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Comment Re:A bad hard drive isn't MS's fault (Score 1) 143

When I say "throw errors", I include such things as random bluescreens and corrupted files, which would prompt me to immediately back up whatever I can. You're not going to notice those early warning signs when a full-blown OS install is in progress, especially if the install keeps crashing and rebooting until the HD is destroyed.

If you wait until you see corrupted files to make your backup, how do you have any confidence in your backup? How do you know you haven't just saved corrupted copies of all of your files?

Comment Re:Good laws should be technology neutral (Score 1) 199

What kind of bank do you use that would allow unauthorized withdrawals just for knowing an account number? Have you thought of switching to a real bank?

Every bank. At least every USA bank -- thanks to "eChecks", the fraudster doesn't even need to use a laser printer and create a paper check like they used to. All they need is the account information that's printed on every check.

And note that depending on your bank and local laws, you may have only 30 days to report a fraudulent check drawn against your account or you may have no recourse at all.

Comment Re:A bad hard drive isn't MS's fault (Score 1) 143

Strange logic. If you aren't in the middle of an OS install, your sick HD will throw errors and give you a chance to back up your data.

That hasn't been my experience -- typically when the hard drive starts throwing errors, you're lucky to get anything off it at all, let alone a good backup of your data. Though that's why we have backups... and for those that don't think they need backups, that's why we have data recovery firms.

Comment Re:suure (Score 1) 143

Yes pumpkinhead.. because Microsoft never voided good programming practice.. and was never deceitful about presenting an upgrade to Windows 10 to their users. Get back under your rock you useless troll. Obviously you are uniformed as to the lengths that MS went to increase the percentage of Windows 10 users.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3073457/windows/how-microsofts-nasty-new-windows-10-pop-up-tricks-you-into-upgrading.html

Peace out you uniformed pisshead.

Nothing in that article refutes my assertion that the people that are tricked into upgrading are the same kind of people that can't replace a hard drive on their own.

Comment Re:suure (Score 2, Insightful) 143

hard drives breaks; needs to buy whole new computer...

The kind of people that don't recognize (or stop) an operating system upgrade are the same kind of people that need to pay Geek Squad to replace their hard drive and reinstall the OS and applications -- at a price that's likely close to the price of buying a new low-end computer.

Comment A bad hard drive isn't MS's fault (Score 3, Insightful) 143

"does not check the condition of the PC and whether or not the hard drive can withstand the stress of the Windows 10 installation," according to Courthouse News, which adds that the lead plaintiff "says her hard drive failed after Windows 10 installed without her express approval,

If your hard drive dies during an OS install, it was on its way out and would have soon died anyway.

Comment Re:Good laws should be technology neutral (Score 1) 199

No, they already do that. Send a 100 dollar bill in an envelope without insurance and see if your letter makes it.

I've done that before when I was out of checks and wanted to send someone a graduation present. It made it unscathed. To be honest, I'd rather have someone steal my cash than a check since the account number on the check literally gives them a blank check to steal money from my account.

Comment Re:Since when (Score 2) 199

I believe Khalid was a British citizen. That's why he's allowed "in the UK". The bigger question is why aren't the British (and the Americans for that matter) insisting that new citizens (including their children) become CITIZENS of that country in heart and soul, not just a piece of paper with allegiance back to terrorist orgs/states, islamic or otherwise. But if we attempt to even say that, the snowflakes start yelling RAYCYST!!@#!

How would you do that? Is there some scanner that can look into one's heart and soul?

Comment They are still ads (Score 5, Insightful) 49

"We don't want to start putting in commercial opportunities that we think users don't want to interact with,"

You know what people call "commercial opportunities that users do want to interact with"? They call them ads.

And I have no problem with ads like this in the proper context "Alexa, I need toilet paper." "Ok, you can buy the same brand you bought the last time, but Charmin is on sale today and is $2.37 less expensive"

That's the kind of ad I'm happy to have, but I don't want to hear "Today's weather is sunny and 63 degrees. Today is clean-your-butt day and we have Charmin on sale!"

Comment Re:Arms dealer cartel rejoyce (Score 2) 318

And you believe this?

The US has a 3 trillion dollar budget. Even if the Armed forces had 1/3 of that (it doesn't) you would say it can't account (meaning lost or stolen) over 6 years worth of funding.

And you believe your bull$hit? Or is it that you didn't think about what you were reading?

That figure came from a DoD Office of Inspector General report:

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller) (OASA[FM&C]) and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service Indianapolis (DFAS Indianapolis) did not adequately support $2.8 trillion in third quarter journal voucher (JV) adjustments and $6.5 trillion in yearend JV adjustments made to AGF data during FY 2015 financial statement compilation. The unsupported JV adjustments occurred because OASA(FM&C) and DFAS Indianapolis did not prioritize correcting the system deficiencies that caused errors resulting in JV adjustments, and did not provide sufficient guidance for supporting systemgenerated adjustments.

If the DoD can't accurately track where they are spending money today, how do they know they need more money, or if they do, where they need to spend it?

Comment I've forgotten too (Score 5, Informative) 301

I haven't forgotten commercials entirely, but I've forgotten what they are like, and they are super annoying. Last time I stayed in a hotel, I flipped on TV and tried to watch a show -- I didn't make it past the first half of the show before I flipped off the TV and went to my laptop to watch Netflix because I couldn't stand the ads.

Comment Re: FRost (Score 2) 632

>If he was really into engineering, he'd be in clubs, he'd have projects outside of the class to point to.
Oh, I see, good idea, if we move these goalposts far enough we'll circle the earth and loop back around to supporting a family on a high school diploma.

The goalposts haven't really been moved -- the same was true when I was in school and that was decades ago. The thing that's changd since then is the expectation that the college degree itself guarantees a job.

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