* Posts by DaveNullstein

23 posts • joined 23 Oct 2012

How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order


I preferred last years film. It was a blatant homage to the first movie but it worked and I smiled.

Rouge 1 just feels like just another CGI action/comic book movie. It raised more questions than it answered. The multi-cultural cast was good (if not calculated for global profit) but not the story.

But then none of the Star Wars stories are truly good. We are all chasing the nostalgic dreams of our adolescent selves.

Reminder: IE, Edge, Outlook etc still cough up your Windows, VPN credentials to strangers


In other news...

...if someone points a gun at your head and tricks you into pulling the trigger, you might die.

Stop all the presses.

Windows 10 Pro Anniversary Update tweaked to stop you disabling app promos


Professional != Consumer. They are pulling a giant bait and switch and need to be sued. Sign me up for the class action lawsuit.

'Digital influencers' must disclose paid-for content, says new guidance


Re: More international nannying...

If you don't think a huge segment of the human race needs nannying then you obviously haven't been paying attention.

I want to learn about gamification but all I see is same-ification


Re: Huh?

"Gamification has nothing to do with games. It's about taking something inherently boring, and making it fun in a dopamine pathway / skinner box way."

This. It is on par with adding more nicotine to cigarettes. Or worse, adding nicotine to ice cream. IT IS EVIL... for the most part.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug


No laptop is worth $3,199

Unless you have a very specific itch that it very competently scratches.

Jaron Lanier: Big Tech is worse than Big Oil


He's barking up the wrong tree

Oh poor Jaron. Did his patents expire?

Idiot millennials are saving credit card PINs on their mobile phones



Article doesn't mention if they are using password managers or other encrypted storage to do so.

This is a meaningless piece of trivia. I'm a genXer and I store passwords on my phone. Who the fuck doesn't?

Music's value gap? Follow the money trail back to Google


Finding it hard to give a shit.

On the one hand, I do believe that nobody but the artist(s) should be making money off of You Tube music "videos", though perhaps Google deserves a tiny bit to cover hosting costs.

On the other hand fuck the record industry (and IP owners in general) who think they are entitled to a near perpetual right to profit from work done once (and often, work done by someone else).

I would think there's some marketing value in the illicit You Tube versions of songs which really makes your entire argument somewhat moot. Nobody who can afford not to (or knows where to get the good stuff) is building their music collection by ripping YT videos.

Ultimately though, I view the entire internet as a hyper efficient library and don't feel much remorse about what I check out. I also occasionally go to movies and concerts and even purchase albums and books from time to time. No guilt here. If we are going to feel sorry for someone in the IP creation business, I'd worry more about the writers than anyone else. I think they are the most screwed in the long term. However, making sharing illegal is not and never will be a viable solution.

Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party


Gaming culture is toxic

I say this as a 50 year old male gamer who cut my teeth on pong and now plays Titanfall. It just keeps getting worse.

I hold the industry complicit in catering to (what I hope is just a loud minority, but probably not) of entitled, amoral, misogynist,and possibly psychopathic, gamer assholes.

Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?


Re: Who is Steven Fry?

I have. And I love Mr. Fry. But this is the funniest thing I've read all day.

He loses a few points for the ad thing but I still love him.

Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees



Looks more like that time he got fired from Apple...y

That said, I would happily host a Syrian refugee(s) under my own roof if my government would let me...

Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner


Well if Gartner says it....

Microsoft has already said that you will no longer be able to claim a free upgrade to Win 10 come mid-2016.

My cat could predict that there will be a surge in last-minute upgrades.

Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


x-ray selfies are going to be the the next big thing!

How to get 10Gbit/s home broadband in the US: Step 1. Move to Chattanooga, TN


"...which ran afoul of a Tennessee state law prohibiting governments from competing directly with private companies,"

wow... just wow.

Why the 'Dancing Baby' copyright case is just hi-tech victim shaming


You wanna talk about fair?

Intellectual Property is based on the premise that an IP owner deserves repeated income for work done once. This income already continues past the original creator's lifespan in many cases, and would likely continue in perpetuity should some have their way. This is fundamentally unfair to those of us who only get paid once for the work we do.

The whole concept is flawed and it's hard to have any sympathy for corporations or very wealthy individuals who own much of this IP, especially after the 'ownership' of said IP was transferred (probably a mistake to allow this in the first place) from the original creator.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android


Re: how is this possible?

> Like this.

Ahh.... Thank you for that.

What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?


Re: market value

This. We are also drowning in crap because of this system. Crap that is unavoidable unless you gouge your ears and eyes out.

Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA


Re: Google is not opt-in.

I agree that Google may kill us all when/once it falls into the wrong hands however, at this point they are still mostly trustworthy and all of their spying is done by algorithms. What we need are laws & mechanisms to ensure it stays that way.


Only if you're a pedophile.

Please elaborate, Rupert....

Snark aside, I'll take my chances with Google over a shadowy, prone-to-lying and off-the-leash intelligence organization any day. At least I can opt out of Google.

Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low


Re: Why won't they sort it out?

3.) Because you are going to use their cloud if they have to shove it down your throat.

How an Amazon engineer's slip-up started a 20-hour Netflix cock-up


Shit happens.

Always will.

Windows 8: An awful lot of change for a single release


Oh Please....

"This is Microsoft's third major attempt to fix Windows security, if you count Windows XP SP2 as the first, and Vista's UAC as the second. It brings in a new platform in which apps are sandboxed and installed from Microsoft's store, imitating Apple's model. "

If you think we're getting the Microsoft store due to security concerns you are delusional. Any security benefits will be purely incidental. Windows 8 is far more about giving Microsoft what it wishes it had than it is about giving users what they want.


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