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[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 16:15:44 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Well, I'm very hesitant to use a "service pack" on a corporate machine (read: I don't own this) that might actually not wind up being the real service pack once Microsoft gets around to releasing it.

Not to mention that I have no idea what other people may have done to the thing.

Which, I suppose, you could argue puts things on part with whatever Microsoft is releasing, but at least if I blame Microsoft, they'll be somewhat responsible for fixing it, as opposed to installing some random 'service pack' out there.

On a personal machine, though, I'd consider it. Except, of course, I don't run Vista on any personal machines.

[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 16:17:15 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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fleeby, did you read the last article I just posted the URL to? Apparently, the only thing that installing Vista SP1 will accomplish is wasting two to three hours of your life.

[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 16:56:01 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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vista SP1 will contain duke nukem forever as a bonus addon.

[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 17:15:43 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I hadn't read it (trying to get something done around here), but it doesn't surprise me.

Promise the world, but deliver dead skunks.

[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 18:45:30 EST from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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fleeb, did you install the hotfix I posted a few days ago?

[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 18:50:45 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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I just saw a commercial for some kind of car made by Lincoln. It was touting this new thing as its major selling point. The new thing is this software, made by Microsoft, that's installed with the car. I was just thinking to myself, "So how will I reboot the car when it crashes while I'm driving????"

[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 18:51:05 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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(it crashing being the Microsoft software thing that comes with the car, not the car itself....)

[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 19:58:33 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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You posted a hotfix?

I don't recall. If I did, the problem remains. If I didn't, I was either distracted, or thought I should be able to find the hotfix from Microsoft's site itself.

I know that I'm current on all my hotfixes from Microsoft. It still sucks ass.

[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 20:57:58 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The new Ford/Microsoft thing is called "Sync" and it's basically a way to make sure that you don't listen to pirated MP3's on your car stereo.

[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 21:00:32 EST from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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[#] Fri Feb 08 2008 23:18:09 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Right, as I said ... makes me wonder how to reboot the car while I'm driving. :p

[#] Sat Feb 09 2008 18:21:22 EST from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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Maybe they'll put the Ctrl, Alt and Del keys right on the steering wheel.

[#] Sat Feb 09 2008 18:50:45 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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It's going to cause accidents. Someone is just cruising down the highway, and Windows Sync detects copyrighted video content in the area ... and the DRM system instantly blacks out all of the car windows so it cannot be viewed.
Unfortunately the driver can no longer see the road and everyone is killed in a horrible accident, but from the viewpoint of Microsoft/MPAA/RIAA it was worth it.

[#] Sun Feb 10 2008 01:51:41 EST from IO ERROR @ Uncensored

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I am in the middle of repairing a laptop for someone right now. Among other things this involved replacing the laptop's motherboard and hard drive and reinstalling Windows.

This meant that for the first time ever I got to activate Windows by phone. Surprisingly, this actually went fairly well, since Microsoft has dispensed with the human beings and has an interactive voice response system on the line instead. And it actually worked. My guess is it's probably running on Linux.

So you read this thing your groups of numbers, and after each one, it plays a sound which sounds suspiciously like the chime sound from Windows 3.1. If anybody even remembers that far back.

Anyway, I've always been sour on the whole Windows piracy / activation / validation bullshit, since it only ever seems to inconvenience legitimate customers. People who want copies without paying for a license seem to have little trouble obtaining a copy and a crack which bypasses the whole activation / validation rigmarole.

Yet I, with a valid Windows license, have to sit here and key in this stupid product key five times, reading it off the bottom of the laptop with a flashlight, holding it carefully because it still isn't screwed together yet, only to be told that I have to activate it by phone, another five minute call. The pirates have it easy.

[#] Sun Feb 10 2008 04:42:17 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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keys and locks are there for the honest people, so they aren't lead into temptation.

The one who realy wants to get in will use a lockpicking set or just walk through the door with an axe. 

[#] Sun Feb 10 2008 10:45:37 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Activation over the phone becomes more obnoxious when your license is to be recycled to another machine.  And then another.

Microsoft employees start to get suspicious, and start to treat you more and more like you're a crook, even if what you're doing is completely legitimate. 

[#] Tue Feb 19 2008 07:37:44 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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microsoft tests the embrace and extend aproach on ruby:

did you expect them to change? 

[#] Wed Feb 20 2008 18:19:42 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm sure that "Microsoft Visual Ruby .NET" will be horrifyingly corrupted with C#-like syntax, just like every other language they've mangled to work with the CLR.

[#] Thu Feb 21 2008 12:22:45 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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"Look, we innovate. We innovate the hell out of stuff. Just yesterday I innovated a donut by taking one off some old guy when I pushed him down a flight of stairs. And Yahoo!, well, we're innovating them right now, and we're going to keep innovating them until they stop moving. Then we'll use their bloated corpse to innovate any Google employee that gets in our way."

-- Bill Gates

(Ok, what he actually said was "640K ought to be enough for anybody" but I am paraphrasing a bit.)

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