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Comment Re:Bill Nye is not a science guy. (Score 1, Troll) 445

"Our favorite science guy?"

WTF is this, reddit? Goddamn slashdot's gone to shit. I mean, it's gone to shit several, several times since I started posting here, but every time I keep thinking we've hit bottom, no the editors find a way to dig deeper.

That's not the editor's writing, it's the submitter's writing, which you should know by now.

Comment Re:Windows Installer Cache (Score 1) 404

No, do not run the Disk Cleanup wizard on Windows 7 under any circumstances. It has at least one system-destroying bug.

See:

http://www.cnet.com/forums/dis...

http://www.winhelponline.com/b... ... and many other links.

In my case it nuked \windows\system32, which I was able to restore by copying the files from another system. Lucky me.

Comment Re:Another brilliant, walled-garden idea (Score 2, Insightful) 275

On the rare chance you happen to have a hardware configuration that doesn't work, there are already channels (through your MS support rep) to properly report it and get a fix.

Whatever they're paying you, it's not enough.

Take that however you wish.

Comment Re:stop updating completely (Score 5, Insightful) 275

Agreed. I've left Windows Update completely off since the first appearance of GWX. So how exactly did I get an unsolicited 447-megabyte installation of Silverlight 5.1.50428.0 on August 6? I still run Security Essentials scans every so often, and I allow to update its malware definitions each time. I'm guessing that's where the Silverlight installation came from. Must be one of those "malware definitions."

Clearly a monthly rollup is the right thing to do, considering how long it takes to bring a new Windows installation up to speed. But given their track record, I'd be crazy to allow Microsoft to make changes to my system that can't be rolled back. It would be different if I could trust them to act in my interests in addition to their own. Instead, the continuous stream of lies and incompetence we've seen from the Windows Update team over the past couple of years, including a number of "bugs" and "mistakes" whose effects suspiciously seem to accrue exclusively to Microsoft's benefit, have made it inadvisable to do so.

It's not the policy that annoys me, it's the bullshit.

Comment Re:How much for a de-gorped phone? (Score 1) 198

It was an older 3G phone (I think -- it's been a while), and then I got a SIM card for an assistive voice device, which would never get more than 1 bar (if I was lucky).

How can I try it out without buying one?

Also if you're familiar with the area, I'm in the west San Fernando Valley, if it helps.

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