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Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 133

by hairyfeet (#49625689) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

That is not what the Insiders Blog has been saying, they were saying the subscription setting will be called something like "Enterprise" and will only roll out updates on a schedule or when the WSUS rolls them out, that the "Fast/Slow" will still be in WU, it'll just be under "Advanced" with the default on OEM PCs being fast but those that DIY and install or upgrade their own OS will be able to choose at install.

From the talk on the forums the current build IS in fact the RTM, they are now in the "bug fix and program polish" phase and the update speed is as they said currently under advanced, along with which server you want to use for updates (so you can use GPOs to add a domain server) and that works fine for me, IMHO users that aren't willing to even click on the advanced button probably need to be on fast while those that know enough about their OS to use advanced settings can choose what they prefer. Since I have network backups I've been using fast and I have to say I only ran into 1 bug (couldn't launch programs from start menu on one build) and they had the fix rolled out in less than 48 hours so I really don't see it mattering much to power users.

Comment: Re:Like multiplayer? (Score 1) 84

by hairyfeet (#49625603) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

Since GOG is the ones selling the games it would be great if they chose a set of ports (like Steam) and just set the games to use that BEFORE they sold 'em. I have been using Galaxy since the AvP Alpha invitation only release and that is a big sticking point over Steam, with Steam it usually works OOTB without requiring the user to futz with ports and firewalls, Galaxy needs to do this as well.

But I have to give the GOG guys credit as other than that sticking point? Finding matches and jumping into game is surprisingly fast, especially when we are talking about a 15 year old game. If they can pull this off with the rest of their library? I think we may have a winner folks.

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 2) 133

by hairyfeet (#49624187) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

Which is why I don't understand the big deal, as all this does is give that same ability to the common folk.

For those that haven't kept up with the Win 10 Insiders Blog with Windows 10 you have basically two roads...on one road you have "fast" which to make a comparison the /. crowd would be able to relate to? Think of it as the "bleeding edge" branch. That branch will not only get security updates but it will get the "latest and greatest" new features but in return they will have to deal with being on the cutting edge. Then you have the "slow" road, which would be your "stable" branch, those guys will only get the critical to important security patches, no optional or extra stuff, and from what the blog has been saying you'll be able to choose whether to get them when they are released or you can choose which day of the month you want 'em with a few clicks of the GUI.

So I don't see why anybody would bitch when this is EXACTLY what many here have asked for, those that WANT the bling and bells and whistles can choose that branch, and those of us that just want a Windows workstation without the extra crap? Its one simple drop down box away....sounds like Nadella has again actually listened to those that use his product and given them what they want, and you'd think after getting this response from the Linux devs when being told nobody wanted systemd? You'd think an OS listening to its users would be a breath of fresh air!

Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 4, Interesting) 296

IBM was a perfect example of how MSFT's many early successes were based on the having the preceding phrase "And then the other guy did something REALLY fucking stupid" having been uttered.

Case in point IBM....OS/2 was a damned fine OS, ran rings around the DOS based versions of Windows, and could multitask like a champ even on a weak sauce 286....so what happened? IBM did not one but several REALLY fucking stupid things, 1.- When Intel refused to license the 386 for second sourcing IBM refused to buy it, instead sticking with the 286 (which they made) damned near until the Pentium was released. This meant the cloners were not only cheaper they were MUCH faster at a time where every MHZ counted, 2.- Those same cloners, which IBM absolutely had to have if they were gonna launch a mainstream OS? Well they tried to kill them by fucking them on the MCA bus (which caused the cloners to adopt the E-ISA bus which was literally an MCA slot turned backwards) and then if that wasn't enough? By the time of OS/2 V2, a time when the average cloner was paying less than $10 a copy for Windows in bulk? They demanded $200 a copy for OS/2! Needless to say it was treated as plague blankets by the OEMs so even when IBM offered it at steep discounts the OEMs didn't want it.

As for TFA? Its a small PC shop that has a repair guy that is either incompetent, getting a shitload of laptops without the restore discs (as some of the builders...cough Lenovo cough...rig theirs in such a way they won't even restore from the partition without a restore disc...that costs $30 to order) and just using some "Razr1911 Corporate Edition Keygen" or they are being forced by the owner. Don't think that is possible? I've actually gone on interviews and had PC shop owners want to know if I'm familiar with Windows Server and WSUS and when I'd state yes they'd tell me flat footed they wanted me to set up a server so every PC they sold would get updates NOT from WU but from them, one even saying "So we can use this disc" and whipping out the infamous Razr1911 XP Pro Corp disc.

So with that many hits? Its a shop, either a DIY refurbing PCs on the cheap or one of the reasons listed above. You'd think with MSFT wanting everybody to upgrade to Win 10 and this place using Win 7 (one of the 3 OSes that get upgraded) they'd STFU and be happy to have so many new installs ready for Win 10, I guess old habits die hard or some of the Ballmernator's buds are still working in that dept.

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 1) 235

by hairyfeet (#49617559) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip
Uhhhh Nutscrape 4 was beta in 96, released 97 so sorry kid, your idea of "history" is too damned young. FTR I was using NS before there even was an IE, back when you had to use Trumpet Winsock just to get to your BBS with Windows, so I think I'm a liiiitle more experienced when it comes to ancient OS and browser history than you sonny.

Comment: Re:Chrome - the web browser that's added as bloatw (Score 2, Insightful) 235

by hairyfeet (#49608807) Attached to: Chrome Passes 25% Market Share, IE and Firefox Slip

Sigh....do you not remember your history AT ALL, not even a teeny tiny bit?

Alright boys and girls, time for a lesson from the greybeard society...You took IE NOT because of any bundling, because, just as was the case with many other MSFT early successes the other guy did something REALLY fucking stupid. MSFT was able to easily win the browser wars because Netscape (which for the record I bought and used) went and shot themselves square in the face by going "Ya know what? Lets just shitcan our browser that has made us all this money and do a top to bottom rewrite, fuck we don't need a 'plan B' because our shit don't stink and we are super geniuses!" which gave us Nutscrape 4, so called because it would have been less painful to scrape your nuts with a cheese grater than have to use that abortion for any length of time! It was so buggy if you saw 4 websites in a row without crashing the OS (yes not just the browser, it leaked so much memory it would BSOD the OS like it was nothing) it was a miracle, it was a fucking disaster!

So nobody had to "force IE" which just FYI IERadicator was free and would remove IE in less than 30 seconds, which was one of the things they busted MSFT for, the "you can't remove IE" bullshit, you took it because your "choices" was a free and not nearly as buggy IE, a buggy as fuck NS4 for $$, or ad ridden Opera, again unless you ponied up $$ but Opera did things in such a bizarre way that many websites (and yes this was before "works best in IE" existed) just came out all wonked, it was not fun at all in those days....so we took IE, not because it was great, but because the alternatives were MUCH worse. Now that there is choice wadda ya know, we actually choose and no browser dominates anymore...yay!

Comment: Re:presidents age (Score 1) 80

by hairyfeet (#49608399) Attached to: Microsoft's AI Judges Age From Snapshots, With Mixed Results

Good Lord boy, even I think Hillary is a DINO that is more of a warhawk than even Dubya and will make another Dubya level of shitty when it comes to being the POTUS but even Ken Starr ruled that Foster killed himself, and that was after both the Parks Dept AND the FBI came to the same conclusion, what more do you need?

As for the POTUS looking old? Stress ages people, everybody knows that and the POTUS is a stressful job. Hell look at what old Jimmy Carter looked like when he was sworn in and compare him to the 1980 election, the man looked like he aged a decade in those 4 years.

Comment: Re:AT&T Autopay - Ha! (Score 1) 234

It was probably a problem with the corner junction box servicing the area, as several years ago we had a similar problem in one of my customers neighborhoods and it turned out it was a mouse that was building a nest in the box and gnawing on the wires.

You'd be surprised how often shit like this can be traced back to actual bugs and rodents, we had power knocked out to nearly a quarter of the city, the culprit? A squirrel had managed to get itself fried climbing on one of the large transformers and the surge blew the transformer, one deep fried squirrel shut down power for nearly 3 hours.

Comment: Re: SAVE US AND THE WEB FROM MOZILLA! (Score 2) 321

by hairyfeet (#49595285) Attached to: Mozilla Begins To Move Towards HTTPS-Only Web

So you are against free markets? Thanks for clearing that up...FTFY

Since you seem to have trouble grasping the two completely separate concepts allow old Hairy to elucidate....freedom of speech, a right protecting you from the government keeping you from speaking. Free markets, people are allowed to vote with their wallets and support or not companies....see the difference?

Eich and Windows 8 are NOT examples of the former but the latter, in BOTH cases people said "I do not like this therefor I will not use your product and will encourage others to not use it too" and the companies saw their users drop like a rock and CHOSE as companies in a free market to change their direction to increase sales, MSFT by coming up with Windows 10, Mozilla by firing Eich. And yes Virginia the Mozilla move had everything to do with sales, Mozilla gets their money from search, no users using their browser? No revenue.

So I find it hilarious that the right wing is all for the free markets when its crony capitalism, offshoring, or anything else that restricts or distorts the free market in their favor, but when its one of the most fundamental bedrocks of a free market, the RIGHT to vote with your wallet and CHOOSE which products you will support? Well we can't have that, now can we?

THE FREE MARKET HAS SPOKEN, if the majority believed as you did? Their share would have gone UP, they would have seen this indicated in their usage numbers, and they would have kept Eich. Instead their numbers went DOWN, revenue was put at risk, and they chose to get rid of a CEO that frankly wasn't even bothering to do his job (two important roles for a CEO is press relations and damage control, and he refused to do either one) and wadda ya know their numbers stabilized.

Voting with your wallet is one of the most important tenets of a free market, its how the consumers can influence direction even in large corporations, again see Windows 8 (which it looks like will never even reach much higher than Vista) and compare it to Windows 10, which is exactly what the users asked for. So when I see guys like you trying to say its "free speech" when the market doesn't go your way I have to ask....why do you hate capitalism and the free market?

Comment: Re:Paid Advertisement (Score 1, Insightful) 76

by hairyfeet (#49594761) Attached to: Once a Forgotten Child, OpenSSL's Future Now Looks Bright

If there is but one thing everyone should have learned from Heartbleed and Shellshock it is this....many eyes is a myth based on an "is ought" fallacy.

OpenSSL and Bash are the two most widely deployed pieces of code on the planet, bar none. If "many eyes" were true that fact SHOULD have made them the most vetted code on the planet....but they weren't, why? Because "many eyes" is an "is ought" fallacy in that because the source code IS there and it IS in wide use there OUGHT to have been at least one or more people with the years of training in low level code auditing that should have looked at the code and found the bugs and reported them.....this ignores the facts, which are 1.- The guys that can do low level auditing are very few, 2.- They are usually swamped with jobs that pay them, and most importantly 3.- Everyone is gonna ignore the code because they'll believe somebody else did it thanks to the "many eyes" myth.

This is why "many eyes" should be considered a harmful myth to allow to spread, since everybody just assumes somebody else has done the work when in reality? I bet if you looked at the number of downloads of the source for the low level code in your average Linux distro you'll find that nobody other than the guys that are actually working on the code have downloaded it. So let us all put the "many eyes" myth to bed, and then maybe everyone won't just assume the work has been done and actually start looking at the code!

Comment: Re:Maybe they will move to court instead? (Score 1, Interesting) 137

You want to know what is sad? When I'm sitting there bored at the shop I have installed Windows 7 on some pretty ancient pieces of crap I end up with on trade ins and ya know what? As long as its got a GB of RAM it'll run just fine, 10 minutes turning off any services they do not need and it'd run better than XP. I seriously doubt we are talking last PIIIs and first gen P4s in the British government, if my own local government (who had all theirs switched by cutoff, ended up with a mountain I needed to refurb) are any indication what you'd be seeing is a ton of first gen Core 2 Duos, Athlon X2s, maybe if they were really cheap (like our streets dept) some Pentium Ds.....all of which will run Windows 7, hell Windows 10 just fine.

As some here know just to see if Windows 10 was gonna be a Vista piggie or a "7 sweetie" I grabbed the absolute weakest portable I have, a 2011 AMD Bobcat netbook I use for service calls. For those that don't know what an AMD Bobcat is its a chip that was designed to compete with Intel Atom when the netbook hype was in full swing (and ironically ended up being the APU for the XB1 and PS4 with its successor Jaguar) and has performance roughly equal to a last generation Atom+Nvidia ION setup so we are talking a REALLY weak chip. How does the newest Windows 10 builds run on such a weak chip? It runs just fine,takes less time to boot than Win 7 and once I'm on the desktop its all smooth sailing.

So there really is no excuse for paying something like $15 million bucks just to extend Windows XP (which lets be honest folks it was NEVER that great an OS and wasn't even halfway decent until SP2, I would argue both Win2K and XP X64 AKA 2K3 Workstation 64 were better OSes) when I bet a good 90% of the hardware they have running would take both Windows 7 AND Windows 10 without requiring new hardware and with Windows 7 able to be upgraded to Windows 10 while keeping your programs and settings via WU? Its really a no brainer, they could run Win 7 now and once IT has checked all their mission critical stuff runs fine on Windows 10 just push out the upgrade. Hell Win 7 has XP Mode so they can't even use application compatibility as an excuse,so its sad and shameful all their citizens info is gonna be at risk just because they couldn't get off their butts even with nearly a half a decade of warning what was coming!

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 223

by hairyfeet (#49581143) Attached to: Windows 10 Can Run Reworked Android and iOS Apps
Actually I've been installing Steam more and more on computers owned by people that you wouldn't think of as "gamers" because they have casual mobile games that they want to play on their laptop or desktop as well as their phone or tablet. If MSFT makes it so Windows 10 can run these natively? I'm sure all those casuals would give the Windows appstore a boost.

Comment: Re:Sad to hear... (Score 1) 123

by hairyfeet (#49579801) Attached to: Crowdfunded Android Console Ouya Reportedly Seeking Buyout

You can get a gamestick with controller for $65 or you can buy pretty much any dual core (or better) Android tablet and use a wireless controller, Tigerdirect has so many they were selling a "buy one get one free" dual core tablet deal just the other day.

The problem with this idea is...well most mobile games really aren't designed to be played like a console, they are designed for touch tablets and for very short gameplay. This is pretty much the opposite of what those playing a console expect and so they are disappointed by the short gameplay, most of which is the FTP "pay to win" style which is further disappointing gameplay wise. I've tried a bunch of these mobile games and....yeah I can see why these things haven't taken off, most folks don't like playing games in 2-5 minute "bursts" and being constantly bugged for more money. Even when I've bought some of them through Steam, with all the extras included? The gameplay is still insanely short, with most seeming to follow a 3-5 minute "play on the shitter" model.

So if somebody asked me what kind of cheap console to get? You can get an X360 or PS3 used for less than $100 most places and you'll have better games and more fun than you will with these sticks and mini-consoles.

Comment: Re:Why the surprise? (Score -1, Flamebait) 177

by hairyfeet (#49578947) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly
Then "Linux" is is about to become proprietary as Google is about to pull the last "E" of a EEE play on Android and lock it down behind the Paywall...errr "Playwall". They have dropped support for AOSP, started tying critical parts of the OS into APIs tied to the Playstore, its gonna be about as open as a TiVo...enjoy.

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