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Comment Re:Options (Score 5, Informative) 438

While true they have come in the way of updates that can be uninstalled:

Further Win 7 does not include any of the Win 8 UI elements. Trying to mash a touchscreen UI onto a desktop OS. As well as since you don't have the "tile" elements you are not being served ads nativly on your desktop or start menu. (They did sneak the Win 10 upgrade ad into the Systray but since there is no MS Edge for Win 7 you don't see the ads that pop up there on Win 7.)

Win 7 does offer control on how your updates are done. Not a native option for non-enterprise Win 10 users.

Finally I've yet to see any real hardware issues with Win 7 that this blog post purports. The very closest thing that I will say is that there are some new Win 8+ kernel SSD bits of functionality that you can't get with Win 7 at all. However those bits of functionality are not a dealbreaker to me, an avid SSD user, by any means.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 238

>Lower power consumption
>Better picture quality
>Better durability and lighter weight

On the downside LG embeds advertising into the firmware of its TVs, so I will continue to refuse to buy them.

Samsung bakes advertising in as well, which is a shame, since they have much lower latency for gaming than any other LCD manufacturer.

I will not buy a TV that will advertise to me whenever I bring up the main menu.

Comment Re:APPLICATION, not PATENT (Score 1) 62

I'm pessimistic and think, sadly, that you have too much faith in the patent office.

The correct response to this doesn't even have anything to do with "an abstract idea" - it should be "You have a device that is designed to take pictures and can identify objects in those photos, and that device has location information and storage. Using that device to keep track of the locations of objects is obvious - not patentable.

The only thing patentable would be if they had some novel way of storing location information perhaps, or some novel method of object recognition. The "idea" "keep track of objects' locations with a hololens" should not be patentable at all.

Comment Re:Smart quotes break technical content (Score 2) 207

I just had occasion to look into the reason why curly quotes often go the wrong way (and grow spurious spaces around themselves), and it's because of a quirk (or bug) in how RTF (and exported-from-RTF) handles nesting for formatting codes.

Smart quotes depend on finding ON and OFF codes with a single block of formatting, but RTF likes to put paragraph breaks INSIDE the nearest adjacent paired formatting or on/off code. Which means the parser can't find the OFF code so it uses another ON code, and the user gets curly quotes pointing the wrong direction.

Same thing with smart single quotes.

Basically, it's bad tag nesting.

Once I got to really examining all the various cases, it was clear it was all one problem that can be triggered by any change in formatting including line breaks, but may look different depending on what else is adjacent, especially when there also a code with multiple manifestations, like that for the M-dash (which has two possible codes, and behaves differently depending on whether there are trailing spaces).

Every RTF editor and export-to-RTF I looked at had the same problem. So it's probably a failing of the RTF standard (such as that is... so many to choose from!) that sorta neglected to specify how code nesting must be handled.

Comment Impalpable evidence. (Score 1) 404

I read the report. It's extremely vague; mostly quotes a Microsoft document on generally securing your shit. It doesn't actually put forth ANY hard evidence of ANY hack, Russian or otherwise -- closest it comes is citing a snippet of source code of unverified origin.

I hate to cite McAfee since he's such a nutjob, but I think he's completely correct here:
"Any hacker capable of breaking into something is extraordinarily capable of hiding their tracks. If I were the Chinese and I wanted to make it look like the Russians did it I would use Russian language within the code. I would use Russian techniques of breaking into organisations so there is simply no way to assign a source for any attack -- this is a fallacy." He argued the report was part of a ploy to "manipulate our opinions".

Comment Re:Always a couple of cheapskates (Score 1) 313

>There are almost always 1 or 2 cheapskates on a flight of 150+, whom can be bought off.

Sure, count me as one of them (as a frequent flier). As long as I don't have a strict deadline, I'll usually take a voucher. One year I think I probably got back more credit worth in vouchers than I spent on flying.

Comment Re:Tiger repellent (Score 1) 277

That cone thing is nonsense, but adding solar panels to windmill blades? That might be a good idea -- for one thing it gets them up out of the surface blowing dirt that etches hell out of the panels. For another the rest of the unit is already budgeted. So even if the solar isn't angled efficiently, it could be a bonus.

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