performance and the UAC and further improved on security.

But: Vista was not nearly as bad as the nitpickers said. Quite the opposite. But it was in need of hardware. But this was nothing new to people that were using the better Windows Line for years.

Comment Re: ... and the hype for Windows 10 begins.... (Score 1) 405

Parent is right. Windows 8 was broken, it was fixed by the complaints from the evil "nitpickers". The options grandparent mentions that make his system usable were intruduced to pacify the critics that had complained about the usability of using Windows 8.0 RTM on a System without a touchscreen.

The first improvements were intruduced in Windows 8.0 after the release because people complained louder than usual. It wasn't the typical bitching about every new Windows version. That was to be expected. But even people open to new OS or friendly towards Microsoft were complaining and backed up their claims with screenshots and really bad user experiences. People were fired.

Try it: Install Windows 8.0 in a VM on a desktop machine with keyboard and mouse and no touchscreen and do not install upgrades. Try it out. It really is a bad user experience.

Windows Vista was not the mess the nitpickers suggested. But Windows 8.0 RTM was a usability desaster, especially without a touchscreen.

Windows 8.1 was a response to the critics of Windows 8.0 and focused further on the desktop experience. Windows 10 brought back the start menue and tried to address the inconsistencies still present in Windows 8.1. Eg. there are some settings available only on the touch ui and some settings only available on the control panel for the desktop ui.

Windows 10 focused even more on the consistency of the user experience for touchscreen, desktop and hybrid devices. And they made it free for Windows 7, 8 and 10. While I agree that MS wants to reduce the zoo of Windows versions out there and lure people in their Windows store, I am still convinvced that this step was also neccessary to win back still annoyed Windows 8.x users and lure Windows 7 users to the newest OS.

Windows 10 is no longer as bad as the critics of Windows 8.x told the Windows 7 users. Another reason I assume for the free upgrade might be to reduce the transitional costs for companies that switch from Windows 7 to 10. If people use Windows 10 at home the transitional costs to upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 are reduced significantly.

Companies may have upgraded from vista to seven, but most skipped 8.x alltogether because the usability was nearly as bad as the nitpickers said. In my company, every new Windows since Windows XP was rolled out in two years time, because the transitional costs are less from (Windows version) +1 compared to bigger steps. And it is already clear that Windows 10 will be rolled out.

MS implemented a direct upgrade path from version 7 to 10 for a reason, even if companies opt for a fresh install.

Comment Re: So that means it's free to everyone (Score 1) 281


For instance, MS bought the company that was about to make the best looking game at the time for the PC and made it xbox-exclusive for years. And they did a lot of "xbox-exclusives", that would have run better on their own OS than it would ever on the xbox. An OS people paid for. And considering "pro" and "ultimate" it wasn't that small of an amount.

The the diversification of the installed directx-versions by making the newest directx exclusive to their newest OS was stupid and destructive for the pc as a gaming machine as well. In order to lure some hard core pc gamers to buy their newest OS (we are not that many) they degraded the experience for anybody else. This made the technical game support even more to a nightmare than it was before, when every Windows still supported would get the newest directx.

Oh yes, the xbox-controller is available for windows. But the driver does not even support the f...cking power off button. Switching between wasd and the controller? Go to the menu of the game and switch the controller off or don't be annoyed by the force feedback-vibrations on your desk or take the battery out.

Yes, the decline in pcgames was partly because people don't want to deal with all the hassle before a game starts on a pc. And many are fine with a tablet for browsing the internet, so the pc basis was reduced. But MS did anything it could to make pc games even more frustrating. For short term profits.

But MS is not apple, they mainly sell Software. So I understand that they limit windows 10 to already paying customers or registered beta testers instead of the whole world.

Comment Re: So that means it's free to everyone (Score 2) 281

I would vote you up if I had modpoints today.

The upgrades from the full systems pop up whether the useraccount is linked to the microsoft account or if you simply created a user on Windows 7.

And yes, if someone signs up specifically for a beta program were every click is analyzed and any feedback linked to an account I think it is OK to get the free copy connected to that account. Because this copy is free (as in beer, but not as in speech).

It does not upgrade a bought copy. The alternative would be that every installation of the beta gets a free copy, even if the user did not participate in the beta program.

I hated MS for diversifying the directx-bases because every new directx was only available if the user bought the newest windows. They nearly destroyed the pc as a gaming machine in order to push their xbox. They were evil in general and their monopolistic behaviour was illegal. They tried to kill Linux by FUD.

The free copy is the right thing to do to atone for the abomination that was windows 8 or even 8.1 (two different userinterfaces for account settings, nuff said). And a free copy for every one who beta tested seems fair. Even non genuine windows installs get the upgrade, but there will be nagging.

Comment Re:Very nice $hill. (Score 0) 228

As to the American control complex... it is because we are responsible for global peace. Your country isn't.

We are a super power. We have responsibilities. If we drop the ball, billions might die. We have more responsibility every day then your culture has probably had in the last thousand years combined.

You REALLY are that stupid, eh?

You are responsible for the whole mess that is causing all the trouble now.

1. You disposed of the elected laicistic Iranian president and installed the Shah. Consequence of his brutality, your country condoned: Khomeni and the problems caused.
2. You made Saddam start a war with Iran. And your country knew of the gassings of innocent people. And you gave him weapons.
3. In order to get rid of the USSR in Afghanistan, you supported the Taliban. Consequence: 9-11.
4. Because of 9-11, you invaded Afghanistan. But before you finished the Job, you invaded Ira with no plan what so ever hat will become of this country when you left. With made up WMD. And lies about babies ripped out of their incubators.

And you even had the chuzpa to call french fries "freedom fries" because the french and the german government called out your bullshit. Consequences after you pulled out prematurely: Instable Irak and instable Afghanistan.

5. You supported even the crazies in order to get rid of Assad. And now you have the crazies invading Irak and Syria.

What about Vietnam? Burning women and children in order to free them from communism. I am shure they felt free while being burned alive.

You made a mess out of the whole world. You alone are responsible.

Until WW 2, your records are quite clean. The records of my country weren't. I am German. I am thankful for the allies that forced us into democracy. I really am.

But from that time on, except for the fact that you kept the USSR in europe at bay, you made every mistake possible. You made your own foes and built up your own nightmares. And the Ukraine? The NATO promised Russia it would not come nearer to russian soil. And did exactly that. And when Putin stopped you right before you could assimilate the haven were they keep their marine, you cried foul. And started another civil war.

The list goes on and on and on. Thank you for protecting us from the USSR and for getting rid of the Nazis. But you are NOT beneficial to this world any longer. You are a menace. So stop being so full of yourself. The IS is your problem. And you expect Turks to solve the problems you have caused. This is not a reasonable position.

The correct procedure to dispose of the IS would be to get a UN mandate. You did'nt even bother. Russia does not trust you, because you already overstepped the UN Mandate in Irak. Who could trust a liar?

You have the chief of the NSA lie to congress without any consequences.

Start looking around. The hatred against america has its reasons. Ignoring them like you do is a dangerous thing.

Comment Re:They really need to pardon Snowden... (Score 1) 228

Yes. Sadly, this is true. Our secret services traded intelligence for US intelligence and collaborated in the mass surveillance on my country. I can only hope they did not collaborate in the manipulation of our infrastructure.

But your original lie was that my government spies on the US. And that is simply that: A lie to deflect the fact that the USA are overstepping every bound. And that is not OK.

Comment Re:our american friends (Score 1) 228

They know how to pass crypto that is just good enough for German use but is open to the US and UK as used and is kept degraded over decades.

Crypto at an international and US domestic level seems to be favoured front companies, tame staff, turned staff or have staff trained to a mid or top level over years.

It is difficult to compromise open source crypto. True Crypt works. PGP works. Snowdens leaks show us exactly that. Being angry is one thing. Freaking out or not using crypto is not the way to deal with the leaks. Even iMessage is safe. Or red phone. Or Signal. There are many options. If people simply use crypto mass surveillance would at least be more difficult.

For example you could sign up to an voip-provider with nomadic use like easybell and use linphone with zrtp for everyday calls with friends. And for more secret conversations, use redphone / signals.

Getting more paranoid than the Snowden leaks suggest does not help. One time pads are not usable on a daily basis. Not using encryption even though Snowdens leaks suggest that it works makes it easier and cheaper to spy on us.

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