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Comment Re:As a UNIX head and former MS-hater . . . (Score 1) 354

Microsoft pretty much insists on their right to make every licensed MS OS instance reasonably uniform. That way, both security and reliability can theoretically be maximized for the entire user base.

I don't think it makes my system any more secure or reliable with cortana on there. As far as I'm concerned cortana is bloatware and should be uninstallable in a similar fashion using powershell.

Comment Re:O RLY? (Score 2) 354

Nuke it from the commandline, it's the only way to be sure.

taskkill /IM Cortana.exe /F
takeown /f "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana*" /a /r /d y
icacls "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana*" /t /c /grant administrators:F System:F everyone:F
rd /s /q "C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.Windows.Cortana*"

Comment This is actually a good thing in the big picture. (Score 5, Interesting) 118

The way ransomware works is it builds trust with the victims that they will get their stuff back if they pay. This kind of slimyness by ransomware will make people even more reluctant to pay. If people don't pay for ransomware, ransomware will be less of a problem because the people making it don't get what they want, similar to how the US govt doesn't pay ransoms to terry wrists.

Comment Re:Clearly not the first. (Score 1) 143

Marking out teeth on a circle to make a gear is trivial using just a compass and pencil. To make it easier you can mark it out on a big circle then draw those markings back to the centre so you can have 233 perfectly spaced teeth on any diameter gear.

The teeth would then be cut out of metal sheets with a chisel like they carved stones.

Comment Re:Biggest failure in IT since... (Score 2) 96

False. Their dumb phones were still selling quite well and there is still a market today for dumb phones. Nokia had Meego which elop canned almost as soon as he became ceo. When he canned it it was selling better than nokia's windows phone line. If he wanted to save Nokia then he should have never directed Nokia to become windows phone exclusive which no other phone company to this day is stupid enough to do. If he wanted to save Nokia then he should have canned their windows phone line instead of the N9.

The ex-microsoft employee elop working at Nokia was the worst thing to happen to Nokia in its entire 100+ year history. If Nokia had stuck to Meego which runs on Linux they might have had a chance. Theres a good reason why no other phone manufacturer went windows phone exclusive except for Nokia because windows phone os was shit from the start and only a stupid company would make windows phones only or a company with a sus ceo.

Comment re: God (Score 1) 407

Guide to removing windows 10 app store using Powershell:
Open powershell under admin rights then type in the following commands

Remove windows 10 app store from current account:
Get-AppxPackage *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove windows 10 app store from all other accounts:
Get-appxpackage -allusers *windowsstore* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove windows 10 app store from the provisioned apps so new accounts won't be infested with that shit either:
Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like "*windowsstore*"} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

Comment Re:A real better headline (Score 1) 75

Do you use games for windows live because I don't think you do. ms took down the gfwl authentication servers a while ago. You can still download your games but the online part is broken unless you patch it to run another distribution service like steam where the developers have made such a patch. Even then, it's a hit and miss what still works. For example when you bring resident evil 5 over to steam you still lose online co-op. ms really dropped the ball on consumers and developers/publishers alike when they abandoned gfwl.

Comment Re:Things are getting more descriptive? (Score 2) 156

5 - Phishers on forums/messageboards pretending to be looking for help by posting up bogus QR codes.

6 - You are the IT expert at a company and you receive the QR code from a colleague while you're out shopping. The only way to read the QR code photo is with another phone.

7 - How about ms works on putting more description into what a particular window update does first instead of just calling them security updates when they're really some crappy useless thing like telemetry services.

Comment Good (Score 5, Interesting) 178

I like steam but this is good that the ACCC took them to court and won. Their refund policy is BS. I bought payday 2 ( ) when it had just came out for something like US$25 full price. I trusted the word of the developer who said it would NEVER have microtransactions ( ) in the game. Those scumbag developers then added in microtransactions anyway turning it on a P2W game. I tried multiple times through steam to get it refunded and each time I got a template response from steam denying the refund. If this was sold in the shops in Australia it would be ILLEGAL because it was not what I bought nor was it advertised as such to have microtransactions.

I will never buy a overkill game again.

Comment Re:What a waste (Score 1) 53

I agree. I think they could do far more better by using a better DAC in their phones like a Wolfson. I'd buy their cheap phones just as music player if they did that. Samsung's GS2 had radio built into it and used the earphone cable as an antenna, then they took the radio out in the GS3 onwards. In fact a lot of new phones including the iphone have FM capability (Murata 339S0228 chip) but it is turned off in the firmware or not electrically connected to a antenna source. Seems a bit odd to be going for DAB in a phone when they can have FM now but its disabled.

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