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Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 5, Insightful) 199

by rudy_wayne (#48026951) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Prior to Windows 8, what exactly where people using to start applications if they were not using the start menu?
Or did they just notice the start menu was being used less often because people were keeping applications open?

90% of the people I see using windows have the desktop covered with icons to launch everything.

This is probably true, but it also illustrates the problem with Microsoft removing the Start Menu.

Removing the Start Menu provides zero benefit to the people who don't use it (they don't use it so they don't care if it's gone and removing it has no effect on how they do things) and makes things more difficult for the people who do use it.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 323

by rudy_wayne (#47917865) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

a) false. You had to have your device set to allow automatic pushes.
2) Hardly new.
III) That's irrelevant to what happened. You putting this here tells me the only reason you are upset is because it's a group you don't like.
I know, I now, it's quite fashionable to hate a guy who spends a shit load of money helping people.

Please listen .... what's that sound?


Comment: There are several problems with this (Score 3, Insightful) 152

by rudy_wayne (#47813081) Attached to: Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

Google says: "We encourage everyone to make the free upgrade to modern browsers -- they’re more secure and provide a better web experience overall."


First, this simply is not true. Beginning with version 29 (which is now 3 or 4 versions out of date already), Firefox completely fucked up their browser and turned it into unusable garbage. Newer is not better. Newer is demonstrably worse. If I wanted a shitty browser with extremely limited configurability, I'd use Internet Explorer.

Second, you should be able to view any web page using any browser released in the last 5 years. If something doesn't work properly it means you are putting too much fucked up bullshit into your webpage.

Comment: Re:How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster (Score 1) 60

by rudy_wayne (#47521173) Attached to: How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster
By not having updates (of kernel or any other software, kinda like android does today for many "old" phones) and/or being closed source, we will have TONS of compromised systems, each and every single IoT device will become a bot.
Just imagine the future: your entire network compromised from your fridge, the digital thermometer or who knows what else. The consequences of such a disaster are already known...

And there lies the real problem.

An "Internet of things" could be very useful in many situations. But the companies who produce these things are so criminally incompetent (and greedy) that they don't give two shits about security. They don't even give one shit about security. And so now we already have a few billion devices that are easily exploited. And it's only going to get worse.

Comment: Re:ring ring (Score 3, Insightful) 277

by rudy_wayne (#47471599) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

you try ringing one of these corporations and see how far you get.

Exactly. Unless you know someone or have some inside connections, it is virtually impossible to contact someone, who actually knows something, using publicly available information. And I'm sure that NetworkSolutions really doesn't want to spend time calling everyone who lets their registration lapse.

The real problem is that Sony couldn't be arsed to register the domain names using a working e-mail address that actually goes to the person at Sony who is responsible for such a thing.

+ - Goldman Sachs demands Google unsend one of its e-mails->

Submitted by rudy_wayne
rudy_wayne (414635) writes "A Goldman Sachs contractor was testing internal changes made to Goldman Sachs' system and prepared a report with sensitive client information, including details on brokerage accounts. The report was accidentally e-mailed to a '' address rather than the correct '' address. Google told Goldman Sachs on June 26 that it couldn't just reach into Gmail and delete the e-mail without a court order. Goldman Sachs filed with the New York Supreme Court, requesting "emergency relief" to avoid a privacy violation and "avoid the risk of unnecessary reputational damage to Goldman Sachs.""
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Irony (Score 5, Insightful) 308

by rudy_wayne (#47299081) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

This would be taken seriously if Cantor hadn't just lost after outspending the other guy 5,000,000 to 200,000.

. The Eric Cantor case was an exception, not the rule. In most cases, the politician who greatly outspends his opponent usually wins

But the bigger issue that Lessig doesn't seem to understand is that he's not the only person trying to buy politicians. No matter how much money he raises, there are people out there spending a whole lot more money, a LOT more money, to buy politicians who oppose the political agenda supported by Lessig, the EFF and others.

Comment: Re:Did anyone care anymore? (Score 1) 105

by rudy_wayne (#47277553) Attached to: After 47 Years, Computerworld Ceases Print Publication

I think I bought my last computer magazine in about 2000. The web killed the market for such things long ago.

Although the Internet has certainly put a big dent in all magazine sales, I've been noticing that most magazine publishers are their own worst enemy -- less content, lower quality content, more ads and higher prices.

Comment: Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (Score 2) 646

by rudy_wayne (#47266097) Attached to: Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Chief Wahoo is pretty insulting.

That's your opinion.

In my opinion there is nothing wrong with Chief Wahoo and the name Redskins. So what make you right and me wrong? And that's the problem here. There is no such thing as a wrong opinion. With all the problems we have in this society, it is absurd that THIS is what people are upset about.

Comment: Re:Liability (Score 1) 474

Yes, this is a shitty thing to do, but, Comcast is a shitty company, so no surprise there. But there is a simple answer. Turn it off. If you don't know how, do a little research and figure out how. If you can't be bothered to expend a little mental energy, then it must not be much of a problem.

Comment: Re:but that's the problem with the turing test... (Score 1) 309

by rudy_wayne (#47204427) Attached to: Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked?

It has nothing to do with actual artificial intelligence and everything to do with writing deceptive scripts. It's not just this incident, it's a problem with the goal of the Turing test itself. I always found the Turing test a kind of stupid exercise due to this.

Exactly right.

Was Turing Test Legitimately Beaten, Or Just Cleverly Tricked? I see no difference between the two. Beaten is beaten, no matter how it is accomplished.

If the Turing Test can be "cleverly tricked" then it simply demonstrates that the Turing Test is flawed and meaningless.

System checkpoint complete.