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Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

jader3rd Block a program (274 comments)

Microsoft has in the past complained that Google Inc., which manages Android, has blocked its programs from the operating system

When was the last time evil Microsoft blocked a program from running on one of its platforms.

2 days ago
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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

jader3rd Re:Consent Decrees and Bundling (99 comments)

I guess I'll need to download the preview and see if I can get rid of both.

You know, you won't have to get rid of both if you don't download the preview.

about a week ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

jader3rd Re:Can't suspend my disbelief. (512 comments)

It's a tough problem to fix. If we come down too hard on companies for hiring guest workers, they'll often open off shore offices.

When it comes to software and research a lot of companies try that out. They tend not to be getting positive ROI's on doing so, so it's kept as a minimal footprint of their company.

about a week ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

jader3rd Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (820 comments)

some people in their focus groups didn't like it because it *sounds* different.

I have a Nissan with a CVT and I love it. If you pay attention to it, it does sound different, but once your on the road with all of the other road noise it's too quiet to hear. I don't know if 'normal' engine sounds include the transmission, so it is odd to think about the transmission making noise.

about a week ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

jader3rd Re:But the inevitable (165 comments)

Anything that retards the move to 'web base applications' is a good thing.

Yeah, the current move to Store based apps is way more helpful to spreading information to multiple platforms in an open and free manner.
Down with the web.

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

jader3rd Re:Doubt it (489 comments)

Why would you be surprised? Google is making a fortune doing it. You don't think Microsoft wants a piece of, if not the whole, pie.

Because Microsoft knows it can't out Google, Google. Do they do cookie tracking of ads during web browsing, sure. But when it comes to personal data (email, OneDrive, etc), Microsoft follows its privacy policy and doesn't crawl through the data. Microsoft sells the 'feature' of not crawling through the personal data as a perceived advantage over Google.

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

jader3rd Re:Doubt it (489 comments)

Yes, including the malware from which you were hoping to escape when you abandoned your old PC and logged into a new system.

That certainly is a risk. It's one of the reasons for the big break with WinRT vs. Win32.

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

jader3rd Re:Doubt it (489 comments)

Newer releases of Windows try really hard to get me to use some stupid online account to log into my own computer. At the same time, all sorts of spying and datamining features are conveniently brought into play.

I'd be surprised if Microsoft cared enough to spy on you. But, by signing in with an online account your settings sync between different computers/reinstalls. Tech people like talking about "the first thing I do when I reinstall my machine is ...", and a lot of that now goes away if you log in with an existing account, and all of your settings are laid down for you.

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

jader3rd Re:There's nothing wrong now... (489 comments)

And just exploring through the tree-based Start Menu is something I really miss.

That is so sad.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

jader3rd Re:So much crap (324 comments)

So it's a place that all users have write access to, but it's invisible, so most users don't know that it even exists?

Yes. Most users would do more damage, knowing it's there, than by not knowing it's there. Programmers, should know it's there, users should not.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

jader3rd Re:Not a problem (393 comments)

since we've dismantled our mental institutions we've abandoned a huge segment of our population in dire need of state assistance. We did that for two reasons, 2.a) money and 2.b) concern with freedom.

I'm pretty sure it was due to the fact that media, particularly Hollywood, loved to portray those institutions in as negative a light as possible. They succeeded so well that instead of trying to encourage improvements, no politician has the political capital to survive should something imperfect happen in them while they're in office. So it's easier to get rid of the institutions than risk some sort of scandal.

about two weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

jader3rd Re:So much crap (324 comments)

C:\ProgramData was around before XP. The reason why it's there is because it's a place that all users have write access to. Programs get installed in Program Files, but that requires administrative permissions. Then the program can run as any standard user and modify files under ProgramData. Programs modifying files under Program Files, when they're not being installed is a really bad idea, and forces the users to run them to be administrators. And no one should run as Administrator.

about three weeks ago
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How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

jader3rd Re:Application installers suck. (324 comments)

Why does Windows keep this antiquated process around?

Because Windows is all about backwards compatibility. I know you probably have horrible war stories about something not working on the next version of Windows, but if you truly debugged those, you'd be more shocked that the application was ever working in the first place. The reason why the installers were created in the first place was to meet big software developers needs. Lots of programs need/want/can interact with other programs (plugins, RPC's, whatever). As a result they need to interface with the other programs, and that's done through the registry.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

jader3rd Re:Shortest ever? (640 comments)

is this the shortest MS has supported an OS yet?

No. XP was the one exception, due to the amount of time it took to launch Vista. So far Windows 7 is matching the published schedule that Microsoft has had with all of it's operating system releases.

about three weeks ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

jader3rd Re:The barbarians will murder anyone they want (319 comments)

Surely this shows that it is not Islam itself that is the problem?

Nope, I'm not seeing that at all. Given that the worlds most violent people tend to be Muslim, it may actually be Islam that's the problem.

about three weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

jader3rd Re:Mohammed (512 comments)

So, all things being equal, would you say that the leaders of Islamic State are not to blame for the terrorist attacks they incite (as opposed to those they carry out themselves)?

There's a difference between someone saying "You should go attack that group" vs. "Hey, here's what I think about that group". So they're not equal. So the leaders of the Islamic State are to blame, but the degree of blame is related to how involved they are in it. For centuries people have written news papers (and any other media) talking about how someone should go attack a certain group or country, and the vast majority of the time no one actually does anything about it.

about three weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

jader3rd Re:Mohammed (512 comments)

But, when all that is said, is it in any way sensible that you go out of your way to stir up the shit?

Yes. Everything must be open to scrutiny.

And if you provoke a terrorist attack that gets a lot of innocents killed - are you not partially to blame, for all your freedom of speech?

No. Absolutely No.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

jader3rd Re:Seriously? GOOD NEWS? (255 comments)

The Good News is that Google wants to be reclassified, especially to get the pole access.

If Google get reclassified, it won't be able to mine their customers data. That's part of being Title II.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

jader3rd Re:Net Neutrality is Corporate Welfare (255 comments)

The internet has worked just fine without these regulations.

That's the problem. Since the internet first came to us via phone companies (which are under Title II), they treated internet traffic like phone conversations. No shaping, no priority, no throttling, just letting everything through equally. Then last January Comcast won a law suit saying that the FCC can't enforce that on them. So now Comcast is trying to change the internet. Net Neutrality is trying to keep it the way it is. So if you like how the internet worked for us so far, you're going to want Net Neutrality.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

jader3rd Re:Of course the FCC wants net neutrality - (255 comments)

The Pro "Neutrality" angle is a government dominated Internet, the anti-Neutrality angle is a corporate dominated one.

If by government dominated you mean, not allowing anyone to discriminate against certain packets, then yes, it will be government dominated.

about three weeks ago

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Microsoft and Ubisoft team up for Assassin's Creed demo that runs in the browser

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 8 months ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Neowin reports:

Now, if you are a gaming fan, the collaboration Microsoft has worked on with Ubisoft might be the best yet. The two companies are bringing Assassin's Creed's Pirates demo to the browser. Besides the technical ability of showcasing a demo like this in your browser without having to download the game, Microsoft and Ubisoft are showing how you can begin to rethink the browser as an entirely new platform, and not simply a content navigation tool.

Compared to the previous iterations of these Microsoft demonstrations of IE’s capabilities, this one seems to bridge new boundaries with the gaming community. While Cut the Rope certainly dabbles towards the gaming genre, Assassin’s Creed type games are squarely aimed at the hardcore gaming community. While it may be a bit of a stretch, it’s typically this same crowd that loves to say that “IE is only good for downloading other browsers”, so this could be an olive branch offering to help convince the crowd that IE no longer is the crappy browser because of the IE6 legacy.

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Iwata isn't Nintendo's problem. It's Miyamoto

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  1 year,6 days

jader3rd (2222716) writes ""Satoru Iwata's job is on the line. You can tell that it is, because he's been forced to say that he's hanging on to it."
"But perhaps — to think the unthinkable — there is another famous figurehead at Nintendo who is holding the company back; a man regarded for decades as its most valuable asset. I'm talking about the legendary game designer, the creator of Mario, and general manager of the famed EAD development teams: Shigeru Miyamoto. Lately, he hasn't been doing his job so well."

"...consider this: every one of the brilliant games Nintendo released in 2013, it had made before in some form. 3D World might be a dazzling procession of little gameplay ideas, but big ideas have been noticeably absent from the company's output for years now — completely so on both 3DS and Wii U. Its slate is a catalogue of sequels and rehashes. Nintendo's last major new IP launch was Wii Sports, back in 2006.""
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Intrade shutdown hurts academics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  about 2 years ago

jader3rd writes "Intrade, a popular Irish website that lets people bet on anything, has shutdown. In addition to be used by gamblers Intrade has been used by academics and pundits to track public sentiment. "... broad crowds have a lot of information and that markets are an effective way of aggregating that information,” says Justin Wolfers, “and they often turn out to be much better than experts.”"
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Your PC Just Crashed? Dont Blame Microsoft

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jader3rd writes "Wired writes Your PC Just Crashed? Don’t Blame Microsoft
"Chipmakers work hard to make sure their products are tested and working properly before they ship, but they don’t like to talk about the fact that it can be a struggle to keep the chips working accurately over time. Since the late 1970s, the industry has known that obscure hardware problems could cause bits to flip inside microprocessor transistors. As transistors have shrunk in size, it’s become even easier for stray particles to bash into them and flip their state. Industry insiders call this the “soft error” problem, and it’s something that’s going to become more pronounced as we move to smaller and smaller transistors where even a single particle can do much more damage.""

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Lipitor makes way for generics

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "Lipitor was supposed to go off patent in March of 2010. That was extended to July of this year. Now it's Thursday, Dec. 1 — for real, this time. But what took so long?

In 2008 — three years before Lipitor was scheduled to go off patent — Pfizer made a deal with its generic challenger, the Indian company Ranbaxy. Deal was this: Pfizer would keep selling brand Lipitor for an extra five months, until December instead of July. Pfizer would essentially pay Ranbaxy to hold off. Telling them — 'don't be king just yet. We'll make it worth your while.'"

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EPA Partners with Federal Agencies to Track Japan

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jader3rd writes "In March 2011 the Japanese tsunami released debris estimated to be in the millions of tons into the Pacific Ocean. University of Hawaii scientists have developed computer models that predict debris from the tsunami could potentially reach Hawaii by March 2012 and the U.S. West Coast by March 2013."
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How Carriers Hamstring Your Smart Phone

jader3rd jader3rd writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jader3rd (2222716) writes "By recruiting almost 400 volunteers to run an app on their phones that probes a carrier's networks, the team discovered, for example, that one of the four major U.S. carriers is slowing its network performance by up to 50 percent. They also found carrier policies that drained users' phone batteries at an accelerated rate, and security vulnerabilities that could leave devices open to complete takeover by hackers."
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