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Posted: 26 November 2012 03:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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pumeco - 26 November 2012 01:54 PM

@cjreynolds
I kinda like your post, it shows some reasoning, but you’re missing the whole point when you say things like “Our only hope for a palatable Windows experience in the future…”

Semantics - we agree in principle. I should have said “Our only hope for a palatable Microsoft Windows experience..” to emphasize my point - Linux would be a more palatable experience (for me, anyway), but my point was, if you’re talking about an “MS Windows” experience, your only hope for a tolerable experience is to stay with XP or Win7 and hope Win9 is better…

But if you want a REAL OS… Linux. OS/2 used to qualify, but alas, it has gone the way of the 8-track.

Linux and OS/2 could both run on a server for literally years without rebooting. That’s a real OS!

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Posted: 26 November 2012 03:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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I see what you’re saying there and I agree entirely.  I mean Windows XP was way more usable than the newer releases.  The reason it’s gone downhill is because they are constantly finding more underhand ways of manipulating you into either not having or not finding settings they don’t want you to change.  Now of course there is Windows 8, the latest and most impressive demonstration of manipulation they’ve released to date.

BTW, was just having a re-read of that Apple link, spotted this one and almost hurt myself laughing:

“Apple store staff are taught twisted psychological manipulation.
The mere practice of referring to service staff as “geniuses” is dishonest already.”

Never could figure that one out myself, I mean have you seen those “Geniuses” (through the Window I mean)?
heh heh heh.

Anyway, must stop this otherwise I’ll probably say something to get me banned, and I don’t want that.  As long as a few more people know what is going on with these corporations then I’ve done my part, can’t do any more really - don’t have the time for starters.  Common sense, that’s all it takes to deal with these corrupt tossers, and the way to do it is as simple as installing Linux and not going back.

Maybe my post will help someone out, perhaps not, who knows.
I suppose I’m just assuming everyone’s IQ is above that of a lemming!

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Posted: 26 November 2012 03:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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*Cough*
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jul/04/apple-ipad-software-update
*Cough*

Now how can a hot women like that get sucked in so easily, I dunno, I really dunno ;-)
At least she can get a new one before the two years is up!

Sorry, that was the last one, I promise.

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Posted: 26 November 2012 06:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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pumeco - 26 November 2012 08:25 AM

This is no time for sarcasm, Peter, behave yourself.

What would have been a more fitting reply would be to read the whole page at the link, and for you to point out that you’ll show it to your friends, because believe me, anyone who has been anywhere near Facebook would be extremely thankful you pointed it out to them.

You silly person of North Humberside. This is nominally a thread about using Bryce on Windows 8, posted to the Bryce forum. Yes, it’s gone off track a bit in the normal splendid way of human interactions, but to end up with an evangelical promotion of Linux because idiots don’t understand the business model of a social network site has carried it safely into the waiting arms of sarcasm.

Have you any other completely-useless-to-Bryce-users advice for achieving salvation? Avoid carnal temptation by retreating to a monastery and taking up contemplative basket weaving? Save the planet by giving up electricity and hosting a colony of woodlice in your underpants? All very noble perhaps, but not much help in exploring Bryce lighting techniques or coaxing the application to keep going in the current absence of developer support.

This is just your latest hobby-horse to rant about (makes a change from camera of the week). That’s fine with me, of course, but don’t expect to expound on your soapbox and not get heckled mercilessly from the back row.

 

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Posted: 26 November 2012 06:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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pumeco - 26 November 2012 02:59 PM

Aye, and you’ll be spending even more time fighting problems if/when some hack compromises Apple’s database that is chock full of your life.

I can assure you that Apple know nothing about my life.
They may have some details of a fictional character called Dave Savage… Good luck to anyone who wants to mine that information. cheese

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Posted: 26 November 2012 07:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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On the subject of Windows 8, prospective users who are put off by the new, improved graphical user inyourface, should not despair.

It is possible to operate 8 pretty much as Windows 7, avoiding the ‘phone screen previously known as “Metro” entirely (unless you want to..) and enjoying the ancient prodding of the start button and delving into all its scrumptious menus. I won’t link as I’m not fully up-to-date, but the know-how is out there and easy.

I strongly suspect that a service pack will come along quite soon and offer these remedies officially. Microsoft is disappointed with Windows 8 sales (despite the cheapest and deepest upgrade offer ever*) and the president of the Windows division who oversaw the development and launch has swiftly been given the opportunity to spend more time with his family.

Microsoft are all eager to jump into the money madness of mobile, but they dick with their conservative, corporate-desktop worldwide userbase at their peril. As Apple will discover with the likes of that Guardianista that Len linked to, if you force people into big changes they might just decide that they can make a big change away from you.


*Quite tempted, on some spare hardware, to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from an old XP license for next to nought, just for interest’s sake (and to annoy Len).

 

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Posted: 26 November 2012 07:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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@Peter
Chill, Mr “iThing” user.  It was a response to the “resistance is futile comment”.

And yes indeed it was also an opportunity to promote Linux, and so what, it deserves to be promoted when people are being taken for a ride.  Things like that might not bother you, but it bothers me.  If you don’t like it, that’s too bad.  We don’t all share your outlook on things (I don’t have an iThing for starters) no more than we all share my outlook on things.  But if I see a chance to promote something that needs promoting in the face of all this bullshit, I will do so.

Don’t shoot the messenger you silly flea-infested fur-ball of limited awareness.
Like I said, we all make mistakes, but as long as we learn from them ...

And if you’re so upset about “topic” then don’t ask questions regarding it, quite obvious really.  You got sarcasm because you gave sarcasm.  If you cannot take sarcasm then quit dishing it out.  Being sarcastic as to my pursuits only makes you look lame.  I see nothing wrong in fighting this illegal bullshit and neither should you.


@Dave
That’s what you think.  I take it you’ve never made an online purchase using you Apple computer then, Dave.
If that is the case, silly me, I stand corrected.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to clear the lice from my underpants, and f*ck me, it’s even worse than I thought, I mean even that hairy twat, Peter, knows what’s down my trousers.  Give it a couple more years and Facebook will have see-through scan recognition technology for data-mining the popularity of genital piercings, and they’ll know how big your cock is assuming you ever stepped through a scan point at an airport.

Bloody hell, this pumeco dude must be eight inches or so, file him under potential pornstar.

Later that week I pay for the petrol at the filling station booth and ask for a rubber while I’m at it (got lucky with a Peasant Girl).

How did you know what size I wanted, and why are you winking at me like that?

Oh wait, it’s all listed on the till readout because you got my number plate from the plate recognition system, and that linked to who I am, and that linked to my credit card transactions, and that inked to my trip to Bulgaria last year, and that linked to my scan as I passed through the airport to Bulgaria last year, and that of course led to the conclusion of eight inches.

So eight inches it is then, and large is the requirement, sir.

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Posted: 26 November 2012 08:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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_ PJF _ - 26 November 2012 07:19 PM

*Quite tempted, on some spare hardware, to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from an old XP license for next to nought, just for interest’s sake (and to annoy Len).

Well don’t forget to tape over your webcam (oh, and disconnect the internal microphone while you’re at it).  Wouldn’t want Google’s planned audio analysis snooping to catch you groaning over the latest shot of the moon now, would we?  We should also consider the poor girl who already got photographed in her house with her tits out.  She never gave Google permission to do that but her tits are now public property whether she likes it or not.

Just saying, and giving you ample warning cause I have no desire to see those man-boobs.

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Posted: 26 November 2012 09:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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_ PJF _ - 26 November 2012 07:19 PM

Microsoft are all eager to jump into the money madness of mobile, but they dick with their conservative, corporate-desktop worldwide userbase at their peril. As Apple will discover with the likes of that Guardianista that Len linked to, if you force people into big changes they might just decide that they can make a big change away from you.

Someone, please, give the guy a cookie, quick!

Exactly, and that’s all the more reason to take an opportunity like this to encourage the change.  GNU/Linux doesn’t have the funding of greedy corporations behind it because it doesn’t take advantage of it’s users like greedy corporations do.  At times like this, when the corporate greed has finally started to bite those greedy corporations on the arse, that is the time to push for things that have your interests at heart, not theirs.

You just arrogantly dismissed a guy who not only fought for free software in a big way, but took the time to index the facts for people so that they are aware of what’s going on.  Would you rather not know about these things?

I really don’t know what’s wrong with you.  For an educated guy (which you obviously are) I think that was an incredibly foul thing to do if I’m honest about it.  Really quite amazed, I mean how stupid do you have to be to dismiss the only other option you have if you want to avoid manipulation?

That’s exactly what you just did.  By all means, install Windows 8 and fund a corrupt corporation even further.  There’s something seriously wrong when, despite the facts that are out there, people are happy to support such things when there are alternatives out there.  It just goes to show what mammoth a task it must be to educate people as to what they’re really doing.

Either way, I’m sure Microsoft are thankful for the money and will make good use of you using their software.
People will do as they wish, but it was still an eye opener for me though; your attitude towards it.

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Posted: 27 November 2012 02:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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pumeco - 26 November 2012 02:59 PM

Aye, and you’ll be spending even more time fighting problems if/when some hack compromises Apple’s database that is chock full of your life.

I can assure you that Apple know nothing about my life.
They may have some details of a fictional character called Dave Savage… Good luck to anyone who wants to mine that information. cheese

Sounds like you sir practice the same policy I employed when I first got on the internet. I’m not sure why because back in the 90’s they didn’t have social networks and if you mentioned facebook people would think you were talking about an actual book of portrait shots of people, but some how I knew it would be a good idea to be very careful about what I revealed on this Information Super Highway and so I instituted a policy of “They only know what I want them to know” What this means for example, is that when I sign up for a site and it asks for the town I live in it may be my town from when I was 5, it might be a town I’d like to live in, or it might be a town called Anytown. The same for the rest of my information.

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Posted: 27 November 2012 06:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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pumeco - 26 November 2012 07:46 PM

@Dave
That’s what you think.  I take it you’ve never made an online purchase using you Apple computer then, Dave.
If that is the case, silly me, I stand corrected.

Damn you’re right… my online purchases are made through Paypal on an account quite clearly owned and operated by a chap called MrPsychoClown…. Now Apple will know all about my career in the circus.

Despite the scaremongering, it is very possible to operate an Apple computer without giving your (real) personal information to anyone.
And despite your reliance on Linux/Ubuntu, it is still possible for hackers to obtain your information.

The trick isn’t to rely on public domain/open source as a solution (it’s openness allows it to be more exploited by the unscrupulous)... but to take sensible precautions to protect your data in the first place… If you want to know how you can better do this, let me have your name and address and I’ll post you some leaflets.

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Posted: 27 November 2012 06:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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pumeco - 26 November 2012 08:09 PM

We should also consider the poor girl who already got photographed in her house with her tits out.  She never gave Google permission to do that but her tits are now public property whether she likes it or not.

Which poor girl would that be?
Evidence please.

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Posted: 27 November 2012 06:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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pumeco - 26 November 2012 08:09 PM

We should also consider the poor girl who already got photographed in her house with her tits out.  She never gave Google permission to do that but her tits are now public property whether she likes it or not.

Which poor girl would that be?
Evidence please.

I want to see too

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Posted: 27 November 2012 06:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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bigh - 27 November 2012 06:46 AM

I want to see too

I suspect he’s referring to the girl in Florida who was stood outside her house naked when the Google Street View camera car went past.
Nothing to do with spying and everything to do with if you stand outside naked in view of the street, and someone in the street sees you, it’s your own fault and no one else’s.

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Posted: 27 November 2012 06:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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LordHardDriven - 27 November 2012 02:03 AM

Sounds like you sir practice the same policy I employed when I first got on the internet. I’m not sure why because back in the 90’s they didn’t have social networks and if you mentioned facebook people would think you were talking about an actual book of portrait shots of people, but some how I knew it would be a good idea to be very careful about what I revealed on this Information Super Highway and so I instituted a policy of “They only know what I want them to know” What this means for example, is that when I sign up for a site and it asks for the town I live in it may be my town from when I was 5, it might be a town I’d like to live in, or it might be a town called Anytown. The same for the rest of my information.

I have a very strict policy of not giving anyone all the correct information (if there is no legal requirement for the recipient to need your information ALWAYS just make stuff up).
I have also spent a vast amount of time resisting data mining when for instance you try to buy something from a store (in the real world) and they ask you for your post code (zip code) and address. My response to that question is always: It’s none of your business, here’s my money, give me what I’ve just purchased. I do have some very amusing stories about some of the ridiculous discussions I’ve had with confused shop workers in those situations.

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