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Comment Re:Got that, Microsoft shills? (Score 4, Informative) 144

Sorry but Spybot Anti-Beacon is frankly magic beans, as a big part of their "security" is using HOSTS files which has already been proven to be completely ineffective because MSFT hardcoded the IP addresses into the spyware programs themselves.

Hmmm...I've seen that behavior before at the shop, where did I see that? Oh yeah....malware.

Comment Re:And this is why my primary browser isn't Firefo (Score 3, Insightful) 156

I am because those "flash Exploits" are damned near all executing JavaScript which is the REAL threat here, you get rid of that stinking pile of offal that is JavaScript? I seriously doubt flash or any other plugin would be a problem.

Oh and lets not kid ourselves about Flash being dropped, mmkay? It didn't have shit to do with security it had to do with Apple not wanting games running outside the iStore and because all the content creators kiss the iAss for fear of not getting a shot at the iMoney they went along with it.

And what did we get to replace it, A proprietary as fuck DRM filled mess that is HTML V5 which is practically a love letter to Apple and MSFT...yeah because THAT is progress. say what you want about Adobe but 1.- they let anyone bundle flash into any OS, be it FOSS or proprietary, 2.- They even allowed FOSS alternatives like gnash to be developed...you think MPEG-LA is gonna tolerate that shit with H.265?

Lets face it the whole thing is a giant clusterfuck right now, with the corps racing to see who can make HTML V5 the most nasty and content creators cheering all the way because God forbid they offend the great and mighty Apple. Mark my words in 5 years you'll be BEGGING for something like Flash because all we will have is paywalled DRM content with unskippable malware ridden ads and none of it will play unless you are on the latest corporate approved OS.

Comment Re:And this is why my primary browser isn't Firefo (Score 1) 156

Not to mention Flash is NOT the danger...its JavaScript.

I can surf all day long with Flash on a JavaScript disabled browser without a care in the world because even the flash exploits are using JavaScript but if you surf without Flash but allowing JavaScript without Adblock or even better NoScript then guess what? Its gonna get pwned.

So until we deal with the stinking rotting elephant in the room that is JavaScript and kill it deader than the blink tag? Then all this shit is for naught, its just a waste of time. If FF wanted to protect their users it would come with adblocking and JavaScript disabled by default, this? This is security theater, nothing more.

Comment Re: What could possibly go wrong? (Score 3, Informative) 126

Well when you can't get the OS to stop calling home despite flipping every switch, disabling multiple programs AND using reg hacks I'd say it really doesn't matter WHAT information they are collecting, the simple fact that I have zero control over what my OS is doing is enough to consider it malware.

Comment This ignores the rotting elephant in the room.. (Score 1, Insightful) 167

Which is that JavaScript is toxic and MUST be replaced. You remove JavaScript from the equation? Suddenly all the nasties just disappear.

So I really don't care what language they write their video player or whatever in because until we deal with the rotting elephant carcass that is JavaScript I just don't see this change doing jack squat in the long run.

Comment Re:Rent-Seeking (Score 2) 157

"Like last week's "revelation" that the latest Win10 build includes some SUBSCRIPTIONTHING.EXE and folks like you coming out of the woodwork to say "I told you so", despite Microsoft very, very clearly explaining that the file had nothing to do with Pro/Home installs and was purely for Enterprise"

Yeah about that....then WTF was it doing in a HOME OS, care to answer me that? Last I checked Windows Insiders are NOT testing Enterprise Products, all the Insiders get is the Home/Pro version. And please do not forget it won't have been the first time MSFT has lied to our faces, remember "The Kinect is an integral part of the Xbox One, we can't just flip a switch" until they did exactly that?

I'm sorry but this past year with all the underhanded shit we have seen with Win 10 has proven to just about everybody that they simply cannot be trusted anymore, hell they have made Windows Update into a risk because "no means no" is something nobody has taught to MSFT. The sad part is I NEVER thought I'd see the day where I would actually miss Steve Ballmer but Nutella and all his underhanded crap pushing Windows 10 makes me actually miss the big sweaty monkey.

BTW for those that want to lock in the "free upgrade" in case the hackers figure out a way to kill all the spying? Here is a tutorial on how to lock in the upgrade without actually installing win 10 which is a hell of a lot quicker than having to install then roll back to a decent version.

Comment Re:The Taste must have been fired also (Score 1) 474

Thanks for the advice but we have to go to the local Walmart market at least once a week so the wife can get one of their sugar free apple pies, quite good and the calories are surprisingly low.

Sadly we don't get Tastykake here, at least I've never seen it . All the store carry IIRC "Johnsons" which is just SLIGHTLY better than Hostess but not by much, still mostly HFCS and fake flavoring. That is why I've given up on Hostess for Lil Debbie, their new Zebra Rolls are nothing but shit that is bad for you but...damn they taste good and are just the perfect size to pop one in between dogfights, give me some Zebra rolls and a couple bottles of Gatorade and I'm ready for some serious jet grinding in War Thunder, sooo perfect a combo.

Comment Re:Wrong, evil and going to happen (Score 1) 101

According to the US state dept's own guidelines? According to the state dept "any election in which the results are more than 2% off the polling results should be considered illegitimate"...well guess what? Most of the democratic primaries failed to meet this standard with CA going as high as 12% off.

So if we actually held our own country to the same standards we hold the banana republics? The entire primary would have to be held again. BTW isn't it awful funny that every single state where the polls and results didn't match went to Clinton? And that the ones where the results were the most off were ALL those that used electronic voting? Gee, one would think that someone out there wants to insure HRC is the next POTUS.

Comment Re:The Taste must have been fired also (Score 3, Informative) 474

What is sad is the fruit pies are complete garbage now, in fact the cheap generic fruit pies actually have more fruit in them than a Hostess does. It used to be a Hostess fruit pie was the best you could get, you couldn't take a bite without just piles of fruit, now you are lucky if there is 3 pieces of fruit in the whole nasty thing, its just gross HFCS with artificial flavoring.

BTW before anybody brings up the fact that Wonder Bread is still good? A different company bought the Wonder Bread brand and they still make a quality product. I've tried all the "new Hostess" products and frankly the generic knock offs taste better, Hostess snacks now taste like overpriced cardboard and is one of those companies like Atari that lives solely to mine whatever nostalgia they can because their new products simply cannot compete with their old ones.

Comment Re:It's your turn, Mr Assange (Score 4, Insightful) 289

As compared to the president who thought there was 52 states?

Anybody who has been on stage in front of a lot of people will tell you that you WILL fuck up, especially if you are not reading off of a teleprompter or cue cards. You will trip over your own tongue, get numbers mixed up, hell we had a president that any time someone pointed a camera at him would trip over his own feet.

I'm more worried about their actions than the occasional gaff, and Hillary having her hubby meet the AG on the tarmac and letting her know that she could keep her cushy job if she played ball (You don't REALLY think he spent an hour waiting on a runway for her so they could talk about grandkids, do ya?) which led to just 2 days later the head of the FBI making it clear she broke dozens of laws...but that didn't matter cuz Hillary? Yeah I wouldn't elect that woman dog catcher, much less POTUS.

Comment Re:uh-oh... (Score 1) 104

Ugh, don't even suggest that notion as I'll be having to switch over a ton of customers that currently use Avast. I personally prefer Comodo IS (just remember to uncheck their "geekbuddy" tech support horsecrap) because it has both app and browser sandboxing by default but for those users that don't want to ever have to touch or change anything? Avast is just perfect for them.

Of course this won't be the first time a security company has been bought out and turned to shit, I'm old enough to remember when Peter Norton ran his own company and Norton AV was a top notch product that was fast and low resource....yeah, hasn't been that in many a long year. Maybe they are just buying them for the userbase and Tuneup Utilities, which BTW is actually quite nice.

Comment Re:Microsoft's Customers are Screwed.. Again (Score 2) 140

Oh please, twist history to fit your narrative much?

MSFT thought they could keep on bloating forever, when at the time they had already bloated so damned much that laptops had fans that sounded like jet engines thanks to all the shit MSFT had running. Asus and Dell got a "hell of a deal" (Because we know now Intel was product dumping trying to create a new market) on a shit ton of Intel Atom chips, slap a small screen and some solid state storage or a small hard drive and voila! A netbook, cheap as hell to make and anybody in retail would tell you cheap small and light laptops are easy to move...so what does MSFT do? Release Vista which was a giant bloated hog! You ever try to run Vista RTM on a netbook? Its actually quite funny, you can practically measure boot time in days.

So no shit they went Linux, MSFT wouldn't give 'em the normal bulk rate on XP (because MSFT wanted to push their new hotness whether people wanted it or not....gee why does that sound familiar?) and they sure as fuck wasn't gonna stick Vista on a netbook so they either bought or rolled their own Linux. When MSFT realized they couldn't force the OEMs to take a bloated corpse of an OS to install on fricking netbooks they caved and offered WinXP and voila! Within 8 months they were all running XP and MSFT made sure their next release wasn't so bloated it would run like shit on laptops and even came out with an ultra light version for netbooks.

Of course then they jacked up the price of a copy of Win 7 to kill the netbook...but that is another story. As for Windows 10 Ultimate Spyware Edition being SaaS? Wow you must not know the history of MSFT very well. You see the Ballmernator wanted MSFT to be a bad Apple ripoff and when they punt kicked him they replaced him with....a guy that wants the company to be a bad Google ripoff.

So while Ballmer tried to do everything Apple did but hamhanded and piss poor (see Zune, Kin, buying Nokia so they could make their own handsets) we now have Nutella trying to do everything Google does but hamhanded and piss poor. all the datamining shit is the same that Google is doing but unlike Google MSFT is about as subtle as a raging bull with the shits charging through Sunday Mass so its getting massive backlash. Its just SSDD with MSFT, still 2 steps behind and tripping over their own feet.

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