Re: Why Victor Meldrew types, why?
Cheers up your grandad.
613 posts • joined 4 Sep 2019
"Sideloading is a disaster [for our revenue streams] and proposed App Store reforms would [remove our monopoly, and err, yeah probably] harm user privacy and security [or something]"
To be fair, sideloading has the distinct potential to be a security threat, but if it's layered in enough warnings (as it seems to be on Android), then it will only be a threat to people who like to tinker anyway, and they should be ready for that sort of thing. I suspect poor control of things in the actual app store is more of a malware problem on Android than sideloading (combined with Android's massive global market share when compared with Apple).
Interesting, but I still don't care. Until I can have uncrippled versions of uBlock0, NoScript, PrivacyBadger, DecentralEyes, Greasemonkey, ClearURLs, DDG Privacy Essentials, and User-Agent Switcher running on Chrome, without Google fingerprinting me, and until there's a plausible third rendering engine to keep the ecosystem at least slightly diverse, I'm just gonna take the hit. In the real world, this level of speed difference doesn't matter a damn.
The very minor (and not in the slightest noticeable to me in real use) performance hit is nowhere near enough for me to go to the slurping, ad-filled, blocker-blocking nightmare that is Chrome. When there is only one web rendering engine left, and ad-, tracker-, or JS-blocking is no longer possible, when Google owns your very soul, you will scream like Charlton Heston at the end of Planet of the Apes.
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I have absolutely no idea why MS would ever need to update anything about Notepad. I use it multiple times a day, every day, largely for rapid and simple format stripping from text (I have it on a shortcut key). If they change it more than a tiny smidge to do anything other than the bare minimum it already does, I'll just be keeping the old one somehow (as I already do with calculator).
Quite. I've had the same desktop-of-Theseus for about 22 years. I think the oldest component in it now is probably the DVD drive, which may be about 13 years old. The PSU and case are around 10 years old, the motherboard, processor and RAM were replaced about 2 years ago (along with gaining a snazzy SSD for the OS), and the newest component is a 2TB SATA backup drive I slid in the front last week. Almost every single part I've ever removed from it has been sold on eBay or repurposed. I very rarely actually throw any of it away.
"the internal storage cannot be altered; an odd path for Apple to pursue"
It's not an odd path if they do what they do with phones (i.e. refusing to include a microSD card slot) and charge a bomb for including extra storage at the time of purchase. I'm surprised they didn't cut out the USB sockets lest you plug in any non-Apple drives!
The attacks seem a little complicated... by the sound of it, more complicated than those needed to edit a Scottish vaccination certificate (not sure if those were PDFs, as they are [sensibly] rather coy about the details, but I'm not surprised by any of it).
I've not experienced Apple updates, but I can say that many a Windows update has ruined my day. Usually because I left some long-running job going overnight only to find it had been rudely stopped at 2am and the machine rebooted, leaving only a BitLocker password prompt and meaning I had to start it all over again. I've got a handle on it now, but I shouldn't have to go through all this to achieve something that should be doable with a simple option switch.
I would argue that Windows 10 is technically the mutant offspring of Windows NT 3.1. This was, confusingly (for marketing reasons), the first version of Windows NT, and it went on to become things including Windows 2000 [NT 5.0], XP [NT 5.1], and finally [NT] 10.0 (which, also confusingly and for marketing reasons, is the version right after NT 6.3, AKA Windows 8.1). The core of Windows 3.1 died with Windows ME. Thankfully.
I suspect (hope?) that this may be a simple issue of grammar. Perhaps:
These platforms are used almost exclusively by SOC [serious and organised crime] groups
should instead read:
SOC [serious and organised crime] groups almost exclusively use these platforms
People often make such errors without even realising it – they read back what they meant, and not what it actually says. Grammar is the difference between knowing your shit and...
I'm specifically expressing Edge hostility rather than MS hostility. I'd like it more if it were truly optional. The fact that it's forced onto people's systems and heavily plugged whenever you don't use it means that they apparently learnt nothing from the IE debacle. Changed permanently? This detail seems to indicate they've reverted on this issue. It would be lovely if there were any real Firefox competitors (i.e. ones that don't use Chrome at all). Until then, I'm using Firefox.
At least it won't be force-installed on Linux like it is on Windows. Top tip:
setup --uninstall --force-uninstall --verbose-logging --system-level
Seems to be the only way to get rid of it. That is until an update forces it down your throat again. Running the above as a startup script helps with that.
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