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Comment Why don't we just make the pages smaller? (Score 3, Insightful) 105

These days - aside from (hypothetical and inevitably blocked) ads - it's not images that are the root problem. It's the half gigabyte of javascript.

I'm sorry Mr. Went To School For Web Design, but the moving pull-down menus and dynamic sliding content and whatnot is just not needed (except to justify your career). When I visit a website, all I really need are maybe four buttons: "BUY OUR SHIT", "DOWNLOAD UPDATES FOR OUR SHIT", "READ DOCUMENTATION ABOUT OUR SHIT", and "CONTACT US FOR ALL THE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SHIT WE CAN'T BE BOTHERED TO PUT ON OUR WEB SITE".

Skip all the embedded activity tracking, metrics, demographics and dynamic content and we could go back to the golden days when web pages were under a megabyte on average without images.

Comment Re:Rent-Seeking (Score 1) 157

Yeah about that....then WTF was it doing in a HOME OS, care to answer me that? Last I checked Windows Insiders are NOT testing Enterprise Products, all the Insiders get is the Home/Pro version.

That's easy. It's one ISO. There's been a progression over the last few OS generations that one image is used for multiple different editions. You unlock Home/Pro/Enterprise by supplying the appropriate key. Same thing for many server products.

And please do not forget it won't have been the first time MSFT has lied to our faces, remember "The Kinect is an integral part of the Xbox One, we can't just flip a switch" until they did exactly that?

Something something Occam. Last week it's "this executable is regarding Enterprise subscriptions" and this week it's "hey, we're announcing Enterprise subscriptions", and you think it's more likely both events are evidence that Home/Pro is (in the immediate future) going subscription than they are... exactly what they are?

I repeat, there are marketing trends that are valid as evidence that Windows will at some point gain "value-add" software-as-a-disservice un-features. The ass-tonnes of money being made by O365 are pretty weighty, evidence-wise. There's a huge incentive. But the executable from last week and the announcement that Enterprise is now available on a monthly basis in addition to via Volume License subscriptions... not evidence that that end.

I'm sorry but this past year with all the underhanded shit we have seen with Win 10 has proven to just about everybody that they simply cannot be trusted anymore, hell they have made Windows Update into a risk because "no means no" is something nobody has taught to MSFT. The sad part is I NEVER thought I'd see the day where I would actually miss Steve Ballmer but Nutella and all his underhanded crap pushing Windows 10 makes me actually miss the big sweaty monkey.

New word: rantagraph. Thank you for inspiring me.

BTW for those that want to lock in the "free upgrade" in case the hackers figure out a way to kill all the spying? Here is a tutorial on how to lock in the upgrade without actually installing win 10 which is a hell of a lot quicker than having to install then roll back to a decent version.

Comment Re:Rent-Seeking (Score 1) 157

MS has been introducing this change on us like proverbial 'boiling frog'. It's coming and I think even you are starting to see the light or you would have used more assertive in your statements.

I hear you. I honestly do. Market trends make it seem obvious. But the repeated "there you, told you" posts every time news is posted that ISN'T about our existing licenses going subscription is getting really, really old.

Microsoft leasing hardware and offering software that already is subscription-related (mostly) isn't evidence. It's just not.

Comment Re:Rent-Seeking (Score 1) 157

The real question is what they will do with existing installations. Will there be a year or two grace period after which point your license expires and will require a subscription renewal? Or will they allow existing licenses to continue in perpetuity?

And therein lies the answer. Microsoft just pushed as hard as they could for everyone on Home and Pro to upgrade to Win10. Thing is, those licenses were perpetual, and the replacement license for Win10 isn't subscription. If they pull a bait & switch and degrade our perpetual licenses into a subscription product, there will be lawsuits. Successful ones.

Same thing goes for anyone who bought a new PC in the last year with Win10 installed on it. Perpetual.

They can't even play the game of "oh, you don't qualify for anniversary edition unless you 'subscribe'", because without a version change, these are just updates and support fixes, regardless of introducing new features.

I'm not saying MS won't ever add subscription OS licenses. But to date there remains no actual sign of that happening. The sky is not falling.

Comment Re:Rent-Seeking (Score 2, Informative) 157

Not to worry, citizen! Your OS and Tablet will be automatically upgraded by Microsoft to a subscription model, for your convenience!

No. Just no. Stop perpetuating this. While Microsoft has made many missteps with Win10, this isn't one of them. Yet.

Enterprise was never free to upgrade. It was always a product available only through volume licensing, usually with Software Assurance, which is a yearly fee.

Home and Pro have no sign of moving to a subscription plan at this point. That might change some day, but there's no sign of it yet.

Like last week's "revelation" that the latest Win10 build includes some SUBSCRIPTIONTHING.EXE and folks like you coming out of the woodwork to say "I told you so", despite Microsoft very, very clearly explaining that the file had nothing to do with Pro/Home installs and was purely for Enterprise, the FUD is getting annoying. I'm no fanboy, but to date, your suggesting has no basis in fact.

Comment Re:You know what flashing a BIOS secure? (Score 4, Interesting) 59

I liked it better when I had to move a jumper before I could flash the BIOS in a machine. That was really quite secure against post-shipment BIOS modification.

A good thought but it doesn't work so well when you've got hundreds or thousands of remotely supported systems scattered over the city/country/continent/planet.

Of course, I also can't think of the last time I flashed the BIOS in any of my systems, which makes me wonder why the hell we ever got away from ROMs in the first place...

You know this article is about shitty code, right? Well, I can tell you that the BIOS being shipped these days is shitty in more ways than this. If you have enough machines out there, you will sooner or later encounter something strange that involves a bug in firmware. From a mouse/printer/USB-vibrator to the latest DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort monitor, sooner or later you'll plug something in and it won't work as advertised. Or something that used to work stops working because... reasons. Basically, if you accept that there are firmware updates for motherboards, you should accept that there are reasons for them existing, even if you haven't needed them.

And don't get me started on the shitty code in server firmwares.

Most commercial systems (Dell, Lenovo, HP) they're bugfixes. Most consumer systems (Asus, Gigabyte, etc) they're updating support for processor microcode or memory module compatibility or whatever.

Comment Why the aggitation? (Score 1) 285

Someone found a filename they don't like. Microsoft explained - clearly - what it is for and what it isn't for. It's used for that version of Windows 10 that we have always known costs money and is part of a subscription: Enterprise.

All the posters ranting about how they've had enough and are switching to Linux, and all those smug people saying "I told you so" evidently didn't even read the summary.

This is a non-issue. The filename might as well have been NothingHasChangedInAnyWay.EXE

Comment Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 212

It IS informative and is NOT a joke; because it adroitly sidesteps the weak sarcasm in the original "request" by actually outlining the top-level steps necessary to switch from being a Windows-based office to a Mac-based one.

Come on. If it was informative, it wouldn't be missing:

2.5 Read your your e-mails wherein your Purchase Requisitions were denied.

2.6 Goto 5.

Comment Re:Here it is (Score 1) 43

Warranty: discovering your warranty has expired after the fact is a problem because you can't reinstate coverage quickly. Being reminded that the expiry is coming up encourages you to renew before that happens. Yes, that costs you money, but that's to your benefit.

Backup: Windows Backup is a sad sack of crap.

Battery: I'm responsible for, directly use, and own several Lenovo Thinkpad class laptops. No, they don't have anything resembling a timed false-positive battery degradation alert. This is fabricated or your experience is unusual.

Hardware tests: I did voluntarily say that hardware tests generally won't reveal anything until your system has already stopped working. As for hard drive tests... guess what... the Lenovo scheduled tests are SMART short and long tests, not exhaustive drive stress-tests.

Comment Re:Here it is (Score 3, Insightful) 43

allows users to check their system's virus and firewall status, update their Lenovo software, perform backups, check battery health, get registration and warranty information and run hardware tests.

So, completely pointless bullshit that has no legitimate reason to exist.

Not exactly. While the antivirus status is redundant, the rest isn't. Being notified that your warranty is about to expire is a good thing. Being notified that you haven't done a backup recently is a good thing. Being informed that the battery in your laptop is degraded is a good thing. Having something run scheduled tests of basic peripherals is better than not doing so, even though typically you'll know when there's a problem because your system stops working.

While IT-fluent people are probably doing this sort of thing on their own, the vast majority of machines are either lightly managed or not managed at all.

It's easy to mock yet another software package that is flawed. But the idea that the software is unjustified and without use is false, in most users' cases.

Comment Re:To put it into perspective (Score 1) 237

How much is the gold worth if the global supply is doubled and it looks like there will be more to come? Plus I'm pretty sure the odds of finding an asteroid that high in gold content is astronomically high (pun intended).

How much is the gold worth if you don't have enough and want more?

Really, asteroid mining is a question of energy availability versus materials availability. If energy becomes sufficiently available and can be stored in a useful manner, using it to obtain materials we want makes the idea viable. Of course, that's not next week, or the week after.

Comment Re:And the joke... (Score 1) 105

With that lack of clearance it's literally going to be hitting the streets.

I came here to point that out. There's almost zero clearance, and none of the four tires can change direction; this car design can only go forwards and backwards in a straight line.

I agree with the idea that this is some sort of rich-person joke.

Comment Re: I bought it, it's mine (Score 0) 260

Only if you never had any evidence that it was ever their intention to give away the game in the first place.

I'm a pretty honest kind of guy; if a cashier gives me too much change back, I tell them. That said, purchases are contracts. A seller states that they are willing to provide a product with a description, for an amount. If I agree to that contract, it should be binding. It doesn't matter if the agreed upon price is $0 or some number with a bunch of zeroes after it. To attempt to renegotiate after a contract is agreed to, upon the basis of a mistake is reasonable. A house-seller who had a typo that caused a massively low asking price would be reasonable to ask to be let out of the contract. But to unilaterally renege? Not cool.

The moment Microsoft's servers accepted the transaction at $0, they accepted the contract that THEY offered the buyers. Any site wordings indicating they reserve the right to change their minds afterwards is... immoral to me, even if it's legally binding.

In a decent world, the buyer of the incorrectly-priced house releases the seller, because to not do so deprives the seller of a major asset. In the world of digital duplication, there is no actual loss to Microsoft if they honour their mistake. There is only loss of potential income.

All I'm saying is that IMHO, the contract is valid and Microsoft should honour it. And perhaps ask people to return the incorrectly-priced purchase. That's decency.

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