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Submission + - Microsoft is forcing Windows 10 Update without permission (computerworld.com) 1

jnaujok writes: This morning I woke up to find my main work machine (Windows 7) was now displaying this message:

Your WIndows 10 upgrade is almost here!
  • Save your work and leave your PC on and plugged in
  • This upgrade usually takes 90 minutes or less
  • Your files will be right where you left them
  • Your PC will restart several times
  • Make sure you're logged in as an administrator

Your upgrade will start in
14:12
I need more time

Clicking the "I need more time" lets me reset the counter to an hour. No matter what I do, I can't get rid of this screen. If I hadn't stopped to check my mail before leaving for work, it would have installed on its own. I knew I'd be going to all-linux sooner or later, but this level of intrusion seems a bit harsh, even for Microsoft and it's making me contemplate getting off the Microsoft crack today. With all the phoning home and data stealing windows 10 does, I can't possibly imagine using it for my PCI required work.

Any comments from the SlashDot crowd? Clearly this can't just be me, it has to be happening all over this morning. Does Microsoft really think this is a good business decision?

Science

Submission + - SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon make it to orbit (spacex.com)

jnaujok writes: This morning the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 10:43 Eastern time, after an earlier launch had been scrubbed because of a bad telemetry feed. A little over 9 minutes later, the Dragon capsule separate from the second stage into its intended orbit. Part of the COTS (Commercial access To Space) program, this is the first test of the Dragon capsule by SpaceX to prove it can be used to ferry supplies to the ISS. The Dragon capsule will make two or three orbits before returning to Earth about four hours after launch.

Submission + - GPS Tracking Without a Warrant Declared Legal (yahoo.com) 2

jnaujok writes: The Ninth Circuit court has declared that attaching a GPS tracker to your car, as it sits in your driveway, or, by extension on a public street, and then using it to monitor every one of your movements, is totally legal, and can be performed by the police without needing a warrant. So, if you live in the Western United States, big brother has arrived.
Space

Submission + - Space Ship Two to be Unveiled Today (myway.com)

jnaujok writes: Today in the Mojave desert, after five years of secrecy, Virgin Galactic will be unveiling, "in a theatrical reveal," their new spacecraft, Space Ship Two. Although it's parent craft, White Knight Two, was shown to the public several months ago, Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have kept Space Ship Two tightly under wraps, releasing very little information, and fewer pictures.

"We've all been patiently waiting to see exactly what the vehicle is going to look like," said Peter Cheney, a 63-year-old potential space tourist from Seattle. "It would be nice to see it in the flesh."

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