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Comment Taking away features? (Score 1) 117

Taking away features is a reason not to buy it, and at this point I won't, ever.
Not even used from one of the poor saps that paid the original price for something that the manufacturer purposely devalued.

Hell, I still have yellow dog as the alternative OS on my PS3 so you can depend on ME not accepting whatever bullshit they want to push.

Comment And we can trust whatever O'Keefe says? (Score 1) 2

We already know that James O'Keefe is a political hack and serial liar that will go to ridiculous lengths to manipulate people into saying whatever it is that supports his agenda, and then edit out everything but what makes him look correct.

What are the chances that he's not just lying his ass off? I mean really, how many times do we have to catch him lying before we call him a liar?

Submission + - Supreme Court Upholds Key Obamacare Subsidies

HughPickens.com writes: Retuers repots that the US Supreme Court has ruled 6 — 3 in favor of the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, handing a major victory to the president. It marked the second time in three years that the high court ruled against a major challenge to the law brought by conservatives seeking to gut it. "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," wrote Chief Justice Roberts adding that nationwide availability of the credits is required to "avoid the type of calamitous result that Congress plainly meant to avoid." The ruling will come as a major relief to Obama as he seeks to ensure that his legacy legislative achievement is implemented effectively and survives political and legal attacks before he leaves office in early 2017.

Justice Antonin Scalia took the relatively rare step of reading a summary of his dissenting opinion from the bench. "We really should start calling the law SCOTUScare," said Scalia referencing the court’s earlier decision upholding the constitutionality of the law. SCOTUS is the acronym for the Supreme Court of the United States.

Submission + - Scientists Correlate Arthritis And Giant Cell Arteritis With Solar Cycles (pppl.gov)

cold fjord writes: The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory reports, "... a chat between husband and wife has evolved into an intriguing scientific discovery. The results, published in May in BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) Open, show a “highly significant” correlation between periodic solar storms and incidences of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) ... The findings by a rare collaboration of physicists and medical researchers suggest a relationship between the solar outbursts and the incidence of these diseases that could lead to preventive measures if a causal link can be established. RA and GCA are autoimmune conditions in which the body mistakenly attacks its own organs and tissues. ... Inspiring this study were conversations between Simon Wing, a Johns Hopkins University physicist and ... his wife, Lisa Rider, deputy unit chief of the Environmental Autoimmunity Group at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences ... Rider spotted data from the Mayo Clinic ... showing that cases of RA and GCA followed close to 10-year cycles. “That got me curious,” Wing recalled. “Only a few things in nature have a periodicity of about 10-11 years and the solar cycle is one of them.” Wing teamed with physicist Jay Johnson of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory ... to investigate further. When the physicists tracked the incidence of RA and GCA cases compiled by Mayo Clinic researchers, the results suggested “more than a coincidental connection,” said Eric Matteson, chair of the division of rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic ... The findings found increased incidents of RA and GCA to be in periodic concert with the cycle of magnetic activity of the sun."

Submission + - Tech company finds stolen government log-ins all over Web (ap.org)

schwit1 writes: A CIA-backed technology company has found logins and passwords for 47 government agencies strewn across the Web — available for hackers, spies and thieves.

Recorded Future, a social media data mining firm backed by the CIA's venture capital arm, says in a report that login credentials for nearly every federal agency have been posted on open Internet sites for those who know where to look.

According to the company, at least 12 agencies don't require authentication beyond passwords to access their networks, so those agencies are vulnerable to espionage and cyberattacks.

Submission + - Ancient fish sheds light on how teeth evolved (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: The earliest teeth were not individual structures, but rather tough, bumpy plates that ancient fish used like sandpaper to crush and shred their food. Now, a new study reveals that for at least one species those so-called tooth plates didn’t form all at once: They expanded gradually with the accumulation of toothlike tissue as the fish grew in size. That’s the conclusion of the first detailed analysis of the tooth plates of a 400-million-year-old creature known as Romundina stellina, an armored fish that may have been among the first animals to sport teeth. A better understanding of how teeth evolved may provide clues about how other tissues—such as hearts, kidneys, and other major organs—might have developed.

Submission + - Samsung Cripples Windows Update To Prevent Incompatible Drivers

jones_supa writes: If we were to tell you that your machine downloaded a file called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe, you would probably think that we are talking about malware. This is actually an helper utility by Samsung, for which their reasoning is: "When you enable Windows updates, it will install the Default Drivers for all the hardware no laptop which may or may not work. For example if there is USB 3.0 on laptop, the ports may not work with the installation of updates. So to prevent this, SW Update tool will prevent the Windows updates." Too bad that the solution means disabling all critical security updates as well. This isn't the first time an OEM goes against its users. From earlier this year, we remember the Superfish adware from Lenovo, and system security being compromised by the LG split screen software.

Submission + - Killer character HOSES almost all versions of Adobe Reader, Windows (theregister.co.uk)

mask.of.sanity writes: Google Project Zero hacker Mateusz Jurczyk has dropped 15 remote code execution vulnerabilities, including a single devastating hack against Adobe Reader and Windows he reckons beats all exploit defences.

The accomplished offensive security researcher published a video demonstration of the exploit for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. His slides are here [PDF].

Submission + - Lawrence Krauss on the Pope's encyclical: Not even close? (thebulletin.org)

Lasrick writes: Lawrence Krauss muses on the hoopla surrounding Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change, and finds the document lacking: 'It is ironic that while the scientific community has long tried to raise warning signals and induce action to address human-induced climate change, an encyclical from the pope on this subject is being taken by many as an ultimate call to action on this urgent issue.'

Submission + - Taylor Swift denigrates Apple Music as 'shocking, disappointing' (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: There are only a few days until Apple Music launches, but already there is quite a backlash against the music streaming service. It's not just smaller, independent labels that are complaining about Apple's refusal to pay artists any royalties during the initial three month free trial period. Taylor Swift has added her voice to the growing number of complainants, writing an open letter to Apple in which she says she will withhold her new album 1989 from the service.

In the letter, entitled "To Apple, Love Taylor", the singer says that the company's decision not to make royalty payments is "shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company". Swift is an artist who could afford to shoulder the cost of three months of not being paid by Apple, but she has chosen to make a stand and stick up for those who are less fortunate.

Comment What's the windows key good for? (Score 5, Informative) 127

Here's a list of what it's good for, from ms's webiste and reformatted somewhat...
YOU may not use these functions but they exist and I'll bet that a couple of them will be useful to you, but just a couple. ;)

Windows key+Tab
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D

Windows logo key
Open or close the Start menu.

Windows key +Pause
Display the System Properties dialog box.

Windows key +D
Display the desktop.

Windows key +M
Minimize all windows.

Windows key +Shift+M
Restore minimized windows to the desktop.

Windows key +E
Open Computer.

Windows key +F
Search for a file or folder.

Ctrl+Windows key +F
Search for computers (if you're on a network).

Windows key +L
Lock your computer or switch users.

Windows key +R
Open the Run dialog box.

Windows key +T
Cycle through programs on the taskbar.

Windows key+number
Start the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number. If the program is already running, switch to that program.

Shift+Windows key+number
Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Ctrl+Windows key+number
Switch to the last active window of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Alt+Windows key+number
Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.

Windows key +Tab
Cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.

Ctrl+Windows key +Tab
Use the arrow keys to cycle through programs on the taskbar by using Aero Flip 3-D.

Ctrl+Windows key +B
Switch to the program that displayed a message in the notification area.

Windows key +Spacebar
Preview the desktop.

Windows key +Up Arrow
Maximize the window.

Windows key +Left Arrow
Maximize the window to the left side of the screen.

Windows key +Right Arrow
Maximize the window to the right side of the screen.

Windows key +Down Arrow
Minimize the window.

Windows key +Home
Minimize all but the active window.

Windows key +Shift+Up Arrow
Stretch the window to the top and bottom of the screen.

Windows key +Shift+Left Arrow or Right Arrow
Move a window from one monitor to another.

Windows key +P
Choose a presentation display mode.

Windows key +G
Cycle through gadgets.

Windows key +U
Open Ease of Access Center.

Windows key +X
Open Windows Mobility Center.

Submission + - The "Screw Dick Shelby And The Lobbyists He Rode In" On Project (kickstarter.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Rand Simberg talks about the current NASA crew transport to ISS mess. Congress just cut the private commercial space funding being provided to NASA in order to provide a native US astronaut transportation capability independent of the Russian Soyuz. The US commercial flights would cost less per seat than the current Russian Soyuz flights. All of this is happening at a time where the US is imposing sanctions on Russia because of the Ukrainian crisis. (Rand is doing a Kickstarter about alternative ways to fund space development).

Submission + - Trade Bill Fails in the House (washingtonpost.com)

schwit1 writes: President Obama suffered a major defeat to his Pacific Rim free trade initiative Friday as House Democrats helped derail a key presidential priority despite his last-minute, personal plea on Capitol Hill.

The House voted 302 to 126 to sink a measure to grant financial aid to displaced workers, fracturing hopes at the White House that Congress would grant Obama fast-track trade authority to complete an accord with 11 other Pacific Rim nations.

This was after silicon valley heavyweights made a last minute push to pass the bill and the white house got personal with many Democratic lawmakers.

Submission + - FCC Nixes PayPal's Forced Robocalls Plan

jfruh writes: As part of a new user agreement created in preparation for its spinoff from eBay as an independent company, PayPal told users that the only way to avoid advertising robocalls from PayPal and its 'partners' was to stop using the service. This caused something of a firestorm, and now the FCC is saying the policy may violate Federal law, which requires an explicit opt-in to receive such messages.

Submission + - Microsoft's Skype Drops Modern App In Favour Of Old Fashioned Win32 App (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Microsoft, after putting a lot of effort into persuading us that Universal Apps are the way of the future pulls the plug on Skype modern app to leave just the desktop version. The split in Windows apps created by the launch of Windows 8 still persists today and Microsoft is currently trying to fix this huge blunder by creating a true Windows 10 Universal App that can run on desktop, phone and mobile.Microsoft's argument is that any WinRT apps that you have or old style Windows 8 Universal apps can easily be converted to a Windows 10 Universal app with a single code base for all platforms.
Skype is one of Microsoft's flagship products and it has been available as a desktop Win32 app and as a Modern/Metro/WinRT app for some time. You would think that Skype would support Universal Apps, there are few enough of them — but no. According to the Skype blog:
"Starting on July 7, we’re updating PC users of the Windows modern application to the Windows desktop application, and retiring the modern application."
Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 Universal Apps as the development platform for now and the future but its Skype team have just disagreed big time. What ever this is not a good example of dog fooding and puts in doubt any decision programmer might have made about being an early adopter of Windows 10 Universal Apps — if Microsoft can't get behind the plan why should developers?

If in any problem you find yourself doing an immense amount of work, the answer can be obtained by simple inspection.