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Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab

KlomDark Re:F.O.R.D. (39 comments)

Flipped-Over Rotten Dog

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

KlomDark Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (376 comments)

You don't need a Windows account to install it, but you have to be firm with it. It asks two or three times and if you keep saying No, it will eventually give up and keep installing.

5 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

KlomDark Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

So it's an OS in firmware, that doesn't handwave away the problem.

5 days ago
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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

KlomDark Re:The solution is obvious (579 comments)

But 512 megs should be enough for ANYBODY...

5 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

KlomDark Re:Yeah! (512 comments)

Anecdii?

about a week ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

KlomDark Re:I hope not (489 comments)

Not trying to start a flame war, but what would companies use instead? Lotus Notes? Open Office? (Although LibreOffice is my primary suite at home, I don't see how it fits into a business environment as well as MS Office)

I don't think any of it is perfect, but they really are pretty much the best solution for business at this time. I don't see anything better to switch to.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

KlomDark Re:There's nothing wrong now... (489 comments)

It's better on the inside, especially the DLL sharing. (Rather than each running app having a separate in-memory copy of a DLL, now if separate apps have the same DLL dependency, then there's only one copy in memory. Probably my favorite feature of Windows 8)

But the interface still sucks. I've used 8.1 as my primary desktop OS for almost a year now (Stock install, no Start Menu third party add-ons), and while it's a solid OS, there's still so much missing from the Metro interface.

Recently used documents is the thing I miss the most.

And just exploring through the tree-based Start Menu is something I really miss. I end up with so much stuff installed I forget some of it. Would occasionally just surf thru the Start menu to re-discover stuff. But with 8.1, if you don't remember it, you're not going to find it. Sure you can go page by page through all the listed stuff, but that's far more inefficient than being able to walk through a tree-based menu.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

KlomDark Microsoft needs to undercut the competition (489 comments)

Right now, as the underdog, their focus should be marketshare. But right now, their mobile stuff is too damn expensive. I looked at a Surface tablet over Christmas. Nice piece of tech, but at $800 I just laughed and walked away. Similar Android tablets are less than $200.

They need to be pretty much giving this stuff away right now to pry the market away. Maybe do something like when they gave all MSDN subscribers a Pocket PC (I think that was around 2002) to get it out there. But they also need to make it competitive with Android stuff. Cheaper even.

After they capture market share, then there will be more people developing for it which will lead to more apps for it. But first they've got to get it into people's hands. That's not happening right now. There's a huge potential for Windows on all devices, PC and mobile, but they are acting like they already own the mobile space and instead they are a weak third party in the mobile game. They really should be questioning the wisdom of cannibalizing their desktop OS in a mad gamble to build mobile marketshare. I think they are going about it backwards.

about two weeks ago
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In Paris, Terrorists Kill 2 More, Take At Least 7 Hostages

KlomDark Why didn't they take them alive? (490 comments)

Those guys have knowledge we needed. Why were they not taken out with some kind of sleep darts instead of lead bullets? Now we'll never know what we could have learned.

Not that they'd know all that much, if dumb enough to kill over a stupid cartoon.

about three weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

KlomDark Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

Excellent research! I saw a very similar name to his /. username there.

Going to have to try some!

about 2 months ago
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Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

KlomDark Re:Google's Paypal (105 comments)

Yep, I wrote a bunch of code for Google Checkout (I think that was what it was called) and then all of a sudden it didn't work. They just up and killed it. Not trusting them again.

about 3 months ago

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Jack Thompson sues for Omaha shooter videogames

KlomDark KlomDark writes  |  more than 7 years ago

KlomDark writes "Omaha's KETV reports that our "good buddy" Jack Thompson is suing Omaha's police chief in connection with the Von Maur shootings. Attorney Jack Thompson said he wants to find out whether Robert Hawkins, 19, played any violent video games. Hawkins shot eight people to death, then killed himself at Von Maur on Dec. 5.

Well, he definitely played the ultimate first person shooter."

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KlomDark KlomDark writes  |  more than 8 years ago

KlomDark writes "Quite a few places are reporting massive data corruption due to a bug in KB920958 recently released via Windows Update. If you have a Windows 2000 machine (Server or Pro) with KB920958 installed and write a file to a compressed folder, the last 4096 bytes will get overwritten with 0xDF (The Beta symbol) after a while. Still unknown whether it's a lazy cache or the lazy compression process, but after a few minutes/hours you'll find your file corrupted. The issue has been reported to Microsoft for couple weeks with no word from them about it yet.

The fix: If you have KB920958 installed, either remove it immediately or (if you have room) uncompress any Compressed Folders.

The company I work for just got bit by it this week. Good thing for working backups!"
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KlomDark KlomDark writes  |  more than 8 years ago

KlomDark writes "Looks like the Dell laptops with Sony batteries in them are not the only dangerous ones. Seems Sony has been putting dangerous batteries in their own VAIO laptops. This time, after putting out the fire, the laptop caught on fire a second time (!!!), prompting the lady to throw the thing out in the driveway while waiting for the fire department."

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