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ODF Support In Google Drive

simplypeachy Google's Beta (40 comments)

"Features and services may be introduced and withdrawn without notice. Good luck relying on any of them at home or work."

5 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

simplypeachy Who needs root certificate updates anyway? (229 comments)

Let's just stop installing these updates, they're clearly created by Microsoft with the express intent of committing acts of malice, not to improve their software.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

simplypeachy Re:Maybe they should focus on... (415 comments)

Without even knowing what CBS is, that's quite a far-fetched conclusion. It's the Component-Based Storage sub-system, responsible for maintaining "packages", updates and verifying system source files, optional Windows components et cetera. Quite a wide-ranging sub-system and with so many responsibilities it is fair that it can generate large log files. I have used these logs with positive results on several customers in diagnosing Windows faults.

What the OP doesn't realise is how much background maintenance modern Windows performs. Just because a user has performed (redundant) manual defragmentation and (effectively unnecessary) disk clean-up doesn't mean that Windows will cease performing this automatic maintenance. A Windows system left idle after installation or updates (particularly the large updates Win 8 gets) will be quite busy for some time doing housekeeping.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

simplypeachy Re:Maybe they should focus on... (415 comments)

I can't see anything wrong with any of the figures shown in that picture. Would you care to elucidate who's software you mean, in what way it's poorly written, and the symptoms that drew you to such a conclusion?

about two weeks ago
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Nature Makes All Articles Free To View

simplypeachy Re:I have just one question for you (97 comments)

You made me feel like we're in the desert and I just went off on a slightly drunken rant. Did you see that oasis over there?

about three weeks ago
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Nature Makes All Articles Free To View

simplypeachy Re:I have just one question for you (97 comments)

No, it's "Restrictions". I don't need obstacles that prevent me from consuming my legitimately-purchased media in the ways they were intended. These things don't manage my rights, they manage my restrictions.

My rights are that I get to play the game, listen to the music or use the program however the hell I want to. Whenever I want to, whether I'm online or not, and I get to do so without any corporate oversight.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

simplypeachy Been there, tried that (488 comments)

Because I'm made to feel I shouldn't burden a project with bug reports when I don't write code to fix them. No, I'm not the whiney, petty bug reporter that this post makes me out to be! You did ask!

about three weeks ago
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BitTorrent Unveils Sync 2.0

simplypeachy Peer discovery (60 comments)

BitTorrent operate global discovery servers and the synced directories can also use DHT if enabled, both of which mean that static IPs are not required. Syncs can also be operated without either of these - they can use LAN discovery and a list of static hosts.

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)

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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

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SourceForge now serving free software with a side of malware

simplypeachy simplypeachy writes  |  about 6 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 2 years 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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