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Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 4, Informative) 74

The way Windows 10 manages updates in general is frustrating. We have some dedicated Windows 10 Lenovo micro-PCs whose only significant job is show videos on some large flatscreen TVs, and we're constantly having to cancel out the update nag screens. GPOs that would seem to work don't always apply, so it just gets to be an annoying problem. I think the next set of such micro PCs we buy will probably have some small footprint version of Debian.

Comment Re:E.g. We can't use it if we can't cheat (Score 3, Interesting) 68

It's interesting, but some of the earliest accounting software I used, which was COBOL-based, didn't allow you to change any ledger once a month was posted and closed. I suppose it was possible to go into the actual database and directly alter records, but the underlying concept was that once a fiscal period was complete, it was inviolate, and the only way you could alter any closed ledger was to post adjusting entries in this period. This could be rather ugly, so you tried really hard not to do any major mistakes. Even end of the year adjusting entries were posted in the next fiscal year.

Since then I've seen a number of accounting systems that allow all sorts of monkeying around, including posting adjusting entries for a fiscal year within that fiscal year, even though you may be a couple of months into the current fiscal year. It seems common practice now, but a quarter of a century ago that was viewed as completely inappropriate, as it opened the door for fraud.

Comment Re:Wow, spend $3billion? (Score 1) 161

You're quoting just US figures. Now ponder how much money is dedicated to medical research throughout the industrialized world; in places like Britain, Europe, Asia and even in places like South Africa. I suspect Zuckerburg's $3 billion might pay for a week or two's work in the global medical research community. Not that such money would be unwelcome, but it is a drop in the bucket.

Comment Megalomaniacs (Score 1) 161

I guess the megalomaniacs at Microsoft and Facebook should be given some credit. Unlike megalomaniacs of the past, like Hitler or Stalin, they're not interested in curing the world of all the Jews or Capitalists, but target diseases instead. Still, there's something both amusing and tremendously idiotic about grand narcissistic declarations like "We're going to fix CANCER" or "We're going to cure all the diseases!"

Security

Over 500K People Have Installed a Pokemon Go-Related App That Roots and Hijacks Android Devices (softpedia.com) 57

An anonymous reader writes: Over 500,000 people have downloaded an Android app called "Guide for Pokemon Go" that roots the devices in order to deliver ads and installs apps without the user's knowledge. Researchers that analyzed the malware said it contained multiple defenses that made reverse-engineering very difficult -- some of the most advanced they've seen -- which explains why it managed to fool Google's security scanner and end up on the official Play Store. The exploits contained in the app's rooting functions were able to root any Android released between 2012 and 2015. The trojan found inside the app was also found in nine other apps, affecting another 100,000 users. The crook behind this trojan was obviously riding various popularity waves, packing his malware in clones for whatever app or game is popular at one particular point in time.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 132

I have seen it myself on about a dozen occasions. The Edge splash screen will come up, and then edge dumps to a rather nasty error dialog. There's a DISM command that allegedly fixes it, but the only reliably solution is to delete the profile or, if you've got a roaming profile, to go to a pre-error backup of the profile. I've also seen Cortana fail in much the same way, along with numerous errors point to Metro app problems. Because we keep backups of profiles, I've long since abandoned any notion of fixing the problem, and just simply go to an archived profile.

And what the fuck does this have to do with Linux. Typical Redmond shill, too cowardly and pathetic to admit that Windows 10 has rough edges, and keeps talking about Linux, as if whataboutery somehow reduces Microsoft's culpability for foisting early beta software on the world.

Comment Re:After a three year break... (Score 1) 88

I don't think China can ramp up that quickly. The US and Russia both have decades of experience. China literally is nominally at where the US and Russia were in the 70s, in some regards, but other technologies, like landing on other bodies, they're still back in the 1960s. They do get some benefit because they can review what the Russians and Americans did, but that still means they have to build an entire generation of engineers capable of building their own variants.

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