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Comment Re:And thus the Internet of Things collapses (Score 2) 211

I apologize if my point was unclear. Please let me clarify:

You had written:

But you are right, working hard is not the key, the key is working SMART. The difference between low/middle/upper class isn't how hard you work.

The fact that you transitioned from talking about "the good life" to talking about "low/middle/upper class", makes me think that you were implicitly equating living the "good life" with attaining membership in one of those [economic] classes. That was my main point.

But I see also that I thought you were directly equating one's level of effort with which economic class one attains. I realize now that that was not your point at all. My apologies.

Comment Re:Legal (Score 1) 211

Any any case, this case will shake up the legal situation and set things vibrating!

You can expect some tingling legal issues arousing in the near future that are sure to give us all satisfaction.

All puns aside, I think the SCOTUS and U.S. Congress have shown a shocking degree of unwillingness in protecting the public from unscrupulous click-wrap EULA's and other onerous contracts. Nothing gives me particular hope that this will change in the near future. My guess is that it won't change until if/when some kind of revolution occurs which interrupts the influence corporations have over politics.

Comment Re:And thus the Internet of Things collapses (Score 1) 211

I know a SJW like you hates America, but that isn't what America is about. The American dream is not to get rich, but to have a good life. But you are right, working hard is not the key, the key is working SMART. The difference between low/middle/upper class isn't how hard you work. In fact, the lower classes work much harder than the upper ones.

It's interesting that you define the "good life" in terms of economic prosperity and/or how hard one works towards that end.

Comment Re:How does it contradict? (Score 1) 302

Obviously Cook is planning that taxes are lower for corporations next year, or that Apple will get a break for bringing back the taxes - either condition would meet his statement that Apple would not re-patriate because taxes are too high.

What large-corperation loving candidate is very likely to win the election and be in office next year to make that happen, hmm...

Both of them?

Comment Re:Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 1) 405

So what were you doing up until now? Reading each KB article? Vetting each update on a test system? I dont' really see that based on you response, so how on earth does THIS cumulative update model really change anything for YOU exactly?!!

Yes, that is approximately what I've been doing. Specifically, I've been leaving automatic updates disabled. Periodically I look for writeups about the current list of known-evil KB's, and allow the rest to get applied.

The cumulative updates prevent me from selectively installing only the updates I want.

Comment Re:Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 1) 405

So, what exactly is your plan?

I'm still considering my options.

Some people have recommended backing up the entire OS using non-free backup software designed for that very task. That would reduce my exposure to the risk of Microsoft pushing a bad update, and I might actually end up going that route.

OTOH, it doesn't help with the fact that Microsoft will undoubtedly be bundling spyware together with security patches starting in October. Running Windows in a VM would give me a relatively easy and cheap way to prevent Windows from phoning home. But as I mentioned elsewhere, it means having Windows as a guest VM, and that might make my color-calibration life more difficult.

Comment Re: Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 1) 405

Given the option, which OS would you rather use Photoshop on? Mac, linux, or windows 10?

Linux, hands down.

However, I still need to sort out the issue of monitor color calibration. The color-correction pipeline can be surprisingly complicated, because images, Photoshop/Lightroom, and Windows / OS X / Linux(?) are all ready to specify their own transforms. And I'm looking at adding yet another wrapper (Linux as a VM host OS) around that as well.

I can probably make it all work, it's just going to take some time and effort.

On the bright side, at least the color-calibration hardware is supported on Linux.

Comment Re:Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 2) 405

Its like you've never heard of backups. .

We actually do have a pretty decent backup regimen for the photographs themselves, including online, nearline, and offsite tiers. The photographs are irreplaceable.

However, Windows is not my day-job OS, and I need to be economical with the time, energy, and number of neurons I spend babysitting that OS. I can institute such a backup policy if necessary, but the more Microsoft makes it necessary, that more likely I am to just switch to a platform that's more reliable and is easier to rebuild.

Comment Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 5, Interesting) 405

My wife's photography business currently runs on Windows 7. We can't accept the risk of Microsoft screwing up her production environment (Photoshop + Lightroom).

For now, we're going to stop installing Windows updates, and cross our fingers.

Once that starts seeming too risky, I'll look into moving Windows into a VM with limited Internet access, or we'll migrate to using a Mac for the photo editing.

Neither option is appealing. I haven't yet figured out how difficult it will be to get monitor color-calibration right if Windows is running on a VM inside Linux. And sufficiently powerful Macs are painfully expensive.

I'll be curious to see if Microsoft's overall strategy from the past year is going to pay off for them. They're literally driving previously satisfied customers into their competitors' arms.

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