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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:Haters gonna hate (541 comments)

The challenge is, how do you sell a product to a demographic that is immune to traditional interruption marketing, sees sales as an evil profession, is more likely influenced by their online affinity circle than specifications documents, and brands corporations as evil?

Well clearly that doesn't work here, people are always called out for that and if not their point is rebutted. The problem is most of the time they are called out on it - like in this instance - is just because the person calling them out doesn't agree with their subjective opinion. There is no rebuttal, just an accusation because he/she cannot come up with a valid rebuttal.

Saying "Anyone who disagrees with me is a paid shill" is no different than "Either you accept the entirety of the progressive/liberal beliefs or you are a ignorant, racist, homophobic, xenophobic hayseed clinging to guns and religion evil rethugnikan" - A clear sign of an immature, deluded person who thinks with their emotions rather than their brain.

Correct, that's why I called this guy out on it.

3 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (541 comments)

I think it's software more than drivers, but that's an issue to take up with software vendors. Desktop Linux is technically a great operating system, even Windows Phone, webOS and Meego are technically a great operating systems but ultimately they all fail as operating systems from the point of view of being able to run applications and that's the primary job of an operating system, that's all anybody cares about.

4 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:Haters gonna hate (541 comments)

Ok but hang on, that is not a "known fact" in this instance at all. While you might say this is commonplace because PR people suggest it that doesn't appear to be the case here, in this case it clearly is "if somebody has a different opinion on a subjective matter to me i'll brand them a paid shill", apparently "Surface and Windows desktop suck" and anybody who doesn't agree with that is a paid shill, that's just braindead idiocy.

4 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

exomondo Re:Parallax. (424 comments)

There is absolutely no evidence of editing whatsoever.

Of course, the shots on Apple's product marketing aren't photographs, they are renderings that simply do not have the camera bulge included.

4 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:Haters gonna hate (541 comments)

It is a known fact Microsoft pays recent graduates to troll forums - and it ir rather obvious here.

Can you point me to the factual basis? I have heard that quite a lot but it's always been from people who use that as a rebuttal rather than making a real argument.

I'm sure many people can manage without Windows when they're just doing basic computing tasks like email, browsing and documents, but in that situation iPads are much more the device of choice than Linux PCs and everybody needing CAD, CAM, CAE. photo/audio/video editing, simulation & analysis, etc ... will continue to use Windows or OS X.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:Haters gonna hate (541 comments)

Buying a surface pro is a non-sequitur. For that kind of money I am FAR better of with a MacBook Pro machine.

That all depends what your use case is, obviously you don't need a touch screen or active stylus input. Saying your better off with an MBP than a Surface when you don't need the features of the Surface is as redundant as saying you are better off with a boat than a car because you need to travel across water.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:Haters gonna hate (541 comments)

Oh get over yourself, nobody is "shilling". The reality is that nobody cares about an OS, it exists purely to run applications so even if you have the technically best and technically most advanced operating system ever created it is utterly useless unless it can run the programs that people need to run to accomplish the tasks that they need the computer for. Windows - and in large part OS X - accomplish this on the desktop for the vast majority of people, Linux accomplishes this largely on servers and smartphones. Windows fails at this on smartphones and Linux fails at it on desktops.

Nobody is saying Windows is a superior operating system to OS X or Linux from a technical perspective - in fact I don't think you'll find an overall winner in any category - but from the perspective of being a desktop operating system, by and large it is. Just as Android and iOS are on smartphones and Linux is on servers.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (541 comments)

Of course they do and if they work they'll not bother to change it. They could quite easily change if there were a reason to but there isn't so they won't.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:Haters gonna hate (541 comments)

You better know what you are talking about. People are jailbreaking them for some reason

You could always google it. They are jailbreaking the non-Pro Surface models, we are talking about the Surface Pro, which is not ARM and - like any other certified Win8+ system - it has secureboot turned on by default which you can turn off.

And I do not want MS products even for free.

Ok, well if you had just said that upfront we wouldn't even need to discuss it then.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:Haters gonna hate (541 comments)

The only real problem I have with Surface is it running Windows

So install Linux on it then, it's commodity hardware that is used by all manner of other laptops and the bootloader isn't locked down or anything like that. The fact that it runs Windows is a good thing for me because many of the programs I use don't run on Linux.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (541 comments)

Yes I agree, but that's not what I was rebutting, I also restated it to try and avoid confusion which is that nobody is being "forced" into using Windows just because it is what ships with systems. You seem to be saying the issue is lack of viable alternatives, perhaps that's true.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:Haters gonna hate (541 comments)

The only real problem I have with the Surface Pro is the small screensize (though that seems to be mostly resolved with the 3), so instead I found myself using my MBP more if I needed a laptop for lengthy amounts of time. Definitely prefer web browsing with a touchscreen and you can just use it as a tablet when doing that stuff and aren't stuck with the laptop formfactor.

I'm sure people will find use cases where the Surface isn't ideal and pretend that this makes entirely useless for everybody but I do think it is a great device. If you don't need Windows and/or don't like touchscreen or stylus input then you probably would be served better by something else.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

exomondo Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (541 comments)

Now if only they could make the OS worth buying rather than forcing it on people that buy non-OSX prebuilt systems.

You do realize desktop Linux distros have been unbelievably easy to install (or even run from a Live CD) for the last decade or so don't you? Nobody has been "forced" into using Windows just because it happened to ship as the default for a very long time.

5 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

exomondo Re:Well.... (424 comments)

Personally, I don't care about it. The only issue I have with it is that in the past, Apple fans have criticized my Android phone for having a protruding camera lens. Now when the iPhone has the same, suddenly it doesn't matter to them?

Don't worry about the Apple fans (which are generally not representative of the majority of Apple device users), they will parrot whatever Apple says and then attempt to find ways to rationalize every single thing Apple does.

They parroted that 3.5" was the perfect screen size, then 4" and now they've been abandoned for phablets and the fans will praise it. They parroted that 7" tablets were pointless as they were too small, then came the iPad Mini. The iPhone 4 didn't have antenna problems because Apple fans spewed anecdotal evidence to the contrary. They'll pretend they can't tell the difference between a Galaxy and an iPhone on one hand then tell you all about the superiority of the iPhone's design and build quality on the other. Now they'll tell you Apple cocked up its marketing shot and the whole thing was an accident related to a problem with the perspective of the shot they took.

Yes they exist (many of them on this website) but don't worry about them, they aren't the majority and they will justify it to themselves however they need to, regardless of reality you won't convince them otherwise so it's pointless to try.

5 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

exomondo Re:Was modded up for truth (424 comments)

The six has a flat back, Mr. Always Corrected.

No it doesn't, not according to Apple's website - see the bit where they compare thickness - the smaller 6 clearly has the protruding lens. Also you can quite clearly see it in engadget's hands on video.

5 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

exomondo Re:Parallax. (424 comments)

It's simply a perspective image.

The field of view angle would have to be pretty ridiculous and introduce other distortions to hide a protrusion 15% of the thickness. The more likely explanation is that Apple's products have a high dependency on aesthetics so hiding the ugly camera bulge is in their interest. Is that going to deter me from buying one though? No.

You can see a more realistic shot here and compare that to Apple's product shots, even if they took the photo with an odd angle and lens or from a long way away and cropped the image or whatever, you'd have to be pretty naive to think it wasn't done on purpose. Does it make any difference? Probably not.

5 days ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

exomondo Re:All under (266 comments)

The guise of national security.

So what purpose is it for? Governments come and go, executives come and go, ultimately one day the people making the decisions on these things will no longer control them and they know that so if it's some big massive conspiracy they are going to be victims of it too.

about a week ago

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New iOS keylogging vulnerability discovered

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about 7 months ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Following hot on the heels of the iOS (and OS X) SSL security bug comes the latest vulnerability in Apple's mobile operating system. It is a security bug that can be used as a vector for malware to capture touch screen, volume rocker, home button and (on supported devices) TouchID sensor presses, information that could be sent to a remote server to re-create the user's actions. The vulnerability exists in even the most recent versions of iOS and the authors claimed that they delivered a proof-of-concept monitoring app through the App Store."
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Google Play Services supplants Android as Google's "platform"

exomondo exomondo writes  |  1 year,19 days

exomondo (1725132) writes "Google has a plan to circumvent the problem of fragmentation of its Android operating system across the installbase by using its proprietary, closed-source Google Play Services. Play Services is a privileged service that runs on Android and provides the sort of functionality to applications that would generally be seen in operating system updates like cloud backup, remote wipe, push messaging, etc... This service can be updated silently and independently of the operating system and runs on almost every version of Android out there allowing Google to add functionality to Android devices without having to go through the OEMs so having an up-to-date version of Android is looking like less of a necessity."
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Google demands Microsoft pull YouTube app for WP8

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about a year ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Google has given Microsoft until May 22nd to pull their Windows Phone 8 YouTube app from the marketplace and disable it on customer devices. It not only includes a built-in ad blocker but also allows users to download videos and doesn't impose device-specific streaming restrictions outlined in the YouTube Terms Of Service."
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Apple's Lightning connector hides Authentication chip inside

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Apple's new Lightning connector — introduced at the iPhone 5 launch — may be 80% smaller than its 30-pin predecessor, it may also boast reversibility but it includes within it an Authentication chip effectively preventing any unlicensed accessories. This allows Apple to completely control the market for all cable and dock accessories that make use of the new Lightning interface."
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Apache webserver updated to ignore Do Not Track settings in IE10

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "An Apache webserver update has been released that ignores the 'Do Not Track' privacy setting sent from IE. Patch author and Adobe employee Roy Fielding states "The only reason DNT exists is to express a non-default option" but critics of the patch point out that the initial Windows 8 setup explicitly points out that if you choose 'Express' setup as opposed to 'Custom' then 'Do Not Track' will be turned on."
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Sinofsky Confirms Desktop for Windows 8 ARM Devices

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Steven Sinofsky has set the record straight with regard to the desktop experience on ARM with Windows 8 in stating that it will indeed ship with desktop capabilities. Regarding Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) he says in a recent blog post on the Building Windows 8 site:

Using WOA “out of the box” will feel just like using Windows 8 on x86/64. You will sign in the same way. You will start and launch apps the same way. You will use the new Windows Store the same way. You will have access to the intrinsic capabilities of Windows, from the new Start screen and Metro style apps and Internet Explorer, to peripherals, and if you wish, the Windows desktop with tools like Windows File Explorer and desktop Internet Explorer.

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Windows 8 on ARM will have the Desktop

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Steven Sinofsky has set the record straight with regard to the desktop experience on ARM with Windows 8 in stating that it will indeed ship with desktop capabilities. Regarding Windows 8 on ARM (WOA) he says in a recent blog post on the Building Windows 8 site:

Using WOA “out of the box” will feel just like using Windows 8 on x86/64. You will sign in the same way. You will start and launch apps the same way. You will use the new Windows Store the same way. You will have access to the intrinsic capabilities of Windows, from the new Start screen and Metro style apps and Internet Explorer, to peripherals, and if you wish, the Windows desktop with tools like Windows File Explorer and desktop Internet Explorer.

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Website tracking and posting details of File Share

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "Website youhavedownloaded.com is publicly listing details of file sharers of select files from various file sharing websites as well as torrents. Currently it doesn't store timestamps so users with Dynamic IPs have deniability and naturally those behind a NAT gateway aren't individually identifiable from the outside. But will the *AAs consider implementing such a thing in the future?"
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Windows 8 Tablet UI Revealed

exomondo exomondo writes  |  more than 3 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "The Windows 8 Tablet UI has been revealed at D9, an obvious take on the 'Metro' UI from their Windows Phone 7 operating system, it looks as though a touch-based desktop 'window manager' sits atop standard Windows allowing it to run native applications as well as supporting HTML5 applications and 'Live Tiles'. It doesn't look overly mouse-friendly but it appears that Metro can be turned off for a classic Windows experience or turned on for a touch-friendly tablet experience. But will this end up a cobbled-together mess that sits 1/2 way between both?"
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Low-level iOS4.1 exploit discovered

exomondo exomondo writes  |  about 4 years ago

exomondo (1725132) writes "It seems the exploit that could pave the way for an iOS4.1 Jailbreak has been discovered, and it's a low-level bug that — unlike the one used by the jailbreakme website — may be a little more difficult for Apple to patch.

The exploit in the boot ROM of iOS devices was first announced by iPhone Dev-Team member pod2g. It was soon confirmed by other hackers, who said that because the exploit targets such a low-level part of the operating system, Apple won't be able to stop jailbreakers without making significant hardware changes.

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