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Comment Re:Windows Installer Cache (Score 1) 404

No, do not run the Disk Cleanup wizard on Windows 7 under any circumstances. It has at least one system-destroying bug.

See:

http://www.cnet.com/forums/dis...

http://www.winhelponline.com/b... ... and many other links.

In my case it nuked \windows\system32, which I was able to restore by copying the files from another system. Lucky me.

Comment Re:Another brilliant, walled-garden idea (Score 2, Insightful) 275

On the rare chance you happen to have a hardware configuration that doesn't work, there are already channels (through your MS support rep) to properly report it and get a fix.

Whatever they're paying you, it's not enough.

Take that however you wish.

Comment Re:stop updating completely (Score 5, Insightful) 275

Agreed. I've left Windows Update completely off since the first appearance of GWX. So how exactly did I get an unsolicited 447-megabyte installation of Silverlight 5.1.50428.0 on August 6? I still run Security Essentials scans every so often, and I allow to update its malware definitions each time. I'm guessing that's where the Silverlight installation came from. Must be one of those "malware definitions."

Clearly a monthly rollup is the right thing to do, considering how long it takes to bring a new Windows installation up to speed. But given their track record, I'd be crazy to allow Microsoft to make changes to my system that can't be rolled back. It would be different if I could trust them to act in my interests in addition to their own. Instead, the continuous stream of lies and incompetence we've seen from the Windows Update team over the past couple of years, including a number of "bugs" and "mistakes" whose effects suspiciously seem to accrue exclusively to Microsoft's benefit, have made it inadvisable to do so.

It's not the policy that annoys me, it's the bullshit.

Comment Re:Calling this a first amendment issue denigrates (Score 1) 138

In a democratic republic, it's necessary for the people to watch their hired watchmen, because nobody else will. Snowden's "treachery" was an act of patriotism and -- not coincidentally -- of self-sacrifice.

Conversely there's no public interest in the disclosure of Hulk Hogan's sex tape. That puts it on different legal footing.

Comment Re:"It's the content, stupid" (Score 1) 460

That is a bullshit comparison. Most of those films are available for RENTAL or PURCHASE on Amazon, not as a part Prime video. You might as well compare Netflix to Amazon's DVD/Blu-Ray selection while you're at it.

We may be talking past each other. Here's my line of thinking:

"Hmm, $(MOVIE) sounds like it might be pretty good. I'll give it a try. Bummer, not available on Netflix. Bummer, not available for free on Amazon. But they'll let me watch it for 48 hours for $3.99. Fine, whatever."

Here's yours, which is apparently shared with quite a few other people in this thread:

"Hmm, $(MOVIE) sounds like it might be pretty good. I'll give it a try. Bummer, not available on Netflix. Bummer, not available for free on Amazon. Wait, OMGWTFBBQ WHAT IS THIS BULLSHIT? $3.99 FOR A DRM-INFECTED STREAM THAT PROBABLY WON'T PLAY ON THE OVERCLOCKED PDP-11 I BOUGHT ON EBAY AND INSTALLED LUNIX ON? FUCK YOU JEFF BEZOS I'M TELLING RICHARD STALLMAN ON YOU"

One of us gets to watch the movie. The other gets admitted to the ER ahead of the guy with the broken collarbone and the lady whose kids have the flu, because hey, it's not every day they see a 260/195 blood pressure reading

Comment Re:"It's the content, stupid" (Score 1) 460

(Shrug) I'm a Prime subscriber. I don't make a distinction between "Amazon" and "Amazon Prime," so that may be causing some confusion.

Are you suggesting that Netflix should offer the movies that Amazon offer for payment as inclusive in their all-you-can-eat plan or are you suggesting they introduce a mixed model where there are some premium movies on netflix?

The latter. They should offer 48-hour rentals of movies that aren't available for free streaming.

Basically I'm saying Amazon's model is more useful to me than Netflix's.

I don't expect something for nothing, and I don't expect everything for $12/month. But I when I want to watch something and am willing to pay for it, it would be nice if someone other than the Pirate Bay would make it available. Currently Amazon does the best job at this, and Netflix isn't even trying.

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