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Comment Re:I like it. It's Subversive. (Score 1) 86

Try something a little more esoteric and you might be surprised at the results. For example, I wanted to see if there was a way to check my Chromebook's file system for problems, so I searched for: chromebook check disk consistency

The top results were missing the word "chromebook", and were completely useless because they were all for Windows. I modified the search by putting quotes around "chromebook" and a plus sign in front of it. The result? No change. Even turning on "Verbatim" results in the Search Tools gives me top results without the word "chromebook" in it. I can find no way to actually search for the exact terms that I entered.

Yes. Google has become nearly worthless for many searches.

I was searching for a particular video. No matter how I entered the query I didn't get anything even remotely close to what I was searching for. I don't mind not being able to find it -- it's old and obscure and it is possible that it just doesn't exist on the Internet. But in that case, I should get zero search results. Not thousands of meaningless and completely wrong results.

Comment Re:I like it. It's Subversive. (Score 2) 86

Google search is a natural monopoly as all other search engines that don't use google search return shit results

The problem is that Google is starting to also return shit results.

Starting to return shit results? Starting? Where have you been? People have been complaining about Google's shitty search results for at least 5 or 6 year, if not more.

Problem is that the one that's missing is the key term that I'm searching for, and there's no way I've found to force it to include the term that Google has determined is irrelevant.

Yes, that's the icing on the cake. Not only does Google ignore what you type, there is no way to make them search for what you actually want.

As much as I hate all the SEO bullshit, I've learned some things from the SEO guys, one of the main things being that shitty search results are deliberate and by design, in the hope that you'll click on one of the paid ads in order to find what you want. Remember, 94% of Google's revenue comes from advertising.

Comment Re:HOSTS file (Score 1) 418

You joke, but that pretty much IS the only way. Tons of experiments and wire captures have already shown that no matter what settings you disable, the OS still sends TONS of info back to MS servers.

This has been posted a few places on the net. Set all the below addresses to, because /. won't allow me to use so many times. Too many "junk" characters!


. . . . etc.

That's only some of them. I've been collecting all the ones I could find form various sources and the total number of them is now over 100.

Comment Re: HOSTS file (Score 0) 418

What does a "real firewall" have that is missing in windows firewall? Genuinely curious

Windows Firewall, by default, allows all outgoing connections. In order to block an outgoing connection you have to specify exactly which one you want to block. How do you do that if you don't know which program is making the connections? What if Windows Update adds something that you don't even know exists?

Remember, Microsoft just recently said that they are not going to tell you the contents of most updates.

Comment Re:not good enough (Score 5, Insightful) 418

... or just disable the features you don't like... like you could have done all along. If you can use Linux, you can disable any feature you don't like from Windows.

Except that in Windows 10, you can't. There are many things for which there are no settings to disable them. And even you dig deep, it still doesn't work. But don't take my word for it. Try it.

Open Task Manager and kill Cortana. It immediately comes back. This is just one example of Microsoft going back to the old scam they used years ago, "We can't remove Internet Explorer because it's too deeply embedded in the OS".

Comment Re:HOSTS file (Score 5, Insightful) 418

Until the OS ignores your HOSTS file for some hard-coded domains. If you can't trust your OS, why are you trusting it to filter things out? The filtering has to come from outside, from another system.

That's why you need to use a firewall. A real one, not that Windows Firewall crap. And block any outgoing connections you don't approve.

Comment Re:HOSTS file (Score 2) 418

All over the interwebs people are posting information on how to block this. It will be interesting to see what Microsoft's reaction is. I can't believe they went to all the trouble to design and implement this and aren't going to push back against people trying to disable it.

Comment Re:Bureaucracy (Score 1) 275

"We don't just buy stuff from Amazon as you suggested. You have to go to a source, i.e., HP or any reputable source where the city has a contract. And there's a purchase order that has to be submitted, and there has to be money in the budget."

And this, my friends, is how you end up with $6500 price tag for $70 hard drive. Bureaucracy, it's good for you!

No, this is what happens when you don't have at least one competent IT person on your staff.

As someone else pointed out, it's important to have purchasing rules in place to prevent things like spending $6500 on a $70 hard drive that is purchased from a company run by some politician's brother. That's why you need to employ a competent IT person who can say "I can buy a hard drive from Amazon that's exactly the same as the one you'll get from HP, but we'll pay a lot less".

Comment WTF (Score 5, Insightful) 187

From TFA:

As for why Firefox is abandoning XUL, XPCOM and the permissive add-on framework that came with it, Needham wrote that although "XPCOM and XUL are two of the most fundamental technologies to Firefox ... the ability to write much of the browser in JavaScript has been a huge advantage for Mozilla.

It also makes Firefox far more customizable than other browsers

And yet, for the past 4 years or so, beginning with Firefox 4.0, they have been on a steady campaign to rip out all the customizability that made Firefox popular and desirable in the first place. One of the most common comments I see from people, over and over, is "If I want a browser that looks and works like Chrome, I'LL USE FUCKING CHROME."

Meanwhile, complaints from users are met with little more than a thinly veiled FUCK YOU from Firefox developers.

Comment Re:Douchebag alert (Score 3, Insightful) 211

The so called rebuttal by Nick Ciubotariu from a few days ago, reeks of disingenuousness and playing games with semantics.

I’ve never worked a single weekend when I didn’t want to. No one tells me to work nights.:
This may very well be true. BUT, what DOES happen, in almost every company, is that managers create enormous workloads with ridiculously short deadlines, and it is physically impossible to get the work done, on time, unless you work 100 hours a week. So, fearing a bad performance review for not getting their work done and for not being a "team player" who is willing to "do whatever ti takes", people take it upon themselves to "voluntarily" work long hours.

There is no “culling of the staff” annually. That’s just not true. No one would be here if that actually took place and it was a thing"
Even with Amazon's terrible reputation, how many tens of thousands of resumes do they get every year?

I’ve never seen anyone cry. And if that was truly the environment, that’s just wrong, and certainly not something we encourage. In today’s Amazon, management and HR would take care of that in an instant.
Major lulz for this one. How many tens of thousands of people, working at thousands of different companies, have filed lawsuits over things like sexual harassment, gender discrimination and racial discrimination? And in 99% of those cases, the lasuit only came about because the person went to HR and was either ignored or HR took their managers side. In any company, HR is the most completely useless department.

I won’t discuss Organizational Level Ranking. I will dispute – vehemently so – the assertion that “You learn how to diplomatically throw people under the bus”. We don’t have time to do that here, or to teach people that:
More word play. Technically, you don't actually instruct people to do that. But your policies encourage people to do exactly that. It doesn't take long for people to figure out how to sabotage their co-workers for their own benefit. And since it's impossible for you to know everything that goes on with every employee in the entire company, or even a tiny percentage of them, claiming that this behavior doesn't exist is just plain stupid and dishonest.

Comment Re:BULL (Score 5, Insightful) 414

Well, of course. Every foreign worker hired is a job that doesn't go to an American worker.

Claiming that hiring foreign workers doesn't take jobs away from American workers is bizzaro logic at its best. Its the same bizzaro logic that said shutting down factories and sending millions of jobs to Mexico and China creates job for American workers.

More importantly, the claim that these are "highly skilled workers" is a lie that insults our intelligence.

Why is it that all of these "highly skilled workers" come from the same place - a country where a huge percentage of the population is illiterate and lives in poverty far beyond anything that exists in the U.S. A country where 350 million people, more than the entire population of the U.S., shit in public because they don't have access to a toilet. How is it possible that such a country is producing such huge numbers of "highly skilled workers"?

That's right, it isn't possible. The only "skill" they possess is a willingness to work for low wages. And since the H1-B program is nothing more than legalized indentured servitude, companies can do anything they want without feat of being reported by the workers.

Comment Re:tech-incompetent writer (Score 2, Informative) 158

The article was written by some clueless moron who has absolutely no grasp of . . . well, anything. As he breathlessly sings the praises of all the miraculous things we'll be able to do with 5G, while completely ignoring (or completely unaware of) the fact that we can already do all of these things with 4G and/or conventional internet connections.

Comment Re:Firefox only pays lip service to privacy (Score 1) 125

Google was paying Firefox $300M a year http://www.webmonkey.com/2011/... before they pulled the plug and Firefox reached a deal with Yahoo, and they switched searches to Yahoo -- not because it was the better search engine, but because Yahoo was giving them cash

Mozilla's existence is completely dependent on other companies, whose existence is completely dependent on tracking and monetizing you. For Mozilla to pretend that they care about "privacy" insults our intelligence (what little we have).

Loan-department manager: "There isn't any fine print. At these interest rates, we don't need it."