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Comment Re:Unusually +ve but what's in it for refusniks? (Score 1, Flamebait) 333

Uhhhh you DO know there are ways to get updates other than WU, yes? That many of those make it beyond trivial to refuse the spyware updates (and if I'm not mistaken AutoPatcher doesn't include them in the first place) so that we can have Win 7/8/8.1 completely spyware free?

I have dealt with Win 10 on more PCs at the shop than I care to mention and I can say with confidence...Windows 10 is a giant piece of shit. Its buggy as fuck, its updates are more unstable than running a Linux alpha build, hell I had forgotten what BSODs even looked like until Win 10 and its "sad face of suckiness". And the new "features"? Its either designed to give MSFT more datamining or fricking more cellphone style crap. Hey MSFT? If I wanted a cellphone I'd use my smartphone, which just FYI runs Android because unlike your mobile OS it actually has apps..

There is NOTHING about the new OS that makes it worth leaving Win 7/8/8.1, hell even Windows 8 had at least one reason, which was it made a good UI for HTPCs, but 10? It sucks your bandwidth, spies on you, gives you zero control over the OS, and for what? So I can give MSFT more data on me? Fuck you MSFT, you want my data PAY ME, I'm not giving up an OS I paid $110 for so you can make free money shoving ads down my throat using MY bandwidth onto MY desktop and snatching MY data..fuck off.

Comment Re:Got that, Microsoft shills? (Score 4, Informative) 144

Sorry but Spybot Anti-Beacon is frankly magic beans, as a big part of their "security" is using HOSTS files which has already been proven to be completely ineffective because MSFT hardcoded the IP addresses into the spyware programs themselves.

Hmmm...I've seen that behavior before at the shop, where did I see that? Oh yeah....malware.

Comment Re:And this is why my primary browser isn't Firefo (Score 3, Insightful) 156

I am because those "flash Exploits" are damned near all executing JavaScript which is the REAL threat here, you get rid of that stinking pile of offal that is JavaScript? I seriously doubt flash or any other plugin would be a problem.

Oh and lets not kid ourselves about Flash being dropped, mmkay? It didn't have shit to do with security it had to do with Apple not wanting games running outside the iStore and because all the content creators kiss the iAss for fear of not getting a shot at the iMoney they went along with it.

And what did we get to replace it, A proprietary as fuck DRM filled mess that is HTML V5 which is practically a love letter to Apple and MSFT...yeah because THAT is progress. say what you want about Adobe but 1.- they let anyone bundle flash into any OS, be it FOSS or proprietary, 2.- They even allowed FOSS alternatives like gnash to be developed...you think MPEG-LA is gonna tolerate that shit with H.265?

Lets face it the whole thing is a giant clusterfuck right now, with the corps racing to see who can make HTML V5 the most nasty and content creators cheering all the way because God forbid they offend the great and mighty Apple. Mark my words in 5 years you'll be BEGGING for something like Flash because all we will have is paywalled DRM content with unskippable malware ridden ads and none of it will play unless you are on the latest corporate approved OS.

Comment Re:And this is why my primary browser isn't Firefo (Score 1) 156

Not to mention Flash is NOT the danger...its JavaScript.

I can surf all day long with Flash on a JavaScript disabled browser without a care in the world because even the flash exploits are using JavaScript but if you surf without Flash but allowing JavaScript without Adblock or even better NoScript then guess what? Its gonna get pwned.

So until we deal with the stinking rotting elephant in the room that is JavaScript and kill it deader than the blink tag? Then all this shit is for naught, its just a waste of time. If FF wanted to protect their users it would come with adblocking and JavaScript disabled by default, this? This is security theater, nothing more.

Comment Costco bargain (Score 1) 326

Dell XPS8700 from Costco (they sell XPS8900s now). Two actually; my son saved his money and bought one too. I found that I could only save about $100 doing my own build with the same components, and it was worth that to me to have a warranty and place to take it back to in case it broke.

i7-3770; not a 3770K, but this is an appliance, not a gaming rig, so no overclocking needed. 12GB RAM, 250GB SSD main drive, three 1TB secondary drives, one for Windows, one for Linux (Mint 18 Cinnamon under VMware), and one for backups.

Two-port KVM for this and my work computer, since I work from home. ("I got yer open plan RIGHT HERE, pal!")

Watch the prices in your Costco ads, and when the machines go on sale, which they do a few times a year, grab one.

Comment Re:Yes... (Score 5, Interesting) 141

Yes, but why bother to patch such an exploit in an OS that you've already killed off yourself? Why not open up the market to let people take advantage of the hardware rather than let it end up in the Landfill? The answer of course is, "because they're Microsoft, duh?", but what value did this add?

Comment Re: What could possibly go wrong? (Score 3, Informative) 126

Well when you can't get the OS to stop calling home despite flipping every switch, disabling multiple programs AND using reg hacks I'd say it really doesn't matter WHAT information they are collecting, the simple fact that I have zero control over what my OS is doing is enough to consider it malware.

Comment This ignores the rotting elephant in the room.. (Score 1, Insightful) 167

Which is that JavaScript is toxic and MUST be replaced. You remove JavaScript from the equation? Suddenly all the nasties just disappear.

So I really don't care what language they write their video player or whatever in because until we deal with the rotting elephant carcass that is JavaScript I just don't see this change doing jack squat in the long run.

Comment Re:Rent-Seeking (Score 2) 157

"Like last week's "revelation" that the latest Win10 build includes some SUBSCRIPTIONTHING.EXE and folks like you coming out of the woodwork to say "I told you so", despite Microsoft very, very clearly explaining that the file had nothing to do with Pro/Home installs and was purely for Enterprise"

Yeah about that....then WTF was it doing in a HOME OS, care to answer me that? Last I checked Windows Insiders are NOT testing Enterprise Products, all the Insiders get is the Home/Pro version. And please do not forget it won't have been the first time MSFT has lied to our faces, remember "The Kinect is an integral part of the Xbox One, we can't just flip a switch" until they did exactly that?

I'm sorry but this past year with all the underhanded shit we have seen with Win 10 has proven to just about everybody that they simply cannot be trusted anymore, hell they have made Windows Update into a risk because "no means no" is something nobody has taught to MSFT. The sad part is I NEVER thought I'd see the day where I would actually miss Steve Ballmer but Nutella and all his underhanded crap pushing Windows 10 makes me actually miss the big sweaty monkey.

BTW for those that want to lock in the "free upgrade" in case the hackers figure out a way to kill all the spying? Here is a tutorial on how to lock in the upgrade without actually installing win 10 which is a hell of a lot quicker than having to install then roll back to a decent version.

Comment Re:The Taste must have been fired also (Score 1) 474

Thanks for the advice but we have to go to the local Walmart market at least once a week so the wife can get one of their sugar free apple pies, quite good and the calories are surprisingly low.

Sadly we don't get Tastykake here, at least I've never seen it . All the store carry IIRC "Johnsons" which is just SLIGHTLY better than Hostess but not by much, still mostly HFCS and fake flavoring. That is why I've given up on Hostess for Lil Debbie, their new Zebra Rolls are nothing but shit that is bad for you but...damn they taste good and are just the perfect size to pop one in between dogfights, give me some Zebra rolls and a couple bottles of Gatorade and I'm ready for some serious jet grinding in War Thunder, sooo perfect a combo.

Comment Re:Wrong, evil and going to happen (Score 1) 101

According to the US state dept's own guidelines? According to the state dept "any election in which the results are more than 2% off the polling results should be considered illegitimate"...well guess what? Most of the democratic primaries failed to meet this standard with CA going as high as 12% off.

So if we actually held our own country to the same standards we hold the banana republics? The entire primary would have to be held again. BTW isn't it awful funny that every single state where the polls and results didn't match went to Clinton? And that the ones where the results were the most off were ALL those that used electronic voting? Gee, one would think that someone out there wants to insure HRC is the next POTUS.

Comment Re:The Taste must have been fired also (Score 3, Informative) 474

What is sad is the fruit pies are complete garbage now, in fact the cheap generic fruit pies actually have more fruit in them than a Hostess does. It used to be a Hostess fruit pie was the best you could get, you couldn't take a bite without just piles of fruit, now you are lucky if there is 3 pieces of fruit in the whole nasty thing, its just gross HFCS with artificial flavoring.

BTW before anybody brings up the fact that Wonder Bread is still good? A different company bought the Wonder Bread brand and they still make a quality product. I've tried all the "new Hostess" products and frankly the generic knock offs taste better, Hostess snacks now taste like overpriced cardboard and is one of those companies like Atari that lives solely to mine whatever nostalgia they can because their new products simply cannot compete with their old ones.

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