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Comment Re:Satisfaction? Heh. (Score 1) 104

WiFi has been wonky for me since Windows 8. Windows 10 upgrade actually reduced the number of WiFi failures for me. Still a lot more problematic than Windows 7 though. Got to the point where I just ran a wire to my main desktop because the connection would be lost once every few days and requires a reboot to get it back.

Submission + - Microsoft Wants To Power Self-Driving Cars With Software, Not Build One (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft's Peggy Johnson said at the Converge conference in Hong Kong this week that the company is not interested in manufacturing its own self-driving cars, but instead is interested in building software for cars. "We won't be building our own autonomous vehicle but we would like to enable autonomous vehicles and assisted driving as well," said Johnson, head of business development at Microsoft. "We in different ways enabled a variety of different partners and you'll see us continuing to do that." Microsoft is open to partners requesting an operating system for cars. For example, the company has partnered with Harman to integrate Microsoft Office 365 into its infotainment systems, bringing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to cars for the first time. "You're sitting in the car for many, many minutes a day. Can that be part of your new office, can it be your new desk, a place where you actually get work done?" asked Johnson. "We believe it can."

Submission + - UK Risks Over-Blocking Content Online, Warns Human Rights Watchdog (

An anonymous reader writes: The UK is at serious risk of over-blocking web content, the Council of Europe has warned in a scathing report. “Governments have an obligation to combat the promotion of terrorism, child abuse material, hate speech and other illegal content online. However, I am concerned that some states are not clearly defining what constitutes illegal content. Decisions are often delegated to authorities who are given a wide margin for interpreting content, potentially to the detriment of freedom of expression," said CoE secretary general, Thorbjorn Jagland. The 32-page report also concluded that some British practices may be in breach of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights, and that the current framework seems more concerned with protecting ISPs from liability, than the general public’s freedom of expression. The study singled out the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) whose job it is to police online child abuse material. The IWF has existed in some form since 1996, but is not a government body or law enforcement agency, but instead, a registered charity, funded by the European Union and the wider online industry, including big players such as Google and Microsoft. Although the report noted that “the IWF has taken a number of steps to better ensure that its operations are transparent and proportionate, in the absence of legal safeguards against over-blocking, the threshold for the kind of material which may be subjected to removal is therefore much lower than that which might otherwise be set out in law.”

Comment Re:Anyone else have had these issues with Windows (Score 1) 664

Issue 1) is probably related to Windows Preview trying to display RAW images as I was copying them from the hard drive to external USB. I was doing a quick drag and drop of 500GB of vacation photos (RAW+JPEG). A quick shutdown of BOINC and a reboot fixed the problem, but I never had this problem with Windows 7 Pro.

Issue 2) relates to how Windows 10 understands folder permission and policy defined by Windows 7 Pro machine. Again, when viewing the folder on a client Win7 or Mac OS X (even Apple TV), all subfolders are display correctly. It's only when I view a folder from a Windows 10 machine, multiple machines. So it's not a hardware problem, just how Windows 10 is following Windows 7 permission and policy. Problem goes away when I upgraded the hosting machine to Windows 10.

Issue 3) is fixed with a reboot but not easily repeatable. Can't figure out the pattern when File Explorer refuse a right click context-menu. And it's only File Explorer.

Issue 4) I have no clue what can cause it. Windows 10 feels like doing something with my GTX 970 drivers while I'm asleep.

Comment Anyone else have had these issues with Windows 10? (Score 1) 664

1) I upgraded my gaming computer from Windows 7 Pro to Win10 Pro a few weeks ago. I went to do a basic copy to external storage of a large group of files for cold storage (roughly 500GB). I do this every few months but last night, it gave me out of memory error (RAM) during the copy. I've never had a that kind of error under any previous version of Windows.

2) Previously I was running a mix environment of Mac OS X, Windows 7 Pro, and Windows 10. When I share a folder on Windows 7, the Mac OS X picks up the subfolders correctly. But Windows 10 machines will decide to show only half or sometimes only one of the subfolders. After upgrading all my windows machine to Win10, the problem went away. Can't help but think MSFT is sabotaging Windows 7.

3) Sometimes on Windows 10 machines, I can't right click on the File Explorer icon to open another instance of File Explorer.

4) After each patch Tuesday, several of my machines will decide to go to 640 x 480 when they boot up the next morning. Not a huge deal, but gets annoying to redo the resolution every Wednesday. No driver issues or anything, the machines just feel like booting Windows 10 at 640 x 480.

Comment You're only getting it now? (Score 1) 149

My Google Map on iOS has been doing ads on and off for at least 18 months now. Usually it's a slightly larger dot that you think it's a search result but it's a sponsored location. One time I searched for a donut shop and selected the first result without looking. It routed me to a hotel. When I looked more carefully it was a sponsored result. Sometimes when I search for a business and I know the exact name, the first few results aren't that business it's a competitor. I think a couple months ago it routed me to a location of a competitor of a business in the same category without showing me an indication that it was sponsored pin. Couple of times Google Maps move the business I was looking for down very low on the list even when I was really close to the location (less than 3 blocks away) and pushed me to businesses much further away. I think I was looking for a Japanese BBQ place that time. I knew the name but forgot where it was. I was in the complex next door. The dot for the business was there just smaller than the other (probably sponsored) business.

It works very similar to the initial ads on Bing Maps for iOS when that first came out back 2009(?).

Comment $499 for a Chromebook!!!! WTH (Score 1) 211

I thought the point of a Chromebook was to make it affordable by making it a stripped down and not needing a powerful CPU. 32 GB eMMC is pretty stripped down, and Pentium. So you're paying a premium for thinnest while having none of the advantages of a full OS. Explain to me why I want this over a tablet or a laptop with a full OS? Plus, it's an HP. I've never had an HP laptop last more than 2 years.

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