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Comment Re:Got that, Microsoft shills? (Score 1) 157

At this point, it's useless to argue that data collection harms the public. They don't care.

We should be arguing that not all businesses or professionals can afford (or even qualify to buy) Windows Enterprise, and therefore business assets and confidential customer data are at risk. If the majority of people won't stick up for the rights of the minority, then you just have to appeal to the "right" minority to make a problem a proper legal issue.

Comment Re:Who but Mozilla? (Score 1) 167

What's wrong with having Pale Moon and Firefox installed side-by-side? Yes, it's a pain, but it's what I deal with to prevent the likes of Google and friends from reading over my shoulder in ways they refuse to disclose.

I use Pale Moon as my main browser, and Firefox for development. The only extensions I need for my main browser are my ad blocker and script blocker, and I'm pretty sure those will work well with Pale Moon for many years to come. Since I don't have to restart Pale Moon every 10 minutes due to memory hogging, like I do with Firefox, I don't even need Session Manager anymore.

Hate on it all you like, but I for one am very glad that Pale Moon exists, and not everyone is willing to jump on the latest shiny (and generally untested) technology. I'll use it as long as it works for me. If Mozilla is more interested in adding yet more features to enhance my experience and force me to use social tie-ins I don't need, then I don't consider it to be more secure at all.

Comment Re:Rent-Seeking (Score 1) 157

Or will they allow existing licenses to continue in perpetuity?

For a very long time, MS has done a good job of keeping KB archives active. Since the release of Windows10, I've noticed a large number of KB articles disappearing without a trace. It's getting very difficult to look up technical information on Windows7, let alone WinXP or earlier. In many cases, trying to find tech articles for Windows7 just redirects you to a page advertising an upgrade to Windows10.

MS doesn't need to officially revoke licenses. These days a product doesn't even need to be labeled "unsuppoted" to become a real PITA to use.

Comment Re:So will they be passing that savings onto us? (Score 1) 474

If any company manages to reduce their workforce by 94% in one swoop and still manage to produce, I'd say the real problem all along was corporate mismanagement. Perhaps the bankruptcy was due to too many management bonuses, poor quality, and failure to market properly.

Also, it's entirely possible that they do need that many workers, and the company has merely shifted its focus on short-term profits. They may be celebrating now, but what if things go sour in 6-12 months because they don't keep up with machine maintenance and cleaning? What if the move to automation causes quality to tank [even more]? What if the market changes and they need to produce a new product, but the machines can't be retooled in a way they need?

I doubt you have enough information to determine that bumping the price of a Twinkie to $10 is the only alternative. Sounds like the usual corporate scare tactics to me.

Comment Re: Visual computing (Score 2) 127

Sweet. Audio RAM scans were pretty popular, too. It was always fun to play back memory and listen for certain patterns and guess what kind of data it was, which was easy in the days before everything was compressed (or encrypted).

Closest thing I've heard that was similar to what you were doing is when engineers would put an AM radio next to a PDP-11 computer, and listen to the CPU working. By programming the CPU with differently timed loops, they could produce music over the radio.

Comment Visual computing (Score 3, Interesting) 127

The LEDs are the coolest part. I've had trouble seeing the video on his site since it's downloading very slowly, but I love what I'm seeing so far.

Stuff like this reminds me of RAM scanning and memory ripping back in my Amiga days. Since the Amiga had no MMU and the video chip could address the entire range of the machine's main "chip" RAM, it was popular to fiddle with the screen display and scan through system memory. You could actually watch your computer running programs in realtime. The Amiga also used planar graphics, so you could see individual bits, rather than bytes, as pixels, allowing you to identify which memory locations were used for counters, timers, disk control logic, mouse pointer coordinates, and more. I wrote a whole bunch of programs in AMOS Basic that let me directly edit memory by drawing on the screen, bubble sort graphics, visually highlight specific memory addresses used by games, and do all kinds of cool nonsense.

I miss those days when you could read any memory address without needing signed drivers and such. I've always wondered why memory visualization has totally disappeared. It might make for some interesting lessons in how modern programs actually use memory and how memory leaks happen.

Comment Re:Edge on Linux and OS X could kill Firefox. (Score 1) 260

Perhaps the technology allows it to be more customizable, but there's an awful lot of features and config settings that have been removed in recent versions of Firefox to make sure you can't customize it in ways that make sense.

Firefox lost a whole lot of market share for a reason. I switched to Pale Moon (using Firefox as a backup) a long time ago.

Comment Re:I'm surprised it took so long (Score 1) 183

I used to work in a warehouse that shipped medical supplies to hospitals. Crushed boxes were everywhere, to the point where box edges were folded over on themselves and you often had to yank them apart with all your might. Damages were the norm, and they got shipped. The attitude there was, if the customer didn't like the condition of the supplies they received, they could send them back. Yes, it was indeed a clusterfuck of busted items, and filthy to boot.

To be fair, many of the manufacturers packaged items in flimsy cardstock rather than real boxes. It was very, very easy to damage items, no matter how careful you were, as just the humidity of the summer air was enough to warp the boxes and cause them to soften. To me, it seemed like everything in the industry from the ground up was built for failure. Maybe it was just the medical supply business, but QA all around was wretched.

Plus, this had to be done while maintaining at least 84% of your productivity goal or you were sacked, which wouldn't have been bad if the 100% was unattainable and we weren't working 12-14 hour days (my record was 15.5 hours). There was no incentive to be careful when putting away or picking. There was no time, and no chance to fix someone else's screw-ups. I was eventually warned that my numbers were below 84% and I had two weeks to get my productivity to 100% or I would get the sack. I elected to quit, instead. I couldn't bring myself to literally throw boxes around to meet my quota.

It's not a job that should be done by people. The time pressure alone guarantees that the job won't be done properly and damages will be astronomical.

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