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  • Microsoft Hello

    @evildictaitor: I'm willing to bet that through those same legal gymnastics, any form of mental augmentation will render any remaining 5th amendment rights null as well.

    I think societies collapse more from baroque internal rulemaking than from any other source. 

  • Windows-free for a week now, and surviving

    Meh, I'm currently browsing on an iPad I got sent for a new job, and I feel like an octogenarian at a command prompt.  I see nothing wonderful about this platform, and I'm willing to bet money android and chrome are no better.  Overall, though, I am constantly frustrated by what I can't do that comes quite easy when I'm in the explorer desktop.

    Pick a platform and learn it well enough to do the things you want to do.  You don't have to use windows if you don't want to.

  • Cyber warfare and Hollywood cowardice

    Where does occam's blade of decision fall:

    1) Attention starved country paid for hack and then released embarrassing info from a Japanese _associated_ company.  Japan and Best Korea don't get along well.  I'm aware Sony pictures is a USA company, but Sony is a well known international brand for Japan.

    2) Provocative movie producers engineer (how?) a hack to embarrass their movie distributor (why?) and bring attention to movie that was already provocative enough and over exposed enough.

    3) Ex-employees of Sony who were laid off recently decide to drop a digital e-turd in Sony's punch bowl and were happy enough when the blame was placed on #1 above.


    I'm voting for #3, and possibly #2 as a kind of performance art piece, but #1 just doesn't sound plausible.

  • Cyber warfare and Hollywood cowardice

    My view on the damage is that it was self inflicted by Sony.  Sony should be taken to task for essentially setting the pattern for what happens when some 3rd world sh*tbag dictator makes a threat that they can't ever follow through with.  I just don't see this as terrorism.  It's no worse than someone calling in a bomb threat to gain attention or postpone an exam.

    This is going to turn out to be some schoolboy level shenanigans that got out of hand, but the fallout is going to screw us all up.

  • Cyber warfare and Hollywood cowardice

    A few observations:

    1) We've been told via the media that this is a NK sponsored hack, but been given no evidence.

    2) It is very, very, very convenient that this happened right after the release of the 500+ page summary of the CIA torture report blew up.

    3) It is not in NK's benefit to 'blow up theaters'.  Their bluster has been and always will be to garner attention so that they can negotiate and for some dumb reason, we always give in.

    NK is a convenient boogeyman for every free government in the world to use.

  • Ignore less secure GPO settings

    , cheong wrote

    @ScanIAm: I can, but I shouldn't have wasted time on undoing this non-sense.

    Agreed.  I do find, however, that if I bring up the issue and it's ignored by IT for too long, I eventually find a way to get it off my radar so it doesn't piss me off daily.

  • Lets image that your Windows license included a virtual machine running in Azure

    And, there would be quite a few highly pissed off backup companies if MSFT did this.  It might be legitimate, but the bad-will would be a problem.

  • My top 10 worst tech for value

    , BitFlipper wrote

    3D TVs. I mean, what am I supposed to do with those grotesque glasses now?



  • What gift do You want this season?

    Does fruitcake exist in countries outside of the US?  Italy has a kind of candied fruit bundt cake thing, but isn't a solid brick of awesome like fruitcakes are.

  • Ignore less secure GPO settings

    Also, can't you script it in powershell?  It would resolve the inconvenience of having to set these values back to your preferred settings.