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Comment And it will never happen (Score 1) 210

Win10 was designed *from the ground up* with telemetry and spayware/malware/whathaveyou in mind.

You will never get them to "turn it off", at best you'll get "minimal" and it will require 3rd parties to fix (if they can, closed source and all that)

Why use it to begin with, if you have the option, use anything else, but not Win10.

Comment "Improvements" (Score 4, Insightful) 156

The newly-minted update changes are just one part of the improvements added to Windows 10 with the build released Monday.

Nice Newspeak(TM) spin there.

It's not an improvement. It's a fix, to a facility they broke in Windows 10 -- namely, the ability to control the update system.

And if we're being perfectly honest here, it's not even a fix. It's a workaround to a facility that never fscking worked in the first place , i.e. installing device drivers through Windows Update. Never. Worked.

And deploying this workaround serves as tacit admission by Microsoft that they they haven't the remotest clue how to fix it. Even after locking out those terribly pesky, annoying users and arrogating all administrative control to themselves with Windows 10, it STILL. DOESN'T. WORK.

Comment Sounds Cool -- How Do I Disable The "Smart?" (Score 1) 238

OLED displays look gorgeous, and that will probably be what I get to upgrade from my LED DLP.

Just one concern: How do I lobotomize the "Smart" that seems to be infecting all TVs these days? Stories concerning massive security and privacy issues with Smart TVs are all too easy to find, so you'd think it would be just as easy to find TVs that are "dumb", or at least articles on how to rip the "Smart" out of any given smart TV.

I know Vizio has a (small) line of tuner-free displays, but then they foul it up by bolting on a Chromecast and including an Android tablet as a remote (!).

Comment It's obvious (Score 1) 293

Diminishing returns.
Do what maximizes profits, ignore the rest.
Considering the cash Apple has, they're on the right track.
Note: I don't agree with said track, but the edge users don't justify the costs involved, so out they go.

Business 101: Cash is king.
And as long as Apple makes bucketloads of cash from their current iProducts, they will. When it stops, they will re-evaluate where they are in the world, but not before then.

Comment Re:Premium IPs (Score 1) 54

*snerk* Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. But Star Citizen, while it uses the Crytek 3 engine, is a third-party project (mis-)managed by Roberts Space Industries/Cloud Imperium Gaming. Given what they have to show for USD$130 million and five years of work, Crytek would be insane to bring it in-house.

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