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Comment Re:John Deere Isn't The Only Manufacturer of Tract (Score 3, Informative) 499

I'd imagine no-one would want to buy a used tractor with these restrictions - hell, reselling one may well be against the licensing agreement.
A search engine indicates that New Holland seem to have a similar market share to John Deere, and that there are several other smaller manufacturers. Why would anyone buy John Deere under these circumstances?

Comment I thought Yahoo were making it up (Score 1) 57

When Yahoo claimed they had been hacked by a foreign government organisation - rather than private hackers - I thought "well, they would claim that" because the big guys are pretty much unstoppable. This article is a claim that indictments may be about to happen, things are starting to become interesting.
Still, the US along with various allies are quite happy to cause problems in other countries. Even a smoking gun is not going to change anything apart from perceptions.

Comment Pretty much anything you read here is useless (Score 4, Interesting) 206

I have been in a similar same situation except that the film was a porno and I was accused of sharing it. Lawyers claiming to represent the owners wanted money from me.
You are in Scotland, so UK or Scottish law applies. Most of the people here are from different countries so their experiences and ideas have very little relevance to you.
fwiw I got a lawyer specialised in this area and they crafted an appropriate response. Eventually the "enemy's" lawyer sold the complaint to another legal practice, they sent another threatening letter but my lawyer told me any rights they had had expired so I could ignore them. There has been nothing from those parasites for a couple of years now. The original threats were six years ago.
My WLAN had a 63-character random WPA+ password and was blocking unknown MAC addresses back then, a bootable virus-scanner CD showed no trojans so I am sure the claim was bogus.

Comment Re:Expected /. response (Score 4, Insightful) 503

When Windows updates routinely override existing settings and break existing setups, they fit my definition of malware. Windows 10 qualifies fully and I wish I had never applied the update on one machine last summer. I know several people who applied the update and only one of them is happy with it (as of a few months ago, it is not topic number one).
Microsoft seem to think we bought our PCs so we could run Windows Update and glory in its magnificence. No, I bought mine to perform certain functions and installing Windows 10 has broken more than it alleviated. It is not the security features which annoy me, even the telemetry is a lesser irritant. What really annoys me is when an update leaves something utterly broken, and the knowledge that the next update is going to repeat the experience.

Comment Re:Options (Score 5, Interesting) 503

My experience of Windows 10 updates is that they fully qualify as malware. They break things, screw up settings and you cannot even opt out.

Windows 7 updates started trending that way a year ago - when Microsoft started trying to force Windows 10 down collective throats. People started checking every non-security update before installing it. Googling each update in turn, I learned to classify most of the leading search results as uninformed bovine faeces, but with Microsoft's description on updates as being "This will fix a Windows problem" they were pretty much the only game in town so updates only went in when I was sure they would do no damage. The bottom line there was that the Windows 7 install base fractured - Microsoft could no longer make any assumptions at all as to which updates were installed and which ones not. Their fix to the problem they created was to bundle all updates together.
Guess what, there is something in there which leads to an Install / Back Out loop on my remaining Windows 7 machine. Its patch-level is pretty much that of September. Microsoft can now say that Windows 10 would be more secure than that, but I get around it by treating it as a Windows XP installation - no emails and no browsing, just the two or three applications which were the reason I bought a Windows 7 machine in the first place.

Comment Re:Fake stories like... (Score 1) 470

I have noticed a persistent pattern in recent years where the actual result is a few percent to the right of what the polls were predicting. This includes this election, the last two or three in Britain, the most recent one in Israel and Brexit. Either people are lying about their intentions or the samples are non-representative.
One of the polling institutes in Germany used to behave differently, the owner and founder was a personal friend of the head of the CDU and it seemed her findings were whatever would benefit the party most.

Comment Re:Mess of their own making. (Score 1) 470

Whether that's "right" or not is a long and involved debate. A good many people feel the same way, and why it's often banned in Europe. They had to live under Hitler and his horrible racist-lead destruction, we haven't (yet).
Where has Facebook been banned in Europe?
The only country I can think of is Turkey, which is partially in Europe. Maybe Russia or Belarus but they do not really count.
There was a story here recently about an attempt to prosecute Facebook that some lawyer is making. It is his second try. The public prosecutor is reviewing the evidence before deciding whether to proceed or not.

Comment Re:Security that the USER cannot control. . . (Score 1) 194

Well - I am having a bunch of problems, both with my remaining Windows 7 install (I have some software there which does not run under later levels) and with my Windows 10 machine.

  • Windows 7 updates have been bundled together for two months now. Unfortunately there was an update two years ago which could not be applied on my machine, I had automatic updates on back then and it was forwards - backwards - forwards - backwards completely automatically until I booted up into safe mode and turned automatic updates off. The bundled updates look to be including that particular patch so my Windows 7 is in a similar state to an ancient Win XP laptop lying around somewhere: Unsupported. I think I need to work out what the legal situation is here.
  • My Windows 10 machine was dual-boot with Linux. Windows 10 broke that with the October update (or was it September?) and it is going to take a lot of time and energy to recover things, Windows 10 updates routinely and deliberately reset configuration values. Each time. Breaking things deliberately is not improved security, it is what Malware does. The only thing stopping me reverting to Windows 7 is that the machine prefers UEFI and that is a bear under Windows 7.

Microsoft seem to think that I bought my computers so I could experience the privilege of running Windows Update, the thought that I could actually want to run anything else on it has either not reached their consciousness or it is something they are actively trying to inhibit.

Comment Disinformation (Score 2) 30

When Yahoo initially claimed they were breached by a "state sponsored attack", my thoughts were: well - they would say that. Others - better informed - agreed. Now that claim is being spun as a "given", is there really any proof at all of that?
The first I heard about it was at the start of August. That appears to be when the "internal probe" was launched, it took them a further 6 weeks to go public.

Comment Re:Filezilla dev... (Score 1) 166

Is that how he was hacked? I looked at several of the links but did not see that.
codesquid seems to have a very well developed sense of what-he-is-prepared-to-do and what not, or "who cares what the users want because they are clueless?".

I know someone who uses Filezilla but he is on a network which has no direct connection to the outside world. Probably the safest way.

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