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Comment: Re:The linpocalypse is not upon us (Score 1) 362

by skegg (#49307545) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

There is nothing wrong with a buyer preferring to get a factory locked down box if they so choose.

Yes, there is. Can you honestly not see the gradual slide towards loss of freedom?

Why not make it optional? That way, a technical person could get into the menu and disable it.
A non-technical person wouldn't even know this is possible, and leave it as default.

Problem solved, without imposing draconian measures on everyone!

Comment: Re:Disposable, and "Not A Personal Computer" (Score 1) 362

by skegg (#49307539) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

There should be a permanent sh!tlist pinned to the top of Slashdot with any vendor that promotes this scheme for "PCs".

Yep, second this.

Given so many of us here on Slashdot are the go-to guys / gals for tech with our families and friends, we could certainly hit the manufacturer's where it hurts ... in their hip-pockets! Bringing any such list to the attention of manufacturers may even dissuade them from attempting this. (?)

Comment: Re:or maybe... (Score 2) 163

by skegg (#49228755) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

I am obliged to comply with the judicial system

Well, that's essentially wordplay: technically, you ARE legally obliged to comply with the judicial system.
However, is the judicial system morally fair?

If you ever travel to Saudi Arabia with your wife, do you consider it fair to physically beat her because she may disagree with you?
Do you consider it morally right that a 12 year old girl can be married off?
Do you think the Patriot Act is morally right?
What about when US telco's broke the law and were granted retroactive immunity by the President, making it legal. Is that morally right?
Do you think racial segregation was right? Women not allowed to vote? Slaves in ancient times?!

Just because something is LAW doesn't make it RIGHT.

Comment: Re:If you hate Change so much...... (Score 2) 516

by skegg (#49136593) Attached to: Users Decry New Icon Look In Windows 10

I helped a friend with Win 8 printing problems, and I was initially lost. It took me 5 times longer to resolve their problem than if they had Win 7. (Or Vista. Or XP. Or 2000.)

I plan to use Win 7 until it's EOL. I would like to say I'll dump Microsoft and move to another OS, but the truth is I use a lot of Windows software and will therefore be lumped with Microsoft operating systems for many years to come. For this reason, I resent Microsoft and their atrocious UI decisions of the past few years.

Microsoft is obviously feeling the heat from Apple, but in trying to force a touch UI upon everyone (even those with non-touch devices) they are also annoying a heck of a lot of other people. Some of those may even think: if I'll need to re-learn the interface, I may as well take the opportunity and move to another OS. (Ironically, most likely Apple.)

I hope Microsoft does hemorrhage customers, and learn how to refine their UI without drastically impacting on people's productivity. And with all the flip-flopping Microsoft has done over the past decade, I wouldn't be surprised if they do.

+ - Turkey Cites National Security as it Cranks Up Internet Controls->

Submitted by skegg
skegg (666571) writes "The Turkish government may soon pass new legislation that will leave citizens broadly vulnerable to human rights abuses and extensive police controls. Many suspect the laws are intended to prevent a repeat of the protests that rocked the country in late 2013. One bill currently before Parliament would allow authorities to censor websites without court approval."
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Comment: Re:encouraging piracy (Score 4, Funny) 437

by skegg (#48728641) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

especially annoying when the software is distributed as download so there is no real answer as to why there is a 50-100% markup.

Some software companies claim it's due to internationalisation expenses (making an EN/AU version) which I think is fair - I imagine teams of university academics, linguists and anthropologists labouring over translating the EN/US XML file into EN/AU.

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