* Posts by Updraft102

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Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: They didn't vote for him

"So if your parents die because Republicans are reseeding the Corona Virus, you know where blame lies and why they did it."

They did it because locking down kills a lot of people too (and not just old people in nursing homes who already had one foot in the grave), in addition to killing the economy, countless small businesses, and putting us trillions more in debt. Did you think that for all of the people with mental illness or substance abuse issues, many of whom have found successful strategies for dealing with their issues, would be just fine after we put them under tremendous stress, taking away their jobs, taking away their psychiatrist, taking away their social supports, taking away their hobbies, taking away every damned thing they used to do to cope with their illness other than pills (and they may not be able to get those after they run out if no one will prescribe them), and doing it for months on end, was not going to kill anyone? Even people without any history of depression are reporting symptoms now, sometimes severe, so what do you think happens to those who were already in bad shape?

Why is it that only corona deaths matter, not all the deaths that our response to corona causes? What about all of the people who have not had treatment for other things that kill people every year, either because their doctor has closed or because they've been made to fear going to the doctor? Why are emergency room doctors asking where all of the non-COVID patients, the ones with heart attacks and such, have gone? Does COVID cure heart disease, or are people just putting off calling the ambulance until they die?

The real cruelty of all of this is that lockdowns, social distancing, masks, forced shutdowns of business, stay at home orders, and all of that stuff, does not actually save anyone from coronavirus. It merely delays the deaths. That's why the initial goal was to flatten the curve, which we did (and in the US, it turns out that it wasn't even necessary in the first place). Flattening the curve changes the shape, but not the area under the curve. Do you think that all of the measures taken actually eliminated the risk completely? That hasn't been shown in the stats of any country (not counting China, as you can't believe them if they say the sky is blue). Despite the measures, the cases have continued to rise. If you haven't had COVID, your time is coming. So is mine, so is everyone's.

If you merely reduce the odds of transmission, but R0 is still above 1, then guess what, everyone that was gonna get it is still gonna get it. The Swedish are the only country in the world that got it right. You almost did in the UK, but then your leaders lost their nerve. The Swedes are well on their way to the only actual thing that will end the death, and that's herd immunity. The death rates for this month or that month don't matter in the long term, because they will bottom out and have the death rate drop to near zero while the rest of the world's old people are still dying. Sweden is in it for the long haul, and they are going to have one of the lowest death rates of any country when this is finally over, not to mention all of the people who were not killed by lockdowns that would not have been in the COVID totals anyway.

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Re: You supported a system...

The electoral college system (as far as vote allocation... not talking about the actual presence of people known as electors here) is a reflection of how the primary unit of government in the US is the state, not the federal. The national popular vote is a nothing number because there is no national election; there are 50 state elections. The national popular vote is as meaningless as the total number of (goals, points, runs, whatever) scored across a series of games in your favorite sport. It doesn't matter who scored the most across all of the games; what matters is who won the most games. The game is the basic unit of sports, not the series, so the series total is just a statistic without any real meaning.

If each state had the same population, it would be easy to tally the various state elections-- simply have the winner of each state get their total of state votes incremented by 1. The states do not have equal populations, though, so the system we have weights it heavily by population, but not completely, in order to keep the urban areas in big states from being the only areas that anyone cares about.

It's not an outdated system. It's the only one that makes any sense in a federal system. The US is a federation of states, and we don't have a national government. We have a federal government (more akin to the EU than the government of any of the countries within the EU).

I don't think the US is repairable. Trump is a symptom, not the cause. I wish we could dissolve it and start again-- only I don't think it would just be one country the second time around.

DirectX comes to Linux (via WSL2): Microsoft unveils tricks needed to flash a GPU at a penguin

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What do you mean DirectX "comes" to Linux? I've been running Windows DirectX (more properly, D3D, which is a subset of DX, but it seems to be what we are talking about here) programs in Linux for more than a year with framerates quite close to what they were in Windows on the same machine, and sometimes with more stability than the same program under Windows, strangely enough. DirectX support for Linux has been around for years longer than that, but there was a significant performance hit.

DXVK provides DirectX at near Windows native speed for Linux, while WINE makes the Windows programs that use DX work in the first place. That's DX in Linux, and it is not new, nor was it a product of Microsoft. Things like WINE, DXVK, Samba, etc., exist in spite of Microsoft's efforts, not because of them.

Adding DX to WSL is merely bringing DX to a part of Windows that didn't have it before... hardly justifying the headline. Let's not give them credit for bringing DX to Linux when they've done nothing of the sort.

Everything OK with Microsoft? Windows giant admits it was 'on the wrong side of history' with regard to open source

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Re: So...

Windows didn't become the spying mess that it is now under Ballmer...

'iOS security is f**ked' says exploit broker Zerodium: Prices crash for taking a bite out of Apple's core tech

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Re: "Zerodium said for the first time that it would pay more for flaws in Android"

Downvoters missed the sarcasm there, methinks?

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Re: Here's an idea

Is it not a bug if it is possible to find such a different use for "good" code? If the code can be made to do something that wasn't intended, that's a bug, until you document it and call it a feature, of course.

Sadly, 111 in this story isn't binary. It's decimal. It's the number of security fixes emitted by Microsoft this week

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"Sadly, 111 in this story isn't binary. It's decimal. It's the number of security fixes emitted by Microsoft this week"

Would you rather they had patched only 7 of them?

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: Nowadays Macs don't look different than PCs

The trash can Mac Pro was pretty distinctive. For a computer, that is; as a trash can, it's pretty generic. The more modern take on the cheese grater (which looks more like an actual cheese grater than the one they call the cheese grater) is distinctive in its ugliness.

Jeff Bezos tells shareholders to buckle up: Amazon to blow this quarter's profits and more on coronavirus costs

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Re: Robots don't get Covid-19

The local Wal-Mart has tried to implement one-way aisles throughout the store. I tried to respect it, but it's fairly impossible if you're the only one. Even people wearing masks, something which is not required in my area, who would appear to be the more COVID-conscious, were completely ignoring the markings.

Of course, this has nothing to do with Amazon warehouses, but I just thought it was an interesting point.

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: Give a child the information in the wrong order.

All those dummies at Cedars-Sinai need to be educated too. Willing to give it to them?

Hope this link makes it through whatever spam filters are here.


They call it Healight, a UV light emitting catheter for disinfecting bronchial passages.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

You were taught it was wrong, but the teacher was wrong!

The serial comma (assuming you are referring to the Oxford comma) is necessary to delineate list items clearly.

Fred's favorite musical artists are The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, and Hall and Oates.

Fred's favorite artists are clear:

The Rolling Stones

Simon and Garfunkel

Hall and Oates

In contrast...

Fred's favorite musical artists are The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel and Hall and Oates.

Fred's favorite artists are:

The Rolling Stones


Garfunkel and Hall and Oates

or is it

The Rolling Stones

Simon and Garfunkel and Hall


or perhaps

The Rolling Stones

Simon and Garfunkel and Hall and Oates

Or, of course, the answer we know to be the actual one, the one answer that is unambiguous with the Oxford comma. If you were not familiar with any of the artists in the list, you would not know which of the four lists were the real one. You could grok out that all three of the wrong answers require a band to call itself something clumsy, like "Garfunkel and Hall and Oates," rather than the preferred list form, but you don't really know that such a clumsy usage is not actually how the artists in question refer to themselves without having prior knowledge.

Of course, not all examples are as ambiguous as this one, but the Oxford comma always works, while the dropped comma relies on the reader to grok out that the last item is not a compound item containing the word 'and'. The comma makes it very clear and precise regardless of context, and clarity should be the purpose of language.

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Re: Younger style

Won't they still be able to tell when you spell out words that have emoji representations?

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Re: spare disk space

I learned to type on a computer... without proportional spacing. Two spaces it was, and shall it ever be!

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Re: What's next?

That suggests that there is a very long title, but with no body text. Can be safely disregarded.

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground

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"Although the BAe-146 can fly on three of its four conventional jet engines, Cranfield's runway isn't long enough to do that safely."

How long would the runway have to be for it to fly on three engines?

I was not aware runways could fly on any number of engines.

Australia's contact-tracing app regulation avoids 'woolly' principles in comparable cyber-laws, say lawyers

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Re: "Here I Go, Again On My Own..." - DLR

1. The number of false-positive alerts because of bluetooth's range. You passed within 10m of someone who's registered as symptomatic/infected. Depending on absolute proximity and duration, your chances of being infected goes from high to remote. Do they account for this? Is it even possible to account for this with bluetooth? Signal strength maybe, but that's subject to local effects.

Right now, I can put bluetooth on in my PC and see all kinds of televisions and such that are not even in my house, some with signal strength that suggests that they are in the same room with me. This is in a free-standing house, so there are at least two walls between those bluetooth devices and mine, not to mention the air gap in between.

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Re: "experts" should be ashamed

Can't they just use the laws of Australia to override what mathematical rules are in the device?

I don't know why they haven't just outlawed the disease. It's such a simple solution!

Wake up, Neo: Microsoft mulls using your brain waves or body heat to mine crypto-currency while viewing ads

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One of the ways the Windows giant's inventors imagine using the technology is to award cryptocurrency when people's brain waves indicate they've viewed an ad.

Surely there are simpler methods of detecting anger than this. If humans can do it visually without even thinking about it without looking at electroencephalograms, is it really that hard? Getting people to wear electrodes on their scalp has got to be harder than using the webcam to detect angry expressions on the victim's face.

Google calls a halt on Chrome 82, but the version 83 beta has arrived early – so it's coding and bug finding time ahead

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On March 18, Google paused the development of Chrome, Chromium, and Chrome OS releases due to the labor challenges posed by COVID-19 public health actions.

I can see where working at home would be impossible for a job like software development.

Mayday! Mayday! The next Windows 10 update is finally on approach to a PC near you

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Re: 20H1 - a longer wait for WSL2

WINE doesn't take over the desktop. What are you talking about?

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Re: daubing the veteran OS with the Fluent Design brush.

Go to service manager, disable the theme service, done... XP reverts to Win2k look. First thing I did with every XP installation.

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Re: daubing the veteran OS with the Fluent Design brush.

The flatness is just a theme. Don't like it, change it. You can get by quite well in 8.1 without ever having to see that "Metro" (Modern, TIFKAM, whatever) stuff... not like 10, where they moved half of Control Panel to Settings. When I ran Windows, I used 8.1 with a Classic theme that was a dead ringer for Windows 7 Classic , along with Old-New Explorer to get rid of the ribbon, Classic Shell (it was still called that back then), and some other assorted things. I had the Windows 7 start button (orb thingy) too, and if you didn't notice the centered text in the title bar for any given window, you'd think you were looking at Windows 7 with the Classic theme. I also had a thing called metro killer to prevent anything Metro from appearing. I did have to use third party programs for things like wireless network selection (I used Intel Proset) and bluetooth (Toshiba stack), and for others, like creating new accounts, just use MMC.

I agree completely on the ugly flatness, and I am very firm in my opinion that Win2k was the pinnacle of MS UI goodness, but on the Win32 bits of 8.1, it's just a theme, and there are hundreds more to choose from. You just need to install one of the hacks to get Windows to stop looking for the signature in the theme (Microsoft's attempt to thwart attempts to make Windows not match their branding).

I did port my theme over to 10 as a test when I tried 10 in 2015, but one of the first updates broke it completely, and it didn't work at all. By then I had given up on the idea that 10 would ever be usable, so I didn't bother to port it again.

Microsoft throws extended support lifeline for folk stuck on car-crash Windows 10 1809

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"We recognize," said Microsoft, "this is an evolving situation. We will continue to listen to our customers."

Except, presumably, those still clinging to Windows 7.

Or those who want to be able to control their updates as with every other Windows version. Or those using consumer editions who want to be able to turn off telemetry. Or those who wish to be able to have a UI that's designed for the actual hardware in question (nearly always a traditional desktop or laptop with no touch and a discrete pointing device with separate pointing and clicking events). Or those who don't want to have to update every six months because Microsoft said so.

And so on.

People have been asking for the things I mentioned for 5 years, and if Microsoft is "listening," they have to be doing it while pointing and laughing. Windows 10 is not designed to meet the needs of their customers... it's designed to serve Microsoft.

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Re: They can't even have sensible version numbers

It looks like an effort to copy Ubuntu.

Ubuntu releases twice a year, and the version number is in the format YY.MM. They've been doing it that way since the very first release... when was that, 2004?

Microsoft now releases Windows 10 twice a year, and the version number is YYMM. The only difference in the nomenclature is that they took out the period.

They also missed the part where every fourth Ubuntu release is LTS, with 5 years of support. According to Canonical, 95% of Ubuntu users are using one or another of the LTS versions. MS picked the 5% and forced that on nearly everyone (save the LTSB that's only supposed to be for embedded systems).

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Re: I have said it before

It's not the best can do. It's the best they're willing to do. They're all about the cloud now, because now that we've renamed "someone else's computer out there on the internet", it's revolutionary and new, and the stuff that got them to where they are is just yesterday's news. They're going to do Windows on the cheap while simultaneously monetizing it like some cheap piece of freemium crap, and they're going to charge full price for it, as long as people tolerate it. I

t looks like they will tolerate that quite a long time, so Windows users have only themselves to blame for enabling this. Allowing oneself to be locked in to a single supplier always carries the risk that the product and terms you've been getting is not the product and terms you're going to get in the future. It's why the term "second source" exists. The supplier that has you locked in can alter the deal, and all you can do is pray they don't alter it further. Ignore it at your peril.

Apple: We respect your privacy so much we've revealed a little about what we can track when you use Maps

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Re: Week days

you brushed the cobwebs from the bike in the shed and got peddling

If your job is in sales, I suppose.

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Re: Shocking

You see Apple did what any reasonably large company releasing a bad product would do when that product was criticised. They spent an awful lot of money improving it.

Counterpoint: Microsoft and Windows 10.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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Hiring lawyers to do accounting is too expensive, even if they are disreputable.

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"Solving the problem is simple:"

Simple to describe, surely. Go fix the bug. That's how you solve it. Turning it off and on again is not fixing the problem... it's mitigating it, temporarily. Surely the readership here understands the difference!

We checked in with the new Windows 10X build, and let's just say getting this ready for late 2020 will be a challenge

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I do not use a tablet, I do not have touch screens, I do have dual screens. Tell me Microsoft, what percentage of PC's HAVE a touch screen and of those how many people actually use the "touch" stuff.

You've hit the point exactly. Only a very small percentage of PCs have a touch screen... they don't need it, and most are sold without touchscreens, even now in this "let's make everything like smartphones" era. Some individuals or organizations may have fallen victim to the "touch is the future" thing and bought PCs with touch (desktops or laptops), and in that case, I would bet that very few of them that are used as regular workhorse PCs see those touchscreens being used much, if at all. It's just not workable to use touch for more than a few minutes on a non-handheld device.

Touchscreens are only really feasible on handheld devices and in limited special purpose machine (kiosks and such). On a standard desktop, touchscreens are an ergonomic nightmare. Try using one on a laptop or desktop for any length of time and see how long it takes for your arm, outstretched in front of you, to begin to feel as if it is made of lead. Then imagine using the computer that way all day, 5 days a week. How long would it be before an injury prevents you from continuing?

MS seems to have bought into the idea that everything has to look and act like a smartphone cuz smartphones iz kool. Now that Windows mobile has failed, the only reason to keep pushing the idiotic touch UI of part of Windows 10 is to suggest it has a place on the kinds of devices that Windows is actually used on, and it really doesn't, other than convertible 2-in-1 devices (and even they don't need both UIs at the same time).

Without touchscreens, there's no reason for Windows 10 to look like it does, and if it didn't look as it does, which is to say "like a phone," it would be even easier to think of it in the same terms that people thought of older Windows versions, so Windows as a Service would look even more stupid and counterproductive. Of course, people who know about computing already know this, but MS investors and many in the tech press don't. If this came to pass, Microsoft would be uncomfortably close to admitting that, quite literally, everything they've done with Windows during the Nadella era has been wrong.


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Re: "Microsoft cannot afford a re-run of Windows 8"

Ah, I remember the halcyon days when I thought Windows 8 was the worst possible Windows that MS could ever make. After Windows 10 arrived, I looked back at 8 (by now 8.1) and wondered why I'd disliked it so much. I ended up upgrading to 8.1 before I left the Windows plantation. With modification, 8.1 can be a really decent OS. Windows 10... not so much.

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Re: Please, no more.....

Maybe "Wining" was a reference to how Windows 10 is so bad that many people have been driven off of the Microsoft Windows platform and are running their Windows programs on Linux using Wine.

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP

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Re: Is this as ususal software related?

Or a 5 3/4" floppy you don't have anything to read it with.

Indeed, I would not have anything to read that with. Would anyone?

Yelp finally gets its chance to tell US Congress how Google screws its listings service every minute of every day

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when Bill Gates et al were accused of illegally maintaining a monopoly by jamming its Internet Explorer browser onto Windows machines and setting it as a default.

That's not what it was about.

Microsoft was not in trouble for making IE part of a Windows installation. They were in trouble for demanding that IE be the only browser on PCs sold with Windows, denying OEMs the choice of being able to preinstall Netscape Navigator or any other browser that was not IE. The IE icon had to be prominently displayed on the desktop too... the OEMs were not permitted to remove it.

If the OEM did not obey Microsoft's demands, they were told they would not be able to sell PCs with Windows installed, thus making their products essentially unmarketable to the vast majority of people.

He's right when he says Google bringing up its own ratings first is like Microsoft including IE with Windows, but if that's all Microsoft had done, it never would have been a problem.

Windows 7 goes dual screen to shriek at passersby: Please, just upgrade me or let me die

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Re: eh?

He's happy with his Win7. Why is there this bloody obsession with you must move to Linux!

The obsession is more of "you must move away from Windows 7". That is what the above article was about. If someone has already rejected 10, and if he wants to move away from the fading Windows 7, Linux is an option.

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Windows 7 is like that arthritic old cat who lives with an elderly relation. It smells a bit, is a pain to look after and demands near constant attention – and will frequently leave a dirty protest if it doesn't get it.

Are you quite sure it is Windows 7 you are talking about and not 10?

When I used 7, it worked well, day in and day out. The 10 fanboys keep saying 10 is much more stable than 7, but for my own PCs, Windows 7 could not get much more stable than it was. No need to look after it or give it attention... it was just an OS, which is supposed to fade into the background and let the applications get the applause.

Windows 10 is more like Lucy from I Love Lucy, always cooking up some scheme to get center stage without having any actual talent that would make one worthy of being on a stage. Windows 10 is always demanding attention... not like the old reliable workhorse Windows 7.

I too have left Windows-land, or maybe it's more that Windows left me, as the saying goes.

When I started using Windows, it didn't monetize you and try to take over your computer. You didn't have to beta test your own software. It didn't come out a never-ending stream of service packs each 6 months. It didn't send your local search queries to Bing. It just did its thing... serving the owner of the hardware, and MS was not constantly tinkering with new ways to fleece its users. Back then, when a Windows flopped, like Vista, you could keep using what you had (XP/2k) until the next version came along. The next version was 7, which was very popular despite its familial similarity to Vista.

In the Vista era, MS didn't send you malware through the update system, whose sole function was to break Windows Update on newer machines, deliberately exposing users to third-party malware.

Instead of forcing people to accept an OS they did not like, MS improved Vista and made it into what users wanted. Now they are using their monopoly to force people to accept 10, and they've made it quite clear that customer satisfaction is no longer a concern of theirs. No carrot, all stick.

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants

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Re: We really need Firefox alive

Current as of Firefox 73.

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Re: We really need Firefox alive

I wish we had that same Firefox now. Back then, Mozilla's strategy was to unabashedly deliver a better browser than the corporate giant offered. The bit about not being part of the Microsoft hegemony was certainly part of it, but being a better browser was important too. It's doubtful people would have migrated just because of the dislike for what MS was doing to the web!

Now the same outfit that aimed to unseat IE by making a better browser is doing its level best to lop off every feature that makes Firefox better than Chrome, in some kind of foolish hope that it can somehow out-Chrome the actual Chrome. What would have happened if Mozilla of the early 2000s removed Firefox's tabbed browsing feature, removed the toolbar customization, and restricted the addon APIs so that only IE BHOs (browser helper objects) could be used instead of the much more powerful XPCOM addons? Would it have had the impact it did if it tried to compete with IE on who can have the most IE-like feature set?

Mozilla has been obsessed with trying to copy Chrome for more than a decade, and its market share has been in freefall for about the same time. I'm not suggesting causation... only that trying to out-Chrome the actual Chrome has not worked, and yet they still persist, as if there was some kind of critical mass of deleted features that will finally start the exodus away from Chrome.

Chrome's UI is the worst I have ever seen on a desktop browser, and Firefox's used to be the best, until they dumped that to be more like Chrome. It's been a gradual process of dropping important features with each release, but extension authors repeatedly stepped up and provided the means to fix these blunders. Then, of course, Mozilla chopped off the extension API capable of making such changes, in favor of the Chrome extension API (of course). If not for userChrome.css, bringing a Firefox-like UI to Firefox would be impossible... and that's a feature Chrome doesn't have, so I'm terribly suspicious that its days are numbered too.

Mozilla seems to be engaged in a decade-long suicide pact, and it shows no sign of changing direction.

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Re: FFS -- delete the cookies

Nowadays they also track you by location and IP so deleting cookies barely does anything to improve your privacy.

My IP address changes every few days (or more often if I want it to), and it comes from a pool of IP addresses that cover an area that includes multiple millions of people in a radius of at least 50 miles. If they can track me with that without some other form of persistent ID (like a cookie), my hat is off to them!

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass

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Re: Someone has to say it..

Where I come from, problems aren't useful. If they're useful, they're not problems!

Microsoft: 14 January patch was the last for Windows 7. Also Microsoft: Actually...

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Re: This won't be popular...

I have bought several PCs with Windows 10 preinstalled, and it is crap on all of them (and is no longer there, fortunately). They're not legacy hardware... they are brand new hardware that I chose based on how I want to use them. They don't have touchscreens, as touchscreens themselves would just add weight and cost (since I would just disable them anyway, as they're ergonomically and functionally inferior to a mouse/touchpad or keyboard).

I don't care how well Windows 10 works with hardware that very few PC users have or would want to have. If I am not using a touchscreen, I don't want to be forced to tolerate the UI compromises that have to be made to accommodate them. Because I have the precision of a mouse pointer that has separate pointing and clicking events, I don't need massively oversized onscreen elements, so the disappearing UI and hamburger buttons are just an impediment.

It doesn't make any sense to say that for the UI of Windows 10 to be any good, people should spend extra money to get equipment with features they don't otherwise want or need in order to justify the design decisions that went into the OS. The UI should be tailored to the way I want to use my gear... I should not have to tailor my gear to the way Microsoft wants to make an OS. The OS serves the hardware, not the other way around.

None of that has anything to do with the worst bits of 10, though... the spying, the forced updates, the insane WaaS update schedule, the ads, the conscription of consumers into the beta testing army, and all the other forms of monetization MS wants to pursue. They could fix the UI, and 10 would still be unfit for purpose.

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Re: it's all curable, and worth it

Microsoft is not in competition with Linux. There would be no reason to EEE it. They're making a pile of money off of it with Azure. Windows is just legacy baggage at this point... they;re all about the cloud now. It's why Windows 10 is such pure excrement now.

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Re: it's all curable, and worth it

I think you know very well which ads-- if you had none, it's because you had to turn them all off, hide them, or work around them.

Windows 10 comes out of the box with an adware for Office popping up on the first run. There are ads in the start menu, ads in the lock screen (shown at Microsoft's discretion if you have Windows spotlight, or whatever it is called turned on, the default setting), ads in the various "apps" like mail and Solitaire, on and on.

The Xbox app is an ad for Xbox, since the user didn't indicate any interest in having it installed, and the OneDrive integration is an ad for that too. When you do a Cortana search and it sends your request to Bing whether you want it to or not, it's all about the ads.

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Re: Klingons

Windows 10 is no Vista,

Quite right. Vista was a debacle because the management/sales types decided that it was late enough, so they released it as-is, unfinished though it was. Once development actually finished (after it was released), it became a decent OS, though most people never knew, since they had given up on it before that.

Windows 10 is, as you said, no Vista. It's not temporarily bad by accident like Vista was-- it's bad by design. Every issue with Windows 10 is a function of it being designed to be just as it is. It won't become a decent OS in time, because MS does not want it to be decent. It is designed to be garbage, and garbage shall it remain. It's not curable. You can't bring back the functionality of the Control Panel that has been moved to the abominable Settings crApp. You can't avoid the idiotic phone UI bits (even though MS gave up on mobile). You can't set it to alert you that updates are available, but to only install those updates that you've specifically chosen from the menu. You can't have a single version of Windows that gets supported for 10 years the way it used to. Each feature build is its own version, and they come at a furious pace, and get dropped from support quickly too. For consumers, it's 1.5 years, that's it.

You can try to fix the many deficiencies of WIndows 10... you can use unsupported means to eradicate the unwanted apps that are supposed to be unremovable. You can hack the OS to let you choose your own theme rather than being stuck with the one that MS forces on you for branding purposes. You can eliminate the ads that keep popping up like weeds in your system tray, start menu (if you still use the tiled one), lock screen, and as many other places as MS can think of (Solitaire or mail apps, anyone?). You can try to block the telemetry. You can spend a ton of time getting everything set to serve you instead of Microsoft. And then MS will release a new feature update and all of your careful modifications will be undone.

This was why why the developer of Classic Shell threw in the towel... Windows 10 just changed too much, too quickly. You think you've gotten all of the ads blocked, but then MS sticks them in some other place. Every problem you think you've fixed only remains that way until MS decides to break your modifications yet again. With new versions coming every six months, there are a lot of opportunities to do that.

MS claims that Windows 10 is not an OS anymore, but a cloud service. Unfortunately, I am in need of an OS on my PCs, not a cloud service, so I had little choice but to leave Windows behind after more than 25 years as a Windows user. Windows ME, Vista, or 8 didn't make that happen... it took something as irredeemably bad as Windows 10 to do that.

From WordPad to WordAds: Microsoft caught sneaking nagging Office promos into venerable text editor beta

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Re: Many of these ads can be disabled.

The plural of mouse is mice.

Why isn't the plural of house hice?

German taxpayers faced with €800k Windows 7 support bill due to Deutschland dithering

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Re: Well, looks like that migration to Linux is getting cheaper and cheaper

Every distro handles updates in its own way. Some distros have rolling releases and generally feature the bleeding-edge stuff, while others are more conservative. There is a big difference between Arch and Debian!

Even so, in Linux, you never have to worry about updates happening without your consent. If you're worried about updates borking something, wait a bit before installing them and let others take the risk. No one's making you do it right now.

If you simply must have the latest and greatest, use rsync (or one of its front-ends, like Timeshift) to create snapshots that you can quickly restore if anything goes poorly. I do this with my own system... I use KDE Neon because I like the combination of the stable Ubuntu LTS base with the most recent stuff KDE has to offer, and if it goes badly, I can roll back to the pre-updated state in under five minutes. Kind of like Windows system restore, only it works reliably and doesn't disable itself when you upgrade to a new version of 10 (which is right when I would want to have the ability to roll back the most).

I would think developers would know all of this. Updates in Linux are offered, not shoved down your throat. Take them or don't; it's up to you.

Microsoft boffin inadvertently highlights .NET image woes by running C# on Windows 3.11

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The facts?

You think you have any understanding of the facts?

Fact is, you're judging people by their race, their sex, and their age, not their competence as developers, their work ethic, their character, or any other such thing, and you're patting yourself on the back for doing it. Will you ever stop looking at people as members of a race, sex, etc., and realize they're individuals, not just examples of some group you've placed them in? Bigotry is bigotry, even if it's directed at the group that it's "in" to hate at the moment. Simply changing the definition of "them" doesn't address the problem of seeing everything through the lens of "us" and "them" is ; in fact, it validates the idea that people should be judged by demographic means beyond their control rather than anything that really matters.

Windows 7 back in black as holdouts report wallpaper-stripping shenanigans

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Re: I only need windows for ONE program...

Have you ever tried using Rufus to burn a USB stick in Windows 7 on a VM under Linux?

I did, just now, as a test. Worked perfectly well in Windows 7 running as guest in Virtualbox 6.1, on a KDE Neon host, using the newest portable version of Rufus (3.8.1580). One of my PCs is is now running a Mint 19.3 live session using the stick I just wrote in the VM.

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Re: UEFI boot... DO NOT!!

to make sure of easy maintenance etc, ALWAYS look for 'legacy boot'...

...and disable it.

UEFI is simpler and easier if you understand it. You can have multiple bootloaders installed at the same time and pick which one you want to use by name from the boot override menu or from the UEFI settings themselves. On GPT disks, there's no faffing about with extended and logical partitions, and GPT is more robust, with several copies of the partition table "just in case."

And, of course, you can use secure boot if you wish. If you don't want to, turn it off. I know it's popular to think it is some grand conspiracy to keep non-MS OSes off of people's PCs, but I run Linux with secure boot on with no issue at all. You can even set it to use your unsigned bootloader by marking it as trusted in the UEFI settings, and it will generate a hash of the bootloader, store that in NVRAM, and compare that to the generated hash at each boot-- the same thing that happens with a signed bootloader, but in effect, you're signing it. UEFI doesn't care if it is a Linux, Windows, or any other kind of bootloader... it works with all of them.

I loathe MS as much as the next Linux user, but if this is a conspiracy to keep Linux off, they did a damned poor job of it. It's no more of a hassle installing and using Linux with secure boot enabled than it is to use Windows. But if you're still not convinced, you can turn it off. And on any device that is so locked down that you can't turn secure boot off, you're not going to be doing any legacy booting anyway. If you encounter such a thing, just avoid it!

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Re: More of MS's...

Veeam backup (agent) free for Linux will do an image backup natively from within Linux.


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