Just rebrand it as Windows Oprah
"You get root! And you get root! And you get root!"
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Will the Martians file a cease and desist order because we did not get permits or file an environmental-impact statement? I mean, we're already flying a drone without a permit, and we have a couple of SUV-sized nuclear tanks trundling about with no license plates. At some point they will draw a line in the dust.
Lord Bethell of Romford, Under Secretary of State for Health, twice refused to agree to write to patients individually explaining how use and distribution of their data would change under government plans, and what their rights would be for opting out.
Well, sure; because if more people knew about their opt-out rights, they might exercise them. Can't have that, now, can we?
On 11 June a drone was spotted by a hotel staff member delivering a packet of cigarettes to the balcony of her room [...] The hotel notified police, who interviewed the recipient of the unconventional drop-off. She was later fined AU$1,300 (£697, US$955) for breaching her quarantine conditions.
What a ridiculous overreaction.
I'm guessing the real crime (from the hotel's perspective) was that she didn't order her smokes from room service.
Assuming she got to keep the delivery, the fine was probably still cheaper than the hotel's cigarette price.
The AI System night have a problem distinguishing objects that have specific colors, or lack of contrasts etc but shouldn't that be considered as an algorithmic problem rather than a racial problem ?
From a technology standpoint, sure; but that doesn't take into account the people who are using the system. If they have a bias against people that they know the FR system misidentifies, they might be just fine with it having those flaws, as it can provide cover for treating those people poorly. "I'm not a racist; the system said they were a criminal."
What does Zuckerberg actually do with his billions
He buys large chunks of Hawaii. Also, all of the neighboring properties around his primary mansion. Because he needs his privacy, even as he is destroying everyone else's.
He also sponsors a hospital in San Francisco that massively overcharges people.
does that mean that MS has taken the opportunity to strip out all of the old legacy code and drivers, thus slimming the OS down to a lean and mean athlete?
If they did, we all know what the reaction would be, at least from some quarters. "HOW DARE THEY eliminate support for Arcnet and Token Ring!! How will we connect our PS/2s and Amigas? What's next -- forced upgrades from Netware over thick coax? This is nothing more than a shameless a cash grab!"
Windows 10 20H1 supposedly requires a 6th-gen Core processor. I currently have an i7 2600K running 20H1 very smoothly thankyouverymuch. Last night Windows Update prompted me to install (the also incompatible) 21H2 on it.
We also have an old Lenovo laptop running 20H1 quite well on a 4th-gen Core i5. Both boxen have SSDs and 8GB RAM. Neither has secure boot enabled.
This might be a deal like Windows 10, where TPM and other hardware are required in order to enable specific features in Windows 11, but not to run the OS itself. Just my own speculation.
A shedload of out of date Win10 boxes still out there, still running critical stuff because the box in question cannot be switched off. Ticking security timebombs.
Windows 10 is still supported with semi-annual releases until October 2025. Security updates might even continue beyond that. So there's a bit of time before the apocalypse.
The amount of landfill crud this will generate (all for Microsoft forcing TPM 2.0/Direct 12 and WDDM 2.0 Graphics cards) is off the scale
On the plus side, there will probably be a lot of good deals to be had on recent-model, lightly-used PCs that can run the crap out of Linux.
I have two Dell laptops. On both of them, Dell's Windows-based firmware updater ran and said it was successful (pending restart); but on restart the firmware did not actually update. I should note that these are very different machines: a 6th-gen i7 ultrabook and a 10th-gen i7 workstation, both running Windows 10 20H1.
I tried Command Update and stand-alone firmware installers, all run as admin. Same result.
After many Google dead ends, the solution was to turn off Intel Virtualization Technology in the BIOS settings, then boot into Windows and run the updater. On restart, both machines then actually performed the BIOS update.
After confirming that everything was working and the correct BIOS was installed, I went back into the BIOS settings and turned Intel virtualization technology back on.
This updater bug is especially dangerous because it looks like the BIOS update worked. After the mandatory restart, there is no indication that the firmware was not in fact updated. You wouldn't know that it wasn't unless you watched the screen during restart and/or ran another update scan.
Like everything else in the world, freeness -- beer or libre -- isn't free. This issue is just another example of the foundation of economics: "There's no such thing as a free lunch."
Edit to pre-emptively add: This statement is NOT a knock on open-source software in any way. It's just recognizing that nothing is without cost.
The walled garden bothers me less on iOS. Google's obsessive user tracking to deliver (mostly ir)relevant ads creeps me out, so I'm willing to put up with Apple's quirks on the iPhone.
That said -- for me a phone is mostly an appliance. I don't care about having the Newest Shiniest or whatever because there's only so much that I'm willing to do on a small screen anyway. I just want something that works and doesn't violate my privacy too badly. I realize this is not everyone's use case.
As noted in a previous comment above, walling in MacOS is a non-starter for me, though.
PS: Scott Pedigo is 100% correct in his criticisms of iTunes -- one of the worst software abominations Apple has ever produced...
I can't download a .dmg for macos, I'm done with macos as a personal computer.
Agree completely. I need to replace my music studio PC pretty soon. I was briefly tempted by the new Mini, but with Big Sur and Monterey MacOS seems to be on a forced march away from user control.
All of Apple's hoops make it time-consuming and expensive for audio companies to deliver Mac drivers and custom applications to support niche hardware. Several key devices I use still do not have Big Sur updates, and might never get them. However, they all have full Windows 10 x64 support.
The need to validate to the Apple mothership on every app launch is even more disturbing. If Apple and, say, Roland have a business dispute, will Apple disable all of the notarizations for their software? After some of their recent iOS app store developer fights, that can't be ruled out.
From the hardware side, M1 Macs have a lot to offer for music and video editing. Unfortunately, Apple's business decisions are nullifying the hardware benefits. IMHO.
Meanwhile, Microsoft "thinks of Windows as a service," so it's probably only a matter of time before they pull some of the same sh!t.
application menus appear in the top system menu bar, not on the application window
MS Office 2016 on Mac* has the worst of both worlds: the ribbon in the app window and menus on the system menu bar.
* The current version might have changed that, but updates are now for subscribers only. Um..no.
The RCMP then claimed it was only using Clearview AI to rescue children who were victims of online sexual exploitation
"Which is why we also need to outlaw encryption -- for everyone except ourselves, of course, because cops never break the laws we are sworn to enforce."
...the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) broke the law by using Clearview AI facial-recognition software...
"Well, if we did somehow inadvertently break a law, we would never lie to Parliament about it, because that would also be against the law."
The RCMP initially denied using the software, both publicly and to Therrien, who is also an independent officer of Parliament. However, journalists from Toronto Star and BuzzFeed found that the RCMP had purchased the software, forcing it to reconsider that denial.
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