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Comment Re:But should we care? (Score 1) 200

It covers writers for every distribution channel, including the streaming ones. You can't write for any show without being a Guild member, etc. That's why the last time they went on strike, everything went to reruns and whatnot. If the Writer's Guild goes on strike, they also often get supported by members of the SAG and DG, so you basically get no new movies, tv shows, etc, existing ones are canceled or put on hold until the strike ends, etc, and the reach of this is even into non-USA countries, such as the UK and Canada.

Comment Re:Not Quite Right (Score 1) 227

The end-users aren't the customers per se in this arrangement, the Youtube division under Alphabet is. It's the same with the arrangement between say, ESPN and various cablecos. There was no sticking to their guns on this. Either they complied with the requirements of the companies offering their content, or they (and thus, the end-users in return) get nothing. This is also why you can't just get ESPN or ESPN2 by themselves, but have to rent an entire suite of channels that they also own, in a package along with them, because the owners of ESPN require it to be offered that way, or you get nothing (and by you, I mean both cablecos/sat, etc. and end-users).

These content providers are essentially making Youtube provide their content in the same way they offer it to traditional tv providers (many, whom also prevent ad-skipping on their provided DVRs).

Comment Re:What about paid emulations? (Score 1) 116

It does provide some benefit...Nintendo and other companies like Sega have been looking in to repacking old titles from previous consoles and reselling them on everything from PC to the Playstation, and this would require an internally packed emulator of course. Well, this might be an indication that this actually will be happening and if those titles go on sale in the Windows Store, they certainly don't want competing projects that allow you to play those same titles without paying them, listed.

Comment Re:Software freedom: best defense against malware (Score 0) 87

Still your point is invalidated, as was already confirmed in a previous Wikileaks release on the CIA's toolkits - Linux has been pwned just as thoroughly as Windows ever was, despite being "open" and "free". The difference is, you put your trust in software the you don't pay for that virtually anyone can tamper with, and in at least one case that I know of from the good old newsgroup flamewar days, has tampered with intentionally to cause problems (and the bugs intentionally introduced by this person resulted directly in Heartbleed and a few others that have been popping up years later).

Also to remind you, that you are putting your trust in software that is overwhelmingly being maintained by people on the corporate dole, no matter how free and open it claims to be, and people on the corporate dole invariably have ulterior motives.

Comment Re:A little late? (Score 1) 386

In my household, it depends on what you count as being a Linux distro. If you throw in Android with that lot, then I have 3 phones, 3 tablets, a laptop, an HTPC, a cable modem and two routers all running some form of Linux. The modem runs a very customized version of RHEL, the routers custom Debian, the HTPC Linux Mint when I want to play around with using my 55" tv as a monitor, otherwise it is running PLEX. Laptop is Mint, phones and tablets are Android. Not sure exactly what OS powers a Roku, I'd imagine some sort of BSD or Linux kernel is involved, so might as well toss that into the mix.

The two desktops I have run Win10 (one Home, one Pro), and there is an iPad Mini 2 floating about that my wife uses for watching Netflix, playing around on Facebook, and playing Clash of Clans.

Comment Re:Thanks, but (Score 1) 286

What they claim is true, but is it the entire truth, probably not. I had one of their Engineers read my telemetry data and hop into and rectify an issue on my system when after upgrading from OEM Win10 Home to Retail Win10 Pro the system refused to activate. Turns out something the activation process needed to succeed wasn't running, wasn't starting when it was called by the system, and had the wrong owner and permissions set. So, this data collection was helpful in my particular case.

Microsoft has collected all sorts of data even going back to the Win 2k/XP days, and I always had the working assumption that they'll collect data about anything and everything that installs or executes on their operating systems, with the data being "anonymized" to a point before being placed into some sort of general data pool that is accessible outside of their Engineering groups.

I've always kept financials, etc encrypted and only access those in a non-network connected VM, so, if they are so keen on having access the names of what games I own in my Steam Library, that I name file folders after characters from Tolkien's novels and sort them alphabetically, or what VM software provider I use, more power to them.

Comment Re:Solution: Find a way to get an Enterprise build (Score 1) 286

Enterprise and Educational are the only two versions of Win10 that officially allow you to use the Group Policy Editor to entirely disable telemetry and automatic updating. Pro used to have access to some of the Group Policies, and some of them are still listed, but changing them has no effect at all anymore, and Home never had access.

Comment Annoying JavaScript behaviors (Score 1) 118

Popups, boxes that follow you around the page as you scroll, sound that over-rides or ignores any browser mute functionality, allowing the close, ok, and cancel buttons to be remapped to anything else than the stated functionality (usually these get remapped to load malware or redirect to another site that loads more unwanted scripts/tabs), forced reload timers, right-click disabling, cascading tab loads, tab locks, automated non-default application launch, automated and silent extension/plugin installation.

The list could go on, but these are the prevalent ones that I've come across.I have no idea if any of these behaviors have a legitimate use at all, but I've yet to come across a legitimate use of any of them.

Comment Re:Sandy Bridge (Score 1) 121

And that is because for years now, the Xeons and Core i CPUs have had virtually no difference in them whatsoever other than their bin level and brand name (you can even find this info inside Intel's tech sheets for the Xeons and i series), to the point that I actually prefer the Xeons because they've been running more stable without attaching some monster watercooling system, for a consistently longer period of time. Some subsets of the Core i5 series are in their entirety down-binned Xeons, instead of what people normally assume, that they are down-binned or feature restricted i7s.

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