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Comment: Well...not ALL bloatware. (Score 5, Insightful) 205

by Scutter (#49149663) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

We are starting immediately, and by the time we launch our Windows 10 products, our standard image will only include the operating system and related software, software required to make hardware work well (for example, when we include unique hardware in our devices, like a 3D camera), security software and Lenovo applications.

So, you're still going to be shipping it with trial versions of bloatware McAfee or bloatware Norton or whatever, plus your Lenovo-branded applications (which are really just re-branded bloatware ad-servers disguised as "handy applications for running your 3D camera!"). In other words, it'll be "bloatware-free" except for all the bloatware you're still going to pre-load onto it. Thanks, Lenovo!

Comment: Re:Blunder of the Century (Score 1) 47

by Scutter (#49074129) Attached to: When Chess Players Blunder

When the Universe is summed up at the end of time, we'll learn that someone from the future had been sent back to avert the total annihilation of the entire human race and the best way to do it undetected was to force this one chess blunder. One tiny change at one tiny but pivotal point in history. It's the only explanation for why Kramnik can't explain it himself.

Comment: Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (Score 1) 823

by Sparks23 (#48878375) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

In fact, there is something nice about a Tesla or Prius's silence at idle

Unless you're blind, or happen to be looking the other way when the drunk in a prius bears down on you. Which is why some sort of fake engine noise will eventually be mandated (if it hasn't been already).

This is actually mandated now, but the rules are kind of mushy. It was signed into law in 2011 here in the US, and applies to 2012 models, but there weren't initially strict guidelines on the noises. So you'll find the 2011 Nissan Leaf has a 'silent' mode where it won't make the backing-up beep-beep alert or the turbine-like engine noise when driving, but the 2012 and later models cannot silence the engine noises.

Wikipedia has a good breakdown of the state of the current noise laws across the US, Japan, the EU, and the UK: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Comment: What can be done? It's obvious. (Score 3, Insightful) 515

by Scutter (#48581447) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

People keep saying "fire the officers", but this should be a criminal matter. Tampering with evidence, violation of civil rights under color of law, etc. Fire them, jail them as provided by law, make the settlement come out of their pocket (or, perhaps, the pension fund) instead of making the taxpayers foot the bill. HOLD THEM PERSONALLY ACCOUNTABLE AND RESPONSIBLE. Then, and only then, will it stop.

Comment: Re:5 or 8 port switch at the entertainment center (Score 1) 279

With poorly labeled cables in a tiny space, you might accidentally plug two ethernet cables from the main switch into the downstream switch. I suppose that could also happen on a multi-interface end device, though outside of dual-homed static IP servers, I can't recall running across that situation.

-l

Comment: Re:What's your suggestion for intelligence work? (Score 2) 504

by Scutter (#47939323) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

No, because I don't get my historical information from fictional films. I watched a fictional movie last year about giant robots landing on the moon but I didn't get upset at Hollywood for claiming that giant robots beat us there. Only a moron gets angry at a fiction writer for writing fiction. Now, if you had said "Ken Burns made a WW2 documentary and got the following facts wrong..." Then yes, I would say you had a legitimate gripe at Ken Burns (and not at "Hollywood"), but I would just tell you to stop watching Ken Burns films.

The whole argument that "Hollywood" always gets history wrong in favor of the Americans when making fictional films is just petty jingoistic whining. If it really bothers you that much, go make your own films and set the record straight.

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