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What To Expect With Windows 9

penix1 Re:Touchscreens don't belong on real computers. (541 comments)

The computer I had before the M7 was HP TX-2. It too had a touchscreen but had a matte finish to it. It died due to other design flaws (poor airflow caused overheating) but the touchscreen was the thing that drew me to it.

In the case of the M7 its other features outweigh the glossy touchscreen. I just don't use the touch features on it. Besides, as I said, it isn't a true tablet but a big laptop. So a touchscreen with multigesture capabilities seems pretty useless on it.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

penix1 Re:Touchscreens don't belong on real computers. (541 comments)

Ummm... No. It isn't a case of being gooped up. It is a case of a single print is noticeable on this glossy screen. I am doing the solution to the problem which is not to use the touch features.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

penix1 Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (541 comments)

No. It is because people are treating a computer as an appliance. If it works out of the box they keep using it. Also, people won't go out of their way to replace a working product especially one they paid money for.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

penix1 Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (541 comments)

What you are talking about is the difference between those that see computers as appliances and those that take an interest in the workings of that appliance. And with today's distros being geared to making the install as easy as possible (for whatever level of literacy you have) it is making Linux easier for those that see it as an appliance.

To put this into the proper slashdot car analogy it is the difference between the guy who always puts new gear and tricks out their cars and their wives who get into it, toss the kids in the back seat and goes. That wife really doesn't appreciate the work done by her husband until something goes wrong.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

penix1 Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (541 comments)

the biggest problem is microsoft's insistence upon having a microsoft account, and use of trickery to ensure they are created, to login to the local pc, or to use the 'store' to download 'free' apps, or to use office 2013.. that's a total pain in the ass that no one should tolerate.

Yet Google does the same with Android. Amazon does the same thing with its platform too. So this isn't unique to Microsoft.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

penix1 Re:Touchscreens don't belong on real computers. (541 comments)

I hear ya! I have an HP Envy M7 laptop that has a touchscreen and I never use the touchscreen for that reason. To make it worse, the screen (which is a very good LED HD display) has a high gloss panel that shows the prints extremely well. Why in the world HP chose to put a glossy screen as a touchscreen is beyond me. Touchscreens should have a matte finish to try and hide the print marks as much as possible.

5 days ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

penix1 Re:Stick with Win7 (541 comments)

Why upgrade, Windows7 does everything I need.

Good for you. However, you won't be too happy when you get a new machine that doesn't come with anything other than 9. Or when your windows 7 drivers need an update to fix a bug or add a feature and the only available ones are for Windows 9. Or you want that snazzy new program and it's minimum requirements are Windows 9.

Like it or not, the world moves on. If standing still works for you then more power to you.

5 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

penix1 Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

I know for a fact that the forms you submit to the OPM ask you in plain English "have you ever belonged to an organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of the US government"

Yes it does ask that and I also believe that question leads to guilt by association. It needs to be changed to:

Have you ever advocated the violent overthrow of the US Government?

That change will remove the friend of a friend of a friend is a terrorist thing.

Besides, if you were to apply that question to the government as a whole, then they too would fail considering the perpetrators of 9/11 itself was US supported during the Afghanistan / Russian war during the Reagan administration as "freedom fighters".

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

penix1 Re:Hosts file solution? (230 comments)

You forgot a step if you are running 8.*. If you only do what you have, then Windows Defender will reject your edits as being "malicious".

See here to fix that:

http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/ho...

about two weeks ago
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New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

penix1 Re:forensic 'science' (135 comments)

It is a chain. One that is used to build a strong case against an individual. It was Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character Sherlock Holmes that said, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Another Holmes quote which applies here is, "It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment."

To be true to the fist quote you would need physical evidence from the other victims to compare DNA. You would have to account for his time during the murders. You would also need to place him at the scene of each murder. Lastly, you would need the motive as well as the means. Without a murder weapon or a motive, there are holes in this story.

about two weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

penix1 Re:And make video available when asked (170 comments)

Plenty in this topic saying that. Everything from streaming it from the cars via WiFi to storing it in the "cloud". The point is, the minute it leaves your custody and can be accessed by others, you lose the chain of custody evidence requires. That is why they still use tapes. It is a physical object that can be put under lock and key with special handling requiring a huge paper trail.

about two weeks ago
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NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

penix1 Re:And make video available when asked (170 comments)

You may as well put it on YuoTube if you are going to put it anywhere with / via the Internet. It won't take long for the feeds to get hacked and then where is your chain of evidence? Would be funny though if someone did hack it and streamed a whole bunch of kiddie porn to it instead of the real feeds. The cops would then have to arrest themselves for possession and be placed on the sex offender lists forever...

about two weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

penix1 Re:Just like the wheel. (258 comments)

Get real, if libertarian terrorists stole it they'd stash it in the Capitol Rotunda.

At least it would answer the question, where is your Congress Critter today? Just look for the handy-dandy nightlight in the corridors...

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

penix1 Re:No: They Can't (258 comments)

That is the most retarded post I have ever read and I am in a "hillbilly" state too! I would go along with your proposition if you would sign a waver that prevented you from suing anyone or making any claim what-so-ever including but not limited to SSDI, worker's compensation, health care or life insurance. In short, if you took FULL responsibility for your own carelessness. Oh, and when your carelessness causes death or injury to others you will take full responsibility for their costs too right? When your carelessness causes damage to plant equipment you'll pay for that too right? And I figure while you are taking responsibility for your actions you may as well pay for lost production while they are cleaning up the mess you make on the plant floor.

All because you feel uncomfortable in the safety gear you are required to wear for the job, you want to endanger yourself and more importantly, others. OSHA exists because they are needed to prevent companies from endangering their employees seeking profits above safety. Just look into Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in Raleigh County, WV for an example of profits over safety in action.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

penix1 Re:Since nuclear is "too cheap to meter"... (258 comments)

Why does everyone scream Three Mile Island...

Because it was... You know... A nuclear accident that had the nation on edge. And I consider ANY radiation release as non-trivial. It's effects may have been trivial but the release was not.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

penix1 Re:Since nuclear is "too cheap to meter"... (258 comments)

Or Chernobyl or Three Mile Island....

Still, the coal fired power plants have had their fair share of industrial "accidents" as the coal impoundment failures across the country has shown in the past 30 years. And now the wind and solar industries are facing off with the naturalists over bird and bat kills. So every effort we seem to make will have its risks. Welcome to life.

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

penix1 Re:Since nuclear is "too cheap to meter"... (258 comments)

Whoa there cowboy! You threw out monetary figures, laws and even court orders without a single reference. And I take particular offense at this line:

The taxpayers have benefited from over $30 billion of free money gifted to the government by the electricity generating companies, it's not the other way around.

It wasn't the taxpayers that were screaming to build the nuclear power plants. It was the "power generation companies" who were seeking ever increasing profits with lower up front costs. They made a deal with the Devil and now they don't want to dance? Especially since I suspect it will take far over $30 billion to implement a storage facility that everyone and their dog will scream NIMBY at for good reason!

about three weeks ago
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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

penix1 Re:No: They Can't (258 comments)

It's not hard to read US law, just tedious. It works a bit like a computer program, assuming you don't believe the lie that case law is law.

You evidently haven't read most laws that pass have you? They read more like program patches than full programs. Things like "strike 'the article' in part 24 of public law 93-025 and insert 'the code'.... etc...

To really get the gist you should be going to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) where the real rubber meets the road. Laws are implemented in the CFR. For example, the law that allows FEMA to do what it does is the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288) as amended. The CFR that implements it is Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations (44CFR). The Stafford Act has changed hundreds of times while the CFR reflects those changes every October. Trust me, you would go bonkers trying to read the law and all the amendments that go with it without the CFR.

Every law that has an implementation (most laws) has a CFR. Want to know about allowable expenses? 2CFR. Department of Transportation workings? 49CFR. The list is endless.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret

penix1 Re:Good (108 comments)

The police have, in the past, argued that they are allowed to *collect* that information because it is publicly available data, and that reasoning was accepted. Now they're arguing that they can't be required to *divulge* that data because it is *not* public data.

No, the police are arguing that to release it would compromise ongoing investigations by alerting the "bad guys" that they are being monitored prior to being charged. I tend to agree with that assessment. Hence a little thing called "protective orders". The judge can issue a protective order on the data and that should satisfy the issue.

I've always challenged the notion that the police are "trained observers" and can be trusted 100% of the time to tell the truth even under oath. They are human after all with all the failings of everyone on the planet including emotional issues. To trust them to destroy irrelevant data is foolish on its face. This type of data is too valuable to them in future cases.

about three weeks ago
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The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

penix1 Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (180 comments)

A typical executive order simply designates procedures and requirements to be followed by people working for the Executive branch of the government.

Which is EXACTLY what this executive order does. It is implementing at the Executive Branch the legislation to which it is based, namely the National Security Act of 1947 as amended. It even says so at the start of the order:

by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Security Act of 1947, as amended, (Act) and as President of the United States of America, in order to provide for the effective conduct of United States intelligence activities and the protection of constitutional rights, it is hereby ordered as follows:

http://fas.org/irp/offdocs/eo/...

Also, nothing in this executive order "led to" the warrantless wiretapping as alleged in the story. In fact, there are several places in the order that state that if US citizens are involved, it MUST go through the FBI / Attorney General. Read it. You will see what I mean.

about three weeks ago

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