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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
60. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 22, 2017, 15:47 Mr. Tact
 
Verno wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 09:03:
I was trying to stay out of this but I take issue with this comment. More people are on Windows 7 because change takes forever, look at the XP to 7 transition. Despite that, Windows 10 still has a pretty fast adoption rate. It has little or nothing to do with vocal minority stuff online. There is a major shift in computing to more handheld devices, people simply aren't upgrading their laptops as often and desktops are becoming more of a rarity.

Windows 10 is also not spyware. Spyware collects information without user consent. Microsoft does not do this, they have very defined privacy policies you can read online. Users are presented with all of the information and privacy toggles at install time in Windows 10, you can't say they aren't informed or given a choice. The only information collected if you turn these off is "Basic" info which is a non-identifiable machine hash, a list of installed apps and crash reports. The user is also informed that basic info is collected at install time. Should they offer an opt out choice altogether? I would like that but its ultimately their choice, just like its a consumers choice whether they use Windows or not.

I don't know how you can say Windows is a monopoly anymore either. Maybe if you want to play PC games but even then Linux has made major strides. Your comment that the vast majority would be "lost" is effectively nullified by their adoption of other devices running other operating systems, including cell phones and tablets. People can be taken out of their comfort zone, some just prefer not to be.
I'll agree spyware usually infers an unknown collection of information, so calling Win10 spyware is a minor over-reach. However, we don't know what Microsoft is collecting. We only know what they say they are collecting. As far as I know, no one has been able to determine this and Microsoft isn't talking about the specifics of what they collect. As far as setting up only "Basic" information collection during installation -- as I said, we don't know what that is. Additionally, it has already been shown that Microsoft can and has changed those settings in updates. You have to check your setting after any update, which can happen at any time since you have no control over it.

I truthfully don't understand why anyone defends them. They are acting like dicks, plain and simple. Is it illegal? Probably not. But it is surely atrocious behavior. As for Win7 -> Win10 conversions compared to XP -> Win7 conversions.. I'd be interested to see information on that. I honestly don't know if the Win10 adoption is trailing by miles, or is ahead by miles.

You are right about there being an increased usage of phones and tablets and a decreased usage of desktops. But we are talking about desktops OSes... and that's the context of where my "it is effectively" a monopoly comes. Yeah, Mac has a slice, but Windows is still far and away king of the hill. Linux has gotten a lot better, but it still has a long way to go. Do you think you could replace your mother's Windows box with a Linux box? If so, I think I'd really like your mother. Hell, I wouldn't want to do it and I've made a living working on computers since 1989.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
57. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 22, 2017, 08:31 Mr. Tact
 
Redmask wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 07:59:
Simon Says wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 16:22:
There's only 1 reason, and its market share, forcing people onto 10.
Holy fucking shit, a software vendor wants people to use their new product instead of their old one?! No fucking way, awesome sleuthing detective.
If that was the entirety of the situation, I actually wouldn't mind. The issue is their new product is unacceptable because it is spyware. Which by the way, is why 48% of desktops are Win7 and 24% are Win10. They are effectively using their "monopoly" of desktops to force people to use this spyware. And before anyone starts blathering on about it not being a monopoly. It is effectively one. The vast majority of people would be lost on any other OS, including on a Mac.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 21, 2017, 11:04 Mr. Tact
 
*ugh*

Good luck on finding a competent and trustworthy contractor, Blue. It is probably harder than it should be.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 20, 2017, 15:00 Mr. Tact
 
Indeed. I'll take the heart health risks and my modern lifestyle, thank you very much.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: New GeForce Drivers and GTX 1080 Ti Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 12:06 Mr. Tact
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 10:20:
What a dumb name. It'll never last.
Main revenue stream as Internet ads? CRAZY! It can't work!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 19, 2017, 12:22 Mr. Tact
 
A definition which said there were over 100 planets is this solar system would seemingly be silly at best. But then, plenty of scientific ideas are/were seemingly silly before being proved. However, this sounds more like a semantic argument than a scientific one. *shrug* Whatever.  
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
47. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 18, 2017, 10:11 Mr. Tact
 
Redmask wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 09:29:
This CPU stuff is stupid but I don't really sympathize with people still using Windows 7 or Windows 8. What bothers me most about Windows 10 is that it's fine but they keep mucking it up while they fail repeatedly to clone Googles business model. Windows 10 should be celebrated but instead I'm forced to look for new bullshit to disable with every Windows Update.
I have no sympathy for you suffering Win10 when Win7 still works great.

Okay, not really.. but I was illustrating a point. It does seem odd you would make a list of the ad problems in Win10 which clearly at least annoy you and yet you brush off Win7 users complaints of their OS being crippled for no valid reason.
 
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News Comments > MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs?
45. Re: MS Forcing Win10 on Latest CPUs? Mar 18, 2017, 02:07 Mr. Tact
 
Nailbender wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 05:22:
Just wanted to add my voice here - I also don't find ads in Win10 almost nowhere.
So, you do see them somewhere?

The Barnacules Nerdgasm video linked by Simon Says hits the nail on the head. This is total malarkey. This is no reasonable logic behind not supporting Win7 on newer CPUs since Win10 and Win7 communicate with the CPU in the EXACT same way. It is simply Microsoft wanting more people using their information collecting spyware -- aka Win10.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2017, 01:12 Mr. Tact
 
A little more than "just" -- but yeah, that sums it up pretty well.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 15, 2017, 21:12 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 20:14:
An acquaintance of mine is a structural engineer. He always talks about how stressful his job is. Yet I always wonder why, then I recall that, yeah, if he doesn't do his job right he'll likely end up killing a bunch of people.
Yeah.. I suspect the real issue is cost effective design. He could easily design what is being requested in such a way that it won't fail. But doing that within the cost restraints is the problem and battling the management when you don't agree on where that line should be drawn...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 15, 2017, 17:52 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 17:01:
Wow, yeah I remember that Hyatt Regency walkway collapse. That was just crazy.
I remember it too. The title is click bait though, it didn't change engineering at all. The result was changes in the process of reviewing building plan alterations. It is a great example of how important structural engineering is, and why any alteration to construction should be carefully reviewed for unintended consequences. Didn't Kansas City also have a coliseum roof failure? If I remember correctly, in that case no one was in the coliseum at the time.

Googled it, Kemper Arena -- two years before the Hyatt walkway failure.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Maxtrix reboot Mar 15, 2017, 10:15 Mr. Tact
 
Swimming upstream on this one... they might get it to work, but it will not be an easy road...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Lemmings and Dog .. Mar 14, 2017, 12:39 Mr. Tact
 
Ha! I remember that game pretty well, really liked it. I remember I saved up all the "level codes" -- which would allow you to jump to a specific level and posting them on a BBS. Yes, I am old.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 14, 2017, 12:15 Mr. Tact
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 14, 2017, 11:40:
So while the weather and less laid-back people will take some getting used to, the fact that I won't be contemplating suicide every time I get on the 405 will be a definite advantage.
This is the principal reason I have mentally vetoed moving into large urban areas, traffic. NYC solves this somewhat in ways you have detailed. Which is why if I ever was going to attempt big city living it would have to be a setup like you are describing. Good luck on your move and lifestyle adjustments.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
68. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 14, 2017, 11:20 Mr. Tact
 
VaranDragon wrote on Mar 14, 2017, 05:01:
You are doubling down. Never double down when you are wrong. It makes you look like a dick, in addition to being doubly wrong. Harlock has a point, if you are going to use foreign words, at least make sure of getting the transliterations right. I had no idea what you were on about until he corrected you.
In my defense, I didn't know I was wrong when I doubled down.

I was right about the accent, which would have helped to identify the french pronunciation. But, I did goof. I saw a link in the dictionary application saying "Can be confused with" and failed to notice the flip-flop of the vowels. C'est la vie. My apologies to anyone who thinks I was acting "like a dick" to them over this mistake. It was certainly never my intention.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Brother Can You Spare Some $100's Mar 13, 2017, 20:10 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 19:43:
Texas bill would fine men $100 each time they masturbate
The problem is the guys who prompt the bills she is "protesting" by putting this bill forward, probably think masturbation is a sin and don't do it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
49. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 13, 2017, 20:07 Mr. Tact
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 18:49:
there is a difference between making up a nonsense word that doesnt exist as a replacement for an actual word.. and not using a grammatical symbol that doesnt even exist on your input device
It's there, you just don't know how to get to it. Does the shift key or apostrophe key exist on your keyboard? If you are going jump all over someone for spelling something phonetically, the least you could do is display some knowledge of grammar and punctuation.
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 19:03:
Mr. Tact, you're wasting your time.
Apparently so... thanks.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
40. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 13, 2017, 18:44 Mr. Tact
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 16:53:
where is that key on the keyboard? if it was there i would have used it..
So, you were criticizing someone for getting something wrong, and when correcting them you knowingly were also wrong? With logic like that I am going to guess you work in corporate management...
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
32. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 13, 2017, 16:44 Mr. Tact
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 16:32:
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 16:12:
I have a job, am American and wala it is a job in America.

the word is "voila" not "wala".. its french, not 'murican

jesus fucking christ...
Actually it is voilą, not voila.

voilą is pronounced [vwah-lah]

voila is pronounced [vee-oh-luh]

Not that anyone really gives a flying fuck, but hey you brought it up...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Off-topic Mar 13, 2017, 16:31 Mr. Tact
 
How is it the Masters Golf Tournament isn't televised from start to finish? Really? Get on it guys!  
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