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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Opportunist The bigger Problem is their "updates" (391 comments)

Sadly the way updates work with MS they become the far bigger problem. You can easily see this by installing a "clean" system, examine its timing (please don't even think about using system internal benchmarks...), then patch it and notice just how much speed you suddenly miss.

That's a problem you probably won't solve quickly...

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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Opportunist Re:No (69 comments)

Really? Wow, I've been living in a totalitarian state the past decades and didn't even notice it. How odd that I could easily travel to the US.

Dude, get your facts straight before you make yourself look like a douche. "Socialism" is a big bad word in the US, but the rest of the world uses it to laugh about you and your irrational fear of something you don't even know.

11 hours ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Opportunist Re:PIGS (69 comments)

And this is what actually is the threat here. The police used to be the "serve and protect" kind of guys. Ya know, back when I was young, there was still a lot of respect and also trust in them. Seeing a policeman walking down the road was something that made you feel safe, secure, protected. It was really a good feeling to know that these people are out and about, you could approach them for aid and even when they knocked at your door, for most people this wasn't something that concerned them. At worst it could mean that someone you knew is either in hospital or had an accident or something like that.

That has changed a lot in the past decade or two.

11 hours ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Opportunist Re:PIGS (69 comments)

Probably the same. But at least they usually shoot either themselves or each other.

11 hours ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Opportunist Re:Wow (69 comments)

Why? We all pay a lot more for the NSA which does basically the same job.

11 hours ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Opportunist Re:misleading (69 comments)

You're actually educating and parenting? What kind of father are you, spending time with your kid and taking an interest in his activity...

What an alien concept.

11 hours ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Opportunist Re:The Hypocrisy (69 comments)

And why is the CEO of said company not in jail yet?

11 hours ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Opportunist Re:I second that motion! (498 comments)

Ok, I admit, it was mostly a "thinkofthechildren" moment. I don't really care about saving humanity, I just want to get rid of the slack.

11 hours ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Opportunist Re:Dear MS (637 comments)

Who is?

11 hours ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Opportunist Re:Dear MS (637 comments)

There is exactly no synergy effect between desktop and handheld devices. There isn't even the same kind of market between them. Look at the appliances on the desktop, then look at the "same" kind of tools on handhelds. Can you imagine using the same user interface on both? Or wouldn't you rather think that the appliance that uses the UI of one on the other is "doing it wrong"?

For reference, see Windows 8. Or WinCE for the reverse. It just doesn't work right, look right or feel right.

There is also not the same market in any other area, be it games, development (just in case anyone is crazy enough to actually develop software on a cellphone...) or ANY other area. It just doesn't work that way.

11 hours ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Opportunist A government backdoor == a public backdoor (458 comments)

Any deliberately installed backdoor is usually trivial to find with a forensic analysis and it doesn't take a "licensed" forensic analyst to find it. How long do you think it would take until knowledge of how to use that backdoor to enter your kids' appliances reaches the circles that are interested in peeping into your kids' bedrooms?

Dear Obama administration: Bullshitting people with the old "won't someone PLEASE think of the children" works both ways. In this case, I doubt that you have the better arguments. Faced with the choice of you not having access to their kids' systems and your access offering predators access to them as well, I kinda doubt concerned parents will side with you!

11 hours ago
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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Opportunist Re:Phobos is falling on Mars, (498 comments)

Even so, unless it hits the colony we should be ok.

Everyone's so afraid of a "deep impact" strike. But face it, we're 8 billions. Total annihilation is unlikely. Sure, a few billions thereof would die, but that's not the end of the world.

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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Opportunist Re:Can I Suggest (498 comments)

What did the poor Australians do to deserve suffering?

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Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

Opportunist I agree! (498 comments)

We need to move people to Mars to save humanity. I'd say investment bankers and stock analysts would be a good start.

Thinking about it... why bother flying all the way to Mars just to get rid of them?

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Opportunist Dear MS (637 comments)

One size fits all never worked. It doesn't with underwear, it doesn't even with socks. Sorry. Cutting corners here will only mean that your OS will be the WORST choice on ALL products. Because every other product in the market that is fitted to the type of device it is meant to run on will have a better suited interface and give the user a better experience.

One size fits all is nothing but a mediocre compromise, and by definition inferior to any specialized solution.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Opportunist Re:screw the windows interface team (637 comments)

No, they're actually doing what they have to do. There is no serious competition in the business market, but there is MacOS in the consumer market. Why would MS care that you can't do your work as long as they have something to compete with "ohhh shiny!"

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Opportunist Re: Yeah ... but ... it's true. (267 comments)

Damn straight! Who needs a planet, what we need is economic growth!

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Opportunist Re:How does the quote go...? (267 comments)

The Earth's radius was pretty well known, yet still Columbus worked with a few very wrong assumptions. His expectations of the distance to China (on the "known" route to the East) were vastly overblown (mostly because a good deal of that distance estimate came from Marco Polos expedition there some three hundred years earlier), while at the same time his estimate of the size of the Earth were a bit too small. Search for Behaim Globe (Behaim was a German cartographer who made globes before America was discovered) to see what his expectations of Earth would have looked like.

From this point of view, his idea wasn't as idiotic as it may initially appear. Actually, he expected to hit China or at least Japan approximately where the US midwest would be.

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Opportunist Re: Yeah ... but ... it's true. (267 comments)

Damn those treehuggers for wanting breathable air! It's so Un-American!

2 days ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Opportunist Re:How does the quote go...? (267 comments)

My bad. I always thought that GM's main business was branding and marketing cars. Guess it's not, so what else is it?

2 days ago

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Bush shoe attack beneficial for its maker

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "You might remember how Bush was attacked by a reporter with his shoes. Now, some people wondered why. Some wondered how he got through security with his assassination devices. Some wondered whether his bodyguards were having a field trip day and how this was possible.

Others wondered "what shoes are those". And they found out. It was the Ducati Model 271, now redubbed the Bush-Shoe. And sales are skyrocketing. The Turkish company making them can't keep up with the demand. Who said that a personal visit of a politician couldn't be beneficial for the economy in the country?

How to interpret this is maybe up for debate. Personally, I think some people took "voting with your feet" and showing their political view with them to a new level."

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Stupidfilter: The end of Trolling on /.?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "What would /. be without "FRIST POST!", In Soviet Russia memes and a confirmation of netcraft? Well, if Stupidfilter becomes what it claims to be soon, we might find out. The makers of this OSS claim that they can (soon) filter out stupidity, ignorance and trolling from boards, making the life of moderators and administrators worldwide a lot easier. Currently it relies mostly on the amount of CAPS in a text, the mix of letters and some statistics. Soon it shall become able to sense typos and grammatical errors, which shall hopefully increase the chance to catch dumb postings. Of course, the implications are that non-native speakers (like me) might get caught in the filter due to a (possibly) higher rate of misspelled words and a (likely) smaller vocabulary. And of course it can be used as a "content filter", to keep out unwanted opinions. So whether this technology will bring us less trolling or less freedom to discuss (or whether it brings us anything at all), only time will tell."
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When Amazon sells Audiophile cables...

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "...comments go berserk. Now, I certainly don't want to decide whether audio equipment that costs 10k is worth it, or at least improves sound quality in any way. I even don't want to judge whether cables that only transmit digital data can have a positive impact. Personally, I don't see why a "better 1 or 0" makes better sound.

But what I know is that when Amazon sells such a gem, people go berserk with comments. Some even found Jesus in their BBQ sauce.

The first Audiophile vs. Anti-Audiophile war on Amazon. Truely a good laugh.

(to be honest, I just submit the story hoping to find out whether it's possible to create a /. effect on Amazon...)"
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Large Hadron Collider - The doomsday device?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "We're all going to die! The LHC (Large Hadron Collider), the big underground donut in Genf that shoots little particles onto each other, is going to create a black hole that is going to swallow us all alive!

Or so Mr. Walter Wagner claims on his homepage. He demands in no uncertain terms that this project is to be put on hold until the dangers can be assessed, after all we only have one Earth, and no backups to restore from.

A bit of insight from people who know more about those things would be interesting. Can energy that could possibly heat a cup of coffee create a tempest in the teapot? And more important, what motivates people to prophesy doom? I mean, when you're wrong, you're ridiculed, when you're right, you're dead... how do you win?"

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Amazon delists music after battle with MI

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "It all started with Amazon buying music cheaply abroad and selling it expensively in the EU. Now, the music industry did not like that of course, deemed those imports "illegal" and sent a cease and desist letter. Amazon decided to bend to the MIs will. And do more than that. They not only delisted the CDs required, they pulled almost everything from Sony and Warner (and a few topsellers of Universal and EMI) from their range of products. In the meantime, after a quick talk, it seems the problem has been resolved. For now. Neither side really considers it settled, it just seems both agree that such a battle should not be fought right now, in the week before the big spending event. Though one has to wonder: Who is actually in the stronger position when they canot find an agreement?"
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