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Comment Re:because it's universal (Score 2) 526

FWIW, IBM actually PUBLISHED the SOURCE CODE for their IBM PC BIOS in an actual book!

Among the service documentation you could buy for the model 5150 was an IBM blue binder manual that had actual scans of MX-80 printouts of the BIOS in 7-dot matrix
print as well as the actual schematics of everything in the 5150 except the Power Supply, which they bought OEM from Astec at the time.

You had to buy the SAMS 3rd-party manual for the PC if you wanted power supply schematics.

Comment REAL caller ID (Score 4, Informative) 120

Just a non-fucking-spoofable caller ID would go a long way to fixing this, the assholes couldn't hide behind spoofed numbers and would be thus made easily reportable to authorities.

As soon as I heard that caller ID was FUCKING USER MODIFIABLE, I realized it was an absolutely worthless "feature".

Comment Re: in other news (Score 2) 501

Years and years of scummy, shady web-based malware pop-up windows with fake "Yes" and "No" buttons that do the same thing have conditioned many users to opt for the "close windows" X button as a more fool-proof way to ensure that nothing happens.

But as others have pointed out it's too late by the time this window appears, and they don't believe the only real solution, hitting the "cancel update" button will work.

Comment Re:Does it bundle.. (Score 1) 159

Yes, supposedly, when you un-select them in Windows Update, then right-click and "Hide Update", refreshing the available updates to install makes them disappear.

BUT, somehow like a painful rectal itch, it keeps coming back. I set updates to manual and check each time I go and collect them once a month or so, and fuck if there isn't one or more of them, back ready to install again. Be sure to check "optional" updates as well as "recommended" / "important", some of the "poisoned" updates appear there as well.

Comment Re:Does it bundle.. (Score 5, Informative) 159

YES THEY ARE. After careful analysis of the KB's included in the rollup, I have found three turds in the punchbowl. They are:

Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3068708) -- KB3068708 installs telemetry service, prepares for upgrade to Windows 10, CEIP Win7, Win8.1, Svr2008R2, Svr2012R2
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3075249) -- KB3075249 Adds Telemetry points to consent.exe (UAC tracking bullshit) Win7 Win8.1 RT8.1, Svr2008R2, Svr2012R2
Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB3080149) -- KB3080149 Timezone fixes, may add yet more telemetry, posible CEIP bullshit Win7 SP1, 8.1, Svr2008R2, Svr2012R2

Nice try, fuckers. I believe these can be removed after the rollup is installed by the command line (Replacing the "kbxxxxxxx" with the appropriate number):

wusa.exe /kb:3080149 /uninstall /quiet /norestart

Comment Re:Does it bundle.. (Score 4, Informative) 159

I would add to that:

KB3075851 prepares system for upgrade to Windows 10, Windows Update Client Update Allows Windows 10 install Win7, Svr2008r2

New Nonsense, updated 3/10/2016 - KB3123862 "Updates capabilities to upgrade Win8.1 and Win7".

If you have IE11 - KB3139929 and KB3146449 try to patch IE11 for Win7 and Win8 with ads for win10.

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