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Comment Re:She won't be president (Score 1) 502

"Bill Clinton could actually win again... I mean... legality and term limits aside.."

As I understand it, presidential term limits only apply to consecutive terms. So, seeing as there have been a couple of other guys in office, Bill could come back for 2 more terms.

Comment Re:It's fine... from the ISO. (Score 1) 484

I didn't even do that much. The link will give you a download of the Media Creation app. When you launch it, you have the choice of
1. Upgrading the current PC now, or
2. Download the ISO to burn and install on another PC.
I selected option 1, let it download everything, then clicked yes when it asked to continue upgrade. It took a bit longer than I expected, but I didn't run into anything fatal. The only weird thing I ran into was when it installed the Razer Synapse app and drivers for my mouse. At the end, you are asked whether to reboot now or later. I couldn't select later, but selecting reboot now, just allowed the rest of the W10 install to continue.

Also, a windows 7 or 8 install disc will allow you to access the recovery/troubleshooting tools in case you botch things somehow. like seeing a partition you don't remember, deleting it to get the space back, rebooting and seeing a Grub error because you forgot you tried Ubuntu ages ago... for the record, the fix is to launch the repair tools, click the command prompt icon and run bootrec /fixmbr. or so i hear...

Comment Re:Reading... how does it work? (Score 1) 484

I guess I can't be sure I got everything, but at install i was able to turn off a hell of a lot. I'm sure within a couple of weeks we'll see a pretty comprehensive list somewhere and I'll be able to catch anything I missed.

Anyway, MS certainly isn't the only one doing this data gathering these days. Opt-in by default is the way it's going to work from now on and you can't put that horse back in the barn. If people aren't reading what they are getting and choosing to opt-out then they have themselves to blame.

Comment Reading... how does it work? (Score 3, Informative) 484

Installed W10 Pro on my PC last night. After all the copying and such, you get a screen that mentions privacy items and offers you the chance to configure them manually. Behold, you can turn off 2 screens of data going to MS and 3rd party applications. I believe the option to turn off wi-fi sharing was there too. So, yes, if you just blindly click through anything that says NEXT, you might have a problem. If you actually read crap, you can avoid most of this mess at install.

So far, I have no complaints about 10. It looks nice and seems to run as smoothly as the Win7 Ultimate it replaced. Previously installed apps and games all seem to work, although I certainly haven't tried them all yet. The only stand out annoyance was that all my media file associations were reset to use stock MS applications.

you mileage may vary...

Comment Re:Fear of guns (Score 1) 535

"Ah. You mean the equipment mounting rails, carrying handle, recoil buffer, flash suppressor, tripod mounts, and high-impact plastic barrel shrouds and butts are just ornamental and serve no other purpose? Wow. Who knew?"

None of those items increases the lethality of the weapon. Get shot with a .223 bolt action or an AR15 and the results will be the same. Just because someone puts a bunch of doodads on their rifle it doesn't mean it suddenly becomes a super weapon.

Comment Re:Could you tell a difference at distance? (Score 3, Insightful) 535

Oh get a grip. The only thing people who carry are afraid of is being in the wrong place at the wrong time and having to watch their loved ones die because they didn't have the means to at least try to defend them or get them to safety. If you feel comfortable with pleading for mercy or waiting on the arrival of 'the authorities' to ensure their safety then that's your choice.

I keep a first aid kit handy because bad things happen sometimes. I have insurance because bad things happen sometimes. I carry because bad things happen sometimes. Being somewhat prepared to take some responsibility for your own ass is not crazy, paranoid or illegal (yet).

Comment Put on your tinfoil hats guys... (Score 1) 357

so, what if this report is BS and really an attempt to provoke attack by ISIS or other groups, leading to national support for an expanded/resumed military presence in the middle east? nothing stimulates an economy like a good war, right?

i guess it's a sad statement that the above is not completely, utterly unthinkable... the guys running the show really could be that dumb.

Comment Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 374

that's interesting because my windows update experience is nothing like yours. You know you can go to windows update settings and tell it to act just like your OSX download and notify, download and install, do nothing and let you check/download/install manually.

My windows 7 has been rock solid for years and certainly never forces me to apply updates when I'm not ready to do so.

Comment Re:11,000 years ago, not 300 (Score 1) 56

Dark Helmet: What the hell am I looking at? When does this happen in the movie?
Colonel Sandurz: Now. You're looking at now, sir. Everything that happens now, is happening now.
Dark Helmet: What happened to then?
Colonel Sandurz: We passed then.
Dark Helmet: When?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now. We're at now now.

and so on...

Comment Maybe the Seismological society didn't know... (Score 2) 168

Maybe the Seismological society didn't know about it, but I find it hard to believe that the drilling company didn't. Wife works as exec assistant to head geologist at an oil/gas company. They spend hours pouring over seismic data, logs, 3d maps etc of the underground structure before anything else ever happens. And this is at a small company (100-200 emp). I'd love to see the data the company in Ohio has and if this unknown fault is clearly seen in it.

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