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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re:The bigger Problem is their "updates" (577 comments)

I think the length of time it took to be officially recognised by Microsoft puts weight behind your question. I'd noticed it was slow for ages - even for freshly-installed machines. I didn't think too much of it, as it was always on old hardware.

And you're right, you weren't arguing. I apologise for flying off the handle at you when I should have been aiming elsewhere, your comment did not deserve that.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

I got a leaflet through the door this week from our local neighbourhood watch. It said that the police's attention was on sorting out the dog poo and rowdy behaviour from people leaving one of the pubs. I live in such a lame area and I'm genuinely grateful for it.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re:ARE YOU LIKE STUPID???? (577 comments)

In the unlikely event that anyone is this deep, looking for meaningful advice, I offer it here. I could address parent's other foaming-at-the-mouth rants, but I'd just be repeating other explosive and rude comments I've already made on this article.

"4) Dump the System Restore from time to time. This is just junk removal. It has its place and can be of great help. But if you have not installed any new in say the last month, disable it, to clear out the trash, and reable it."

No. Do not "dump" it ever. Follow the Control Panel into "System and Security" and then "System". Click on the "System Protection" link from the left-hand pane. You will notice a setting for each fixed disk for System Restore. On the disk that's so hurting for free (i.e. wasted) space, click it then click "Configure".

Here you can choose how much disk space it consumes and you can then completely forget about System Restore until it saves your bacon. You will be glad that you let Windows decide when to delete Restore Points because I can assure you: it knows better than you do.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

There is no garbage in WinSxS. Windows keeps old or unused files for a reason. You shouldn't be deleting these - manually via a Microsoft tool or otherwise - unless you are low on disk space. Windows does its own automatic passes of storage directories and removes things it doesn't need itself. As the OP said, the size reported by Explorer of WinSxS is the only "garbage" because of the way the contents are handled and linked.

Things aren't as simple as the XP days, for better or for worse. However, in my experience reading the technical details of Vista+'s new features, they are usually for the better. They also make sense once you read up on them at a site that is authoritative and experienced.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re:Excuse Me? (577 comments)

I heard you have to reverse the direction of the SATA cable to clean that crap out. Same goes for slow broadband - either reverse the Ethernet cable or turn the WiFi router upside down.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re:No shit (577 comments)

You forgot to turn off System Restore as well! System Restore killed my SSD! Once it's dead we can start on the carcass of the DNS Client service. Pretty sure Microsoft is using that to spy on my web habits...

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

"You are welcome on my lawn."

Always wondered about people with fences around their property. Seems unnecessarily antisocial to me.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re:Antecdotes != Evidence (577 comments)

Why don't you diagnose the fault and actually help them, instead of siding on the side of bullshit? If the slow-down is that bad it should be pretty obvious to someone with some technical skill.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re:The bigger Problem is their "updates" (577 comments)

That was a one-off bug that slowly accumulated over a very long time for a rather obscure reason. Please provide compelling evidence. Or at least bullshit that looks, from a distance, like something evidence-shaped.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

Oh I dunno. You haven't seen the state of some of the servers I've been asked to take over. Let's just say the word "iolo" and "Windows Server" should never been seen in the same screen.

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re: Here's the solution (577 comments)

"Disagree"? Parent has provided proof. You can't disagree with what is factually correct.

If you are asking "Can I delete this random directory in my system directory?" then the answer is either:
"Here's a page on Technet explaining what it is for. Read this, then do not delete it."
or:
"If you have to ask, no."

Stop fucking around with things you don't understand and maybe your operating system will stop going slowly or breaking. Did you even look at the logo of sites like www.howtogeek.com? You're actually taking these people seriously, and going about ripping the innards out of Windows on the advice of some whack jobs?

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re:Well, I never ... (577 comments)

Bingo. If the system is slow, you diagnose it. Once you diagnose it you fix the cause.

Either that or you just wildly accuse the registry, Microsoft or a conspiracy by RAM manufacturers. The Internet told me that registry cleaners and driver boosters work, so they must! Anyone blaming their damn thongs on anything but their washing powder is just...I'm sorry. I just couldn't help myself :-)

about a month ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

simplypeachy Re:LOL. You expect MS to fix the problem ... (577 comments)

You should understand what you are talking about before going off on one, otherwise you just make yourself look silly. The registry is cached in RAM while the system boots. It's tiny. Have you ever even gone to see how big the registry hives are? Are you now telling me that accessing parts of such small files is "the cause" of a Windows system's performance degrading? Do you have any idea how long registry reads and writes take?

Just because bullshit is repeated ad nauseam doesn't make it true.

about a month ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

simplypeachy Privoxy (226 comments)

pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ads?gdfp_req=
blocked by three different rules

d3.zedo.com/jsc/d3/fo.js
blocked

static.the-button.com/d2.php
blocked by a five-year old exploit protection rule

inter.wiab-service.ge/geobalancer/geo2.php
blocked (alright, by a geo-location rule, but still blocked!)

I don't think that one stood a chance here.

about a month and a half ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

simplypeachy Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (1134 comments)

I can't even remember the last time I witnessed or suffered any prejudice, sexist or otherwise, or harassment in multiplayer games or the community that I partake in. However, when I visit friends' places and get a taste of other sorts of games people play, particularly those which lean towards lots of strangers playing together, it's horrifying. I can assure you this problem exists and is at the scale that is claimed.

about 2 months ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

simplypeachy Re:Why? Simple bullshit is why. (107 comments)

Your account has been locked out due to too many failed login attempts. Please contact your slashministrator.

about 2 months ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

simplypeachy Re:Why? Simple bullshit is why. (107 comments)

Assuming an attacker has no knowledge of the password make-up, according to your policy the password nkeL4(b3 sits in a keyspace of around 6.1 * 10^15 combinations.

Under equal conditions the password refineddisplayparcelsuited sits in a keyspace of around 6.2 * 10^36 combinations. When I get back from my appointment this morning, I will still remember refinddisplayparcelsuited and won't have to write it on a sticky note, or save it on to the Dropbox App on my phone, which has a crappy password I use everywhere, using the file name "Work login password.txt".

about 2 months ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

simplypeachy Re:many sites still dumb (107 comments)

But it's special characters! It MUST mean the password is more secure! Wait, you're also saying that using "seventysix" is more secure than "76"? Goodness gracious, man, what is wrong with you? Did you use that "mathematics" thing again?

about 2 months ago

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SourceForge now serving free software with a side of malware

simplypeachy simplypeachy writes  |  about 4 months ago

simplypeachy (706253) writes "Not that long ago /. reported on Cnet wrapping software downloads with malware. Cnet chose the wrong guy to mess with when it was found even nmap wasn't safe to such underhanded and dangerous practises. Now it seems SourceForge is following in their footsteps as discovered by this Eset anti-virus user. Unsuspecting users will be suffering the joys of InstallCore if they install a hosted project's program that has been wrapped in the malware-bundling platform."
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Phishing Content Served From Autodesk.com

simplypeachy simplypeachy writes  |  about a year and a half ago

simplypeachy (706253) writes "After having a look through today's batch of phishing emails I found it rather unusual that a PayPal phish was littered with images linking to autocad.com, the web site of the popular CAD suite. To my surprise I then saw that the actual phishing page was also hosted on autocad.com — and it was live. In all of the other phishing emails I've seen, the content is served from hacked forums, small web sites and VPS systems that have been compromised. This is the first time I've seen the web site of a well-known brand to be serving up tasty portions of phish.

Autodesk.com doesn't list any webmaster or abuse contacts and has no entry in abuse.net so I'm expecting my report to abuse@ to be ignored."
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simplypeachy simplypeachy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

simplypeachy (706253) writes "According to the Wikipedia entry:

A USB system has an asymmetric design, consisting of a host controller and multiple daisy-chained peripheral devices. Additional USB hubs may be included in the chain, allowing branching into a tree structure, subject to a limit of 5 levels of branching per controller. No more than 127 devices, including the bus devices, may be connected to a single host controller.
There are all sorts of crazy hardware hackers out there. I had a look around and couldn't find anyone who has tried this before — surely someone has!"

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