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Comment Re:It didn't have an off switch before (Score 1) 235

Yeah, a logical, but underhanded way of forcing their spyware would be to make it work with servers that you would otherwise need to work with, such as a server that hosts Azure services or something. I imagine that they have US intelligence agencies have given them a "plato o plomo" proposition to harvest all this data. It sounds like it's been a disaster for them.

Comment Re:It didn't have an off switch before (Score 1) 235

You block them. They will set up new servers and Windows Update will tell your computer to chat with them. You will block those, and they will set up new ones.

I absolutely refuse to install Windows 10 on my home computer because I don't want to look after my computer like a child who is getting "programmed" by a spiteful ex-spouse.

Comment Re:And you shouldn't be.... (Score 1) 188

The "bad guys" will still find that classic abandoned warehouse across the train tracks and plot their evil in the veil of darkness. Perhaps we should require spotlights and mandatory cameras over every square inch of the planet too?

The problem has never been all that hard for the authorities: They have always known that to snag all the bad guys, they only have to monitor the small subset of warehouses that are built on a slanted "Dutch angle".

Comment Re:This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 2) 195

Not necessarily. Take a look at the relevant portion of the Lantham Act. It would have to fit one of the provisions therein. It might make a false suggestion of affiliation, but it's arguable.

15 U.S.C. 1125 - False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden

(a) Civil action

(1) Any person who, on or in connection with any goods or services, or any container for goods, uses in commerce any word, term, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, or any false designation of origin, false or misleading description of fact, or false or misleading representation of fact, which

(A) is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial activities by another person, or

(B) in commercial advertising or promotion, misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin of his or her or another person's goods, services, or commercial activities,

shall be liable in a civil action by any person who believes that he or she is or is likely to be damaged by such act.

Comment Re:As a UNIX head and former MS-hater . . . (Score 1) 235

Y'know, Microsoft has never made any bones about their OS being a proprietary system.

Windows made money selling copies. Apple makes money taking a cut of every sale in their walled garden. Google makes money data mining the shit out of everything. The new Microsoft seems to want to be the old Microsoft + Apple + Google. It used to be pick your poison, now it's all of the above. I hope they choke on it.

Comment OK - 2 theater experiences recently (Score 2) 244

First: North Branch MN, outside the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, to the north about an hour. It's rural. Instant service at the counter. They ran the soda fountain behind the counter, which was in tune. The popcorn was great. Theater was clean. Floor not sticky. Movie was fun to watch with the 10 other people in the theater. Good sound and video.

Second: White Marsh, MD, within Baltimore County and about 10 minutes from the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Had to wait 12 minutes for tickets because of a line. No explanation for the line. Then, skipped the popcorn because there was a 20-25 min line for that. This particular theater has a rewards program, meaning that one of the popcorn lines is reserved for people who pay an extra fee. Came out a half hour into the picture (chick flick, wasn't for me, so I found the trip out more interesting than listening to the movie) and still waited 5 mins for popcorn. Stale. Got a drink too, but had to dispense it myself. Drink machines were all sticky and semi-functional - some of those new Coke machines that are supposed to be so great - but are always out of service for one reason or another. Once in the movie, floor was sticky. About 15 people in the theater this time, more or less. Other patrons had BO and were leaning so far back in their seats it was hitting my knees, so I had to move. People talking during the movie - seems to be an ethnic thing in Baltimore, talking over the movie. Unpleasant theater experience overall.

#2 is more like my other recent experiences than #1. Makes a great argument for home theater. Sorry, Cameron.

Comment Re:Rhetorical... (Score 2) 195

Actually, there was a lot of talk in Athens after 2004 that the Olympic games should be moved there permanently: the venues and necessary infrastructure had been built, the games were largely successful from a logistical viewpoint, and Greece knows how to handle mobs of tourists. And, of course, history and all that.

Personally, having been at the 2004 Games, I'm kind of glad it didn't work out. But it's shameful to see how the Olympic venues are largely just sitting idle and decaying. Currently at least one of them is being used as a staging area to handle UN donations and supplies for the Syrian refugees, but it's not in good condition. Others are being used as trash dumps. Be careful what you wish for.

Comment This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 1) 195

You violate a trademark if you mis-represent a good or service as that of the trademark holder. And it has to be in the same trademark category that they registered. Having a trademark does not grant ownership of a word, and does not prevent anyone else from using that word. Use of a trademark in reporting and normal discussion is not a violation.

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