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Comment Pleased the harassment ends (Score 2) 503

Free Upgrade To Windows 10 Ends Today: What's Your Thought On This?

I'm very pleased for my friends and relatives that the continual harassment from Microsoft to do "something that sounds scary and sinister" will now end.

As for me, I couldn't care less .... I use only Linux for my day-to-day needs (the only gaming I do these days is Tetris and Mahjongg), though I keep a copy of XP in a VM for those rare occasions I need to run a Win32 app. I have Doom 3 installed on a real metal WinXP somewhere here .... never finished it ..... got bored by all the dim lighting ..... maybe I'll finish that one day. At least it didn't "require a Steam connection", and therefore Internet connectivity.

I thought about buying a copy of Win7 Pro while you still could (well it is quite a nice product if you can get it at a reasonable price), but in the end just couldn't face the continual struggle with Microsoft's dirty tricks department over whose PC it is. They made it perfectly clear they would bolt on telemetry to Win7 & 8.x, and would try ever tricksier ways to force download the Win10 files over my link onto my hard drive, and fool me into starting the upgrade, which were only circumventable by switching off all security updates and maintaining constant hyper-vigilence. I have enough stress in my life, without that nonsense. F*ck that. Out here, we are free, and the air smells good.

So I say hooray for the end of free Win10 upgrades :)
"And tap into America !" .... (sorry - wrong link, I know, but it'll do)

Submission + - Windows 10 on air-gapped networks?

roger_that writes: We have been looking at the Windows 10 upgrade for our networks, and have not found any information about what happens to Windows 10's attempts to "phone home", when the computer is not attached to the Internet. Do files build up on the hard drive, like the WER (Windows Error Reporting) files of Windows Server 2003/2008? Does the error reporting continuously grab CPU cycles, attempting to send reports that can never go anywhere? Is there anything I need to be aware of/change before I move to Win10? We will be turning off as much of the "phoning home" software as we can (think Cortana), but what happens with the stuff we can't turn off?

Comment Re:Oh My God, Really? (Score 1) 41

get it right

Pfh! .... The kids these days ... everything's gotta happen so fast for them ... they speak before they've finished thinking, and before they've finished speaking they've moved on to the next thing because apps.

Back when we were on dialup everything was so slow we really made sure that 120 byte file was right before starting the zmodem upload cos it all took so long and phone bills were so high^G5S2%^^^&%NO CARRIER

Submission + - SPAM: Bastille Day Terrorist Attacks in Nice, France. 84 Dead 1

MrKaos writes: Videos are emerging of another terrorist attack in Nice France. Police failed to stop the driver of a fixed axle lorry who sebsequently used the vehicle to plough through crowds of people celebrating Bastille day.
Claims are emerging that the driver was also using an automatic weapon and had a stock of grenades. France was still in a state of emergency from the previous terrorist attacks.

Eighty four are dead and eighteen are in a critical condition.

The cowardly Daesh (ISIS) have claimed responsibility for the attack against the citizens of France.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Ubuntu developer suggests dropping i386 support (

Ilgaz writes: Ubuntu developer Dimitri suggests dropping i386 support from Ubuntu and naturally,derivatives such as Kubuntu citing 3rd parties (Google and couple of "cool" developers named) dropping 32bit support&maintenance. On the other hand, Windows 10 which switched to rolling update model and will be the last ever Windows major version does support i386 and will continue to do so in foreseeable future.

Submission + - Repurposing Old Smartphones

ChromoSapien writes: I love technology, but I hate e-waste, so this ( title grabbed my attention: "Repurposing Old Smartphones for Home Automation". An excerpt ---
"At the recent Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit ... Dietrich Ayala proposed a simple and affordable solution to home automation: a discarded smartphone can handle some of the most useful home automation tasks without requiring expensive hubs and sensors ... 'Many phones have proximity or ambient light sensors, orientation, and battery,' said Ayala. 'Consumer devices have almost none of these. My phone knows if it's being moved around, but my Nest doesn't.'"
I've found little in home automation about which to be inspired, but this concept jumpstarts my dying interest. How might you use your old smartphone(s)?
Summary article here:
Conference video here:

Submission + - Xiaomi pre-installing Microsoft Office and Skype on its Android smartphones and (

An anonymous reader writes: Both Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile are inconsequential in the mobile market. In other words, Microsoft has largely failed with its mobile platforms.

With that said, Microsoft is not a failure in mobile overall. Its applications and services work brilliantly on the mobile platforms that matter — Android and iOS. Today, the Windows-maker announces that Xiaomi will be pre-installing both Office and Skype on its Android devices.

Submission + - Windows Zero-Day Affecting All OS Versions on Sale for $90,000 (

An anonymous reader writes: A hacker going by the handle BuggiCorp is selling a zero-day vulnerability affecting all Windows OS versions that can allow an attacker to elevate privileges for software processes to the highest level available in Windows, known as SYSTEM. The zero-day is up for sale on a Russian underground hacking forum, and is currently available for $90,000, after it was initially up for $95,000. The hacker is saying he'll sell the zero-day to one person only, who'll receive its source code and a working demo. Two videos are available, one showing the hacker exploit a Windows 10 with the May 2016 security patch, and another one bypassing all EMET features. While security experts think the zero-day may be overpriced, they think the hacker will find a buyer regardless.

Comment Re:2.6.32 kernel? (Score 1) 91

I still have a Debian Squeeze system that can run perfectly happily using Debian's 2.6.32 kernel. As it happens, I did experience one (and only one) problem with this system & kernel, which is that USB3 didn't work properly (onboard Etron controller), so I installed Debian's 3.2 backport Sarge kernel and all has been well ever since. I don't suppose lack of USB3 is really going to worry the average production server operator (the target market for RedHat/CentOS).

Submission + - Air Passenger Panicked By Sight Of Equation (

Tetch writes: Be careful out there fellow nerds ... mathematics may now have joined the list of "terrist" weapons. The BBC reports that an airliner departure from Philadelphia was delayed when a passenger noticed a fellow passenger working on a differential equation, and decided this amounted to suspicious activity. The mathematician, Guido Menzio, a University of Pennsylvania associate professor of economics, told the Washington Post that the pilot seemed embarrassed. Mr Menzio was taken off the plane and questioned by agents, but was later cleared to depart on the plane which was delayed for a total of 2 hours by the mathematics horror.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why is Windows 10 LAN shares so *#$@ed up? 3

An anonymous reader writes: All I want to do is share a single folder on my LAN. No passwords, no freaking authentication, no nothing. Everything's set to where it should work. I can find Linux shares just fine from Windows, but trying to get to a Windows share from Linux is increasing my French vocabulary. Yeah, I've done this and that already until I'm red in the face. Always the "please enter your credentials" popup asking for a username and password for a share that is not supposed to have one. It was working just fine until an update did something. Even my printer share is not working now. I've read about 2 dozen web pages all about the same unresolved problem.

Submission + - Failing Tanks Have Hanford Site Cascading Towards Disaster

An anonymous reader writes: As the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear waste site slide continually further behind schedule local news sources are reporting that even the newer doubled walled tanks are failing to contain the high level waste. Looming on the horizon is a DOE prediction from 2008 that puts the window where contamination from the begins reaching the Columbia River only four years away.

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