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Comment This author is the truest example of... (Score 1) 726

PEBKAC that I have ever witnessed inside my entire 30 year existence in the computing world. On top of it, they are backhandedly trying to imply that everyone should waste money on those shit-tier consoles shoveled out by Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo that are years out of date when you pick them up from the shelf. Just no.

Comment Re:Not such a bad idea... (Score 1) 91

From what I've read elsewhere about the new laws, this isn't about protecting customers at all, but is protectionist to their own fledgling companies, but more importantly, it gives their government direct access to everything passing through those servers, and everything that direct access by the Turkish government implies. Oh, you live outside of Turkey and buy something from someone in Turkey? The entire unencrypted version of the data of that transaction is soon to be in the hands of Edrogan's government.

Comment Re:Always crying about profit margins... (Score 1) 257

Without removing the eMMC and using Toshiba's vendor codes to reset it to factory, I don't think even Samsung can unlock the bootloader once the command was given to blow those fuses, at least by any means that is convenient for the consumer. They probably could, but it would involve sending the phone back to Samsung and involve a few weeks of them taking the phone apart, paperwork, etc.

Comment Re:People online need to be more sensitive (Score 1) 379

This hasn't proven to be the case online at all - several major sites have tried setting higher standards of behavior by enforcing real name policies or Facebook logins along with stricter Terms of Service. All it has done is A) lower the number of comments overall B) make the trolls (and I admit to dipping my finger into that pond now and then) more creative and vicious, leading to an increase in the results of point A).

Even here on Slashdot where meta-moderation works reasonably well, we end up with obvious troll/Poe comments highly upvoted because obviously someone thinks it is amusing (for various reasons).

Comment Re:Story is complete BS (Score 1) 416

This is the guy the DOJ had extradited because he had/has possession of full dumps of the 30,000+ emails that Clinton had wiped from her servers before turning them over to the FBI. I wouldn't poo-poo him for a bit of attention seeking, because there is obviously some fire to be found where his smoke is coming from.

Comment Re:Hello firewall (Score 1) 407

Get it while the getting is good, because Oct 31, 2016 is the final cutoff date for Win7 Pro (retail versions of Enterprise, Home, Basic, and Ultimate are already cutoff) sales. From what I've gathered, they won't even activate keys after that date if they haven't been previously activated.

Subscribers to SA of course get downgrade rights, hah.

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 1) 162

Microsoft tends to not only charge a license for the OS, but in the case of workstations (and servers), per physical CPU (and in certain cases, per CPU core), per virtual machine, and per seat fees on top of all of that. If your workstation meets a certain set of criteria, you may only license this version, but not that, etc, etc, etc.

Comment Re:The right direction (Score 1) 141

This makes sense, because if those dev renders for some of the upcoming Apple Macbooks are accurate, we're going to be facing a slew of laptops, etc that have no keyboards at all and rely on voice commands and a touch pad for everything. I bet anything Microsoft has been thinking along those same lines, and I know Google certainly has. This would explain the focus on centralizing Cortana.

Comment Re:Firefox only has about 7% of the market. (Score 1) 243

Well....Firefox has been a sinking ship for awhile methinks. Many of the people that used to work on it from the beginning up until about the 3.0 era are long gone, and that technical know-how and just plain knowledge of the software and engineering behind it left with them, and it shows - everywhere from worse and worse performance, greater and greater memory leaks, stupid UI design decisions, increasing numbers of submitted bugs being tagged as can't/won't fix, etc.

Comment Re:Armchair expert (Score 1) 126

The situation is entirely political, in the USA at least. One of the above posters mentioned that it seemed to them it was some sort of conspiracy amongst the teacher unions to set in place barriers to entry, when in fact, that has been the purview of the various Federal and State Departments of Education, most of which are staffed by people who have never spent a single minute teaching in a classroom.

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