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Comment Re:net fairness (Score 1) 199

Better solution: forbid the same company to be a connectivity provider and a content seller.

This is what really needs to happen. When ISP's are regulated into a neutral position, unable to financially gain from non-neutral policies, the internet will be better for it.

Forbid ISP's from diversifying entirely. You're an ISP and only an ISP, or you're not an ISP.

As annoying as regulation can be, it's definitely needed here. Give these jokers an inch, and they'll run it a mile.

Comment Good Luck With That (Score 1) 199

Network Cookies allow users to choose which home or mobile traffic should get favored delivery, while putting network operators and content providers on a level playing field in catering to such user-signaled preferences.

This is not what network operators and content providers want. They want control over what users can do and see. Also, they don't want a level playing field. That's why we're seeing all this dancing on the line of 'net neutrality', folks are testing what they can get away with. It's a novel idea, but I personally doubt it'll ever leave the 'drawing board.'

Comment Re:WTF???? (Score 1) 120

You're talking about end users. Something pops up they just click whatever makes it go away. You think they pay attention to that?

They would if Microsoft hadn't spent 10 years training them otherwise.

Confirmation dialogs are a good thing that has been destroyed by overexposure.

I think ads have contributed heavily to this training, too. People see something pop up they just want it to go away. As much as some of us would love to blame Microsoft for all our woes, the ads themselves bear a heavy responsibility for that training.

Comment Re: Boom, indeed (Score 0, Flamebait) 120

Good luck with that, just hope you never get targeted by the cops. Note that you need not do anything wrong or illegal to be a target of civil forfeiture. Just carry around cash...

I have no sympathy for idiots transporting large sums of cash. You're just an idiot if you do this. If you need to make a large transaction, get a frickin' cashiers check. Frankly, you're lucky if the cops are the ones who seize the moolah and let you walk. A criminal would shoot you dead, take your cash, your car and your phone.

Comment Good OS, bad PR. (Score 1) 376

In my experience, Windows 10 has been a good operating system. It's only real drawback is all the negative PR it's been getting, some of it deserved, some of it not. The OS feels and runs pretty much the same as Windows 7, beneath the 'new start menu', all the familiar things are in there. The Anniversary update make the new 'Settings' a bit more useful, but I still feel like the old control panel is still the best way to tweak things. I run a myriad of programs on my Windows box, including Visual Studio, cygwin and cygwin's X server, VMware, Steam and a plethora of games. All of these Windows 10 has run without any issues.

I refurbish old laptops at my place of employment. I find that Windows 10 is more responsive and runs generally faster on older hardware, such as 2GB RAM Intel Core2 laptops. Windows 7 really seems to crawl on such machines, where 10 seems to deal with the limited system better.

Hands down, the Update mechanism for Windows 10 is much much faster than Windows 7, but that's easily attributed to the fact 10 hasn't gotten several years of updates slapped onto it. It's not without flaw in this area, I've encountered some issues with the forced update in Windows 10. In particular one model of laptop I had many duplicates of has video hardware that the latest drivers for cause it to malfunction, requiring me to use a tool to prohibit an update from being installed, and that was a bit of a bear because the timing of getting the update removed, and firing up the tool to 'hide' it had to be just right or Windows would just reinstall the update. I found that annoying.

I can easily understand the justification for the 'forced update' mechanism, and while I might find it a little annoying, I think it's a good thing. We've for too long allowed clueless users to control this stuff and we as IT professionals have to deal with the fallout. Malware getting into machines that should have been patched, but the user postponed updates, or turned them off all together. This was the right direction to take, updates are mandatory, for everyones protection. Malware not only hurts machines it's on, in many cases, it hurts everyone when botnets are used to attack other services and servers, or send out unwanted spam mail. I think Microsoft did the right thing here.

As for the telemetry and 'strongly encouraged update to Windows 10 campaign', I think Microsoft really shot themselves in the foot with that. It's definitely a MUCH better OS than Windows 8/8.1, and I often have people tell me they heard 'Windows 10 is bad.' It's not really bad, Microsoft just made it look bad with their upgrade campaign. I think if Microsoft hadn't pushed that campaign so aggressively, this OS would be heralded much like Windows 7 was. Back to telemetry, this is a place where I think the tech industry's commentators have cast an unfairly bad limelight on Windows 10. Android does just as much telemetry if not more and no one seems to mind. It's just the progression of our technology that most applications and now operating systems like to collect data. People freak out their information is being stolen, but I think that's silly, the data is most likely anonymized and shoved into databases with billions of other data points from other computers. Ultimately I think it's not being use nefariously, rather it's being used to help engineers and developers understand better how their software is operating in a myriad of environments, and what people are commonly using it for.

As a developer, networking specialist, and computer refurbisher, I overall give Windows 10 a thumbs-up. It does what I need it to do, and doesn't get in my way. That's my experience.

Comment Re:for a minute there i thought i had freedom. (Score 1) 236

The point of signing the extensions is so that some compromised or malicious developer doesn't put malware into an extension's update stream; which can be (and has been) a huge problem, since by default extensions auto-update. So, disallowing unsigned extensions is a security feature. If it turns out Mozilla will be nefarious about it, then you can always recompile Firefox from source with the mandatory signing thing cut out, or go to some fork. Right now I don't think it's a bad move.

I find it a bit hypocritical that people are "ooh ahhh, nice!" for mandatory signing of Firefox addons, but scream bloody murder when Windows 10 requires mandatory signing for drivers. WTF computer people? Why is it ok for one vendor to behave like this, and not for another?

Personally I don't care either way, but I'm just sitting here thinking, "WTF? Make up your minds, is mandatory signing good or bad?"

Comment Re:Evidence, or it didn't happen? (Score 1) 412

I doubt they needed some Random Commenter on Slashdot, or even game studio co-founder, to suggest outlandish subversions of law. High level management seems to at times revel in coming up with stupid ways to screw over others, rather than focus on just making a better product everyone begs to use. If you've thought of it, you can pretty much be sure they already thought of it too.

Ultimately, at least from my perspective, it seems like a bad idea for Microsoft to break someone elses stuff. Wouldn't that further promote SteamOS and migration of games away from Windows? That seems like shooting yourself in the foot to spite competition. Not saying Microsoft isn't short-sighted enough to do this, but you'd think they'd learn by now, their OS is already teetering on the edge of irrelevance, breaking other people's stuff to 'promote' using their stuff seems like really bad business at this point. Android is very well poised to jump into the desktop arena, Microsoft needs to be very careful right now, IMHO.

Android now has something Windows has enjoyed for the past two decades: Most people can operate a Windows computer. And now, most people can operate an Android phone or tablet. It's not a very big jump for Android to invade desktop space.

Comment Re:Evidence, or it didn't happen? (Score 1) 412

I'd like to know what evidence there is to support this, rather than words on a page ranting about perception. Not that I don't agree caution, it's one thing to make big noise and proclaim persecution when none exists. Show the evidence and remove doubt about Microsoft's intention.

This. It's a pretty big accusation, and as a regular gamer who uses Steam pretty much every day, I haven't seen any brokenness. Microsoft does have a history of doing that sort of thing to competitors, but I haven't seen anything yet.

Comment Re:Tor's fatal flaw (Score 2) 45

You can't trust anybody, not even Tor. I'm afraid this one looks like a lost cause. I wouldn't use the damn thing.

Which is precisely the goal of tampering and interfering with TOR network operations. To cast doubt upon it, to make it less attractive. I really don't think it has much to do with wanting to snoop, as it is to make people think they're being snooped on and to destablize the service entirely. Seems like it's fairly effective so far too!

This is a beautiful piece of social engineering by those who want TOR to go away. Well played.

Comment White List (Score 1) 120

Make it so that the person placing the call potentially pays to call me. I get to set the price. I agree to split that price with the phone company. The phone company agrees to play an automated message to the original caller informing them of the price and giving the caller the option to to complete the call or not. When my phone actually rings I get the option to press a key to waive the charge. Fun and entertainment ensue.

This is almost a good idea. What we actually need is a 'white list' on phone contacts who are allowed to call. Anyone not on the white list goes to voice mail without disturbing you. Could possibly offer the caller the option to pay $1 to get through. Seems like this could easily be implemented on the handset, no need to bother the phone company. Can Android apps intercept phone calls and route them? App idea for someone to exploit if they have the know how and if the capabilities are there.

Comment The new workplace (Score 2) 765

In the workplace of today, when employers ditch people in favor of cheaper offshore replacement, or downsize you out of a job with no notice, or the myriad of other crap employers pull, I think quitting with no notice is perfectly acceptable. That road goes both ways after all, if employers treat their employees like disposable commodities, we the employees can and should do the exact same thing.

That's how I feel at least. My current employer has treated me well, and seems to treat others well, too. So I'd probably be respectful and give notice. But I think if I worked for a company treating people poorly, I would feel no obligation to be courteous about leaving them.

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