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Comment My experience so far (Score 1) 376

I have done two upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and three fresh installs. Mostly for relatives who didn't want to pass up the free upgrade.

The telemetry stuff still irks me, but a lot of it can be turned off. And the "can't disable/skip updates part is scary because trusting Microsoft to get updates right all the time seems foolish given history.

Having said and accepted all of that though, I am absolutely amazed how smooth and responsive Windows 10 is, especially on older hardware.

I did a laptop that was running Vista (Dell Insperon 1525 with Intel Pentium Dual Core 1.86GHz, 2GB RAM, and 120GB HDD). Fresh install of Vista ran so sluggish it made it a miserable and frustrating experience to boot up and use.

Fresh install of Windows 7 was a little better but not by much. When I installed Windows 10 on it, it now boots to the desktop in under 30 seconds and apps launch and respond virtually instantly again.

It has its warts, for sure, but the performance so far has been remarkable and I haven't had any of the issues mentioned in the original post on any of the five systems I've put Windows 10 on.

My only problem with it was that Cortana stays running even when you turn it off and that process sucked up 35% of my memory until I renamed the Cortana folder to prevent the process from respawning...I am dreading the next update that respawns Cortana despite my fix. was not found on this server.

Comment Re: TMobile.... (Score 1) 145

Actually ATT does offer something competitive with the other carrier's $40-50 semi-unlimited plans - its just that its part of their GoPhone (prepaid) section.

$45/month ($40 with auto refill)
Unlimited calling.
Unlimited texting (including to over 100 other countries).
2GB (they bumped me to 3GB) 4G data and then unlimited 3G after that.

This is better than any of their post-paid plans and the guy at the ATT store couldn't give me a reason why pre-paid had flat rate semi-unlimited when their regular plans did not.

The same thing from their family plan, minus unlimited 3G on their family plan, (last I checked) cost $10 more per month.

Comment And the very last paragraph? (Score 5, Informative) 95

"This memorandum does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person."

Am I reading that right? A presumption of disclosure is what they claim...but don't hold them to it?

Comment Re: Why not? (Score 1) 619

Actually, I think people know gas/oil companies make obscene profits because ExxonMobile holds the top 5 positions for highest yearly profits for all US companies EVER - over $40B yearly profit most of the last decade (at least).

Gas/oil companies makes up a uniquely sizable chunk of the top 100 largest yearly profit records.

Comment Drones over the matches (Score 1) 138

Anyone else notice the shadow of the drone flying over the actual matches (with accompanying replay footage from said drone after certain plays)? Was I the only one fixated on the shadow during the Germany vs Portugal match to see if it was just the usual camera running on wires up and down the field until it went circling in ways only a drone could? The shadow ended up being a corner-of-view distraction to me - I wonder if the players see it moving and think a player might be coming up behind them.

Comment Re:You're kidding!?! (Score 1, Insightful) 234

I think the difference that might make people rightly question how UAVs on American soil are used even for just training purposes is that they are primarily for spying purposes. My biggest questions are:

While on training missions within the United States what surveillance is done with them for the purposes of training?

What information is stored from those training missions?

How is that information used or is it shared with the CIA, FBI or local police?

I think all of those are valid and necessary questions given what we know from our country's past actions and the skirting of domestic safeguards since 9/11 in the name of national security.

Comment Re:Science VS religion. (Score 1) 564

Ummm that humans were created at one single time in their present form within the last 10,000 years and you think that is a scientifically valid theory? Arguing where the Universe originated is valid (and unprovable) but arguing where humans came from? Not so much. Even Pope John Paul II didn't argue AGAINST evolution.

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