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Comment everyday work laptop (Score 1) 326

HP i7 16GB RAM 256 SSD Win10 Laptop
Seamonkey w/ adblock and no script
nirsoft_package
windump
putty
nmap
notepad++
Keepass
Acronis
WinRAR, 7zip
truecrypt 7.1a
LogMeIn
EMET 5.5
MS Office & Visio 2013
Virtualbox w/ pfSense and CentOS
Sumatra
Imgburn
Filezilla
OpenVPN, Cisco VPN, NetExtender
XVI32
AD Info
Cisco_usbconsole_driver
Desktop is very similar but with games and a lot more storage. Desktop is a Lian Li case w/ Gigabyte MB.

Comment Re:I have altered our agreement. Pray I do not.... (Score 1) 982

Correct. The telemetry issue can be partly handled (until an update changes it).

:: Set Telemetry to Zero
reg add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection\ /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
:: Disable Telemetry Services
powershell -noprofile -command "Get-Service DiagTrack | Set-Service -StartupType Disabled"
powershell -noprofile -command "Get-Service dmwappushservice | Set-Service -StartupType Disabled"
:: Disable Web Search In Menu Search
reg add HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search\ /v BingSearchEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
:: Add Telemetry Sites to HOSTS file (too long for slashdot)

The updates can be disabled by pointing the system to a non-existent WSUS server (GPO in Pro version) which works for a system on an assembly line controlling a motor.

Running your own WSUS alleviates headaches if you want updates but not at the whim of a corporate overlord.

The average user is fully exposed to updates that can brick. I see where this originated. Millions of PCs running amok because everyone turned updates off. Massive botnets blamed squarely at Redmond. What are they to do? A corporate meeting took place and someone said "Fuck our SMB demographic. Think of grandma getting her PC hacked because she didn't have the update. If the techs want real tech, let them pay for Enterprise".
I like Windows 10. A PDF creator that does one job well. Enhanced snipping tool. Fantastic PowerShell. More customizable menus. Run's all the old crap and the new crap. Handles as many monitors as you can plug in. But forced updates are a deal breaker. I run my own WSUS and I can always select the "check for updates from Microsoft" radio button, but who knows all this stuff? And for the people who do know it, why do I have to jump over fire to get it done? You would think buying the Pro version would be enough. Do this crap to the home version and give us some fucking credit.

Comment Re:oh crap (Score 1) 500

I run my own update server, but it is almost always off. When I want updates, and after they have been tested on the masses, I check the small box that says "get updates from Microsoft." Until I manually check the box, I do not get updates. You can easily point your computer to a non-existent update server to re-create this behavior. Yes, this requires the pro version.

Comment Re:Solution! (Score 1) 205

That is incorrect. Just last night I wiped a Win10 system to reinstall after upgrading. Got the key using produkey first. During install without an MS account, it required me to enter the key. I've done this multiple times and it always asks for the key when installing without an MS account. Even if you are correct, you are informing people to skip an easy yet possibly critical step. Get the key before wiping the drive.

Comment offer cheaper internet plans to low-income (Score 4, Insightful) 100

Unless they specify what cheaper is, and what speed of Internet qualifies as worthy of the price they charge, this will still be screwing over low-income customers. I've seen these cheaper plans from other companies that were required by deals and they suck. 384 Kbps for $18.91 per month is bullshit. If it wasn't illegal to share Internet with neighbors I could supply 100 families with Internet at that speed with my overpriced $60 tube. For Comcast you must "Have at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program" to qualify for their low income Internet. And most people know what “up to 5 Mbps” means... Crap!

Comment Re: Surprise? (Score -1, Troll) 64

You have done a fine job indicating that many Americans cannot see past their shoelaces, and that you are an extremist fruit-cake nut-ball head-case that should be watched carefully. Why not actually do something useful, like run for office and kill Rider Bills, or educate young people that a race to the bottom is literally a race to the bottom, or better yet, learn that not everyone in the U.S. is watching TV. As for Waco, maybe you should learn that it the FBI does actual bad deeds everyday, but that was not one of them. Jimmy, is that you?

Comment Re:I want to love Edge (Score 1) 132

Why do you care what the brand of your tool is? Did they kill people (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhopal_disaster)? Did they kill people and cover it up (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firestone_Tire_and_Rubber_Company#Firestone_500_tread_separation_problem)? Maybe they are the largest and most common manufacturer of tools and you want to love them because you know they will be inexpensive if they work? Maybe your family members already use them and if they work well that would be great? Maybe not everyone is using the best tool but rather the most common one? If it worked well people would get fewer viruses and it would spur competition with other browsers and they would work even better too! A win for everyone. I want to love Edge too.

I also want to love the Ford Focus. I see them everywhere and I've rented them. I still hate the damn Ford Focus, but I want to love them. I hope they make a better Ford Focus.

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