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Comment Re:Still nope! (Score 1) 256

Don't forget that the "Microsoft actively monitors whether you're using Edge for up to 30 hours a month. It tracks mouse movements and other signs that you're not trying to game the system, and you must also have Bing set as your default search engine." statement means that Microsoft will be setting up a telemetry service on your computer to record what you do and send it to Microsoft. Just like the "Customer Experience Improvement Program" updates that add telemetry trackers to your Win7 system which Microsoft keeps trying to push to people even after the Windows 10 free update period has expired.

Comment Re:Just like trying to ban guns (Score 1) 446

90% of the time its not a home made gun... Almost all the time sounds like a fair description of 90%. so that other 10% fits nicely in almost never

"Here, stick your head through this hole. Just ignore the heavy blade in the slide above the hole; it almost never drops when someone sticks their head in it."

If there's a one in ten chance that the blade will fall and cut your head off when you stick your head in the hole, I don't think that you'd feel that "almost never" was an accurate description of the probability.

Comment Re:I also want protection for my children. (Score 1) 167

Note that video of gang riots, military combat, dictatorial executions, and other scenes of violence are, by their omission, presumably "appropriate content". Heaven forfend that some child should, even by accident, see an erect penis; it would scar them for life. But letting them watch police fire tear gas into crowds of rioters, or a policeman getting dragged down and beaten by rioters, or bodies lying in the street in pools of blood, is all just part of life.

Comment Re:The message is clear: (Score 1) 309

This is bullish, right?

This is a country that will stop you for having a broken taillight, notice that you're carrying $50,000 in cash, seize it on suspicion of being the proceeds of illegal activity, file charges against the money, and your only hope of getting it back is to sue the government and prove that the money was acquired legitimately (ignoring the fundamental problems in trying to prove a negative).

Comment Re:HO.LY.FUCK (Score 1) 621

For some time police have had the power to steal cash from people if they 'suspect' that it might derive from some criminal activity, even if the suspect is not charged.

The suspect does get charged; unfortunately, the case is something like State of Washington vs. Prepaid Account Card 1227496584367954, not against the person whose assets have been seized.

Comment Re:Security (Score 1) 564

It's one step away from literally being ransomware.

That comes in July, when it stops being free, but doesn't stop being an automatic install.

"You're copy of windows is unlicensed. Pay us $100+ or you will never see your own data again."

I wish I thought this was an exaggeration, but frankly, I expect exactly that.

Microsoft should be prosecuted for racketeering for how they've handled Windows 10.

If Microsoft continued to try to force an upgrade to Windows 10 down our throats with tricks like these after it was no longer a free upgrade, I'd be willing to bet that you could make a solid case that, under 39 U.S. Code 3009, it meets the definition of "unordered merchandise" and Microsoft has just given it to you for free, and can be required to cough up a valid license for it. I'd also be willing to bet that Microsoft isn't willing to have that premise tested in court, and that all the "Get Windows X" code will receive an update well in advance of the drop date that will cause them, on or after the expiration of the free-upgrade period, to require payment in advance before it will even download the update.

Comment Re:"because I can't imagine such a future" (Score 1) 286

It's not that no one can imagine such a future -- a little digging into science fiction stories should turn up a variety of examples of battery- or solar-powered air vehicles. One that I can think of is Robert Heinlein's novel Friday, with vehicles powered by Shipstones, an energy-storage device. What causes battery- or solar-powered air vehicles to be dismissed is an awareness of the energy density limitations of current generation and storage systems, and the progress of improvement in these systems; either will require a quantum leap in energy density before they become viable. Unfortunately, how such a leap would occur is the stumbling block; the inability to forsee the invention of the transistor, then of the microchip was what made the idea of a 'home computer' laughable. And it's the people who understand current technology and its limitations who most often fall into the "can't imagine" group -- to use Robert Heinlein in another example, if you consider his novel Starman Jones, the starship computers were massive and required input in binary; the 'secret books' of the Navigator's Guild were mostly conversion tables to and from binary, and the navigators would set up a computation, convert their numbers into binary, toggle them into the computer, get the results, convert them back from binary, and apply them to the engines. He failed to imagine compact computers that would have convenient human interfaces that could be directly connected to sensors to detect course and speed, and to the engines to control flight, because the computers he was familiar with didn't have the ability to do that, and he couldn't see the changes that would occur that would make modern auto-navigation systems possible.

Comment Re:Not funneled into (Score 1) 284

That is the current law. All taxes paid to all other governments count as though they have been paid to the US government. But, if they tax you less than USA, you pay the difference to the USA. The only glitch is, current law taxes the profits only when they are brought into the USA. So they keep the profits indefinitely off shore to dodge the tax. Hoping for an amnesty and bring it home with a lower rate to wipe the slate clean.

As I understand it, the law also restricts your tax obligation to profits, and by using financial tricks like the 'double Irish with a Dutch sandwich' method, companies can shift revenues that would have been counted as profits and taxed in the US overseas through a country that levies a much lower tax rate, and then ultimately into a tax haven, so that a company that would otherwise be paying $10bn in US taxes might take 90% of their putative profit, send it to an overseas corporation in a low-tax country as a licensing fee for the intellectual property associated with its products, then instead of paying, say, $90M on those licensing fees, pay 90% of their income as a licensing fee through a foreign holding company to a paper subsidiary in a tax haven like Bermuda, reducing their tax burden on the licensing fees to $9M -- and by this shell game of licensing, reducing their tax burden from $10bn paid to the US to $1bn paid to the US and $9M paid to the government of the country where the first holding company is located.

Comment Re:Windows 10 update will kill human beings (Score 2) 266

From the connected article, the antivirus software on the doctors' PC was configured to run a scan hourly, and when it was scanning the application's folders, it froze access to the files in those folders. The application was designed to require real-time access to its data, and failed spectacularly when it was blocked, crashing the computer. Fortunately, the situation was not time-critical, and the doctors were able to take the time to reboot the computer and restart the application without endangering the patient. However, a future interaction of this type may not end so benignly.

Ignoring the fact that the application was badly designed so that it didn't fail gracefully, Merge Healthcare's documentation for their product explains that the application requires real-time access to its data and recommends white-listing its folders to prevent an antivirus scanner from locking off access to the data. So the blame can be laid both at the feet of Merge Healthcare for building software that didn't fail gracefully and at the feet of the hospital for improperly configuring the virus scanner to prevent it from interfering with a real-time application.

Comment Re:Well yes duh (Score 1) 279

How else did you think they were going to pay for all that bandwidth you consume watching 15 minute 4K videos of someone unboxing toys?

Are they going to accept the charges for the cost to us of the bandwidth we pay for that their ads use up? I wonder how much of their ad revenue would be eaten up by that...

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