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Comment Windows: Use .URL files (Score 3, Interesting) 86

If you use Windows .URL files, you gain several critical abilities: browser-independent storage, cross-browser utility, and searching and filtering driectly from Windows Explorer. The browsers I have used all support the ability to drag URLs directly from the browser address bar into Explorer or the Desktop to create these shortcuts. Not sure if you could then create methods and tools to support your other desired features like browser-exclusive shortcuts, but completely detaching URLs from any application-specific database is a good place to start.

Comment Re:California's Lemon Law to the rescue (Score 1) 240

I wish I could, but too many details have fled since I researched it for my own encounter with such abuse. I had an awesome Nokia monitor - back when Nokia still made such awesome things - but the time came when it failed. In trying to get it repaired, I discovered that Nokia had sold off that business to Viewsonic, which had promptly cancelled the manufacture of spare parts for that model. I learned of the Lemon Law and how it requires manufacturers to keep repairable all products sold for more than $100, for no less than 7 years. My monitor had failed in much less than 7 years. Viewsonic told me to fuck off and refused to cooperate in any fashion. Neither would it assist in its repair or even offer me a comparable refurbed Viewsonic model as a replacement. I eventually contacted a law firm specializing in class action suits, but they didn't see big enough dollars signs in it. I gave up and moved on, which is exactly what Viewsonic wanted. Apple and all these other manufacturers try to thwart the right to repair because it's also exactly what they want: for us all to give up and buy more.

Comment issue with ESET software has been resolved (Score 3, Informative) 356


The problem with the Windows 10 Build 10586 (aka v1511, TH2) installer detecting versions of ESET's software that are compatible with Windows 10 as not being compatible has been fixed by Microsoft. Simply allow the installer to connect to the Internet for the latest updates and it will download an update that allows is to recognize all compatible versions of ESET's software.

Customers who were on the latest builds of ESET's software (v9.0.318 for consumer, v6.2.2033 for enterprise) were never affected by this, but customers who had older--but still Windows 10 compatible--builds did have there versions flagged when Build 10586 of Windows 10 was installed.

For more information, see the following E SET knowledgebase article:


Aryeh Goretsky

Comment Thereby increasing innovation? (Score 1) 70

... thereby increasing the competition and innovation in the field.

Forgive my bad French, but that's the sort of ideologic bullshit you can't prove. NASA saves money from an embarrassingly tiny budget; that is the only benefit this type of arrangement provides. It does the precise opposite of increasing competition, since one company will have a government-sanctioned monopoly; if it didn't and NASA placed the designs into the public domain, then ANY company could make the engines and sell them to NASA, improving NASA's supply chain. Have you forgotten why our computers are dominated by Intel processors? IBM made the decision to use an Intel processor because Intel had co-fab agreements with other companies, meaning that IBM wasn't solely dependent upon Intel alone for supply, while Motorola was the sole supplier for 68000 processors.

Submission + - Zuckerberg to Take 2 Months Paternity Leave to Give His Kid a Better Outcome

theodp writes: TechCrunch reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will take two months off from Facebook for paternity leave. Why? "Studies show that when working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families," Zuckerberg explained in a FB post on Friday. "At Facebook we offer our U.S. employees up to 4 months of paid maternity or paternity leave which they can take throughout the year." No word on why Baby Zuck will only get 50% of that time — maybe that's what the gains chart suggested as a good tradeoff — or if expectant parents who apply to send their children to Zuckerberg's new Primary School, which aims to "help children from underserved communities reach their full potential," will be expected to make a similar commitment.

Submission + - Now We Know Why the Hobbit Movies Were So Awful writes: Everyone seems to agree that the key to the success of Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy was years of careful planning before production ever began. Now Bryan Bishop writes at The Verge that in what can only be described as the most honest promotional video of all time, we find out why the Hobbit trilogy turned out to be such a boring mess. In the clip Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, and other production personnel confess that due to the director changeover — del Toro left the project after nearly two years of pre-production — Jackson hit the ground running but was never able to hit the reset button to get time to establish his own vision. Once the new director was hired, the harried crew members had to scramble to redesign everything to suit Jackson’s vision, but they could barely even keep up with the production schedule, let alone prepare anything in advance. At some junctures in the process, Jackson found himself essentially having to improvise on set because there was nothing really prepared for his actors to do. “You’re going on to a set and you’re winging it, you’ve got these massively complicated scenes, no storyboards and you’re making it up there and then on the spot," said Jackson. "I spent most of The Hobbit feeling like I was not on top of it ][] even from a script point of view Fran [Walsh], Philippa [Boyens] and I hadn’t got the entire scripts written to our satisfaction so that was a very high pressure situation.”

But wait, "Peter has never made a secret of the fact that he took over the Hobbit directing job with very little preparation time remaining before shooting had to begin. It was a challenge he willingly took on. His comments are an honest reflection of his own personal feelings at times during the movie's production." says a spokeman for Jackson. "Somebody has decided to create this cut-down, using only the sections of The Gathering Clouds that discuss the difficulties faced, not the positive ways they were addressed and overcome – which are also covered in this and other featurettes."

Submission + - The Xbox One Turns 2 Today – Here's 13 Unusual Stats

SlappingOysters writes: November 22 is the day the Xbox One turns two and to celebrate, Grab It has put together an article with 13 unusual stats about its journey so far. This includes the average install size of games, the number of indies on the format, the number of days between exclusives and how many terabytes of storage space you would need to house every game at once .

Submission + - Yahoo Blocking Email Access For Some AdBlock Users (

kheldan writes: In the wake of the online advertising commission's recent admission that it's been overzealous with online advertising in the last decade, Yahoo has nevertheless gone ahead with a test of blocking AdBlock users from using their email services.

"At Yahoo, we are continually developing and testing new product experiences," a company spokesperson stated. "This is a test we're running for a small number of Yahoo Mail users in the US."

It's likely a test that a company that has been hemorrhaging users for several years likely can't afford, as Twitter quickly lit up with users stating they'd be taking their "business" elsewhere.

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