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Comment Re:Good for convenience, bad for large IT shops (Score 1) 191

I did a factory reset on a laptop to get back to 8. It started out with 181 updates and took over 8 hours to accomplish this. I turned it on the next day only to discover there were 21 more updates. I do not know if it is windows 10 or slashdot software but to type in this comment I attach a external keyboard since if I type on the laptop keyboard it goes crazy on me making it most difficult to type. Microsoft's games are the worst. I was playing Treasure Hunter and all at once it quit on me I restarted the game only to find that it was like I never played the game therefore losing more than a month of playing it. My results are suppose to stored on the cloud so there should be nothing my laptop could to produce that result. I really do not want to start over if there is a chance that it will happen again. In the game one must get across the screen to find an exit but for some reason the exit is not visible unless on magnifies the screen to the max. There is a game of solitaire where one must accomplish a task within a certain number of moves. But they have auto moves that can not be shut off and do not help in winning the game. So one must hit the undue button a lot of times since the game will try to redo the moves after every move the player does. Does anyone at Microsoft even play these games as if they did they would certainly see how frustrating they are. I have seen a game that will display a screen just to have it replaced by another screen. They could not be bothered to delete that screen instead of just adding more software to load another. Yet they are trying to get people to pay them over $10 a year so that they do not have to watch commercials. Most of the commercials are there just to punish those who do not pay as one game will advertise another game and it does not matter if one already has both games. I am sure some of the advertising is for me since some are for a Michigan government site. So they must know I live in Michigan. There is a game called Jackpot. It is a free download but they will try to sell you a lucky charm. The most expensive one is $229. I can not imagine someone paying that much money on a free game. I just realized there is not a sticker on my laptop with the key for the OS. If my hard drives fails on me how will I be able to restore the OS on a new one. I guess I could buy a 32 gigabyte flash memory stick and backup the OS and than store it somewhere so that I can find it if I keep the laptop long enough for the hard drive to fail. I would think that they could design the bios so that it could reach Microsoft so that in case of a hard drive failure Microsoft would reload its OS with all of their updates. Quality software must be a crazy idea that Microsoft will not be able to ever accomplish.

Comment Re:Lack of QA in Redmond? (Score 1) 88

Why must I relearn everything after every upgrade? There is no minimize on this firefox browser. To minimize it I must hit the windows key since clicking on the icon on the task bar does nothing. There is now only a icon for all apps so I have to click it to get all apps. There is an icon for settings but it just another thing that must be learned. Microsoft games do not work right either. Some of the time when I click on say minesweeper it just show the initial screen and than does nothing. I either have to restart the operating system or I have to restart the game several times. Four days seem to be the maximum I can get away without rebooting. There are two games adventure and treasure hunter that can not show the last part of the game unless one magnifies the screen so much that one can not see the overall picture so one must memorize it and than magnify the screen to find the exit point. It is curious since the games failed to work than they started to work and than after an update went back to failing again. I can not find the command prompt. It used to be on the start menu but it is not there anymore and is not on the taskbar. I have read instruction to type a command on the taskbar but there is nowhere to type it. I have more than one computer and the problems are the same on all of them. If I touch the pad while typing this comment the computer will go crazy and I will have to spend some time getting back to where I was.

Comment Re:Not again! (Score 1) 61

IBM is behind World Community Grid. They have contributed about 250 million results. They are not slowing down either. If one could produce these results at say a nickel a result in electricity cost than they have spent an additional 12.5 million dollars. But they are still asking for volunteers to produce results which should be a lot cheaper for them to produce themselves. Their cloud business should be able do this without much problems. Their must be a reason why they are still pushing distributed computing in a world where cloud computing is also being pushed. Super computers today are doing over 100 times what all the members of WCG can hope to accomplish. I would think IBM could get a government grant to help in the cost too.

Comment Re:Monitor Team? [Re:"could not recall"] (Score 1) 409

First they should encrypt all secrets. Second only approved devices should be able to be able to read those files. Third those devices should have a way for them to contact the government everyday so that they could be remotely destroyed if they had fallen in the wrong hands, Therefore Clinton should have only the ability to send encrypted files which could be read only by authorized personnel. Anything less than that is negligence by the government not by any individual.

Comment Re:Bad Choice of Location (Score 1) 222

I live in western Michigan. We now have 56 windmills in my county. There is also a very large pumped storage plant. It pumps water from Lake Michigan up into a man made lake when there is low demand for electricity and allows the water to flow back generating electricity when the demand is high. Someone wanted to put some windmills in Lake Michigan. Some people stated that the windmills would spoil their view of the lake and since they would not generate many jobs it was unanimously defeated. Lake Michigan is about 50 miles wide so if they could put the windmills in the middle 10 miles that would still leave more than 20 miles from both shores. There is plenty of wind power over the great lakes but as of yet no one is putting windmills there. There is plenty of demand since Chicago and Milwaukee are both on it shores.

Comment Re:solving aging (Score 1) 282

I say bullshit to your comment. I know for personal experience about the selling of crap cars to our young people. They are just trying to get to work and are being exploited to the max. I know that they will pay more than twice what I pay for a vehicle since I always have enough money and they must borrow. I will pay far less for insurance since I do not need full coverage. I know that there are a lot of police out there just trying to generate income by generating fines. Half of which are not even close to fair and the other half could just get a warning but for the need to keep the income flowing. Just watch John Oliver's Last week and one will see how the one per centers are exploiting the poor in this country. They are charging a lot more to the people who have a lot less. So why do both China and Russia believe that they must steal all they can from their neighbors? So why do our rich feel that they need to steal all they can from the average person in this country? If everything is going to be great than why demand that we can not afford heath care and demand that we burn dirty coal and produce all the gas and oil that we can? Please tell the republicans about all the good things that are going to happen because they are trying to scare us about all the horrible things they claim are going to happen.

Comment Re:Humans Need Not Apply (Score 2) 93

i am a 67 year old man who lives alone because his wife died and his children live in other states. When I look to the future I still see many needs for me. There is cleaning the house and me. There is mowing the grass in the summer and keeping the sidewalks and driveway free from snow in the winter. There is also raking the leaves in the fall. There is also cooking my food. There is maintaining the house I live in. Now I do not see any type of robots doing any of that work in the near future. I could see designing underground homes and transportation system so that there is a far less need for much of that work. For instance robots cooking meals and being delivered automatically. I think it will take more than 50 years for a lot of that to happen and I will be dead long before it does happen. But for someone born today it will be a definite problem when they are in their 50's. Since there are probably millions of people like me there will be lots of work unless someone decides to kill us all.

Comment Re:Turbo Charge? (Score 1) 98

I tried to purchase diapers for my granddaughter to be picked up at a store in another state. It did not go well since they somehow lost her name and would not allow her to pick up them. I would purchase a lot more if they would have tickets around the store for items. For instance a computer motherboard that would have a ticket for it. I would just give the ticket to the clerk who would scan it and than the item would be delivered to the store where I would pick it up and return it if anything was wrong. My biggest concern is how to get a defective item back to where it came from. I have purchase item that were defective and than have to pay to get them back and than lose the shipping charges for both directions. I hope that they throw away the defective item so I am paying to ship trash. For clothes, I would love to see a computer program that would show a figure of me and than I would mix and match items on my body without having to put them on. It would be much better for both the store and the customers.

Comment Re:Comes and goes (Score 2, Funny) 376

I have a windows 10 computer that when I boot it, it will boot to a screen that says my computer is blocked and I need to call a 800 number. It will not x out so I needed to ctrl-alt-del. I found that edge was running and when I ended that app the screen went away. Windows defender is no help with this. I do not use Chrome anymore because it is infected with so much malware that at times I have more than one using my speakers to try to sell my something. Again Windows defender is no use. I am trying to setup homegroup. I get to the point where it asks for a password. I got the password from another computer but after typing it in, it tells me that it can no longer detect a homegroup until I restart and go through the experience again. I use Microsoft jigsaw game and it must expect a expensive graphic interface card since some times it will not move a piece unless I click on it several times thus making it very hard when the games gives me a time limit to finish a puzzle. The game makes me watch advertising but most of them are for other Microsoft games and a lot of them I already have on my computer. Of course if I pay them around $10 a year they will skip the advertising but I think the game is only worth the $10 so after the first year I would be over paying them.

Comment Re: Yawn (Score 2) 801

1 Hillary wins the presidency.
2. Democrats win the house and senate.
It still would not mean anything since anything that manages to get by in the house would be filibustered in the senate. The government would still be stalemated. No immigration reform, no tax reform, no supreme court nomination for at least another four more years. Its been a long time since one party has won the presidency for more than 8 years. Republicans did it in 1980-1992. Democrats did it in 1932-1952. So it would be very hard for Hillary to win more than one election. The election in 2018 would see the Republicans win back the house and 2020 would see a moderate Republican win the presidency. The only thing Hillary could do is to continue to use presidential powers to do some good with climate change and immigration reform.

Comment Re:Just what Walmart shoppers need..... (Score 1) 117

I think that pushing a cart around makes it easier for me to shop. In fact I will always push a cart from the parking lot to the store. The hard part is getting the cat food and kitty liter from the shelf into the cart and than from the cart to the scanner and than back to the cart. I than must get the items from the cart into my car and finally from the car into my house. The new cart will not help with any of these chores but will take away the little support I get from pushing the cart. So even though I am old and retired, I say to Walmart no thanks to the new shopping cart.

Comment Re:NOPE. Next question (Score 2) 1144

There has got to be a way to prevent shooting like this. I can think of a couple of ways. How about filling the nightclub with a breathable smoke so no one can see and than giving the police infrared glasses? How about filling it up with intense white light so nobody can see and giving the police infrared glasses? How about heat lamps that could fool the shooters infrared glasses but give out a signal that only the police infrared glasses could detect? There are ways to defeat the shooter but they would be expensive and since incidents like this are still rare, people will go on thinking it will never happen to them. Over 99% of the defenses would never be used but if one were it might deter shooters from trying.

Comment Re:Pointless and Useless Speculation (Score 1) 559

Just suppose that we are living in a computer simulation. Someone designed this simulation to test how intuitive the program would be. Than there would be no aliens to help us since that would be our primary job. Our job is to discover new and better ways to accomplish things. It would not help us to accomplish this if we discovered an alien race since we alone must discover anything new. So it might be true that we are alone in the simulated universe.

Comment Re:When I was a kid... (Score 4, Interesting) 324

When I go to grocery store to pick up soda, I am always amazed by the fact that the soda is room temperature. More than half of the year the soda could be cold just by drawing in some of the cold air that exist all the time for 6 months here in Michigan. I am amazed by the mountains of snow that are created in every parking lot. The snow will be there until the sun melts them. Yet there are a huge amount of freezers using electricity to keep food cool. The same goes for the refrigerator in my home. I have forced air gas furnace. It has a fan to distribute the air. All it would need is a way to draw in outside air in the cool summer nights here in Michigan to cool down my house. It would have to be smart enough to know when the outside air is cool enough to cool down the house. Take today for instance the sun will heat up my attic to about 85 degrees and the house to around 75 degrees. My bedroom will remain in the 70's well after the time I wish to sleep making it difficult to get to sleep. A few hours ago it was in the upper 40's or lower 50's but none of the cold air was used to cool down anything that I could use during the day.

Comment Re:Duh. Because God made itt (Score 1) 720

If there is a place called heaven and if there is a just god that could not deny a place for that child than giving the child cancer would be a great gift. Ask me if I would have rather spent the 67 years that I have existed so far in heaven rather than here, and I would tell you like most people that I would have much preferred to be in heaven. Even if all of my descendants would all not exist, it is gods problem to ensure their existence not mine. We should all take all of the unused eggs out of all of the females and than fertilize them and let them die. This would ensure that there would be billions of people in heaven. Of course all of this is totally nonsense so in my opinion it totally destroys the notion of heaven and a test to get there.

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