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Comment Re:And it still looks like (Score 0) 502

I still use XP because I haven't had the money to upgrade properly. My experience with Vista and 7 has been on work computers, friend's computers, etc..

xkcd has it covered as usual - I got used to launching stuff very rapidly by hitting Winkey + R + command + Enter. If I had to launch paint, mspaint. Windows update annoying me in the middle of a game? sc stop wuauserv.

Now the run function has been replaced with a "search bar" where I have to filter through a list of things when I already know what I'm looking for. (The names of these commands haven't changed since Windows 95, probably earlier.) I can't just rapidly launch command prompt and have it work because it'll hit a permissions snafu - I have to run as Administrator and authorize that via UAC because far too many idiot users installed bad crap on their computers and Microsoft compensated by adding in safeties that are good for your average end user but completely unnecessary for me.

Firefox has done the same thing. Oh hey, we're gonna add new functionality like tear-off tabs! Also, we're gonna have no actual option whatsoever to disable a feature that you may not want. People should not have to code extensions to disable stuff like this.

I'm a firm believer that if functionality existed previously (barring an extreme example like the xkcd comic), you should be able to restore that functionality. I'd get it if stuff was unnecessarily cumbersome due to legacy support (like how OSX made a lot of apps incompatible), but this is all really basic UI support that shouldn't take an inordinate amount of time or resources on the developer's end to continue to support.

Comment Re:Impressive... (Score 4, Insightful) 316

MegaUpload is done and dusted

Yep, just like how The Pirate Bay got raided that one time and now they're gone forever.

Kim Dotcom has way more money than a bunch of technically literate Swedish dudes. He'll do the same thing TPB did, though. He'll rebuild the site and make it as difficult as possible to take down on a technical level.

Comment Re:Really 10th in line? (Score 1) 308

I recall Reader's Digest having an article about something similar not too long after 9/11. Basically, they said that if an attack hit Congress while it was in session, the entirety of the Legislative Branch would be paralyzed because, well, the whole country would have to have emergency elections. They advocated electing "backup senators/representatives" who would live in their home state and otherwise work a normal job who could be called up in such a crisis.

Comment Re:Pfffffttttttttt (Score 3, Insightful) 265

When I told people that the space shuttles still had stuff like floppy drives and basically were equipped with computers from the 70s-80s, there were very confused. Why isn't NASA running the latest hardware?

It rings true for governments and business alike - reliability and stability are important, and "good enough" is king. There's a pretty decently big local hardware store (7-8 figures of business yearly) that STILL uses the custom cash register and inventory software that they ordered in the 80s. Why? "It works, and unlike Windows PoS our software doesn't really crash or fuck up."

Comment Re:Ha! (Score 1) 331

Government can't steal the $10,000 in twenties that you have buried in a watertight container under your uncle's barn.

You can't exactly print out Bitcoins and stash them somewhere, now can you?

Cash is the ultimate form of privacy.

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