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Comment Re:Now is the time to sue them (Score 1) 370

It's not a matter of whose legal team is bigger. It's only a matter of whether your legal team, budget, and will-power is big enough to sweat through the motion practice, discovery process, travel to different venues, and other inconveniences that tend to squash little people. Epic certainly has enough, as well as enough to solicit help from other affected parties, and even consider a class action.

I think they'd also have enough cash to take a prosecutor for the E.U. out for a nice lunch and round of golf. Bottom line, Epic Games can do some damage, and Microsoft has lost monopoly battles before.

Comment Re:It's Not THAT Bad... (Score 1) 333

my computer is from 2008, there is no point in getting w10 tied to a computer im not going to be using next winter when i get a new one, like literally no point whatsoever

Maybe there is. According to this, if you plan on building your own rig, then you might still consider reserving your Windows 10 license while the getting is still good because you may be able to transfer the license to your new machine by calling Microsoft and telling them you've upgraded your mobo. From a couple of Google searches, it appears that Microsoft tech support is pretty easy about activating licenses if you bother to call them.

On the other hand, if you're going to buy a system retail with Windows pre-installed, then yeah, probably not worth the effort.

Comment It's Not THAT Bad... (Score 3, Informative) 333

I took the plunge and upgraded my last and more important PC this weekend, 'cause I don't want to be on the hook to pay $199 for a new Pro license when something forces me off 7.

I swear I'm not a shill; I bitch regularly about Microsoft because my job forces me to bear with it. But I was pleasantly surprised how well the in-place upgrade went. Nothing broke, even my old copy of Office 2003 (from my cold, dead hands...) The only thing the upgrade removed without asking were a couple of 3d-party diagnostic utilities like speccy, which doesn't bother me in the slightest. Even Steam fired back up without a hitch.

Now, about that ugliness. You don't have Aero transparency or rounded edges, but with Classic Shell and WinAero Tweeker, you can do a lot to make 10 more livable. A right-click on the taskbar can make Cortana go away, and ClassicShell separates Windows programs from Metro Apps in separate sub-menus, so you never have to look at them if you don't want to. Also, you do NOT have to use a Microsoft/Outlook cloud account. With this kind of setup, it's pretty much the same Windows as before.

Finally, I haven't tried this yet, but there's Spybot Anti-Beacon to address the "phone-home" issues that might be nagging you.

So, here's an idea to grab Windows 10 while its still free with the least risk. Shop for an SSD upgrade, like a 1TB Samsung Evo because damn it's gotten cheap. Clone your precious Windows 7/8/8.1 drive to the new SSD, remove it, set it aside. Then, perform an in-place upgrade as described here on the clone. Try it out. Something go wrong? Hate it? Swap back your old drive; clone again, do what you like. Your old build is safe and sound.

But here's the thing: according to the article, you have effectively retrieved/reserved your free Windows 10 license to use... whenever. If you want to try again in a few months, you can take a blank SSD and download/build Windows 10 from scratch, Microsoft will recognize your PC signature (assuming you haven't changed you mobo) and license you (just skip the part where it asks for a key). In the mean time, however, your old Windows will still work for as long as you want to keep it.

There. Assuming Microsoft doesn't wimp out and extend the deadline, you've just pocketed a $150-200 license for free to use any time you want.

Comment Re:Try Upgrading (Score 1) 412

Then here's an idea: spend less on Executive pay, perks, mind-numbing advertising, monthly corporate junkets for yet again re-writing customer terms and conditions, attorney fees for fighting worker wages and suing the FCC, lobbying fees at state and federal capitols, and box seats at sports arenas, and re-invest all of that into providing a better product at a better price than its competitors.

But yeah, what's the fun in all that... it's more fun to get paid and go to exclusive bars and go Hey good lookin! Buy you a drink? I'm an Executive! So, you wanna be an actress, wow! Check out THIS gold watch. I might know a producer or two. Ever been to the Superbowl, VIP style? Corporate jet? Your sister can come along. My wife, she don't doesn't understand me.

Comment Re:Got that, Microsoft shills? (Score 4, Interesting) 144

When you use a Google product, like Maps for instance, there's something of informed consent going on. You know you're being tracked, it's right there on your smartphone screen. But it gets weird where the OS itself may be doing the snooping, regardless of whether you're using an app or not. Microsoft has this past reputation of baking things deep into the OS (*cough* internet explorer *cough*) in order to gain an advantage over its competitors, and here there's a case to be made that they're leveraging their dominance on the desktop to get with modern times and start making money through targeted ads, STARTing with their lackluster app store (heh heh, see that I did there?)

I have yet to hear a case where this collection of data was detrimental to an individual. And please, don't bring up the bandwidth usage because that's a drop in the bucket compared to what ads run on most websites.

You're right. All we know definitively is that there's a lot of traffic sent by Windows back to Microsoft, but there's little reliable data concerning what it is. We have to take on faith that the data does not include information about the contents of your C drive. But think about it. You can choose not to store anything on Google Drive if you are paranoid about their search routines, but if Windows is gonna index everything from the C drive to the "secure" thumb drive in the USB port, where are you gonna save to?

This is a big deal. Like it or not, people use Windows for work, medical records, attorney docs and shit, and not all of them can pay for a fancy Enterprise license which permits a trained Microsoft nerd some control over what's going on. A statement from Satya to the effect of "we will not spy on your shit, nor will we give up what we do have even if the FBI comes knockin" would be most re-assuring (even if non-binding), but we don't even get that!

Comment Re:Just wait until ms turns the data over (Score 1) 112

This. Please this. There are too many posts that offer linux as the cure for all ills, the perfect girlfriend who's always in the mood when you are, never gets tired of your body or your jokes, loves sports and video games and kung-fu action flicks, and can eat endless quantities of wings and pizza without adding an ounce to her perfect figure. The Chinese government offers a linux distro. So does North Korea. Gonna consider any of them... safe?

Linux is only as good/secure as the software that runs on it. Sure, a lot of it provided through distros like Ubuntu are open source, which means people could review it for sneaky eavesdropping stuff. But how many people actually do that? And if someone finds a weakness, do they necessarily report it like a nice person would, or might they instead make an exploit and pass it around the darknet?

Open software is just and only that... open. Unless you review all the code you download from Gentoo before you build it into a system, you're operating at least partly (I'd say hugely) on faith. Maybe the faith is more well-founded than the block-box approach of closed-source (trust us, says Microsoft), but FOSS is not a guarantee (e.g., OpenSSL). An argument against FOSS might be that if Microsoft fucks up, its huge institutional customers like federal and state governments, the defense department, European governments, and (perhaps most important) Wall Street titans will call Satya directly (in bed with his perfect girlfriend) and tell him to get his shit together RIGHT FUCKING NOW or else see his company broken apart and endless, endless, endless hours in court and depositions. In contrast, the FOSS maintainer might respond to a critical bug "hey... uhh, my bad, but you know I'm only doing this in my spare time... gotta go... my old lady's on me to mow the grass." Isn't the first thing in a FOSS license a statement of absolutely no warranty? Just sayin'. Ain't nothin' perfect. Nothin'.

Comment What's next? (Score 2) 376

Will Microsoft pitch a warning that LibreOffice is stressing your hard drive more than a fresh copy of Office would? (click here to buy)

Howabout you plug in your smart phone to charge, and Windows replies with a message that Android nerds are sad losers with tight pants and bad hair, quick use this coupon and receive a lovely Lumia and join the Windows Winner's Revolution.
You heard it here first. Marketers gotta monetize.

Comment Re:"Google works better with Chrome" (Score 3, Insightful) 376

Yes, and Yahoo (remember them?) suggests you run Firefox. But these are routinely ignored, jammed somewhere on a corner of the page. Attentive users may be annoyed for a few moments before moving on, while novice users have no awareness it was ever there. I mean, the page is displaying, isn't it? It's like you drive to McDonald's, and see a sign that says "Your ride here would have been more fun in a Chevy Malibu!" Nevertheless, you've arrived, your attention turns to your craving for salty oily processed food, and you go on your way.

It's a different thing when the OS itself bitches at you. They tend to look like dire warnings, that send dumb users to the phones asking "am I doing something wrong?" Like Amber-Alert signs flashing at you to dump your ride for a Chevy Malibu cause you're wasting gas or something.

Comment Re:Apple? (Score 1) 729

Agreed that Apple's web site can be opaque, but 3d-party Apple sites like Macrumors, 9to5mac, ifixit and others will give you the specifics. and Apple seems to be rather agnostic between ATI/AMD and nVidia... their focus on thinner and lighter tends to favor lower power consumption, whereas their use of higher DPI screens requires them to grab as much performance as possible per watt. What you'll get in the Mac Pro or the iMac 5K is plenty of power to do video editing work and rendering, with video drivers tailored and tested to run well on that model in MacOS. If they're not using nVidia, my guess is there's some reason they didn't make the cut, like too much heat, doesn't play well with dynamic switching with the Intel GPU, AMD cut a better deal for chips in volume, something like that. and Gaming? It's clear that gaming is not Apple's priority. Microsoft invested a huge amount in developing and advancing DirectX. Apple has barely dipped it's toe in recently with Metal, relying historically on OpenGL, which in spite of its promise has been hit and miss at best.

Apple is what it is, nothing more, nothing less. They do what they do well, but for other things you're better of with a PC. They're great for travelers and your parents, because they're reliable e-mail and web-browsing machines that don't break, look good, and they can take them to the store if they break instead of bothering you to come over. I travel with my Macbook, because when I bought it PC laptops, even the Thinkpad, thanks to Lenovo, were creaky plastic overheating consumer-grade crapturds (they've gotten a LOT better recently). But at home I work and game on a PC I build from scratch from time to time. My only problem is what to do with my old rig when I feel the itch to upgrade.

Comment Re:and we can replce people with H1B's as HR will (Score 1) 224

....better yet, outsource. If something goes wrong, the consultants are to blame (but you can take credit for successes). Salaried employees are a liability on the banksheets, them with their sick days and office space and benefits. Can't be hired and fired easily, dead-weights on shareholder value, and since the 80's came along, the shareholder is LORD you tiny little worker man.

Comment Re:Apple? (Score 1) 729

Ha ha, no. Apple and Intel are tight, and Apples tend to get the best, latest intel chips that will fit within the (ever thinner) machine they're building. Easy to look up.

The problem with Apples they aren't very upgradeable. You're often stuck with what you get, and maxing it out at purchase time tends to cost a lot more than equivalent upgrades on the street... assuming those upgrades would fit, which they probably won't.

You buy a Mac because it has a warranty, will be sold in its same configuration for at least a year so getting support is easy, and will be repairable for as many as 5 years or more (my 2010 Macbook Pro just got cut off the list this year). Most other consumer electronics have the lifespan of a fruitfly. That Sony Vaio isn't a 2011 model, it's a VWETB236623626-ASD23423 that had a two-week production run and was replaced months before Sony cleared out a thousand of them for sale at Best Buy. Your Apple will be current for at least a year... but a year in, it'll still be sold with the same, now aging, CPU. Trade-off. That's why you check the Buyer's Guide at before you buy.

But it's FUD that they're putting 2-year old crap in new models. Except, maybe, when you consider the GPU. It will be recent hardware, but it's mid-range performance compared to the best of what's out there. Because top-of-the-line desktop GPU's like the GTX Titan doesn't fit an iMac, and sure as shit not in a laptop or a Mini. Apple doesn't build an affordable desktop, and even if a funny-looking Mac Pro is on your radar, Apple does a frustratingly bad job of updating it as newer, faster chips come out.

So, there you have it. For most of what people buy Macs for, this isn't a problem. But nobody thinks of a Mac as a gaming rig. A recent Mac will play, Steam runs on it, but if you're serious about gaming you're serious enough to build a PC rig.

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