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Comment Re:This is big news, actually (Score 1) 580

> The connections to Bing, MSN and Akamai can be explained by Windows Update and by built-in apps that may update a news feed.

The experiment seems to be predicated on, "If I turn off all the OS telemetry, what still tries to connect." And as you pointed out, we can't be sure that Windows Update was turned off either.

This experiment does make two good points:
A) Turning off OS telemetry doesn't stop all the telemetry from a default windows install, and
B) the remaining telemetry is neither announced nor organized. Tracking it down is, as you yourself pointed out, the basis for another study.

Myself, I'd put money down on the latest generation of "Windows Genuine Advantage" being part of the traffic. And just in my Tinfoil Hat role, I'd point out that the UK IP near the top makes the telemetry something that the NSA could (if it wanted to) put their fingers into.

Comment Re:cost and benifit (Score 2) 74

I was, at one time, tasked to incorporate CCleaner as a 'plugin' to an app I was working on.

AFAIK, CCleaner does absolutely no virus checking. The version I was working on would 'clean up' your registry, temp directory, and a couple other spots, but not check for viruses per se.

And having looked through what it purports to do in the way of registry element deletion, I would be exceptionally cautious about letting it run free. Some of the bits it wanted to clean up as unused were not unused/useless on the system I was running it on. Not saying it did not find stuff that actually WAS useless, just that I saw it register some false positives.


Comment I've been laid off 4 times in 26 years (Score 1) 179

Two of the companies no longer exist, a third exists only due to ongoing contracts, and the last ... was a major media corp who decided to "go another direction" and "let go" the specialist team working on the project they axed.

Working for a Big Company is no guarantee they'll keep you on, or try to find another position for you.

Comment Re:Scum (Score 1) 253

> Several years ago, the process of almost any online application realized a 90%+ non-response rate

Ah, youth.

Back when I was trying to land my first job, I replied to help wanted ads in the newspaper. (Yes, it's been a while.) What I remember of that was that the response rate was not much better in those days. ... and each application submitted required postage.

That's not to say that it's any less frustrating today than it was then, but the cost of the search (in actual out-of-pocket expenses) has decreased a good bit.

Comment Drivers license photos (Score 3, Interesting) 129

State DMVs have for some time been compiling digital photo databases. I know Oregon has because they had to bring "someone more familiar with the software" in when they took my license photo. I have a sizable beard and mustache, and I believe the software had difficulty finding my mouth. ... I didn't offer to help.

If cars are going to have some "if you aren't facing the road, we're going to shut the car off" routine, I may be somewhat restricted in my choice of automobile, or at least options packages...

Comment Why is this better than simulation? (Score 3, Informative) 56

The difference between theory and practice is
- in theory, there is no difference
- in practice, there is.

A simulation of self-assembling robots is theory.
An actual pile of 1,024 self-assembling robots is practice.

Less tritely, you have zero information about flaws in your simulation until you try to apply it to/in the real world. Your simulation is excellent at helping you identify logical flaws in your design. But if you fail to account for something (crosswinds, say), then your simulation simply won't help you find it.

It's that whole "unknown unknowns" thing, man.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 281


The profile for the twitter account doesn't look (to my uneducated glance) to be a corporate account, but rather his personal account.

And so people who feel harmed by the MtGox collapse are complaining that he isn't showing them contrition?

Isn't that ... self-centered? So who is the wired story really about? The MtGox personage, or the Entitled Masses seeking opportunties to excoriate him?

Comment Properly sized internet connections (Score 1) 286

The internet connection to the place I used to live in did have a properly sized internet connection from day one:


Yep. no internet connection. Built in 1930.

The internet connection to my apartment complex was properly sized when the complex was constructed.

1970. Copper wire phone lines. They were suitable up to about 1995 too, covering 19.2k modems.

Think about how much your data consumption has increased in even the last 10 years. Comparing water usage to broadband usage is not apropos. Compare your broadband usage to the 1930's electrification projects instead.

Comment Re:What basis for this case? (Score 1) 75

> You could say "give me the source code or I'll sue you for beeeelions" and they can say "Ok, sue us", lose the case, pay billions and keep their source code.

... and be charged with contempt if they continue to distribute without a license.

And aside, it seems likely that part of the judgement would include "cough up the source code, mac."

Comment Re:Is this really a victory though? (Score 1) 89

A different article on this story (think it was techdirt) describes the situation:

If a party basically offers to settle for terms that match what it would likely get in a final court ruling, and the other party doesn't accept, courts tend to look very negatively on that situation.

That is "you won, what the heck are you still doing in my courtroom?"

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