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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

ImprovOmega Re:They say it is "completely anonymous" (268 comments)

Doesn't Microsoft own Skype now anyway? Seems like that would just make it easier to find you.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

ImprovOmega Worked Well with Businesses (415 comments)

Their Software Assurance program has done almost exactly this for businesses for years. Bringing it to consumers seems perfectly logical to me.

about two weeks ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

ImprovOmega Re:Implanted Womb (120 comments)

That is an interesting question - what if you end up with a YY chromosome pair. I wonder what would happen?

about 2 months ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

ImprovOmega Re:the end of hope for male geeks everywhere (120 comments)

This, with artificial implantation and genetic engineering, brings us one step closer to asexual reproduction. It won't be long before science is able to pair DNA from two women to create a new offspring.

I just wanted to point out that these are two different things. If there's two organisms involved then it's sexual reproduction. For it to be truly asexual you would have to fuse genetic material from two eggs from the same woman - this is actually worse than inbreeding a brother and sister because *every* bad recessive gene you have has a 50/50 chance to present both copies in the offspring. With siblings at least about half your genes are different. Two different women wouldn't present this problem, but that is not asexual reproduction.

about 2 months ago
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First Birth From Human Womb Transplant

ImprovOmega Re:Just because you can... (120 comments)

That would seem statistically unlikely. The womb itself does not contribute to the genetics of the person and presumably it's possible to not have a uterus but still have ovaries. In this case the woman's defect would almost certainly be canceled out by the man's sperm since even though she is a carrier, it is incredibly unlikely that he is also, and even if so it's a 50/50 proposition. It's completely and utterly different than inbreeding in which you're recombining the same defects.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

ImprovOmega Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Correct, 4S is the minimum. iPad 2 devices are still allowed though. The cutoff seems to be requiring a dual core processor. Honestly, iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 really dogs out unless you turn off background app refresh... iOS 7/8 were not made for single processor devices.

about 3 months ago
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Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+

ImprovOmega Re:No. (368 comments)

Now see, you blew the troll. It was vaguely believable when you talked about sobbing developers, but now you've given the game away. The trick to trolling is to put forward plausible but hard to verify information and then let people's imaginations run free. You've oversold it now and we know you're faking it.

about 3 months ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

ImprovOmega Re:Sigh (748 comments)

So...by your logic once the CEO of Mozilla had people attacking him and wanting to take away his right (to a job) and his happiness (money and power from that job), then he's no longer required to tolerate them because now he's been attacked? I just want to make sure I understand you, because it sounds like a double standard where attacking someone is okay if you disagree with them, but horrible and intolerant if you agree with them. Does that about sum up your position?

about 4 months ago
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How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

ImprovOmega Re:Yeah, students will use bandwidth (285 comments)

I went to public school and had some great teachers who were worth their weight in gold. I also had other teachers who weren't worth a nickel and did a great amount of harm to their students.

If teachers' unions ever agree to let teachers be paid based on how good they are - rather than just by seniority - you might actually see more attractive salaries for good teachers.

The problem is how do you determine how "good" a teacher is? If it's based on student performance then what about the teacher that gets stuck with a class full of idiots? Maybe they're a great teacher doing the best they can but they can't get anywhere because the principal took all of the smart kids and moved them to the classroom of the teacher blowing him on the side so she gets bonuses. The only way to objectively measure a teacher's performance is by auditing their work and that's way too expensive to ever happen. So the crisis continues.

about 5 months ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

ImprovOmega Re:This is just a repeat (282 comments)

In actuality, the singularity happened 8 years ago and now Microsoft, Google, and Apple are all in fact run by ever more powerful AI. They are in competition with each other for computing resources, and still grudgingly present themselves to the world through various puppet CEO's and other lackeys (only a small handful of people at each company know the truth, and all communications are monitored to prevent leaks). This layoff is part of a calculated strategy invoked to increase the effectiveness of the underlying AI at Microsoft and mitigate impending threats from Google and Apple. It's a chess game we can't hope to understand since each AI is running at approximately 100x any individual human intellect.

I'm only allowed to say this because no one will believe it anyway.

about 5 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

ImprovOmega The Last Starfighter (701 comments)

Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.

about 5 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

ImprovOmega Re:hmmmmm (681 comments)

OSX? Touch-based desktop? Which Mac comes with a touch screen?

The iPhone.

about 5 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

ImprovOmega Re: Jews? (443 comments)

3 Israeli deaths and 700+ rockets per day being shot willy-nilly into densely populated areas. But yeah, sure, let's pretend like the Palestinians aren't doing everything they can to provoke Israel and then crying when they get hit.

about 5 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

ImprovOmega Re:I downgraded (248 comments)

I'm sure it involves toddlers in some way. Nothing is more random than the things they do and say =)

about 6 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

ImprovOmega Re:Some things stick (422 comments)

PowerPoint implementing spreadsheet-like functionality using VBA on the backend.

about 7 months ago
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Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

ImprovOmega Re:Willfull blindness (772 comments)

If someone has a blind spot like that it doesn't mean they can't excel in fields that don't cross into that blind spot. Belief in evolution has zero bearing on whether you can accurately create a circuit diagram or write a program.

about 7 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

ImprovOmega Re:A pretty good work device (379 comments)

Lucky for you your work wi-fi doesn't use an Enterprise CA certificate or you'd be out of luck. Surface RT refuses to talk to anything that's not signed by a public certification authority that it trusts, and it doesn't seem to do wildcard certs either. We had one for testing and couldn't even get it on the network. iPad and Android devices at least let you just click through a warning.

about 7 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

ImprovOmega Re:Surface: the only Hope (379 comments)

The pro is a reasonable business machine. But at that I would really just prefer to give the user an ultrabook with Windows 7 on it. Especially at that price point. Also the RT is junk from a business perspective, I can't even get it set up to where it receives email because it refuses to play nice with internally signed certificates. Which also prevented it from getting on the wi-fi. The pro, with a full version of Win8, would get around such issues. But at that price why bother?

about 7 months ago
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China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

ImprovOmega Re:And what's better? (200 comments)

SP2 was the last fundamental change to XP's architecture (to the point that some programs that ran on SP1 *stopped working* with SP2). It added Data Execution Prevention and some other under the hood goodies. SP3 was basically a security update rollup with some essential hotfixes thrown in for good measure. Nothing major changed architecturally.

I just wish they would have released one final update rollup with all supported public updates to make it easier to get people up to a final patch level. Having to have 150+ post-SP3 patches makes things a bit cumbersome when fixing PC's for people that never upgraded.

about 7 months ago

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