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Comment Re:Disable, then VM or Mac (Score 1) 399

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) 399

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) 399

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) 399

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) 399

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.

Comment Re: Comes and goes (Score 1) 376

You are so full of shit. Testers who had no ability to develop or build/support test tools were prone to layoff. Testers still exist, including those who are not focused on test dev, but in smaller proportion. They are just putting greater emphasis on test as part of the agile development process.

QA is very far from gone as you'd like to convince people.

With some of the bugs that are getting non-optionally pushed onto end-users' systems, it clear that either Microsoft's QA team, or product managers, or both, are (at best) incompetent, and should be fired.

I'll leave it to the Microsoft insiders to figure out who.

Comment Re:- don't fall for clickbait, be thoughtful - (Score 2) 236

If you think Slashdot is a 'mostly progressive' audience, you're a fucking idiot. Try bringing up subjects like gun control, or feminism, or environmentalism, or racism, or "political correctness," and see the response you get here.

Just because you disagree with the GP, you don't need to be so rude about it.

Comment Re: "treason" "terrorism" (Score 1) 236

Article III, Section 3:

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

If Enemies is a subset of Everyone, then giving Aid and Comfort to Everyone is an act of Treason, at least until the US makes peace with Everyone. Specifically what Snowdon exposed was the difficulty the US Government has in distinguishing between Everyone and Enemy.

"Eddard Stark: What you suggest is treason.
Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish: Only if we lose."

I think it could be argued that Bush, Cheney, Obama, and numerous CIA / NSA / DHS directors are enemies of the United States, and therefore aiding them is an act of treason.

Comment Re:treason (Score 1, Informative) 236

The current US administration has been caught spying in violation of the constutition.

Because the Bush administration was never caught spying in violation of the Constitution. Forget the whole PATRIOT Act or the administration forcing phone companies to install digital taps so the government could listen in on everyone's phone calls?

As soon as Bush and Cheney are swinging from the end of a noose I'll be more than happy to agree with your demand.

I don't think the GP was arguing against Bush and Cheney being hanged for treason; he was only addressing the current administration.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 184

Actually, speaking for myself only, I've found the opposite to be true.

The only way I've avoided falling off the wagon, so to speak, is to have a policy of simply never eating sweats. Even when I'm making a dessert for other people and need to taste-test it, I spit rather than swallow. (Sorry, hard to avoid the pun-fodder on that one.)

When I've tried to simply be moderate in how often I eat sweets, I've always ended eating them more and more frequently, until I was effectively eating them whenever I felt like it.

I'm not sure how much that holds for other people, but it's definitely true for me.

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