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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Billly Gates Re:Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (357 comments)

I do not know if I can adjust hairy. I love Aero and the familiarity of Windows 7. I know XP users hate 7 because they too like the feel and know where everything is at for the last decade so why change?

What I worry about is can I still do instantsearch or will Cortana pop up and Bing power options instead of just opening power options to set my sleep mode? I hated this with 8 with a passion.

I need my aero too. Windows 7 is exactly what I tried to do with Vista via hacks like VistaGlaze with all the colors. I want customization. After 8.1 I am afraid of change.

I am downloading 10 as an upgrade on the 7 box I am using now but I have a feeling by tomorrow night I will be putting 7 back on. 8.1 had a tendency to crash on youtube regardless if the video card was an ATI or Nvidia.

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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Billly Gates Re:But does it matter any more? (136 comments)

Agreed. Thanks to virtualization I can still run Linux or FreeBSD as a VM.

I tend to use turnkey Linux these days as these are appliances I just turn on and I have a modified HOST file with the IP addresses of my VMs from VMware Workstation.

Windows as a host is stable, has office, Visual Studio, adobe photoshop, and of course my video games and cloud storage tools.

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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

Billly Gates Re:Edge == Trident (136 comments)

Netscape was worse than IE 6 due to even more bugs and CSS work arounds if you can believe that.

Firefox == netscape rendering engine whether it is cleaned up or not.

Therefore IE 11 is better than Firefox

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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Billly Gates Re:This. SO MUCH This. (471 comments)

I know people who went back to school at 45 and found jobs as software developers before even graduating! Do not tell me this as the 2002 recession ended.

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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Billly Gates Re:Windows 10 (131 comments)

Wow buy a new one if the old one works just fine and is better (no cell phone on the desktop)?

True as a gamer an old system is pretty useless unless you run older games from that era in which it came from.

XP is still insanely popular and I will bet you money in 2020 when Windows 7 goes EOL XP will still have marketshare of active computer users. Small but still significant to be counted. It works and users like it because it is familiar to them.

I still see no reason to leave Windows 7. I just wonder what it will break now? Windows 8.1 BSOD on both an ATI and NVidia cards in youtube which I find very strange. No problem at all in Windows 7. DirectX 12 adds more complexity of things it can fuck up.

Oh and my Asus board probably won't have drivers as it is in their financial interests for me to throw it all away and buy another one right? I had a room mate who stayed on XP for a long long time as he thought Windows 7 was a buggy POS. It always BSOD because Dell wanted him to throw it away and buy a new one rather than release a driver that went thru QA?

Just my gripe.

2 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Billly Gates Re:Windows 10 (131 comments)

I find that very hard to believe as driver support for XP has gone away since 2011 except for a few business oriented systems and now even they do not have Xp drivers.

This must have been used.

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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Billly Gates Re: DirectX is obsolete (131 comments)

Wii has open hardware access to the primitives where developers writell their own direct access according to a past story here. PS is the same. Console makers hate opengl as it encourages portability to other consoles

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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Billly Gates Re: DirectX is obsolete (131 comments)

They use neither. Directx is on the Xbox so the pc gets a lousy Xbox port. Opengl has not been used in games for a long time now.

Exception is Wow for the mac

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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

Billly Gates Re: DirectX is obsolete (131 comments)

Wow right back in 2001 again.

John Carmack conceded directx 9 is superior. I can't think of a single game today that uses opengl. Why is that?

You must live in alternative universe as developers prefer to develop for consoles first with direct x then back port it to pc if piracy concerns are not to bad.

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Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Billly Gates Discussion is outdated (471 comments)

In 2015 we choose languages on rich sets of apis. Java for example is almost universally hated for it's syntax yet is insanely popular. Why? 150,000 methods to choose from and frameworks galore.

No one cares about features as its not 1982 anymore where you write your own libraries. Today you have a task and a tight deadline and there is no time to program. Only time to grab a framework can tinker with it.

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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

Billly Gates Re: Internet Explorer (99 comments)

Chrome uses Webkit specific css and not W3C. It claims it supports more standards but like IE 6 it is not standardized.

It is like IE 4 in many ways as websites need to use Webkit specific hacks.

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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

Billly Gates Re:Internet Explorer (99 comments)

Corporations still use IE 5 quirks mode and ancient security TLS 1.0 which have problems in modern browsers as they are too secure.

Funny if it were not true as these insecure settings process HIPPA and credit card info. But IT is just a cost center right?

At work we disable all security for IE with no sandbox and put in ancient versions of Java with +100 security exploits. Our clients demand this as their cost accountants do not see a need to upgrade.

As a result even without MS specific CSS work arounds they still can't run.

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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

Billly Gates Re:All very confusing (99 comments)

MS forked Trident with different .dlls.

Problem is the rendering engine goes through a crap ton of if/else statements for specific workarounds and compatibility even without the legacy modes. It is crusty. Remove it for better performance and websites which detect IE and feed ancient code break and corporations freaks out.

So Spartan is like Firefox. It removes crap from Netscape/Mozilla. So if a site is in trusted zone like an intranet page it loads the older trident .dlls for compatibility. Other than that the newer versions focuses on standards on a much cleaner and fresher slate.

IE is a terrible brand. It was an awesome brand in the 1990s but MS really screwed up last decade with IE 6 and letting it rot for many many many years. Now the standards are so radically different it needs modes and workarounds to keep intranet apps and modern websites happy. Meanwhile Chrome doesn't have this problem but I have notice it slow down and take more ram recently.

Ms wants this to be like its firefox/chrome. A new slate to build upon which is fast and lean. Also rumor has it MS will use Chrome's pepper APIs for extensions and will have add-ons. Another thing IE has been missing for a decade now.

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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

Billly Gates Spartan is to IE, as Firefox was to Netscape/Mozil (99 comments)

Mozilla was terrible with Netscape quirks (worse than IE 6 if you can believe that) back in 2001. It gradually became better but was slow and not as quick or standards compliant as IE 6.

Then firefox came as a purge of old shit. It was fast, stable, extensible, and a new beginning to build upon and finally was the best browser around for many many years last decade.

IE 11 is not bad. Just like the last Mozilla Seamonkey builds in 2003 were improved. But it has legacy garbage and many if/else for specific workarounds from another era. IE 6 quirks code is still in even if not activated directly.

A rewrite with the legacy garbage gone for quick performance and faster implementation of HTML 5 and ajax is what MS needs to gain credibility. Yes, slashdotters IE 11 is not designed to subvert standards compared to the past. IE 11 like Mozilla is a great step in the right direction but to compete with Chrome it has to try much harder and be lean.

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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

Billly Gates Re:So MS do you _finally_ support WebGL now? (99 comments)

IE 9 is not a bad browser compared to its past horrible abominations. I started using it in 2011 after Firefox 4.0 abomination came out for several months. It was a little behind in HTML 5 support but was a much better browser than Firefox at the time and was very quick. I ended up with Chrome mostly. However, IE 9 was the first browser I used from MS in a very long time. I hated IE so much I would download firefox via the command prompt last decade as I didn't want to pollute my cpu with such trash :-)

Sounds to me your company has IE 9 in IE 7 compatibility mode and is rendering things in IE 7 mode via 2006.

This quirks and other hacks is what Spartan is all about. Stop supporting ancient shit which of course impacts current modern experiences and gives excuses not to upgrade

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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

Billly Gates Re:So MS do you _finally_ support WebGL now? (99 comments)

Yes since IE 10.

Yes people who do not know what a browser even is give a damn not to mention web developers.

Windows 7 is pretty old and a half a decade now and it is still supported. XP? Well it is ancient. You do not expect to see MacOS 9 be usable in 2015.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Billly Gates Re: Cryptowall prevention (467 comments)

Crypto wall encrypts your NAS and cloud drives as well. Very nasty ****** to get. Scary too as you are truly hosed

3 days ago

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Visual Studio 2015 supports CLANG and Android (with emulator included)

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about 2 months ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "What would be unthinkable a decade ago is Visual Studio supporting W3C HTML and CSS and now apps on other platforms. Visual Studio 2015 preview is available for download which includes support for LLVM/Clang, Android development, and even Linux development with Mono using Xamarin. A little more detail is here. A tester also found support for Java, ANT, SQL LITE, and WebSocket4web. We see IE improving in terms of more standards and Visual Studio Online even supports IOS and MacOSX development. Is this a new Microsoft emerging? In any case it is nice to have an alternative to Google tools for Android development."
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First build of Windows 9 shows start menu return but with Modern tiles

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about 6 months ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "A leaked alpha of Windows 9 has been brewing on the internet. Today a screenshot shows what MS showed us at BUILD which includes a start menu with additional tiny tiles for things like people, calendar, pc settings, and news etc. What the screenshot does show is it is much bigger than Windows7 taking 1/3 of the screen similar to the Start Screen which will show more apps (frequently used desktop apps) in addition to other features. Is this a shift for MS to fix Windows 8? Or do some of us who are really still used to XP and Windows 7 won't allow anything modern in it? Also what is unknown is the return of AERO, and how will Cortana fit voice control fit in?"
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New Poll: Majority of eastern Ukrainians do not back Russia

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about 8 months ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "A new independent poll which includes east Ukraine shows quite a different picture than what the armed men in camouflage holding Russian made weapons want you to believe regardless of the voting. Kiev has accused the separatists of really being Russian intelligence agents disguised as peaceful Ukrainian protesters taking over buildings and TV stations and destabilizing the country. A new poll shows even in Eastern Ukraine that the majority do not want independence or be part of Russia. While joining the EU is not something the majority of eastern Ukrainians want the rest of the country is in favor of becoming European at 56% in favor. What does this say about other former Soviet Union countries like Belarus, Poland, Romania, and Georgia when voters decide something that is not in favor of Moscow? Putin seems to be winning the propaganda war which shows a different picture even in western media of an illegitimate government taking over by radical racists again't a country that wants to be part of Russia."
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Microsoft drops support for IE 8

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about 8 months ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "With the death of XP it is no surprise if other ancient software with it such as IE 6 no longer become supported. However, IE 8 is still the de factor standard browser right now for the majority of internet users. This is especially in China and enterprises world wide who are not ready for HMTL 5 yet and need support for unsigned ActiveX controls and older encryption standards for specific sites.
Microsoft no longer supports IE 8 and will perform security updates according to its default homepage for first time IE use.

Where I work we use unprotected mode as it is to run sites designed for IE 7 and for state governments who still use quirks mode for Medicare processing.

Now IE has it's first known vulnerability since the EOL for both Windows XP and now IE 8. Should we IT professionals worry? We were given no advanced notice unlike XP!"

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Private keys stolen within hours from heartbleed OpenSSL site

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about 9 months ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "It was reported when heartbleed was discovered that only passwords would be at risk and private keys were still safe. Not anymore. Cloudfare launched the heartbleed challenge on a new server with the openSSL vulnerability and offered a prize to whoever could gain the private keys. Within hours several researchers and a hacker got in and got the private signing keys.

Expect many forged certificates and other login attempts to banks and other popular websites in the coming weeks unless the browser makers and CA's revoke all the old keys and certificates."

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Ubuntu to re-add menu's to gnome-shell

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "Arstechnica reviewed one of the 14.4 pre-releases and found menu's returning to its version of Gnome 3 (gnome-shell). With rumors of Windows 9 reversing course with its mobile UI already evident in Windows 8.1 update 1 and now Gnome-shell could this mean the mobile phase of focusing just on minimalism and viewing content is coming to an end?"
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Dangerous 0-day in the wild for IE 10

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "The new patches released just a few days ago does not cover this one. Arstechnica who reported this did not mention if earlier versions of IE were vulnerable outright as only IE 10 was mentioned.

Arstechnica advised users to not use IE 10 meanwhile and upgrade to IE 11 or use Firefox or Chrome. One of the comments to the story mentioned ESPN's ad-network already being infected. Also Adblock plus for IE is available too if you are stuck with IE 10 which will block malicious ad networks."

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LibreOffice 4.2 with GPU mantle support is out

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "A basic summary of the new features are listed here. In catching up with MS Office the new LibreOffice 4.2 now has full Windows 7/8 integration including aero peak, thumbnails, jumplists, and recent documents all from the taskbar. In addition one weak area for LibreOffice has been enterprise network support and the lack of active directory tools. LibreOffice now has GPO and active directory support for system administrators to deploy and manage Libreoffice over corporate networks. Libreoffice also includes an expert configuration Window to assist power users and system administrators when deploying to hundreds of workstation at a time as well.

Also of particular interest is AMD/ATI is expecting to finally release Mantle in the next coming hours for games like Battlefield 4. Surprisingly LibreOffice also supports mantle as well according to the release notes. However you will need the 14.1 driver which is being compiled and uploaded at the time of this writing to utilize this feature. Mantle will accelerate lower end cpus by up to 300% in some tasks while having modest improvements for those with more recent powerful CPUs. A real niceties for those like myself on AMD phenom II's with the later 7000 series cards.

The only issue (some on slashdot may say benefit ) is the lack of a ribbon UI. However, for recent articles about governments considering openoffice this release addresses shortcomings with the new active directory and GPO support."

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+147 more exploits found in latest Java

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  1 year,17 days

Billly Gates (198444) writes "Out of the 147 vulnerabilities around 85 are remote executions with no authentication whatsoever. Oracle plans to have a patch which addresses most of them for Java 7 next Tuesday. Unfortunately for many corporations or those who have the Android SDK you are stuck without a patch with Java 6 without a very expensive Oracle support contract."
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Old browsers preventing HTML 5 are growing (not just IE)

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  1 year,21 days

Billly Gates (198444) writes "The monthly totals from g.statcounter.com and netmarketshare.com came out with the latest December statistics which sometimes cause flamewars as both sides companies report different results on the most popular browser/OS (Netmarketshare favors IE, while statcounter.com favors Chrome).

However, ZDNet noticed something interesting from both statistics. Obsolete browsers are gaining traction even with auto updates for all them. Typically we hear of old browsers we think of corporations running old versions of IE like IE 6 in which any intranet developer will say is a must for support until last year. But Safari now beats IE in terms of users who do not wish to upgrade as 50% run obsolete versions!

Firefox too has its obsolete versions kicking and screaming with 1 out of 5 more than 2 versions old. IE has its old versions as well but this is expected in corps where they use apps which write to MSHTML and MS CSS with MS Jscript for their intranet apps as IE 11 is too modern and standards compliant.

As 2014 starts the web is becoming more and more important as new sites like salesforce.com, LinkedIn, and a million cloud providers all really benefit from HTML 5 features not to mention the security risk associated with"

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Both Firefox and Chrome will EOL on XP shortly after April

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "While Windows XP is still going strong the sun is rapidly setting on this old platform fast. Firefox plans to end support for XP which means no security fixes or improvements. Chrome is being discontinued a little later as well for Windows XP. Windows XP has its die hard users refusing to upgrade as they prefer the operating system or feel there is no need to change. Many of them also have been on slashdot proudly proclaiming to still use it when not running MacOSX or Linux. The story would not be as big of a deal if it were not for the feared XPopacalypse with a major Virus/worm/trojan taking down millions of systems with no patches to ever fix them and software not being patched to protect them. Does this also mean webmasters will need to write seperate versions of CSS and javascript for older versions of Chrome and Firefox like they did with IE 6 if the user base refuses to leave Windows XP?

It is time to move on whether you are a fan of Windows XP still or not. As fellow geeks how is the best way to move these people off this old platform?"

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ATI takes crown away from Nvidia for almost half the price as fastest GPU

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "AMD may have trouble in their CPU department with Intel having superior fabrication plants. However, in the graphics market with GPU chips AMD is on fire! AMD earned a very rare Elite reward from Tomshardware as the fastest GPU available with its fastest r9 for as little as $550 each. NVidia has its top end GPU cards going for $1,000 as it had little competition to worry about. Maximum PC also included some benchmarks and crowned ATI as the fastest and best value card available. AMD/ATI also has introduced MANTLE Api for lower level access than DirectX which is cross platform. This may turn into a very important API as AMD/ATI have their GPUs in the next generation Sony and Xbox consoles as well with a large marketshare for game developers to target"
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AMD/ATI's takes crown from Nvida for almost half the price!

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "AMD may have trouble in their CPU department with Intel having superior fabrication plants. However, in the graphics market with GPU chips AMD is on fire! AMD earned a very rare Elite reward from Tomshardware as the fastest GPU available with its fastest r9 for as little as $550 each. NVidia has its top end GPU cards going for $1,000 as it had little competition to worry about. Maximum PC also included some benchmarks and crowned ATI as the fastest and best value card available. AMD/ATI also has introduced MANTLE Api for lower level access than DirectX which is cross platform. This may turn into a very important API as AMD/ATI have their GPUs in the next generation Sony and Xbox consoles as well with a large marketshare for game developers to target."
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New ransomeware CryptoLocker virus encrypts all your files

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "Slashdot covered the FBI scareware malware which scares users into paying a fake FBI fine before. This one does something even more mischievous. It scans your whole hard disk for photos, .odts, .docx, xls, and other important files and locks them with a 2048-bit RSA key and then demands $300 or you will never see your data again! The name of it is called cyptolocker and only the author has the private key to unlock it and using any anti virus product will remove all your data forever as the public key is randomly generated during each new infection making it impossible to unlock without a supercomputer and a few millennium of time. Cryptolocker also has a time bomb of 72 hours before it closes out. However, some users have reversed the time on their computers to get the session back up again."
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Windows Server 2012 R2 the other MS OS also was released

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "Windows 8.1 isn't the only update that came out yesterday. Windows Server 2012 R2 offers numerous improvements over R1 even if it is not mentioned in the news as much as its tablet friendly cousin.

Windows Server OS will be updated on an agile schedule as well which is different unlike past versions. The Modern (formerly known as METRO) haters will be pleasantly surprised that the GUI is not installed by default. A CLI Powershell 4.0 with new desired state configuration comes standard as a preferred way to administer the systems locally. The gui is an optional install. Improvements over Windows Server 2012 R1 include better Tier Storage Space support where requests for certain files will automatically be selected by the quickest SAN or other storage location, faster VM deployments (about 50%), UEFI VM hyperV support, replacement of driver emulators to native ones for more virtual hardware in HyperV, Faster SMB performance and compression, event logging with SMB events, live SMB HypverV migration support, Group Policy caching which will make booting clients off the network much quicker, WDS Windows deployment can be done in powershell making upgrades much easier, IIS 8.5 which now includes (Windows Process Out) which pages out a process out an idle process after 20 minutes to prevent memory leaks, Windows Defender for live virus and malware scanning on file shares, IP management can now be imported/exported to SQL ServerTLS is more standards compliant and now supports RFC5077.

For those who want some gui support, but not the modern UI can use RSAT to manage it from a desktop. RSAT also is available for the Iphone and Android phones and tablets with R2! You might want to check your organizations security policy before enabling this though :-)

  Server 2012 R1 still is a big improvement over Windows Server 2008 with SMB and AD compression (nice for WAN links), smart caching by picking the fastest SAN or RAID for read/writes, and a now type 1 hyper-visor which makes it competitive with VMWare ESX, as well as VM friendly domain controllers that can be moved easily on the network. More detailed improvements including R2 are listed here. Since R2 is considered the first service pack many organizations who use Windows this maybe the first upgrade in quite some time since Server 2008 SP 1 was released many years ago."

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VMWare updates VMWare Fusion, VMPlayer, and VMWare Workstation lines

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "Virtualization is criticial for anyone in I.T. or runs Linux and needs to run some Windows program. In just a year's span VMWare has its next generation of client software releases using a Microsoft like release schedule. The information and features is here as well as here . Both the Mac oriented Fusion, and PC oriented Workstation include support for Windows 8.1, MacOSX Maverick (fusion/player on Mac), SATA drivers, integration with tablet features such as light controls and sensors, 64 GBs of ram support, 16 virtual CPU support, USB 3, and better SSD support. However, VMWare crippled its fusion product for the Mac and offers are more expensive VMWare Professional Fuse that offers the same features such as creating restricted or expired VMs as well as the VMWare Player. For those who do not want to pay $299 for the retail price or $250 there is always the FOSS Oracle Virtualbox which offers many of its features and is also cross platform for all major host and guest platforms."
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Linux based Hand of Thief banking trojan hits the streets

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "Arstechnica has a story on a new Linux based trojan that steals banking data. The catch is it does not run on Windows. Targeting Linux and MacOSX is new but some are beginning to target these platforms as most users refuse to run any AV software and feel they are immune and do not need it unlike Windows users who know better.

The malware kit is available for $2,000 which makes it much more expensive than most exploit kits sold on the blackmarket."

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US cloud companies see immediately decline in business thanks to NSA Prism

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "Well here comes the economic cost for the Snowden leaks. EU companies immediately cancel up to 10% of their current contracts over security concerns with the NSA spying on their data and 56% of EU companies plan to re-examine or be less likely to choose an American cloud based provider as a result. Likely they will chose a Canadian, European, or Chinese cloud company instead in their future projects. Since the politicians do not care about the US privacy will business losses invigorate an re-examination instead?"
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Microsoft releases IE 11 preview for Windows 7 and 8.1 (not 8.0)

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "Microsoft who is desperately trying to stay relevant in the web browser market as competitors with fast releases and W3C compliant rendering engines and JIT javascript have eaten away at the once unstoppable IE, is having annual releases in playing catch-up. The download for web developers and anyone here who actually cares is here which now includes WebGL, better CSS 3, HTML 5, and touch support, and even a faster javascript interpreter. Also the developer tools have been overhauled and include support for response time testing and touch testing to go head to head against firebird.

Despite MS doing a turnaround starting with IE 9 and IE 10 there are drawbacks to this release. As previously mentioned this browser does not identify as IE to webservers by default as MS feels it is W3C compliant enough to not require special MS CSS hacks anymore. In addition, users report the new enhanced developer tools no longer support IE 7, 8, 9, or 10 emulation! Both of these changes will break many business intranet apps written for IE 6 — 8. As IE 7 and IE 8 emulation is commonly pushed through group policy to corporate desktop for these apps.

Web developers who want to test both will have to use a virtual machine for now on. Hopefully, this will break the reliance on web developers creating code for just one version of one browser and virtualization can be a thing of the past if Microsoft gets its act together and makes IE behave like other modern browsers."

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Google pays AdBlock Plus not to filter Googe ADS

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Billly Gates (198444) writes "Adblock plus is an extremely popular add-on and is out for Chrome, IE 10/11, and Firefox as a way to reduce ads and annoying commercials on youtube. I use its list of sites at work where I am stuck with an older version of Internet Explorer to add to my privacy list in internet options to block ads with IE 9 without adblock. Now it appears Google struck a deal with Ad block plus to not filter out ads and still track you. For now I do not get commercials when I listen to music on youtube but who knows how long that luxury will last?"
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Time to grow up and put slashdot behind me

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  about 8 months ago

I am tired of the trolls here and I have made quite some enemies over the years. I feel like this is now a 35 year old version of highschool where it is popular to say certain things complete with squeaky cheerleaders girls rather than a place of intellectual thought.

Arstechnica.com serves this much better.

I got modded down 0 troll for putting IOS in development requirements because it wasn't an official real language by self righteous asshats who feel threatened by their own unique C/unix way regardless of market demand which was my point. I do not belong here anymore. I am not a linux fanboy anymore as I feel it is not longer keeping up with the times and I refuse to be brainwashed into an idea and never change and grow old and set in my ways. I change with the times and adjust accordingly. I want a place where I can do this. Most importantly spend less time here and go better myself like a good middle aged person is supposed to do.

So goodbye!

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A clarification

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 2 years ago

I am not a Windows troll.

I have read my older entries and realized I have aged and become less crazy about principles like I once was. I guess I view machines as tools now to get work done. In addition, from day one I hate people who choose to become zealots, and wear rose colored glasses with their heads in the sand to appear cool. This is true with GNU and Linux zealots as well. Dumb people or ill informed are one thing. No one but God knows everything about anything. However, ignorance with a smile is something totally different that does a great diservice to yourself and everyone around you. People need to learn and adapt to better themselves.

My views on Windows and Microsoft has shifted because they do good work in attacking bugs and being part of the security community. Also, I have given up on Linux for good as of March of last year when Gnome 3 and unity was coming out. IE 9 and Firefox 4 also came out with full hardware acceleration for Windows only. Windows 7 is MUCH MORE secure than its previous versions. I stand by my earlier principles. XP and IE 6 and 7 SUCK. But we should commend people or organizations that change and rightfully condemn those who do the opposite.

Instead of evangalizing people on Linux I choose to tell them to upgrade or get a Mac. My exwife was correct in wondering why I spend so much time reconfiguring computers with weird operating systems when her Vista box just works. I can't argue and I can't think of any non server related thing Windows can't do anymore. 1999 is over folks. Its time to move on.

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I love Ubuntu Linux

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I just tried upgrading to Ubuntu Linux 7.4 Fiesty Fawn beta 1 last night. I started the update-manager -c to chose to upgrade online. I had one little problem ....

Anne turned off the lightswitch where teh laptop was plugged in during the upgrade. :-( So my laptop is half 6.10 and half 7.4.

Nervously, I turned on the laptop expecting it to not even boot up. Ubuntu booted up and I got a message saying I have 1022 updates available. I clicked on it and I got a message saying my version of Ubuntu linux is downgrading back to 6.10 and is fixing itself! Sweet!

In Windows if you had a partial upgrade the whole system would have blue screened. Ubuntu Linux will heal itself back to the original.

Anyway I think Ubuntu Linux is the best operating system ever made and I think average Joes can already use it. Its so easy to use and Linux should have been this easy years ago.

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Why does everyone want me to run Windows

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 7 years ago

People find it odd that I run ubuntu Linux on this laptop but my argument is why run Windows?

Why do I need to use what everyone else uses from a convicted monopolist? I don't want to be different. When I run Windows I feel its Microsofts computer and not mine. Its that simple. I just want to run something that does not suck goatballs and is expensive. Sure Windows is no ok I guess but some of microsofts products such as MS Word I can not stand. For programming Linux suites my need and I dont have to wrestle with restore disks that no longer work.

However I am going to have to switch back to Windows again on my notebook.

The cell phone developer kit software for Java requires windows and its odd that Sun Microsystems would bother with a win32 only port of their mobility toolkit. Sun hates Microsoft with a passion and java supposed to run on many different platforms.

Well I suppose it may not be too bad. I heard postgresql and mysql now have native windows support where Linux is no longer needed.

Oh and I just applied for a new entry level web designer position in a windows only shop where frontpage and IIS skills are admired. Hmmm

Well compaq was cheap and did not give me the restore cd so I will have to see what I can do to order another one in the meantime.

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I need less time to play around with Linux based oss'

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I am now using my slashdot journal to mirror my livejournal one here . If anyone wants geek only stuff let me know and I will keep more personal related entried in my livejournal instead.

Last time I am configuring with Linux and operating sytems
I have things I need to get done and probably better things to do then this. For one I still do not have a job and depression about this is beggening to set it. Also I want to do things with my laptop like learning and doing something to better myself and my profession.

I wonder about certain forms of procrastination or is it just I get a high on having hte latest and greatest thing?

Anyway I found a workaround with the bugs I found in Ubuntu Linux 6.10 in my last post and I am giving it one more try. Its a real release as of this morning so that means it will stabilizie as hackers work on it.

I want to learn some html, more java, and perl to do some simple scripting and web based things like letting me know when someone replies to a friends journal via wget. Maybe I can work on my lj space as well.

With more time I plan to use Livejournal more and slashdot less.

Other than that I plan to get a non skilled job starting tomorrow if the geeksquads wont call me back or use a temp agency. I had it! I need money and a purpose and I feel some folks might be making fun of me and judging me on this. But I guess not everyone deserves as much as 12/hr. I just want it too but no one wants to pay me that. Maybe my skills are not all that? I dunno and I will worry about that tomorrow and this weekend

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Ubuntu edgy is not ready for prime time

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Fedora 6 has come out and Ubuntu Linux 6.10 "Edgy" is coming out within 3 days. I downloaded Ubuntu Linux "Edgy" release candidate. Let me tell you its not ready. Ubuntu has been historically easy for newbies and very stable. So far I found 4 bugs since I installed it last night mentioned here,
here, and here. Last the installation froze when I repartitioned my Windows drive. Scary stuff but miraciously I did not lose data. So or my other unix nerds on here my advice is to not upgrade.

I am getting my old ubuntu 6.4 cd's as I write this and plan to wipe my disk and put last June's version of Ubuntu. The fonts are ugly but I found out how to backport Edgy's fonts to 6.4. I think by Thanksgiving I may upgrade back. What a shame as the new linux is pure eye candy but I want my computer to just work. Ubuntu needs to focus more on quality and that is its strength. I hope they fix more of the 600+ bugs in it.

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May my computer, the cray-MPIII RIP

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 8 years ago

May the cray-MPIII rest in peace.

I put in the new ram last night and as soon as I turned on the machine I smelled burned silicon and the machine never booted. I swear I inserted the dimm memory module properly. The AGP video card was mostly in the way but both ends of the bank clipped on the ram module. ... or so I thought??

Maybe the ram chip fried since it was underclocked? But underclocking it wont destroy it or my memory controller in my computer.

I put the old ram chip back in and zip... nada. Then since I toggled the video card I decided to swap the video card again. still no luck.

Its dead jim.

My monitor has been going out on occasion due to a damaged video cord. I wonder if the monitor is the culprit? If I had a brain I would not have been lazy and not put a pc speaker in my system. Without the beeps I dont know what the computer is doing at all.

THere is a computer guy I know at work and according to him, he thinks my whole system is fried. Likely the memory controller is out. But that doesn't make sense at all. I will try to recover my system again tomorrow morning with an older monitor to see what the culprit is.

This is really bad since I have critical files like my Itunes music collection on the system and its encrypted and DRMed galore to prevent me from transfering the music to another system. Damn hollywood always loves to accuse its users as pirates. My Ipod still has the music but refuses to play it since it thinks I am a different user. To fix it I need to sync to my now dead computer. What can I do? For one I am thinking of throwing my Ipod away and refusing to ever download music online again. I hate buying crappy waayyy overpriced cd's but I do have consumer rights like uh, backing up my music... WOW what a novel concept! You mean I can listen to my own music without my own equipment denying me fair use? Who would of that of that? When it comes to MP3 players I would have to say stay far away from Ipods. This Ipod is becoming a real nightmare.

I have another memory module for this notebook and I now have a fear of installing it on it. I dont want 2 dead computers.

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My god I actually miss the Ponies layout on slashdot

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Please cmd taco for the love of god put the old css back!

I am going blind with the new layout. Anyone else feel this?

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Whats wrong with Opensource developers

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Is anyone reading this sick and tired of the ".. well it works on my system... shrugs shoulders" attitude of developers who run the same packages with different hardware/software combinations as yourself?

I made the mistake of using -03 in Gentoo and everything is a mess and buggy. I had the infamous virtual terminal bug re-emerge. Its rare and it only affects my motherboard... I think? Virtual terminals ceast to work and alt backspace doesn't work either. This leaves me hitting the reset button on my computer when X acts up. Yes my files are correct.

The bug was fixed recently but it has now re-emerged. I tried posting about it a million times only to be insulted about how not to setup /etc/xorg.conf. I mentioned exactly what is in the file that appears correct only to hear next, well it works on my system. Problem must be you.

Funny how these opensource zealots attack proprietary software companies for not clearing bugs or not listening to their users? Well commercial software in my opinion is becoming better quality well opensource is going downhill.

It was never this bad back in the redhat 5.x days? Things used to just work and bugs were fixed. Then the windoze developers came in and changed things.

Well dont flame us if we switch back to windows or pick Solaris over linux in certain environments. Claiming by blind zealotry without reason that your better without offering an alternative will not help.

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Merry christmas NIX

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 9 years ago

better !pout !cry
better watchout
lpr why
mv /etc/northpole/santaclaus ~/town
cat /etc/passwd >list
ncheck list
ncheck list
cat list | grep naughty >nogiftlist
cat list | grep nice >giftlist
mv /etc/northpole/santaclaus ~/town
who | grep sleeping
who | grep awake
who | egrep 'bad|good'
for (goodness sake) {
    be good
}

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Merry Christmass Nix

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 9 years ago

better !pout !cry
better watchout
lpr why
mv /etc/northpole/santaclaus ~/town
cat /etc/passwd >list
ncheck list
ncheck list
cat list | grep naughty >nogiftlist
cat list | grep nice >giftlist
mv /etc/northpole/santaclaus ~/town
who | grep sleeping
who | grep awake
who | egrep 'bad|good'
for (goodness sake) {
    be good
}

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Some funny as hell and weird ass stuff

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 9 years ago

The weirdest thing I have seen since goatse.cx but not inteded to be offensive and gross.

I was looking for a particular flash based on supermario last night and I found this one instead. (May not be worksafe in teh US/Canada due to the meaning of "twanger")

Twanger is british lingo for a musical instrument with strings like a Banjo. But it has lets say a different meaning as well. ;-)

Info how the unaired episode came into existance is mentioned here.

Yes, slashdotters this is a real children's show!

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This is my last entry and I am done with billlly gates

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I am sick and tired of making an ass out of myself with poor grammar and improper sentencing in addition to my drop in my gpa due to my internet addiction.

I am dyslexic yes and I poor speller with dexterity problems. Sometimes I hit the wrong letters in the keyboard. Sometimes my brain will read a "The" or "here" and other pronouns when they are not there. This may be due to the fact that dyslexic people do not read sentences the same way most of you here are reading this. I don't really speak or tempt to speak out sounds as I type and that is a core sign of dyslexia if you ask any psychologist.

But mainly I feel down about myself and suffer from what is now server depression. :-(

I don't know if anyone actually reads this, but I am imaging a few are wondering what kind of retard is posting such silly nonsense. Now you know! My posting on the sony drm was the last straw.

Its time I became responsible and leave. Good bye slashdot.

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Switching to Solaris x86 as my destkop

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I still consider myself one of the fallouts from FreeBSD 5.x searching for my os of choice.

As many of you know I am not exactly pro Linux (or gnu/linux according to the Stallmanists).

I like the BSD's and I also believe Windows has improved tremendously over the years, while Linux has gone downhill. Especially this is true in userspace applications. Many zealots refuse to see this trend and get all angry when more and more Windows2k3 installs replace Linux and Unix ones. Many in IT want standards and that is Microsoft.

Still Windows a nightmare to administer and I am not a pro-MS zealot. Windows is still desktop oriented to me compared to UNIX.

  As for Linux, I will say it was a great OS back in the days when Allen Cox was Linus's right-hand man and the kernel was 1/15th the size of 2.6. The number of applications that core dump is huge. Maybe no one has time to debug the apps? But I don't have this problem under other operating systems. This is what I mean by instability of Linux. Sure the kernel is still somewhat stable but what if Inet starts doing strange things? Your system might as well be down.

I discovered http://www.blastwave.org which contains thousands of ported apps to Solaris. I found out that solaris10 is fully supported on my system according to the HCL, and even has support for my ipod mini and my sans cruizer 512 Meg stick. Sweet!

I just downloaded solaris10 and plan to burn it to some cds in a few minutes and take the plunge. I am hoping Solaris is as good as FreeBSD with great documentation, simple rc scripts in /etc, and perhaps some sample files like FBSD had in /user/share/examples that I can use.

I am also excited that its Linux emulation is excellent. I have old Linux games that won't run under modern distro's that I hope will run under Solaris. Solaris has support for older versions and tools which would include (Solaris's Linux loader).

Finally I can have an os that wont core dump all my userspace apps. Yes I know it's not the OS's fault for third party applications, but I am hoping this won't be an issue because everyone runs the same distro of Solaris so to speak. Not solaris10 with a different version of libc for example.

I will update and include screenshots.

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I am thinking of writing a payroll/scheduling app

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I wrote a few anti gpl comments that hopefully wont appear too trollish. TO be honest I am quite ignorant about the GPL considering all the information I read on slashdot is biased.

I know modifying a GPL product and redistributing is bad. But what constitutes a GPL rewrite? If I include some functions and link to some libraries dynamically does that constitute a redistribution? Could I sell it to my employer?

I would like to view some gpl source code and perhaps link to some libraries for graphics dealing with timetables. I will be heading to MSDN to see if they have any .net libraries I can use.

I have never really wrote anything major before and this will be a special project for me this summer. I need to get into IT again. The only thing I wont be able to do is access teh SAP database for my program. I will use a text file for the access layer and just be honest. Then I could sell myself as someone who can show the prototype of the program and rewrite it with the SAP connections if they decide to hire me. :-)

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I am being too hard on the gimp in my comments

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I feel fustrated by it.

I admit I have a horrible attention span and little short term memory to actually learn it. Most of my rants are about the UI.

But on Windows without virtual desktops Its hard to use. Yes powertoys has some hacks but it looks like Windows just logs you off and opens another session when you try to have another desktop.

I find the lack of features, speed, and 5 unintegrated Windows annoying.

I am thinking about purchasing Paint Shop Pro. Its a nice package for simple image manipulation and texture creating tool for creating web backgrounds.

I know I should support free software but I am not a mathmatical genious with developing correct image algorithms. The algorithms of The gimp are lacking and not photoshop quality.

Otherwise I would write a Gimp replacement that was free.

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Time for some drugs

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I am certain I can not pass college without some medication for my ADD. I tried to go for a year without it but I just can not sit down and do my homework. I just can't no matter how freaked out or determined I am to accomplish what I need to do.

I feel like part of my brain has been robbed. Like my central functioning is available but the circuits that control execution are not being utilizied.

Adderal can do wonders and I am thinking of chaning my diet too. I could have problems with Casien and Glutien products but I am not too sure since no study has proven and the effectiveness of banning such items in a diet.

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I wish I could delete my own comments

Billly Gates Billly Gates writes  |  more than 10 years ago

I made a glaring and embarrasing post when I cross crissed two kinds of virus's.

I even typed "mod-down"!

Instead I got modded as a +4... cringe.

Someone get a gun and shoot me.

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