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Comment Re:Easy problem to solve: Ban CC: (Score 1) 65

No, it isn't hidden. It doesn't appear in the "Quick Compose" window but then again I wouldn't expect to see it there since that is designed just for short messages or quick replies.

In the full compose window the Bcc field is right below the To and Cc fields just where it has been for the past several versions.

Comment Re:I got a 4K TV Yesterday (Score 1) 113

4k video has a resolution of 4096x2160. Unfortunately true 4k TVs are very hard to find outside of professional monitors.

Most TVs that I have been able to find are now 4k but rather UHD which has a resolution of 3840x2160 and usually crop the left and right sides of the image when displaying real DCI 4k content.

I suspect the problem is only going to get worse over time because I doubt very many consumers understand the difference in aspect ratio between DCI 4k and UHD. A 4k display can display UHD content without any quality loss or cropping but the reverse is not true.

Comment Re: Sorry, but Apple still deserves most of the cr (Score 1) 340

Actually that isn't the purpose of hPrevInstance at all. It was designed so that you could run multiple copies or instances of the same program and the copies could share data with each other.

A few programs simply used the parameter to display an error if another copy was already running but that was not it's intended purpose and doing so generally indicates the developer was too lazy to test cases that required running multiple copies of the application.

More information about hPrevInstance can be found at The Old New Thing

Comment Re:Declare SSID's expensive (Score 2) 193

Actually some operating systems do allow you to mark a connection as being metered. Windows 8 and later allow you to mark a Wifi connection as metered and background transfers (BITS, Windows Update, SCCM downloads, etc) will be suspended until the device is connected to a non-metered connection.

I believe some Android devices have a similar option but I don't think it is in the core OS but rather something that a few OEMs have added.

Comment Re:second mouse button (Score 1) 435

The problem is, until very recently the Apple touch-pad driver for Window had a nasty bug that would cause a blue screen of death at random times (usually immediately after a two-fingered click.)

Fortunately the latest driver update appears to have fixed the problem, but Apple has had numerous bugs in their Bootcamp drivers that have resulted in catastrophic blue screens so I typically try to avoid using them whenever possible. I have much better luck using drivers directly from Intel, nVidia, etc than the "customized" versions that Apple packages up in their installer.

Comment Re:Datamining (Score 4, Informative) 193

Actually the "datamining crap" you are referring to has been present since at least Windows XP if not earlier. Much of that data is what is used to help build compatibility shims that allow older applications to continue to run on newer OS versions. Also how else do you think that Microsoft has been able to gather data about the most popular screen resolutions, how much the start menu is/isn't used, etc?

Other data (such as stack traces from crash reports) are often sent to the 3rd party developers in an attempt to identify the underlying cause of the crash and fixed it if it is the result of a software bug.

Enterprise users can disable the reporting entirely via group policy or have the reports forwarded to their own internal server for private use. It is only the home editions that can't completely disable the crash reporting and telemetry features.

Comment Re:Forced Updates-- What could POSSIBLY go wrong? (Score 1) 203

The summary is just that - a summary. If you want details, look up the knowledge base article referenced in the update which often has far more information.

There are still some updates where the knowledge base article doesn't have very much detail but for many updates it will give a nice overview of what actually changed and why.

Comment Re:Already patched (Score 1) 105

Nope, since everything on iOS _has_ to go through the app store, and can't be sideloaded

This is not really true. IOS developers can sideload any app they wish as long as they sign it with their developer key first. You don't have to have access to the source code either, the code signing tool will happily let you sign any binary you want.

A developer key currently costs $99/year which is certainly not free but it is low enough that most people could afford it if they really want to sideload apps legitimately.

Apple also sells special code signing certificates to developers that are trusted for side loading on any device. They are often issued to companies that develop apps that are for internal use only to avoid cluttering up the app store with apps that are of no use to the general public.

Their is a set of strict requirements that you have to go through to obtain such a certificate but any app signed with such a certificate can be installed on any IOS device totally independent of the app store.

Comment Re:updates, updates, ... (Score 1) 126

Actually steam does distribute patches as delta updates if the copy of the files currently on disk matches one of the versions in the steam database. If the files that need to be updated don't match any of the hashes in the database or are missing then the entire file is sent.

The launchers/updaters for many MMOs also work the same way. I know Final Fantasy XIV and Lord of the Rings Online both distribute updates as deltas from known versions whenever possible.

The MSI installer framework that many Windows-based applications use also supports delta patches for binary files, although I have only seen a few non-Microsoft applications actually distribute updates in the form of MSP files to take advantage of this.

Comment Re:Design award for something that horrible? (Score 1) 249

Windows 10 defaults to the start menu style but there is a checkbox that will make the start menu full screen much like it was in Windows 8/8.1.

Indeed, it was one of the first settings I changed when I started using Windows 10 because it just makes much more sense to have the start menu cover the entire screen and make use of the extra space since you can't interact with anything else that may be open on the desktop while the start menu is open anyway.

Comment Re:RAID driver available for Windows 7 unsupported (Score 1) 485

The driver model did not change for storage devices (In fact it hasn't changed since Vista). That means that windows 10 uses the exact same drivers as Windows 7 for things like RAID controllers. You should have been able to simply install the same driver that you had been using on Windows 7.

I had a similar issue on one of my systems. Windows 10 had a built-in driver for the Intel ICH series controller on the motherboard but not the Intel SAS controller I had. I simply installed the same driver that I used on Windows 8 and everything worked just fine.

Comment Re:Why did it only happened on Samsung's SSDs? (Score 1) 184

Other brands of SSDs are on the Blacklist so I think there is a very good chance that they were impacted as well. I looked at the blacklist quickly and saw drives from Crucial, Micron, and Intel on the list as well as Samsung.

People just complained about Samsung drives more,

Comment Re:It's a Good Idea.... somewhat (Score 1) 628

Something is seriously wrong with the way your workplace has configured their update policies. By default, updates are downloaded via the BITS service which tries very hard to only use bandwidth that is otherwise idle and will aggressively throttle itself down or even pause itself if there are other things using your network connection.

Also starting with Windows 8/Server 2012, by default an update will NOT reboot a machine if a user is logged in and the screen is locked (indicating that the user is not present). When the user returns and unlocks their screen, they receive a prompt indicating that a reboot is required and can defer the reboot up to a set amount of time (that maximum is set by policy, default is 10 minutes, maximum possible is 30 minutes.)

This generally gives the user plenty of time to save their work and reboot their PC while the timer discourages them from continuing to work without first rebooting.

The default update policies are fairly user-friendly and ensure updates are installed in a timely manner while giving users the opportunity to save their work if they are in the middle of something. It sounds like the company you work for went out of their way to deliberately configure the update policies to be as user-hostile as possible.

Comment Re:Backups for Mac: Time Machine + offsite (Score 1) 297

RAID won't protect you against data corruption...but time machine will.

Since when does Time Machine have any form of checksum or integrity check whatsoever? I have seen time machine backups that suffered from silent corruption and as a result were unusable. The drives themselves were fine but the data written to them was bad.

To protect against silent corruption you really need a backup system that uses a resilient filesystem like ZFS or ReFS which make extensive use of checksums to detect corrupted blocks and repair them from other copies. Typically those filesystems also require the use of ECC memory to ensure that transient memory errors doesn't cause any problems.

Comment Re:Basically (Score 4, Insightful) 96

The whole point of the Insider Preview is to have people test alpha/beta releases that are under active development. Having extensive telemetry and reporting makes perfect sense in that context and Microsoft has been very clear from the beginning that they were collecting such data.

After Windows 10 is released, the delopment of Windows 10 will continue and new development builds will be available to insider members. The insider program doesn't stop once Windows 10 is released.

If you don't like the data collection, don't run the Insider releases and instead upgrade to the retail release from a Windows 7 or Windows 8 install after the Windows 10 release date.

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