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Comment Re: Comment (Score 1) 310

Depends on whether they use the age reversing tech, see young Arnie in Terminator: Gensys or the young Bridges in Tron:Legacy.

These are some strange times we live in man, we got Elvis on tour with the TCB band via video, you have holograms bringing Ronnie James Dio and Tupac back from the grave, and you can have a 70 year old and his 28 year old self in the same scene interacting. Hell give it a couple more years and I really wouldn't be surprised if they put out a new movie with Marilyn Monroe or James Dean as that seems to be the direction we are headed.

Comment Re:Microsoft Update Catalog is my new hero (Score 1) 221

So you are literally arguing that command prompts are magic? Or are you arguing that you cannot read?

Because you don't HAVE to use the GUI if you do not want to, you can just run the scripts straight from the folder and simply throw away the GUI if you want as all it is doing is simply editing a script called "update" that is in the parent folder right next to the GUI. Throw away the GUI and run the script, which again you can just open in any editor and guess what? It does exactly what the GUI does, installs the updates with the conditional flags you chose. The options you choose? Again all just basic scripts with easy to read descriptors like "install DotNET" "InstallOfficeUpdates" and "MakeLogFile" and anyone who can read even the most basic script can read these quite easily as they are all laid out in classic "if this then that" script language with no attempts at any obfuscation.

So I'm sorry but now you are either just trying to sling FUD or you honestly do not understand how virii work and think computers are magical black boxes that some boogeyman can wave a wand and create a bug. Scripting is something anyone with any kind of IT knowledge or support background is not gonna have any trouble reading, the websites being called to download the updates are the Windows Update site owned by MSFT so unless MSFT gets their own update servers pwned there is no issue there, and once you have downloaded the updates no network or third party programs or even the GUI itself is required as it is simply manually installing Windows Updates from a command line.

Comment Re:How many of those... (Score 3, Insightful) 153

Does this count the huge numbers that took the free upgrade, found they didn't like it (or just wanted to lock in the upgrade) and then went back? Does this count units sold to stores but not through to end users?

This is why I don't buy the numbers put out by companies, there is just too many ways they can manipulate the data to make it look bigger than the actual figures indicate.

Comment Re:Microsoft Update Catalog is my new hero (Score 1) 221

Uhhhh...can you read? Because that is really all you have to be able to do to check WSUS Offline since the GUI is really just a front end for some scripts which are in a folder appropriately labeled "cmd" so you can just open them in the text editor of your choice and see what its doing.

It also doesn't try to obfuscate in ANY way what it is doing or who it is calling if you are using the Offline Generator to generate an Offline Update client (it currently supports Vista-10 including the server variants, VERY handy to have) so when you launch it you get a standard command prompt where you can simply look at the screen and see its just calling the MSFT update servers and downloading the updates straight from the source.

Let me give you my personal assurance, I've been using WSUS Offline for so long I still have the DVD with the WSUS Offline for Windows 2K Pro and not once has there ever been an issue with any kind of spyware, malware, or even Windows Update issues because this doesn't use the WU client and just installs them manually via script. I can't even count how many clients I've used it on, easily in the thousands, and its one of those tools I'll always keep on my network share, its head and shoulders better than dealing with WU.

Comment Re:Microsoft Update Catalog is my new hero (Score 4, Informative) 221

The Convenience Rollup is kept on my keyring USB stick as its just soooo much easier than dealing with a system that may not have had a patch on it in years.

And as far as these new crap "mega updates"? Just turn off Windows Update and use WSUS Offline which last I checked is doing just as you described and grabbing the manual security updates, only you get them nicely bundled with a script that will install them all (and do any reboots required) and shut down the system, hassle free. I highly recommend it.

Comment Re:What a Waste (Score 1, Insightful) 851

How is this any different from Whedon forming a super PAC and using his Hollywood connections to shill for it?

Lets be honest folks, there really isn't an upside this round. On the one hand you have the most corrupt politician this side of Richard Nixon that has promised more wars and to flood this country with refugees ala Germany (didn't work out so great for them, did it?) and on the other hand you have a reality TV star that spends his time tweeting memes...ugh.

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 2) 387

Brother. Had our Brother printer for a couple years now and it never says a word about ink carts no matter whether they are generics or Brother. Crazy cheap on the ink as well, IIRC we paid a grand total of $12 on Amazon for 6 complete sets of CMYK with $4 to ship, that much will easily last us for months so if this printer buys the farm? I'll get another Brother.

Comment Re: More reasons to use Windows instead of Linux (Score 1) 99

NO PATCHES ARE NEEDED, what is so hard to understand? Or do you think black helicopters are gonna sneak in to your house and attack your unpatched system?

I went out of my way to TRY to get an RTM Win 7 system infected...we're talking topsites, crack sites, porn sites, your "watch the latest movies now!" sites, malware infested sites all and...nothing. Zip zero nada squat. So why should I give a shit if Win 7 or 8.1 goes EOL, which again I'm betting Nutella will be FIRED before that date rolls around?

If you want to take the Goatse pose so MSFT can fist you? That is your choice, but if they want MY data? PAY ME. MSFT don't give shit away for free and neither do I, and the same goes to Google and Yahoo, want that data? Cut me a check. Privacy badger makes sure nobody gets shit I don't get paid for and I don't give a rat's ass what MSFT says

As for the new CPUs? I don't use APUs and I haven't seen a single program yet that even requires advanced CPU instructions that are only supported on Win 7, much less 8.1 or 10 so again I smell bullshit. Remember they said the same about DirectX, everyone would have to switch to Vista because of DirectX, remember? what happened? developers saw they would be cutting more than half the market out so other than MSFT's own Halo everyone kept right on supporting DX9 until Win 7 came out and was popular.

Ultimately I believe the market will back me up and come 2020 MSFT will just have to start popping that snooze alarm on Win 7 because Win 10, like Win 8 before it, simply isn't gonna be popular enough to take the majority slot. Its too buggy, too ugly, and even grandma's know its malware infested. Hell I have made more uninstalling Win 10 on new systems than I did on Win 8 and that is saying something. But history I believe will put Win 10 into the same "wow that was shit" camp that Vista and 8 are in and once Nutella is shown the door they will have no choice but to make a decent OS, that or give the money back to the shareholders and call it a day because everyone will have left for Google or Apple. Hell its gotten so bad I've seen Win 10 tablets for $60 at Fred's, they just can't give the things away because nobody wants win 10.

Comment Re:Also kicks out scores from third party purchase (Score 2) 85

Indie games and Humble Bundles. There are plenty of Indie games that don't have shit for reviews until they are included in a bundle because they simply got lost in a crowd. With these changes even if the majority says its a really fun game their opinion won't count if it was part of a Humble Bundle which is just bullshit, especially when a lot of indie games get shit on at release because of bugs that may have been fixed ages ago so those old reviews no longer reflect the current game.

If they want to do this with rinky dink sites or keys coming straight from the devs? Well and good but the HBs are pretty damned well known and hugely popular so I don't think they should be affected by this rule as it kills a lot of legit reviews from counting.

And for anybody that says "it shouldn't count because the HBs are cheap" well why stop there? Why not ban those reviews from Steam sales counting in the overall score and only count those that paid full price?

Comment Re:And companies aren't willing to uphold it becau (Score 2, Insightful) 128

Haven't been keeping up with current events, have you? YouTube is demonitizing (thus killing) channels that don't meet their vague as all hell "guidelines" that include "political or controversial content". Wanna guess what is happening?

Well those "#killallmen" "DieCISScum" and "lets kill whitie" channels? They are all fine, none of them are being affected no matter how racist and sexist they are, but any that call them out on their bullshit or point out SJW insanity like Trigglypuff? Well I hope you didn't need that channel for anything,they have even shut down a channel multiple times that does nothing but host news broadcasts of crimes from around the USA because it makes the BLM movement look like shit by showing who they are protesting for.

Considering the fact that the head of Google is the CTO of the Clinton campaign should not make this surprising to anyone, but between this and Google manipulating search results to aid Clinton they are about as fair and balanced as Jezebel or Twitter.

Comment Re: Doll. Fin. (Score 2) 305

Isn't that an Americanism, i.e. optional?

I've read originally, in handwriting, the punctuation used to come below the quotation mark, both forming what nowadays would be considered a single character. When people transitioned to print, there was no easy way to do that, so some began placing the punctuation before the quotation mark, others began placing the quotation mark before the punctuation, and over time either style became the standard in print. Most countries went for quotation-then-punctuation. The USA went for punctuation-then-quotation. And that's it. There's no right or wrong option there, just an arbitrary usage that eventually became normative.

By the way, if we were to do it "right", as in, to become historically accurate, we should ask the Unicode Consortium to provide us ligature version of the different end-quotation marks with the different punctuations available, then have word processors replace them when typed, as they sometimes do when you type three dots and those get replaced by the single ellipsis symbol. Maybe those already exist? After all, there's no technological reason for keeping them separate anymore.

Comment Re:Doll. Fin. (Score 1) 305

In none of which you'd end a sentence with a preposition.

Yes, you do. This has been a standard feature of English language for centuries, until prescriptive grammarians hell bent on adapting English to Latin began saying it shouldn't be done. Ignore that nonsense. Ending sentences with prepositions is one of the beautiful features of English, and one I, as an English as second language speaker, use as much as I can, as it provides for compact sentences that remain fully intelligible.

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