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Comment: Re:What a load of nonsense (Score 1) 376

by rudy_wayne (#48153673) Attached to: Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

As campaigners routinely pointed out, we knew Iraq had these because the west sold them to Saddam (and because he used the weapons we sold him on his own people).

The question is: of these 5,000 warheads, how many were serviceable? How many were actually close to deployable? Was there any evidence he had a significant defence capability with these weapons?

All of the chemical weapons being found now, and that have been found in the past 10 years, were manufactured in the 1980s during Iraq's war with Iran. Almost none are deployable now (too old, rusted, whatever) but theoretically the chemicals could be removed and used elsewhere.

Comment: Re:Robocoin has 44 operational ATMs worldwide (Score 3, Informative) 117

by rudy_wayne (#48150955) Attached to: The Great Robocoin Rip-off

I can't vouch for the quality of their products or service, but I know Robocoin is one of the leading Bitcoin ATM manufacturers.

According to the email exchange shown in the article, Robocoin is NOT a manufacturer, they are simply a reseller who installs their own custom software. Which may or may not be crap and which may or may not actually work.

Comment: Re:And Java fail again (Score 4, Insightful) 349

by rudy_wayne (#48060113) Attached to: Possible Reason Behind Version Hop to Windows 10: Compatibility

And looking at the code examples like 90% of the cases where in the Java sources.


The problem isn't Windows, the problem is incompetent programmers. Instead of calling the proper API to get the version number, morons are doing things like

if (os.startsWith("Windows 9")

Comment: Re: Here's the solution (Score 5, Informative) 577

by rudy_wayne (#48042581) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Not really. It's just bad design.

Your server isn't getting games installed on it, which put all kinds of settings in the registry, then removed later when the game is old and tired, leaving behind cruft (including DRM bullsit) in the registry.

When a program is UNinstalled, all traces of it should be gone. Apple took a different approach, which arguably works far better. Even if stuff is left behind, it just takes up a bit of disk space, and doesn't affect the system at all.

Yes it is bad design. It is bad design by the people who create applications. The level of incompetence is staggering and this includes all the big name vendors.

Funny you should mention Apple. The Windows version of iTunes (the shittiest piece of software ever written) installs support files for 34 different languages. There is no option to only select the language you want at install time and the user is completely unaware that iTunes has just dropped approximately 4,400 un-needed files onto his hard drive.

But wait! It gets better! iTunes also creates a registry entry FOR EVERY SINGLE FUCKING FILE!! I am not making this up. ~4,400 files AND registry entries that can be deleted with absolutely no effect on the functioning of iTunes.

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 5, Insightful) 269

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.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.