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Google Launches Cloud Printer Service For Windows

Cowmonaut Re:Remember when ... (135 comments)

You are arguing with someone who agrees with you.

Hint: The start of what they have to say is hidden in the subject of their reply.

about a year and a half ago

A Serious Proposal To Fix Windows 8

Cowmonaut Windows 8 has fundamental design flaws (578 comments)

One feature is massively broken in some ways: The entire Windows Store and "metro" app feature; the core feature of Windows 8.

If you are running Windows 8, take a look in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps sometime. Notice anything? The *version* of each app is included in the directory name of the app.

So you get fun things like: - Multiple copies of the same application eating up disk space, because the Windows Store service doesn't uninstall the old version - Pinned shortcuts on the Start Screen don't (or don't always) update to the latest version of the metro app. It can still point to the older version

Other problems I have with it in general: - Metro apps are user profile specific (despite being installed in C:\Program Files) - The update process is a manual, GUI driven event by the end user; there is no way to manage it for several machines - Updates can just fail to install and the only recourse is to (again, manually) uninstall the app and re-install it from the Store - LOB or home made apps can only be installed with a 30 day temporary developer license. Installing the dev license requires running a PowerShell script with Admin rights (okay so far) that launches another GUI driven event that requires putting in your Live Account information with no way to automate it for easy install. - To side load a LOB app you have to pay for a separate license, which you can't do if you have an SPLA agreement (of any kind).

And don't get me started on how the Start Screen layout is actually stored and all the files you need to grab for it. To me its bad enough that, on a machine with 16 Store Apps installed, I have 1650+ MB (42888 files) in over 60+ directories, including at least two versions of most applications (Microsoft's official "Bing" apps and third party apps). Any uninstalled applications get put in a "Deleted" sub-directory and not removed from my computer, as far as I can tell.

Better still, there are two resources used by all apps: VCLibs and WinJS. Both of these also are in the C:\Program Files\WindowsApps directory and each time there's an updated version, it gets a new copy and the old one remains. On an x64 system, you get both the x86 and x64 versions as well!

And this is a sliver of the headache Windows 8 has been giving me professionally since it was released. I could write a 30+ page report on issues I've had and why and almost all of it is "by design".

about a year and a half ago

Security Firm VUPEN Claims To Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

Cowmonaut Re:Windows RT? (118 comments)

Alright, throwing away mod points but you are completely dead wrong. You clearly do not understand how sideloading works in Windows 8.

Per Microsoft, sideloading is installing an app without the Store. With Windows 8 you have to have two things in order to sideload an app:

1. You need either the fully packed installer (which you cannot apparently save on your computer and can only download through the Windows Store app proper; going to the Windows Store page in a web browser doesn't give you any options to install or download) OR you need the unpackaged app including its .MAIN file.

2. You need the product key for the specific app.

Both of these things you will only have if you are the original developer of the app or if the original developer deigned to share it with you. They won't, since that essentially gives you their source code and ability to steal their product from them.

To make things even worse, you need these items in order to "provision" an app (MS' term) prior to running Sysprep on an image.

Basically, unless its a Line of Business (LOB) app that was developed internally by your company, you cannot sideload or provision an app in Windows 8.

It's hilarious, since we are using Windows 8 for a project for Microsoft and their own OS is stopping the things they want from happening. In my opinion, they listened to marketing guys who don't fully understand how people actually use Windows in a business environment so that they could get accurate data for individual usage. Everything they have done is 100% anti-business. The Windows Store is only fit for home consumer use, and even then...

The real clincher to me that Microsoft is losing its mind and trying to piss off their Enterprise customers is that as an IT admin you are incapable of managing the Windows Store outside of disabling access to it. Any updates that need to be done, have to be done by the user. You have to have a Windows Live account for it, logged in, and you can't fix license sync issues with the apps except through a manual process.

Windows 8 is just a disaster for business.

more than 2 years ago

Cell Carriers Responded Last Year To 1.3M Law Enforcement Data Requests

Cowmonaut Re:More lousy editing. (155 comments)

You are counting weekends and federal holidays... I bet they aren't.

more than 2 years ago

Who Sends Google the Most Takedown Notices? Microsoft

Cowmonaut Re:Where will I then get a Windows ISO (148 comments)

1) Yes, computers these days DO come with the DVD and usually come with the DVD-ROM. I know that this is the case for HP and DELL systems. They also usually come with a restore partition if its a consumer-grade system, and if its for an enterprise your IT can make a restore partition thanks to instructions from Microsoft. 2) You can usually download the ISO straight from Microsoft, at least if you have an MSDN subscription. If not, your friends/family likely have a computer which means they should have a DVD as well, if you lost yours. Also, and I'm not sure if this is still the case, but Microsoft in the past has sent me a replacement DVD in the mail when I had a disc damaged. I did have to provide proof of purchase, and i probably only got it so fast since I live in WA. So stop making up stories to support your argument. It doesn't help you.

more than 2 years ago

'Eco-Anarchists' Targeting Nuclear and Nanotech Workers

Cowmonaut Re:Scientists? (426 comments)

FYI, Raytheon doesn't just make missiles and weapons. Generally they are defense oriented (war facilitators sounds better), but they've been involved with some NASA and MIL projects in the past. Space based Radar for example (which has non-military uses).

Its entirely plausible this guy was working on studying black holes. They used to have an 'intro' to black holes thing here:


But seems to have been taken down a few years ago.

Other (mostly military related) space stuff can be found here: http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/space/

more than 2 years ago

House Passes CISPA

Cowmonaut Re:Treason (616 comments)

When you violate someone's constitutional rights, that's a crime worse than murder.

Please explain how murdering someone does not take away all their natural and constitutional rights.

Missing. The. Point.

Violating someone's Constitutional rights is worse than murder. Why? Because it does not just affect that one person. You let precedence get set that violating X Constitutional right is okay, or not that bad, or whatever and you diminish the rights of every citizen.

If you murder someone, that one person is dead. The family will mourn and it will still be a horrible tragedy. At the same time, it doesn't immediately diminish the rights of every citizen.

In any event both are terrible, but I would value the rights in the Constitution for everyone over my life any day.

more than 2 years ago

Steve Jobs' Idea For an Ad-Supported OS

Cowmonaut Re:Excuse my French. (255 comments)

Who marked this troll? That seems a bit excessive and unnecessary. Actually, the post is almost helpful and talks up some of the boons of the Linux community.

more than 2 years ago

Indian Man Charged With Blasphemy For Exposing "Miracle"

Cowmonaut Re:Hopefully (796 comments)

The current crop of atheists is indeed loud, and particularly obnoxious. Maybe they're the ones to blame for the rise in religionism? I mean, when I see the sheer seething stupidity right here on Slashdot whenever religion comes up, I'm almost tempted to join a monastery. In the Seventies we had 'Humanists'; they surely were a whole lot nicer than the current crop of idiots. Mart

How is this sarcasm? It doesn't even seem sarcastic. It just seems like an attempt to troll to be honest. Or to insult a segment of the population on Slashdot.

You need to work on your humor mate. Your post wasn't even remotely amusing.

Does make me wonder though, what causes fundamentalism in people. Doesn't matter if its religion or fanboyism, its damned annoying.

more than 2 years ago

Buy an Elite HP PC, Get Your Own Support Staffer

Cowmonaut Re:Start with basic customer service first. (155 comments)

DELL can figure what out? Their support is a complete joke compared to HP's. I deal with both on a daily basis.

DELL: Tries to squirm its way out of honoring the next business day warranty for every computer that has issues. Their support specialists are script following drones and the scripts are badly written. Even better, they usually 'forget' to overnight equipment and their third party technicians that they dispatch have no quality control and frequently lie about repairs (I've had this happen in US states in the south east and on the eastern seaboard, as well as in Canada).

HP: Will try to troubleshoot and solve the problem with you intelligently. if you already tried something they don't ask you to do it 3 more times. No hassle once its clear its a hardware failure, parts are shipped overnight and techs go onsite and they do what they're supposed to.

I've been dealing with DELL professionally for 5 years and HP for 2 duing hardware RMAs. DELL is worthless. They started out strong, outsourced to India and were fine, then didn't like the deal with their had and went with a crappy helpdesk. Their printer support is still based out of Oklahoma City and is top notch,but for workstation issues forget about it!

more than 2 years ago

Ron Paul Wants To End the Federal Student Loan Program

Cowmonaut Re:Ron Paul should give away his money (1797 comments)

In a book series by David & Leigh Eddings there was an interesting solution to that:

Anyone who is elected to office has their property and assets seized by the government. Heirlooms and the like get stored, but the money basically goes into an account held in trust by the government. If the economy does well while they are in office, they'll do well personally as well. If the economy doesn't do so well, they'll lose money proportionately.

The idea was to make it so everyone in power had a personal stake in the country doing well. Keeps them motivated. Of course, it lead to people not wanting to be elected but they weren't really given a choice.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Now Collects Royalties From Over Half of All Android Devices

Cowmonaut Re:Like the Novell agreement or beneficial to MS? (241 comments)

I'll likewise not use my mod points just because I disagree with you. I've been using Windows 7 professionally and personally since its release so maybe it is just me, but I have no idea what you are talking about. Windows 7 is the most newbie friendly Windows OS to date (warning: my evidence being anecdotal). Its not really that much different than XP, and the bits that are are usually changed for good reason (not always, but usually). Its stability is also amazingly better than XP for the most part. Really the only issue I've ever come across is a tendency in a non-domain environment for user profiles to load into a temporary profile, but this seems to be the fault of the anti-virus and is easily fixed. I've seen the occasional Win7 hate on Slashdot but to be honest I'm a bit confused by it. It seems the only complaints are very obscure and a bit of a stretch.

more than 3 years ago

All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets In 2013

Cowmonaut Re:260 horsepower... (366 comments)

260 horsepower == 0.00019388 gigawatts

Definitely not enough on its own for time travel :/

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Finalizes Skype Acquisition

Cowmonaut Re:It can only get better... (111 comments)

I'm curious, do you really have problems with their software?

Perhaps I'm strange since I only use it as an alternative to Ventrilo, but aside from it wanting to "always run" the sound quality is fantastic and it allows free conference calls. I've only been using it for a few days but I can see why my friends started using it while my computer was down for a few months.

My complaints are, if anything, very minor. Nothing functionally, just "I wouldn't do it that way" sort of things.

more than 3 years ago

Paul Allen Rips Bill Gates In Autobiography

Cowmonaut Re:Say it ain't so! (249 comments)

How exactly does that make him a bad guy? I don't know the tone of the conversation but if they're fairly compensated then everyone wins. Gates keeps control of the way "his" company is growing and the family gets money. I don't see it as a bad conversation in of itself.

more than 3 years ago

Guild Wars 2 Devs Aiming For the Top

Cowmonaut Re:lol (150 comments)

And Rift is not GW... and that's marketing not game developers... and that's not even that big of an attack on WoW so much as them saying its a different game...

Your point... where is it?

more than 3 years ago

Iran Unveils Flying Saucer Using Old B-Movie Stock Photo

Cowmonaut Re:Stupid slashdot editors (174 comments)

I'm honestly confused. Are you mad at the parent for belittling Iranian technological achievements and arguing that he's wrong by showing a UAV originally designed in the 1980's by an American company? I could be misunderstanding but that's how you come across to me.

more than 3 years ago

Electricity Rationing Starting Monday In Tokyo

Cowmonaut Re:Just send BP engineers to fix reactor (286 comments)

You're either trolling or missing the point of the jest. Its playing on the ignorance/stupidity of the typical American by a) calling the Japanese by the WW2 slur for Germans, b) claiming we were nuked rather than doing the nuking and c) that "God" is punishing them for being wicked.

Also, the total loss of life on both sides would have most likely been far worse if the Allied forces had invaded Japan rather than the US nuking two cities. It was the deciding factor on why the President had ordered the go ahead for the bombing missions in the first place. Projected casualty reports were in the millions, including heavy losses on the Japanese civilian population given the culture of the era and your typical human behavior when someone invades their home.

The past is the past. The Emperor of Japan at the time didn't pick his friends wisely and his nation paid the price. Loss of any life due to conflict is stupid but trying to paint the US as a villain for the nuking of Nagasaki and Hiroshima when there are so many better examples to try for is just, well, stupid.

more than 3 years ago

Doom Creator Says Direct3D Is Now Better Than OpenGL

Cowmonaut Re:DirectX (405 comments)

And how many games are made for Apple compared to Windows?

more than 3 years ago

How the PC Is Making Consoles Look Out of Date

Cowmonaut Re:introverts vs extroverts? (568 comments)

Correlation is not causation, etc. Console games don't take "special skills" (in the eyes of the public) to setup and play. As such there is a larger variety of people that play various console games (think frat boys playing HALO/CoD). Stereotypes being what they are, its natural to perceive that more PC gamers (discounting WoW players largely) are introverts rather than extroverts.

Oh and protip: your counter for 6pool doesn't actually work. Being attacked by 6 Zerglings is not 6pool. Having 6 workers then dropping a Spawning Pool is what 6pool is all about. As Terran you should be walled off and have 1 Marine either almost out or already out by the time they get to you. As Protoss or Zerg you will have to micromanage your workers in order to destroy the Zerglings before they can cause too much damage. You can't get enough Zealots out to make a difference (requires 3 Zealots) before they hit you unless they aren't really doing a 6pool.

Also, what you really need to worry about is 6-8 Roaches hitting you hard early on. From my experience in Platinum, Protoss tends to have 1 Zealot out when I hit them and with micromanagement they have to send their probes to try to stop me from finishing them. They'll lose over half their probes and waste a lot of time fighting the Roaches off and may not even kill them all but the damage will be done. Honestly I think you'd have to be damn near perfect with your Sentry usage to stop it.

Food for thought.

more than 3 years ago



Refusing to show ID and recording TSA is legal

Cowmonaut Cowmonaut writes  |  about 4 years ago

Cowmonaut (989226) writes "TechDirt is reporting that Phillip Mocek has been acquitted by a jury. For those of you who do not know, Mocek refused to show his ID to the TSA to board a flight, as his legal right. The TSA disputed this and charged him with four misdemeanors (disorderly conduct, concealing his identity, refusing to obey a police officer, and criminal trespass) when he persisted and recorded the incident. It's sad that its news when someone stands up to something as basic as the TSA thuggery, and more depressing that its news when its upheld in court."
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Copyright holders suing over content they uploaded

Cowmonaut Cowmonaut writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Cowmonaut (989226) writes "TechDirt has a story TorrentFreak is running currently involving the UK law firm Davenport Lyons sending "pre-settlement" letters to alleged copyright infringers. Apparently one of the companies that has hired Davenport Lyons to do this is a company called DigiProtect.

Apparently, copyright holders may be signing secret contracts authorizing and encouraging DigiProtect to distribute their content on P2P networks and then suing people over dowloading them. Below is an exerpt from this PDF allegedly authorizing the distribution.

The titles of the content are interesting (it is an adult film company) but one wonders who else has been involved in deals like this with DigiProtect and indeed how many of Davenport Lyons' clients are running similar games...

"To achieve the purpose outlined in clause 1, LICENSOR grants DIGIPROTECT the exclusive right to make the movies listed in Appendix 1 worldwide available to the public via remote computer networks, so-called peer-2-peer and internet file sharing networks such as e-Donkey, Kazaa, Bitorrent, etc. for the duration of this agreement "

I'd say that some of these people accused of downloading illegally may have instead been sued illegally for downloading authorized content!"

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