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Comment: Re:For Win9, MS should go back to Service Packs... (Score 0) 303

This is an example of why Microsoft's software ought not even be considered by a serious professional. It ticks all the boxes. Denial of service without user interaction. Security vulnerability with remote root potential. Workaround requires disclosed remote root potential. Recovery requires hands on the device.

It is only going to get worse.

Comment: Re:The phone monopolies will never go for it! (Score 2) 93

by symbolset (#47682787) Attached to: Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

You will be thrilled to know that way out in Ephrata, WA they have had gigabit fiber to the home for 14 years, and in gritty Tacoma just south Click! Network sells 100mbps Internet - both through the power utility. But in Seattle, no. Not you. Those power utilities were grandfathered in from before the Qwest/Comcast Protection Act was made a stare law. That is why internet technology in Washington is almost exactly backward: high speed in rural areas, dialup in Seattle and the capital.

Incidentally, I caught a guy pulling underground fiber in my neighborhood recently and grilled him. Apparently we are finally scheduled for fiber to the home Real Soon Now. The guy said the company "wanted it done yesterday" and that they were definitely bringing fiber to the homes where my home is. Hopefully it will be with a decent company. I didn't recognize the name of the company but apparently they are going to lease it out anyway.

Comment: Re:The suck, it burns .... (Score 4, Insightful) 179

by symbolset (#47672505) Attached to: Microsoft Black Tuesday Patches Bring Blue Screens of Death
Android Linux moved a billion hardware units last year and this year surpassed the Windows all-time installed base. It is selling above 6x Windows. People using Android have never seen an update mangling this severe, but on Windows it seems a quarterly thing. This whole "Windows rules the world" thing is becoming absurd. Windows rules a small and shrinking backwater - the realm where people are willing to tolerate stuff like this.

Comment: Re:Libraries are one thing Amazon is not (Score 0) 165

by symbolset (#47669151) Attached to: Why the Public Library Beats Amazon

As I was standing there before the shrine of knowledge completely stunned, another potential patron joined me. For half a minute we stared at the portal that would not open before he turned to me to ask: "They close?"

"I guess so." I replied. We stood there a moment more, as if that would change things. And then we left.

Gee, Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.